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DISCLAIMER: Prices in Argentina are higher than in the rest of the world. So take that into account before saying I paid everything too expensive.

Sarahah Brouhaha (my response to all low-self-esteemed people using that sodding network)... If anything, those two words are from different languages, yet both sound like they coexist with one another. A rough transliteration of those words would equal to “honest hubbub”. So, what’s the honest part and what’s the hubbub you ask? Well, let’s get into it.

First of all, allow me to introduce you to my best friend: Meet Matthew (in pictures, the skinny guy), he’s 21, currently unemployed, goes to College with me and I met him while dumpster diving for junkyard PCs. He’s as crazy about computers as I am, and is currently searching for a job related to the Information Technology field. Then there’s Damian, the chubby one. He’s working in the Education sector and was attending to college with us, but had to drop out for this year as he was moving to another place with his girlfriend. He’s mostly a gamer, and lent us his new place for us to shoot and build the sleeper you see before you. I decided to sneak up a photo of the three of us while being ******* during this build. Oh, and check on that TV that while we were building the Sleeper, a healthy dose of 140dB of Rammstein was mandatory.

Let’s get down to brass tacks: The computer was born out of a hurry. Matthew spotted me buying the Pentium G4560 for this build, and so wanted in. During this time, rumors of the Little Pentium that could being discontinued were spreading across the Net like AIDS in New York in 1984 like the Black Plague in Europe, and we knew prices would skyrocket, so out of an impulse, I pressured my friend into buying one of those chips before prices shot up. So he paid 60 bucks and guess what? By the next day the G4560 was out of stock, and three days later prices shot up to 75USD. Talk about having excellent timing, eh? Well, Matthew is too insecure and overthinks situations before pulling the trigger, so it was my insistence that got him into buying the damn Pentium to begin with.
So we had a seminal beginning for this computer. We just needed the rest. The hubbub part of it all was me deal-hunting as much as I could and back-and-forth feedback with Matthew in order to get the best parts for the Money, with disagreements along the way...
Next up was the motherboard, which was the result of choosing between AsRock or Gigabyte. Both choices were concerning the H110 chipset, and were the only ones to consider because we both knew that those two motherboards already came with a factory-updated BIOS for 7th Generation Support. We ended up with a Gigabyte motherboard because of local warranty advantages, primarily in after-sales.
For RAM, we had to search and make our money’s worth. See, RAM prices are shockingly high these days, and you have to compound that with local prices which are already worrisome. The question now was: 8 or 16GB? 4+4 or a single 8 stick? Budget constraints meant we ended up with an 8GB stick, and while my friend wanted to stick with on-board Graphics, I wasn’t gonna budge and wanted a 4+4 combination to get the best out of the Intel HD Graphics. In the end, the 8GB RAM stick was chosen for two primary reasons: One was that my friend likes to virtualize and code a bit, so he wanted to pick another 8GB stick in the future and Two, my friend was going to buy a GPU anyway. Brand chosen was Kingston, Matthew likes those the most, plus he could find cheap HyperX 2400Mhz sticks, as Corsair sticks were mostly out of stock and only 3000Mhz Vengeance sticks were available at the time of purchase.
So, we now had three out of seven core parts. For HDD, I wasn’t gonna accept the cheapskate approach of reusing some leftover HDDs, so I told Matthew to sell whatever HDDs he had and buy a new one. Obvious choice was the Western Digital Caviar Blue. 1TB, 7200rpm, 64MB of Cache, SATA3. You can’t go wrong with it.
For the PSU, deal hunting and my foretold experience with the Sentey PSU in Faith convinced me to pick the SNP550-HM once again. It was going to be enough PSU to even power the most powerful of GPUs before a CPU bottleneck appeared. I was quite amazed at the low price and the nice platform the SNP PSU had, by far one of the best purchases for basic Gaming builds. All came to the end by October and we had two parts left: GPU and case. For the case, Matthew had this IBM ThinkCentre case. It had a Pentium 4 2.66Ghz chip on a 478 Motherboard, with 2GB of DDR 400Mhz RAM, a 40GB IDE HDD and a GeForce FX5500. All midrange stuff, so it was sorta like an evolution to move from that to a Pentium G4560 on an 1151 board, 8GB of DDR4 2400Mhz RAM, 1TB HDD and a GeForce GTX1050Ti, yes guys, that’s the GPU we’ve chosen.
I decided to gift my friend, for his 21st birthday, the ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050Ti OC 4GB card. By far my favourite of the GTX1050Ti family, with a nice OC profile, nice mini-AMP! Edition looks, a single slot bracket at the back and no 6-pin! It was crazy cheap as well, as I had to pay less than 200USD for it when all 1050Tis locally cost around 220…
With everything purchased, it was time to build. To begin with, a much needed cleaning of the case was mandatory. We cleaned, polished and sprayed WD40 over all nooks and crannies, to make the IBM case look as brand new. Once that was done, we started assembling the PC. First the CPU and RAM on the motherboard, then sliding the motherboard onto the case, which was a bit of a chore as no holes or standoffs on the case would line-up with the holes on the M-ATX board. After doing a hackjob with plastic rivets, the next order of business was to put a DVD drive up front and the HDD and, right after that, the GPU installation. PSU came up last not only because it was the least of our concerns regarding space and cable routing, but we wound up worried because the holes at the back would only line-up if the PSU was mounted with the fan facing downwards. This was too concerning because the case had no holes at the bottom, meaning we were air-starving the PSU. In the end I decided to make a gamble and installed the PSU as was, air starvation and all. I wasn’t willing to mutilate the case with a Dremel job. Besides, we had NO Dremel to perform such thing.
Once all was done, we booted up the PC and all was working perfectly, the CPU was instantly identified and all we need to do now was simply install Windows, Drivers, Steam and some games, which was done diligently. 4 hours later and we were eating pizza and playing PU:BG, Fortnite, and many other games Matthew had in his personal Steam account.
So, key findings and overall feedback: You see, we are still due for some upgrades and modding to the case. For starters, we are trying to see how we can mount USB 3.0 ports where the old 1.1 ports were, as well as finally thinking about drilling holes where the PSU should be, as I'm pretty sure that PSU won't last too long, no matter how efficient the components are. Next step would be to see if we can fit a floppy drive that works as Dr.Moddnstine's experiment. Finally, and as for upgrades, we got two ideas; on one hand an aftermarket cooler, probably a Cryorig C9, or a CoolerMaster GeminII. A SSD would be very much welcome in this build, but at the time of assembly we had no money left for one, so that will be left for Christmas. All I can tell you now is that Matthew is as happy as ever since he's now gaming a lot. And I'm happy because I got another build to share and this one felt to me as something a bit more special to show you, particularly because it involves friendship above all things. So after all, a really beneficial honest hubbub (Damn it sounds dumb!)

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

love the build :D +1

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment.

The IBM case could do with some replacement, but the raison d'être for this PC is as a sleeper. There are other cases to choose from, but we stuck with this one because my friend is such a Deep Blue fanboi. So I'd still try to mod the case a bit.

As for the Floppy Mod, the idea behind it is to a) maintain the clean looks up front and b) give a purpose to that floppy slot instead of leaving it as something aesthetic. There are more straightforward solutions for the findings I've raised, but overall the idea behind is it to keep this PC looking understated and unassuming.

Finally, the reason for an aftermarket cooler is because down the line, probably another CPU would be installed, like say a Core i5 or a Core i7. While those CPUs aren't far off this Pentium in regards to TDP, the idea is cooler operation nonetheless, especially if in the future a bigger GPU takes its place.

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