Description

This is an old OEM pc my dad bought back in 2008 for work. He bought a laptop soon after, and he didn’t need it anymore, so I installed a few games on it like Minecraft. It was basically my childhood PC. It had the specs as follows originally: Core 2 duo e8400, 4GB DDR2, ATi radon HD 2600 XT, Windows vista Buisness x86. So not a very good build lol

I wanted to get better FPS on it, as well as do black midi on it to upload to my YouTube channel so I bought a quad core CPU and a $50 GPU, and more ram for it. I also painted the steel case which looks great a few months later. I currently want to upgrade it to 8gb of ram, and buy a gt 1030, and maybe a better c2q. Otherwise, I am focusing on my next build, which I just bought the first parts for. I might update this as I get more parts for it, and stuff, but otherwise this build is going to become a backup PC for me when I build the new PC.

This was the part list. Core 2 Quad Q6700, 5GB DDR2, GT 710, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, And the 240 GB SSD.

EDIT: Today, May 7, 2019 I updated this PC with a new CPU (Core 2 Quad Q9450), and I replaced the 320GB HDD with a 2TB one because the old one was 11 Years old, I didn’t know if or when it would die, and I had important data on it, so it was time for a replacement. I might add 1 GB of ram sometime for a full 8GB.

EDIT 2: I added some new Speakers because the old ones were very bad, and I needed new speakers for the new build anyway, so I picked up some Logitech Z213s. Very nice. Also, I ordered the last stick of ram, so I can have 8GB.

Part Reviews

CPU

One of the fastest Core 2 Quads, this processor can handle most small tasks such as file browsing, Web browsing, light gaming, and light video editing.

Storage

Fast and cheap.

Storage

Pretty fast HDD, I get around 200 MB per second while transferring files. The only reason that this is not 5 stars is because it is surprisingly loud, compared to a 11 year old seagate hard drive.

Video Card

Cheap and slow, gets the job done in a pinch.

Operating System

I prefer Windows 7, But as it is almost out of support, Windows 10 is the way to go. Oh well. This seems to be ok.

Keyboard

Nice and high quality. Switches feel nice.

Mouse

You get used to the silent buttons pretty quickly; I don’t like the scroll wheel though. Great value!

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Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

Your keyboard and mouse are almost more than your cpu and graphics card......

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Because literally the system is more than a decade old minus peripherals, SSD and GT 710.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah lol

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  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

Good. I am not the only one with a GT 710. lol +1

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great! Funny how far we've come with technology.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

No kidding!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

epic

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

5/4.5

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

no problem!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol up "core 2 quad pin mod", you can put a little 3$ piece of special tape on your CPU to get it to run at 3ghz, which should be a moderate performance boost.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried the bsel mod, but my luck in the silicon lottery wasnt very good, and i would get BSODs whenever i booted into windows. I might buy a q6600 and use that instead.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I love these types of re-purpose builds.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I must admit I love vintage gear.

While I never owned this particular PC I had something similar in 2008/9. My build was specced like yours except I had a GT 8800 at the time. Was my PS3 slayer - at least that is what I told myself ;-)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to build a minecraft computer for my daughter, not sure yet. But I have no idea what kind of GPU you need for that game although now I see you play with a GT710. I'm not familiar with Minecraft but all I know is I would leave it vanilla.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Id recommend starting a topic, because this isn’t really the right place to ask, but I will say that I would recommend a Nvidia gt 1030 GDDR5 version. Do NOT get the ddr4 version, because it is much slower. That should be able to handle Minecraft fine at max settings 1080p.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree with topic and choice of gpu! the ddr4 one is horrible (compared to gddr5).

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

delidded.com says the Xeon X5470 has been tested and works in this machine. That doesn't neccessarily mean its plug and play, you may have to replace microcode or use a modified BIOS. The end result would be a 3.33GHz quad core though, which would dance rather gracefully with a GT 1030 me thinks. Watch your TDP's though, the X5450/5460/5470 all run at 120W, not sure what your PSU is capable of.

  • 14 months ago
  • 0 points

I feel like you should get a better GPU and CPU. It pains me to see those.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

he talked about doing a new build. there is nothing wrong with old hardware. Honestly I find those builds more interesting than the 2k builds I see here.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Me too I love retro builds, it is a trip down memory lane. Heck I would love to see someone recreate my old Windows 98 machine I built in 1999. 3DFX Voodoo 2, Pentium 2, those were the days. Cost a fortune, I worked my butt off as a 17 year old to pay for this rig. Served me well through college as well although it did not take me much beyond my sophomore year before I was off to summer work to pay for a newer Windows XP machine.

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