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So I had an old Dell e521 collecting dust for a couple of years. I had already upgraded it as far as it would go. It had a Athlon x2 6400+, 4gb of ddr2, an antec green 450w power supply and a hd 6770.

So i was perusing Letgo and came across a motherboard for an optiplex 380 with 4gb of ddr3 (2×2) for $10. I had a xeon x5460 and a 771 to 775 adapter that i bought on ebay a while ago for a project that never happened. So I figured what the hell.

I did the mod and used a huge heatsink from an old optiplex that fit into the Dell BTX contraption. I had to cut away at the rear i/o as it didn't fit exactly right and covered some of the usb ports.

So then I realised that the front i/o for the e521 doesn't fit into the the port on the 380 motherboard. Luckily I had an optiplex 755 laying around at work that hasn't worked in a long time. Perfect match.

So with parts from 4 different dells, an antec power supply, an hd 6770 and a moded x5460 i had a working Frankendell.

The bios recognized the xeon right away but I flashed a custom bios with microcodes anyway.

I hope that the kids can play overwatch on this when I'm using my main computer

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I had just taken apart a really really old Dell computer and threw the remaining pieces back where I found it, I currently have what seems to be a graphics card and some processor that looks like it can fit in the 1151 socket. pretty cool I guess... I certainly like old cars but old PC's are a different story.

I guess +1 for the authenticity and the name? I kinda like it.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

gah, the dust!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think most of the dirt inside the case qualifies as _dust _anymore. :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't have a can of air on hand. Lol. I wasn't going to go crazy on a $20 project

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I love those good-'ol Dell Dimensions.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

but can u play overwatch

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Not great. I need a better graphics card

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude I had the same computer and I just had to throw it out. Mine was horrible. I only kept the hard drive. Hopefully you can make yours work and work well. If you do you would have saved a fortune.

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