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This is a GAMING PC!?!?!

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You are on a super tight budget and you just got a 7 year old Dell Optiplex 9010. With a mix of new and used hardware upgrades, we are gonna show you how much game really is in that old computer.

 

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SATA to 6 and 8 pin PCIe power scares me but sure okay. I blame Dell for creating the problem in the first place.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

 

Desktop:

Intel Core i7-11700K | Noctua NH-D15S chromax.black | ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming WiFi  | 32 GB G.SKILL TridentZ 3200 MHz | ASUS TUF Gaming RTX 3080 | 1TB Samsung 980 Pro M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD | 2TB WD Blue M.2 SATA SSD | Seasonic Focus GX-850 Fractal Design Meshify C Windows 10 Pro

 

Laptop:

HP Omen 15 | AMD Ryzen 7 5800H | 16 GB 3200 MHz | Nvidia RTX 3060 | 1 TB WD Black PCIe 3.0 SSD | 512 GB Micron PCIe 3.0 SSD | Windows 10

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Ahhh, I also had a Dell pre-built gaming PC back in my Uni days when I was living on Government grant money. I think I had a RX460 in a Precision T1700.

REMILIA Mk.IIIC CPU: Ryzen 9 3900X, Cooler: Arctic Freezer II 240, RAM: 4x 8Gb sticks of Patriot Viper Steel Series 3600 CL17, Mobo: AsRock X570 Taichi, GPU: Asus RTX 2080 Dual, Storage: 512gb Silicon Power A80 NVME SSD (boot drive), a few 1TB and 512gb SATA/NVME SSDs for game storage, 6 hard drives 1-4 TB, PSU: Corsair RM750 MY2019, Case: Cooler Master Mastercase 5 MC500 (with add-ons), PCIE Cards: Cheap Chinese Marvell 88SE9215 4 port SATA card, Monitors: ViewSonic Elite XG270QC (165hz, 1ms MPRT, 1440p, VA, Freesync PP, pneumatic stand), Hp Z27n (IPS, 60hz, 1440p, 8Ms), iiyama G2530HSU-B (75Hz, Freesync, one in landscape, one in Portrait, all on pneumatic monitor stands), Mic: iSK UPM-1 USB XLR interface with Neewer NW700, Audio: Sabaj A3 160W DAC/AMP + Wharfdale Diamond 220 + Mission MS6 Sub, ifi Zen DAC, ifi Zen CAN, Littledot Mk.II (w/ Soviet Power tubes and British Mulard M8100s/Soviet Voshkod 6JP-EV/ American General Electric JAN 5654W dependent on mood), Sendy Aiva, Beyer Dynamic DT990 250ohm Black Special Edition, Audeze EL-8 Open Back, Mackie MC450, Sony MDR-CD900ST (w/ YaxiPad stPad2-LR) Sennheiser HD598SE (modified to be a headset, snapped headband held together with gorilla tape), Philips Fidelio X2HR (with thicc Chinese lambskin pads), Takstar Pro82, Mouse: Corsair Nightsword, Keyboard: Glorious GMMK ISO with Kailh Box Navys

 

KOAKUMA Mk.IB (24/7 Folding Slave PC made of spare parts): CPU: Core i7 4770, Cooler: Some small antex cooler with 80mm fan, RAM: 2x 4Gb Sticks of 2400Mhz DDR3, Mobo: Asus H81i-Plus, GPU: R9 390 Nitro+ (barely fits in case), Storage: 256gb Korean no-name SATA SSD, PSU: Corsair CX550 (Gray label), Case: Antec ISK600 ITX case.

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Dude, you're getting a DELL!

"We're all in this together, might as well be friends" Tom, Toonami.

