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Cracklingice

My used parts rebuild

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I finally built myself an upgrade from the old Phenom x4 9750 computer I was using.  The build consists almost entirely of used parts with a few re-used parts and a SSD I bought new but had been using in the old rig. Parts and prices as follows

 

Case - PowerUp AK-27 Blue

PSU -   COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro RS-650-ACAA-A1 650W ATX that was also used in that build.

Mobo - I used a Dell Optiplex 790 mobo because it was only $18 shipped on eBay.  I was not thinking about all the proprietary connectors and additional items I'd have to purchase that would make this mobo with it's required parts as expensive as a normal $40 mobo.  I had to get the power switch, front panel I/O, case fan, and heatsink/fan from a Dell.

CPU - I got an i5-2400 from eBay for $51 shipped.

Ram - I got 4 2gb sticks of generic ddr3 from eBay for $20 shipped.

GPU - I reused the Radeon HD 6870 I got from craigslist for $40 and had been using in the old rig.

SSD - I got a 240gb Team Group L3 EVO from Newegg for $55 shipped that I had been using in the old rig.

HDD - I reused my old 2tb 5900 rpm drive

 

Here is a spoiler with some pictures and captions of where I came from and what I have now and a link to the full album that has a few extra pictures.

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The donor case

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Sadly the optical drive is IDE and the mobo doesn't support it, but I have a USB to IDE and conveniently have an external usb hub inside the case because of the front I/O panel I need to have plugged in so the mobo doesn't complain every time I turn the computer on.  The SD floppy combo sadly doesn't have windows 7 drivers or it has broken because when I plug it in I get an error.  Both were from the old build.

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Pile of proprietary Dell parts I have to use because of the Dell mobo.  Seems the temp sensor wasn't needed because I only have one but the board is supposed to use two.  The case fan I got is from the SFF sized Optiplex 790 instead of the desktop version because it's the size fan my case has a spot for and again, if it's not plugged in the mobo will complain every time I turn on the computer.  I took apart the front I/O to learn the pin out and splice the front audio wires into the front panel of the case.  Since the case is so old it uses AC97 audio connector instead of HD audio connector it doesn't support the sense lines that turn the ports on when something is plugged in so I hot wired the ports to always be on.  I think if I did it again, I would have tested the headset plugged into the back ports first.  Cleaner look.  I also had to splice into the power button and wire in my switch.  I tried replacing the switch with my case switch but the mobo complained so I have both switches fully functional with the Dell one being zip tied to the inside of the case.  I also extended the wire on the case fan with some speaker wires so it could reach the side panel.

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Yay the CPU finally arrived.  I removed my upgrades from the Gateway, gave it a thorough cleaning and returned it to stock condition.  I did make a mistake here though.  Perhaps you'll notice it in the picture.

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First time I've socketed an LGA CPU.  Yeah, I got that far behind.  My last build was a socket 939 Athlon 64 X2 3800+.

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CPU cooler installed (yes the fan is supposed to look like that) and test fitting the GPU.

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Great.  Who the bleep puts the bleeping SATA ports where a GPU is supposed to go.  Going to need to buy cables as all mine are straight ones.  There's a company that makes a really nice short side exit low profile cable that would be perfect for this sort of situation, but they want 10 bucks each.  No thanks, some 4 dollar right angle and left angle ones will do fine even though I will lose use of my third port that I was going to plug that esata bracket into.  Couldn't find a blank plate, just that esata bracket so I figured why not.

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Time to start playing with the spaghetti.  Definitely love my modular PSUs but they were so costly the last time I bought a PSU.  This one was $100 as it was.

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Ok, the new sata cables came in, time to get the data off the old computer and onto the new one now that I can use both my ssd and mechanical.  I was using a right angle sata cable I borrowed out of my old Dell.

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And it's all done.  I don't think I did that bad for the amount of spaghetti I had to wrangle.  I probably should zip the sata cable on the HDD to look a bit neater and get a blank out plate for the back so that esata cable isn't hanging around, but this case doesn't have a window anyway.

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And she's living in her peasant home next to her peasant half cousin that gets turned on a few times a year at best.  This case sucks for front air flow it's all from the bottom so I have put a boxed roll of scotch tape under the front to lift it off the carpet so it can breathe.  I would like to move the computer up to the top of the desk or something now that it's a bit more worthy than the other machine, but it's easier to reach down there.  I would have to stand up to plug in a USB and also have constant fear of the computer being knocked off and falling a few feet.

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http://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp[]=306&cmp[]=793

 

Well that's a deffo worth upgrade in my opinion...look at the single core numbers! xD 


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Posted · Original PosterOP

This build was not about having something super powerful but about getting a more consistent experience.  The Phenom was a severe CPU bottleneck and would see me getting 3 to 5 fps on the lowest settings in world of warcraft when I'd do a world boss.  I now get 35 or so doing a world boss on setting 4 graphics.  It's just a make life a bit better until Ryzen comes in and shakes things up and perhaps I'll do a full on brand new build at that time if I can afford it.  This entire system including the parts I already had is valued around $250.  To do the core system upgrade (cpu/ram/mobo) set me back about 120.  Definitely worth the investment to me as I see being able to most likely resell the system for that much when I do get around to a new build.


