My youngest son asked if we could build him a computer. I told him we could if he saved about $200. Well he made it to $145. I told him we could make a unique pc that would play games well, but we would install some old and used parts. We gathered parts from EBAY, Grandma, my old pc parts and a couple of new ones. I had to buy a couple of new fans and a new cooler. The cpu was going to be an intel G3258, but I found a good deal on an i5 4590. The old case was painted and placed into a modified lower drawer of a file cabinet with a lexan sheet for an upper cover and front and rear ported fans. The idea was to build a desk computer not a desktop. We needed a spot to put his older brother's giant pc on top. It worked out well. I found an old file cabinet and put together a desk with it. My youngest, Nate helped paint and assemble this one. I put in an undercabinet led kit I had purchased at Costco on clearance a couple of years ago for color. This is one happy little boy and the pc performs really well. When his older brother's pc is off this build is very quiet. This build was fun because of my son helping. I liked using the old and used parts, but the whole build a desk around a pc is just a pain. Still good memories, that's what matters. Oh and the smile that my son has on his face when he tells his friends we built that.
BTW notice the 3 different sets of ram in the pictures until the green led light pictures. The Vengeance ram had one bad stick. I ordered the G.Skill Ares set, removed the Cosair Vengeance and used 4 GB of some old HP ram until they arrived.
I had to cut a notch out of the MSI fan shroud to hook up the power button set due to the terrible placement of its mobo connector. Edit. Removed 760 and installed older brother's GTX 680 without having to modify GPU case.
I removed the small back exhaust fan and left it out due to the fan failed to spin on the first boot ups.
3M command velcro strips are my friend after this build. This is holding the case and the Lexan in place.
I exchanged the 120gb SSD with a 256gb Samsung SSD I picked up on Craigslist for $40. This one's 120gb SSD went into my friend's build. Yay upgrade!
Edited 7/2016: With the release of the GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 driving gpu prices lower, I upgraded my oldest son's two pc's. I put the GTX 680 in this pc and overclocked it to get as noticeable a difference as possible from the GTX 760 that scored a 755 on Heaven benchmark with all settings as high as they will go and resolution set at 1920x1080 fullscreen. Stock the 680 scored a 905. The best I could comfortably leave the gpu set at got me a 1029 score. Next we replaced the wireless card with the Gigabyte dual band with bluetooth. Much better wifi reception and speed. I'm happy with my youngest son's desk pc free upgrade. He is too.
Edited 12/26/16: I installed a 4 port USB 3.0 bolt onto the desk hub and extension, a wired gaming mouse and backlit keyboard on top of an oversized desk mouse pad. Little booger brain Nathan was hyped to get faster "gaming" gear to use.....then he went outside and rode his bike, played with his friends, chased and played with the dog, fell off his bike etc. Lol I'm not really complaing he didnt go crazy over a couple of upgrades. I'm glad he doesn't just sit behind his desk pc on a nice day. Merry Christmas 2016!
Edited 8/4/17: I installed a Seagate Barracuda 1TB hdd Nate and I found on sale at the Duluth, GA Microcenter in July while vacationing. He was low on space in his data a drive and kept getting errors when using the Seagate hdd check utilities. We cloned the 750 once it passed a repair cycle, formatted the 750 and switched the 1TB hdd to the old data drive position. Now the 750GB is for overflow. If the old Seagate continues to have problems, it will come out and head to the garbage. Now to add the external power button!
Edited 9/10/17: I replaced the GTX 680 with a 1060 6GB we found on clearance as an open box item at the Dallas Microcenter for $231. It's an overkill card for his PC use with a Heaven maxed out setting full screen at 1920x1080 of 1668 at stock clocks and 1726 with some overclocking. Threw in pics of the new Superposition benchmarks at maxed settings at 1080. He is "Testing it" for me before I switch it with the 770 I'm using..... Really I'll just leave it in his PC. I'm selling the old 680 and will sell the 770 soon. Hoping to get another of these little 1060's for the Lavender Lady build.
Edited 9/20/17: I finally installed a counter sunk power button he picked out at the Microcenter in Duluth, GA. I need to clean up the edges, but I got it flush. I also replaced the blue fan grills with filters to help keep the dust out.
Super surprised this little cpu works as well as it does considering It is not overclockable. I guess ti is no surprise since it is a Haswell i5. I really like the performance especially considering it can still be picked up new for around $160 at your local Microcenter from time to time.
First time using this cooler. My son and I hindered it's cooling by painting it, but it's on a locked cpu. Had to polish the block side a little. It looks so rough outbox the box.
Ok this is a crap model of motherboard, but the price used was fantastic and I have had no issues with it at all. The placement of the front panel connector is unfortunate as you can see in my build I had to cut out a section of the video card cooler fan shroud to make it fit together with the front panel connected. ASRock works well I am impressed and will buy this makers boards again.
Good memory at a good price. what more needs to be said.
Great craigslist find. Picked up two of these for $40 each. Great speed and no issues at all. Love those Samsung SSDs.
Good old HDD. Kind of loud and kind of slow, but great as a data drive. Showing its age with errors popping up. It's lasted from 2009 without ant serious incident.
So far very quiet and fast enough for a data drive. At $39.99 in the summer of 2017, I love it.
Wow. What a great little card. The performance of a GTX 980 with more ram and cheaper. I love it.
This old PSU has held up well and is 4 years old. I am impressed at the quality that went into such an ugly as butt PSU.
Just a free old DVD writer. It is loud and slow but works.
Once all of the OEM spyware is turned of during installation and setup this version operates really well.
Wireless Network Adapter
I'm liking the inceased speed and range this card offers. Really helped my youngest get a better connection even inside of the bottom desk drawer where the pc is built.
Old noisy and has a switch to set the speed, but free and moves air well.
Quiet, moves air really well and has lots of blades that don't cut little fingers that are stuck into the fan at full speed. PWM fan woo. I like it.
A good monitor but dies not tilt.
Gteat backlit gaming keyboard. Not mechanical, but works well and often under $30.
Good little cheap gaming mouse. It looks great, feels cheap though. My youngest will put it through its paces and I'll update the review if it dissapoints.
These have a surprising good sound. The built in mic needs an adapter to get it to work with the pc, but just as headphones it is worth it.
Great sound for the price. Catch them on sale occasionally at bestbuy under a different name and silver color.