 

mini eLiXiVy: my open source 65% mechanical PCB, a build log, PCB anatomy and discussing open source licenses: https://linustechtips.com/topic/1366493-elixivy-a-65-mechanical-keyboard-build-log-pcb-anatomy-and-how-i-open-sourced-this-project/

 

mini_cardboard: a 4% keyboard build log and how keyboards workhttps://linustechtips.com/topic/1328547-mini_cardboard-a-4-keyboard-build-log-and-how-keyboards-work/

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18 minutes ago, Quadrum said:

Linus in the thumbnail looks like he’s trying to keep a straight face but someone is sucking on his toes

How do I delete someone else's post?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

 

Desktop:

Intel Core i7-11700K | Noctua NH-D15S chromax.black | ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming WiFi  | 32 GB G.SKILL TridentZ 3200 MHz | ASUS TUF Gaming RTX 3080 | 1TB Samsung 980 Pro M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD | 2TB WD Blue M.2 SATA SSD | Seasonic Focus GX-850 Fractal Design Meshify C Windows 10 Pro

 

Laptop:

HP Omen 15 | AMD Ryzen 7 5800H | 16 GB 3200 MHz | Nvidia RTX 3060 | 1 TB WD Black PCIe 3.0 SSD | 512 GB Micron PCIe 3.0 SSD | Windows 10

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There is a wide world of Dell pre-built machines just waiting to be game machines. 3rd gen i7s are still decent enough if you're not going for cutting-edge games. 

My Current Setup:

AMD Ryzen 2700X 50th Anniversary

Corsair Vengence LPX 3200mhz 16GB

MSI B450 Gaming Plus

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

EVGA RTX 3060 Ti XC

ADATA SU800 1TB

WD 5400RPM 2TB

EVGA G3 750W

RAIDMAX Monster II

beQuiet PureWings 3 140mm x5

 

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How to use laptop as desktop's monitor?

Case: DAN Case A4-SFX v3
CPU: Intel i7-8700k @5.0GHz
Cooling: Noctua NH-D15
RAM: G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-4266MHz 2x8GB
Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix Z370-I
GPU: Asus ROG Strix GTX1060-O6G
Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 500GB
PSU: Corsair SF600 Gold
Display(s): LG 34UC88
Keyboard: Logitech G513 Carbon
Mouse: Logitech G703
Sound: Bose soundlink mini 2
Operating System: Windows10 Pro
Laptop: Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

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Any i7 2nd gen and up is fine for gaming on a budget.

 

In all honesty the biggest problem when looking for these machines is finding them with the good CPU's installed, a lot of the sellers know full well what are good CPU's and what are not and will pull the good ones out and replace them with crap that the average joe wont think twice about.

 

Still if u can find a optiplex or similar with a i7 2600 .or 3770 , 4770 etc thats a solid start, i would avoid i5's nowadays as most games now really benefit form the extra threads.

If ur lucky and u need a full system u can even pick up systems that include a basic bottom of the barely keyboard, mouse, and monitor.

 

It really is easy nowadays to get a used gaming system for cheap compared to even as recently as 10 years ago.

CPU: Intel i7 3930k w/OC & EK Supremacy EVO Block | Motherboard: Asus P9x79 Pro  | RAM: G.Skill 4x4 1866 CL9 | PSU: Seasonic Platinum 1000w | VDU: Panasonic 42" Plasma |

GPU: Gigabyte 1080ti Gaming OC w/OC & Barrow Block | Sound: Asus Xonar D2X - Z5500 -FiiO X3K DAP/DAC - ATH-M50S | Case: Phantek Enthoo Primo White |

Storage: Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SSD + Samsung 850 Evo 256GB SSD | Cooling: XSPC D5 Photon 270 Res & Pump | 2x XSPC AX240 White Rads | NexXxos Monsta 80x240 Rad P/P |

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Finally an ltt build I can get behind, although I would have gone with a used GPU.

Quote me to see my reply!

SPECS:

CPU: Xeon X5650 OC'd to 4.2GHz @ 1.35V (courtesy of @XR6)Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58 RAM: 6x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws X GPU: Asus RX 570 Strix Storage: 512GB Samsung 850 Pro and 1TB WD Blue PSU: EVGA 600B Case: Fractal Design Define C Cooling: H100i V2, be quiet! Pure Wings 2 (two intake, two exhausting through radiator) Monitor: 3x Dell P2210 on a Steelcase Eyesite triple monitor stand Mouse: Logitech MX Master 3 Keyboard: It changes, but usually Focus FK-9000 Mousepad: Steelseries QcK XL Headphones:  Sennheiser HD598SE and MEE M6 Pro

 

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1 hour ago, dwyeezy said:

How to use laptop as desktop's monitor?

