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I wasn't real sure the "Build Title" should be for this little thing. If anyone has a better name feel free to comment! If you're confused about the CPU and Ram being at such a low cost, It was a bundle for 105 for both parts, Thats why there price is just cut in half.

Backstory: After re-building my main system in a new case with both sides being tempered glass I really didn't like the thought of transferring my pc to a different home, let alone moving around it my room. Every summer I leave my state to go spend time with family and my current laptop can barely play Minecraft so I knew I needed something. Then my moms work was doing a "PC Yardsale" and she told me they had a small dell pc for 40 bucks, So I gave her the money and then I had this little thing. It came with an i3-2120, 3gb of ram and 250gb hard drive. I regretted buying it at first until I did some research and people where upgrading it and I thought, **** this might work. So I saved up some cash and bought an Zotac GTX 1050 Ti (low profile) for it and at first It didn't work, but a bios updated fixed that. Then it sat collecting dust until I upgraded the hard drive to a Western Digital blue 2tb 5400rpm, Which yes im running windows on it, and its not fun. But the drives speeds are not bad and will do fine for loading games. Then I got an i7-2600 and 16gb of DDR3 1333MHz ram for 105 total which was a steal (Thanks to my brother for finding the deal and buying the parts). Now today putting everything together and doing some benchmarks this little pc is wonderful. Sorry for the novel.

You may ask well where is the PSU, Motherboard and Case. The PSU is an DELL 240 Watt 80+ unit, The motherboard is also dell but I don't have any model numbers. The case is an Optiplex 790 SFF Case.

Some benchmarks I took where: Cinebench Multi-Core score: 613 GTA 5 (1080p, very high / high no msaa): 70 FPS Average PUBG (1080p Medium): 61 FPS Average Ghost Recon Wildlands (1080p Lowest): 62 FPS Average

The noise the system makes is acceptable at least for me, Considering the size of the system and how everything is crammed into it the noise is fine. Temps during gaming are acceptable, 70-75C on the GPU under max load, The cpu remains cool as well and the only thing making a lot of noise is the GPU.

One of its major downfalls is the 1050 Ti, Because of power limits and temps the 1050 ti does run slower than other 1050 ti's. The difference between this 1050 ti and a one with more power and a better cooler is small but I thought I should mention it. But I expected that knowing it can only pull 75 watts and runs hot due to the 790's bad air flow. Don't get me wrong the 1050 Ti still does great, just this is one of the systems major downfalls.

Overall the system performs great its quick and responsive using windows, even on the hard drive. I am planning to buy a 250gb SSD for the system and put windows, programs and some games on the drive. It does a great job in gaming as a whole and I paid less than 400 dollar total for the system. Considering the price and size, Its great.

Thanks for reading everything If you did, If not that's cool too I did write a novel after all. If you have questions, comment and ill respond as quickly as possible!

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  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the tiny 1050ti! I should grab a decommissioned dell system from work and try this out, just kinda worried about noise levels. I've never used them but i know there are adapters that you can replace the cd drive with that would let you put an ssd in there. Should speed things up a bit for you!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Noise yeah mate that's my biggest issue with this system. And you can keep the CD Drive and have an SSD the board has 3 SATA ports but it would be too crammed at that point. The tiny 1050 ti is cute but man it sounds like a plane. But where its sitting the fans right on the PSU getting very little air its not its fault. If you where to do this I would get a large mesh cut out in the side panel trust me. I took off the side panel the GPU dropped 11C and the CPU cooled down a bit.

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

oof i need one of these

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

There are lots of these on ebay for a good price. I would go for a model with 8gb of ram and a i5-2400. Throw a 1TB western digital blue with a 1050 and you got your self a cheap little gaming pc.

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Totally forgot half the purpose of the 1050 Ti was to be slotted into old PCs to act as a GPU upgrade. Well done, I work a lot with optiplex PCs at work and that thing is going to last a lot longer that it already does.

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Good to hear. Most people go with the GT 1030 although a great choice I wanted more performance and on the A10 Bios the PCI-E lane was locked to 30 Watts. Doing a bios update to A18 opened the slot up to its max of 75, Thus a 1050 Ti could work. Better yet you can keep putting low profile cards in this little things.

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

I like it a lot, very nice! And really interesting to learn about the BIOS update changing the PCIe x16 slot's maximum wattage. Will have to keep that in mind!

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Haha yeah. That scared me I was like "I just spent 170 dollars on a GPU that does not work with this" And at the time I had no use for it. But trying everything no luck and as simple as updating the BIOS fixed the problem. These little optiplex's are picky so just be careful what you buy.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I bet that was a pretty sick feeling! Glad you sorted it out, and thanks again for telling us the thing about BIOS updates. Will make the next one of these I do a 1050 or 1050 Ti build, if at all possible :-)

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Can you compare the noise to something? Or a db reading. I cant put it into context

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I used a DB Meter on my phone and put it next to the computer under load, It was doing around 71 to 73 DB.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Ouch. Thanks!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

"Ouch" haha. It's not bad once you put on some headphones and focus on your game.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Why did you choose to go with 16gb of ram?

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Good Question, In all honesty just to simply have extra ram. 8gb would've been more than enough but having extra never would hurt. And at the time with such a good price on 16gb of ram + cpu I decided to go for the higher ram count. Another reason is when the PC Is not in use, It will be used a server.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

8gb is more than enough for your scenario but OP already explained if you would look at the threads before commenting.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I would probably either split the CPU and ram cost and mark it as $52.50 each, or leave the CPU and set the ram to 'free'. Probably also add the $40 original dell as a 'custom part'.

Just makes it easier for people to look over and understand how little you paid for a functioning gaming computer. Nice job squeezing it all in there!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the suggestion, Ill do that right now.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha thanks for the response. Yeah so far its working great and the fact I can stick it in a backpack and transfer it easy is great. The optiplexs are a great line of pcs that can be upgraded for server use or budget gaming, What Xeon did you have in that 330?

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice on getting the optiplex for essentially nothing. These little PCs are fun to build in and mess around with and that Xeon is not half bad. Now I have an old i3-2120 laying around to add to my collection of parts.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm considering selling the CPU for an extra 30 bucks or so but I might keep it around for whatever comes up. Sadly In my household my PC is the only Sandy Bridge PC. Building a PC is fun no doubt about that, scary sure but I was so happy to have the little thing working.