Description

I ended up getting a deal on an old "High end" Amd build from ~2007- 2008 that had a phenom x4 9850 and a hd 6850 1gb saphire card (and 12gb of ddr2, but only 8gb was recognized by the system) for a dollar, and I had a friend who wanted to build a gaming pc for as cheap as possible.

So, for 55 dollars and a box of chocolate (which was a trade for the hdd) I ended up picking up a Phenom II x6 1035T on Aliexpress for 20 bucks, and an r9 285 for about 35 dollars on a bid. Overall, I got really good price performance, and I am fairly certain I got a golden sample for the 1035T as with a 270 fsb and amd turbo boost I was in the 99th percentile on the Userbenchmark database.

For those who are curious: https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/16412461

Part Reviews

CPU

Ended up getting a "refurbished" 1035T off of aliexpress for 20 dollars, and I am fairly certain it was a golden sample, as it was in the 99th percentile of all 1035T's on UserBenchmark. At 1.4v it was able to hit 3.87ghz stable

CPU Cooler

Somehow keeps the overclocked 125w AMD processor at 1.4v suprisingly cool at ~79c load

Memory

Pcpartpicker.com doesnt have the specific Kingston Hyper-X that is in the system, bit it performs excellently at above 1033mhz with an fsb overclock at stock voltage and latencies.

Video Card

Decent little gpu I picked up cheap used.

Case

As a case from 2008, this has features I wish I could have on modern cases, but lacks any real form of cable management.

Power Supply

Perfectly suplied power for an overclocked 125w cpu and a 190w gpu

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Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 8 points

When your PSU costs more than your PC

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

That's an extremely healthy overclock you have there, definitely a golden CPU. I barely got to 3.8ghz on my old Phenom II X4 970 (on water!) and that one was even the black edition. Nice older build. +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! This is a super budget PC that can still perform light to medium tasking.

What's the friend using the build for?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Gaming mostly. He has it set up as a remote access pc he can access on his phone at school, or stream to a school pc

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! I like seeing old tech still being used.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Featured?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Kappa

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah the R9 285, what a card! That phenom 1035T is still showing some life! Even after all of these years! And gotta +1 anyone using DDR2 RAM for their main system in 2019, that takes some guts! Should've gotten a 32GB or 64GB SSD to make this even more high end. I have seen some for under $10 on some sites used and many go for around $20 new.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

The budget I had to work with was 60 bucks. Could not find an acceptable condition ssd for 5 dollars, unfortunately. Also, a weird note on the ram, is that the non Kingston unbranded ram is two 4gb modules, not 2gb ddr2 modules, at 1033 speed with weird timings. And the only reason I know its 4gb dimms, is if you remove the kingston 2gb dimms it will still have 8gb of system memory.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

cant complain for that price. Its limited in what it can due to the instruction sets it supports (so for instance assassin's creed Odyssey won't work with this computer) but for that kind of money you cant complain. Great JOB

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

That is only partly true. You can emulate AVX 4.1 & 4.2 instruction sets using an intel developmental program (that I cannot remember the name of at this moment), but it ads about a 10ish percent cpu performance hit, but that is fine on the six core as it only really utilizes four cores effectively for that game.

Edit: This is the program I am talking about: https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-software-development-emulator

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

fascinating i didn't realize there was emulation for this type of instruction set! I'm going to do some more research into this thanks for the information!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm impressed and intimidated by your rams heatsink

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  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that an AM2 socket?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, Indeed

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

So, for 55 dollars and a box of chocolate

I love it. There is something about giving old hardware some new life. Very good job!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Speaking of bringing new life to old hardware, I am currently helping another friend with building up a Dell OEM 3020 with some exotic parts, such as a Bga to Lga converted 4890hq into his system, and a modded bios on the board that allows for unlocked multipliers on that motherboard for even conventionally "Locked" cpus. And sense the cpu has a 47w tdp, the added heatsink on the vrm and the aftermarket cooler should be more than sufficient to allow for a hefty overclock.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice. One of three things are going to happen with this you know. One, you never get to to work. Two, (which I'm hopping for) it works brilliantly. Three, It works brilliantly and then bursts into flames.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I already know that the motherboard "supports" this cpu because of the modded bios, and what chipset the motherboard has, as I made sure to look up the actual cpu in the support list, and even if it wasnt supported, I could modify the custom bios I made and flash it in freeDos. Being entirely honest, that project is just to see how far I could take that platform, even with some hardware modding, such as replacing the capacitors on the board, and shorting out resistors for the VRM to allow for just a little more voltage to the cpu.

The entire idea of that pc is to be a Frankenstein.

I already had plans to use a 750 ti "Thunderbolt" 2gb Zotac card with it that I had modded a couple of months back that I was able to push about 160w into the "75w" card with a bios mod and physical mod for overclocking, and got to 1560mhz from its 1320mhz boost clock on an already aftermarket cooler I got off of aliexpress. As it currently performs just below a gtx 1050 and I got it for 55 usd, and modded it with about 10 bucks worth of parts.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

The most old boi. Great build man. I really cant get enough of these budget builds.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

So since I'm the one who actually USES the PC, I should mention.

This PC cost $55 and two boxes of Dark Chocolate. That's it.

We REALLY a broke boi.

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  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Read the review. I have the MSI k9A2 Platinum, not the msi 790XT as that motherboard is not on pcpartpicker, and the load temps are for under a prime95 load, so worst case scenario. actual gaming temps are around 67c

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

You could create a custom part for that motherboard, and fill in the name and price on your own. That way you don't confuse anyone. ;)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats fair.