Get a compatible driver board and plug in a HDMI cable

DIY Perks  has done a video on it:

 

"We're all in this together, might as well be friends" Tom, Toonami.

 

mini eLiXiVy: my open source 65% mechanical PCB, a build log, PCB anatomy and discussing open source licenses: https://linustechtips.com/topic/1366493-elixivy-a-65-mechanical-keyboard-build-log-pcb-anatomy-and-how-i-open-sourced-this-project/

 

mini_cardboard: a 4% keyboard build log and how keyboards workhttps://linustechtips.com/topic/1328547-mini_cardboard-a-4-keyboard-build-log-and-how-keyboards-work/

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52 minutes ago, minibois said:

Get a compatible driver board and plug in a HDMI cable

DIY Perks  has done a video on it:

 

Thanks, great video! But I actually just want to know how Linus controls the desktop from his XPS 13. I can see there's a HDMI cable plugged in the GPU while XPS 13 only has 2 type c ports? Just curious if it's actually a wired connection between the laptop and the desktop. Cuz I've been wanting to use my laptop as my ITX's only monitor for a long time. ( well maybe he's just using Parsec

Case: DAN Case A4-SFX v3
CPU: Intel i7-8700k @5.0GHz
Cooling: Noctua NH-D15
RAM: G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-4266MHz 2x8GB
Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix Z370-I
GPU: Asus ROG Strix GTX1060-O6G
Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 500GB
PSU: Corsair SF600 Gold
Display(s): LG 34UC88
Keyboard: Logitech G513 Carbon
Mouse: Logitech G703
Sound: Bose soundlink mini 2
Operating System: Windows10 Pro
Laptop: Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

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If people recommend using a Sata to 6pin adapter for beginners instead of getting a power-plugless GPU like the 1650, it tells just how badly the 1650 is priced.

Intel Core i5-8400 / ASRock Z370 Pro 4 / Hyper 212 Evo / 16GB DDR4 @3000 / MSI RTX 2070 Armor / Corsair RM550x / SanDisk 250GB / 1TB WD HDD / Fractal Design Define R4

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1 hour ago, dwyeezy said:

Thanks, great video! But I actually just want to know how Linus controls the desktop from his XPS 13. I can see there's a HDMI cable plugged in the GPU while XPS 13 only has 2 type c ports? Just curious if it's actually a wired connection between the laptop and the desktop. Cuz I've been wanting to use my laptop as my ITX's only monitor for a long time. ( well maybe he's just using Parsec

Oh, sorry; misread your comment :P

Either he's using Parsec, or perhaps he's using a (low latency) capture card (since of course they have to capture the system image as well).

"We're all in this together, might as well be friends" Tom, Toonami.

 

mini eLiXiVy: my open source 65% mechanical PCB, a build log, PCB anatomy and discussing open source licenses: https://linustechtips.com/topic/1366493-elixivy-a-65-mechanical-keyboard-build-log-pcb-anatomy-and-how-i-open-sourced-this-project/

 

mini_cardboard: a 4% keyboard build log and how keyboards workhttps://linustechtips.com/topic/1328547-mini_cardboard-a-4-keyboard-build-log-and-how-keyboards-work/

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Another YouTuber talks about the gaming on a budget, Optiplex style. Have we not bet this topic to death already?

 

Unfortunately newer Optiplex machines, dubbed "Series 5" will most likely not have the same legacy as these Series 4 Optiplex's as featured in these YouTube videos. Series 5 has Dell going back to using non-standard components. 

 

Generally I like used business computers as they typically will have a Windows key. 

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I like used business computers when I find them free. I've done a few up over the years. Drives are always trashed and need to be replaced. PSU go next, then cooling fans. We used to have a mates basement full of old computer parts that made refurbishment practical. We would tell him which skip bins to find parts and he would sell them for profit. He prob made minimum wage for the time he spent on it, but he had no boss. Buying one machine off ebay is a gamble.