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6 minutes ago, Mr.Meerkat said:

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp[]=306&cmp[]=793

 

Well that's a deffo worth upgrade in my opinion...look at the single core numbers! xD 

Absolutely was.  A hundred twenty bucks for double the raw CPU speed, faster ram, PCIE v2.0 bandwidth instead of 1.0 and sata III bandwidth instead of sata II.  I'm also using the SSD as the boot device now where on the old machine I was just using it for the page file and multiple OS installs.


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4 minutes ago, Cracklingice said:

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Too be fair, Intel at the time released first gen core i5s and let's just say they weren't that much better than the Phenom x4...

 

At least you can now enjoy raids and bosses again :P 


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So I found the invoice I thought I couldn't find for some reason.  The case is a PowerUp AK-27 Blue that I bought back in 2007.


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On 1/29/2017 at 5:42 PM, Mr.Meerkat said:

Too be fair, Intel at the time released first gen core i5s and let's just say they weren't that much better than the Phenom x4...

 

At least you can now enjoy raids and bosses again :P 

In a case of irony, I still haven't played wow aside from a few test bosses.  I just got mega burnt out on the grind.  Maybe I'll give it a shot in a bit. 
Mostly I've just been playing the 3 Mass Effects and Overwatch.  I do notice a bump in the minimums and less lag spikes with the new CPU in Overwatch so it was definitely worth the upgrade.


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2 minutes ago, Cracklingice said:

In a case of irony, I still haven't played wow aside from a few test bosses.  I just got mega burnt out on the grind.  Maybe I'll give it a shot in a bit. 
Mostly I've just been playing the 3 Mass Effects and Overwatch.  I do notice a bump in the minimums and less lag spikes with the new CPU in Overwatch so it was definitely worth the upgrade.

Yeah, sandybridge the was the place where Intel started to pull away from AMD in perf... 


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Just now, Mr.Meerkat said:

Yeah, sandybridge the was the place where Intel started to pull away from AMD in perf... 

Yeah it's still very usable unless you're searching for high refresh or high resolution gaming.  A friend is gifting me his 2500k/z68/ram/gtx970 in a few weeks so I may even get more performance out of sandy in a bit.  I won't use the mobo/cpu until I get a new case/psu and AIO though.  It will probably be the parts I want to use in whatever my next build is.  https://pcpartpicker.com/list/PfxVHN


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4 minutes ago, rodrosenberg said:

You can even find this automotive type wire cover in a few colors!

I thought about using it in the color of the build, but decided to go with a more stealth look.  Once I get the final thing I'm waiting on then I'll update with more than just a candid sneak peak.


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Ok.  After trying to find the budget to buy a new PSU for almost 2 months now, my Windows install got borked and since I had to reinstall anyway, I dropped 5 bucks on a 6 to 8 pin adapter then chopped the zip ties on ole blue to remove the PSU.
Now up and running with an i5-2500 with max turbo OC to 4.7ghz.  Vcore currently peaks at 1.38 and I'm slowly working that down until I lose stability, then bump the offset back up a notch.  602CB
 

Pics hidden in a spoiler like last time so it's not a massive scroll fest for everyone.  As usual with my posts, click the large thumbnails for full resolution.

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Got a Hyper 212 LED for 24.99 free shipping minus $5 MIR and a DIYPC Ranger R4 case for $35.98 free shipping minus $10 MIR.  

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Had to remove the yucky molex connectors from the fans.  The case included 3.  2 LED 120's front and side and 1 120 red fan in the rear.  The side panel per specs should have had a 140 included though.

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Cooler and ram dropped in mobo.

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And into case.  Here's a rear shot.

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Didn't like the rainbow front panel wires.
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So I did this with them around the time of my last post.
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The loom goes all the way to the top.

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I then proceeded to go BDSM on the unused power cables.

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Pass the 24 pin around the back, get the sata power and data cables sorted.  Unfortunately the 4 pin CPU cable is far too short to route around the back.  I have it routed underneath the GPU and around the CPU cooler.  Probably going to need to get or make an extension when I get a new PSU for this build to route it properly.

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Time to bring the GPU to the party.  It's amazing how quickly even thoughtfully managed cables start to look like a plate of spaghetti.

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A couple full shots side panels off.
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Oh crap I forgot I need at least temporary optical for Windows install.
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And time to put the side panel on.

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It's got a red glow.  The Hyper 212 LED barely shows up aside from the light coming out of the sides of the fan (back of the LEDs).  Honestly a bit disappointed with the brightness.

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On 4/4/2017 at 2:06 PM, rodrosenberg said:

You can even find this automotive type wire cover in a few colors!

Hardly even notice the hidden rainbow front panel wires after putting everything in the case.  Maybe things will be cleaner when I finally get a semi modular PSU so I don't have all the unused wires tied to the bottom.


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About two weeks ago, I finally mined up enough crytpo to buy my new power supply.  Now upgraded to a Seasonic M12II 620W PSU.

 


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