Description

Technically, this isn't a new PC for me; the build date is when I put my last upgrade in. I've been spending the past two years upgrading it to this point, and the only thing stopping it from being considered a new build is the fact that it started as a prebuilt. Currently, though, the only remnants of the original system are the motherboard and the case.

It started in late 2016 as a Dell Optiplex 9010 with a 3rd gen i5, 8GB RAM, a 750GB hard drive (which, surprisingly, was slower than the 5400RPM WD Blue I replaced it with despite being a 7200) that ran extremely hot (up to 65C at times), then in early 2017 I picked up a GTX 1050 Ti as it was the only one my PSU at the time (275W) could handle. Since then, it's been undergoing slight changes, coinciding with my taste in video games.

The i5 could not quite handle everything well as it was hitting 100% on all four cores often, which led to a quick eBay purchase of an i7 from the same generation. As expected, my framerates became around 10 FPS higher in titles such as Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The 750GB hard drive was running loud and hot, so I gave the system a storage overhaul, as shown here. 8GB RAM was proven to not be enough for titles such as Just Cause 3, so I went up to 16. My family gave me an XFA240 144Hz monitor as a gift, and I kept my old P2011H for a dual-monitor setup. Last but not least, in an attempt to be better safe than sorry, I recently picked up an EVGA BT 450W PSU. The cable management is awful in the old Optiplex case, but the system still runs very well.

Part Reviews

CPU

This is an aging chip, but for what it's worth, it's still amazing. Performance is a tad below that of a new Ryzen 5 2400G in both iGPU and overall CPU tasks, but since it's almost seven years old, that is forgiven.

Storage

I bought this over other, cheaper options because I was afraid of the failure rate, and given how reliable this has been, it appears I made the right choice.

Storage

It's a bit slow, but I'd take a slow reliable drive over a faster drive that's prone to fail (Seagate, looking at you) so whatever.

Video Card

For the two years I've owned this card, it's been nothing short of stellar for something so power-efficient.

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Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

Super value build you got there.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thank you!! Apologies for the ridiculously dirty environment, I recently cleaned out my PC like a few weeks ago when I installed the 450 BT but the rest didn't completely follow suit with it.

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome budget build right here!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!! I can edit to include average FPS in canned benchmarks if anyone is wondering.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

No stupid rgb lights? I love it! Although the new generation wont think it's a fast computer if it doesn't look like a San Francisco nightclub

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

hahahaha, I plan on going RGB next time around just for the aesthetics.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol you young people and them trendy lights.... I just put in 5 rgb fans in my kids build for x mas. I guess I'm old because I think it's a fad that will fade out someday

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

That makes sense, lol.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

like it!! simple 1080p gaming PC!!! +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!!! for real, planning an midrange, all AMD system next time around though.