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myoption is it depen on the game  game like he show in the video works the one i play the are bulder game or city skyline or  planet zoo some what ok they are so cpu demand game like factorio all it care about is fast ram  and a fast cpu and  the best singl core and some gpu wiht a ok amout of vram

 

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Forgot to mention replacing the thermal paste

I edit my posts a lot, Twitter is @LordStreetguru just don't ask PC questions there mostly...
 

Spoiler

 

What is your budget/country for your new PC?

 

what monitor resolution/refresh rate?

 

What games or other software do you need to run?

 

 

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Don't insult the GT 640 like that. Back then it was a great card w/o breaking bank and the equivalent to the 1030 in todays market, now if that computer came with a 210, that's a completely different story. Not the best sure but for the price, it could not be beat.

 

As for windows loading times I do run 10 on a drive for my i5 and never seen that screen once, have you ever thought that drive is basically shot? Would also explain the issues with the games as well... You don't have to hear a dead drive for it to be dead, a dead drive can still work. I bumped into one of my old drives with 8% health and it ran without issues. I think it was my 1TB seagate, which I thought was dead dead, not bad sectors galour dead.

 

Imo for someone on a "really tight budget" the 640 will work for most of the popular games they will want to play, not AAA games but for the games shown here it should work just fine. Not to mention 8Gb ram is plenty for such a person too, unless you can swap out for $10-15 after selling the 8gb I wouldn't bother.

 

And as mentioned above thermal paste... CPU bottlenecks are going to hurt you more on the old cpu than the gpu likely would have.

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13 hours ago, dwyeezy said:

How to use laptop as desktop's monitor?

buy an lcd controller on ebay, make sure its the right model.

main pc : ryzen 5 2600, rtx 2060, 16gb 3200mhz ram, nzxt kraken x53, 550 watt psu, rog strix b450-f, 250 gb nvme, 500gb ssd, 2tb hdd, nzxt h500.

perhiperals: razer ornata, g502, coolermaster mp 750, bose headset (idk lol), 1 asus VG248QG, Asus VG245HE

 

laptop: i7-3740qm, 8gb ram, 240gb ssd, 1920x1200 screen.

 

secondary pc: i5 2500, gtx 1050ti, 8gb ram, 120gb ssd, 1tb hdd, 180 watt psu...., lenovo prebuilt case   

peripherals: razer deathstalker, g502 og edition, g430 headset, razer goliathus, dell prebuilt screen and old af samsung monitor.

 

media pc: i5 2400, gt 710, 120gb ssd (only storage since im using my brothers plex server only) 16gb ram, hp low profile prebuilt case.

peripherals: logitech k400 +, 43'' samsung tv

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In this video linus gets ~181 FPS on warzone with an 1660ti and i7-3770. My setup has an i7-4770k (stock speeds) and a 1080ti, but I get ~95fps... Should I not get more fps? Even If i put everything on low I dont get near ~181 fps.

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I am looking to do something similar. I have an old PC that I built and want to turn it into something that I can game on (I mostly play Fortnite with my kids anymore, and would like to run atleast medium settinga of not higher). Trying to do it on the cheap.. Currently have:

480 watt thermal take power supply

Gigabyte socket AM3+ board (not sure what model anymore) 

Amd FX8120

16 GB DDR3 

GeForce 8800 gts

And a good old spinning hdd

 

Wondering if a SSD and new video card (like in this video) would be enough to get me where I want and if so, what card options should I be looking at? 

 

Sorry, I've been out of the pc building game for about 8 years and am way behind on technology and specs. 

 

 

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How do you transfer everything to the SSD? I’m trying to this but with an old asus tower. I know this probably basic, but help please! 

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What motherboard would you recommend for the i7 3770 if the motherboard does not use normal 24 pin power?

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  • 3 weeks later...

I have the Dell 9010 SFF and just recently put the ZOTAC 1650 LP into it.

 

Works a treat. No issues what so ever!

 

Other upgrades are 24GB RAM and 2x SSD.

 

If you can get an ex lease model cheap, I highly recommend it.

 

Mine already had 8GB RAM and an SSD upgrade. So it handily had the mounting sled to adapt from one 3.5" drive, to 2x 2.5" SSDs.

 

Cooling isnt an issue it seems - I do run it with the lid open sometimes though as the fans on the GPU run hard. I might remove the DVD drive and improve cooling flow.

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