Description

An old, used Dell small form factor computer from Ebay, refreshed and re-purposed to become an HTPC. I could have just bought a Blu-Ray player to handle all my physical disc and Netflix needs, but that would be no fun :)

The PC itself came with a 250GB HDD. It was still working despite the caddy busting loose and slamming around during shipment. I needed something cheap with a bit more speed, so the 60GB Flare does the trick. I also ordered an adapter and a new caddy to replace the old one.

There is only a low profile PCI Express slot with a 25W power limit, which normally would be a good place for the GT 1030 to shine! Except, none were available at a reasonable price at the time. Instead I went with a GT 710, since it was about half as much and all I needed it to do was display aspect ratios and resolutions that were more useful than 1024x768.

The case came with lots of scrapes and scratches... I painted scribbled all over it with permanent marker. Now I can't see the scratches anymore. Problem solved.

The original optical drive would power on and open up, but any time it tried to read a disk it sounded like an angry bee fart. It was also nearly 10 years old. After ordering a replacement, I realized the fit was a bit loose, so I grabbed some Lego bricks and made a high-tech wedge. I threw in a mini-figure as a fairy guardian of the OEM PSU, to protect it from exploding.

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 4 points

How many FPS does the Lego guardian grant?

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

The Lego guardian says he can give the power of 60fps only to the application named Firefox.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude this build is amazing! I have the exact same dell small form factor and was literally planning to do the exact same thing including painting the case! Something I must ask though is how are your power consumption levels? Can the psu handle the cpu and gpu the sff version I have is only 275 Watts. You literallly did exactly what I’m about to do! Amazing OEM gone custom! Good job!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol thanks! The psu holds up just fine so far. I was a bit concerned about that too. I did a little research for the gt 710 and discovered that lots of people had success with using it in oem machines, even if the wattage was below what is recommended.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Even with a GTX 750Ti the whole system would draw around 150W from the wall, there is nothing to worry about.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

lovely little build.

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought the name seemed mild and benevolent... Considering that this machine won't be doing anything, I thought it seemed like a good fit.