Description

After asking around for old(ish) computers from family and people in my area, I soon got an email saying that I could look through my school's computer stash that was about to be recycled. I took 3 school PCs home. 2 of them worked fine, and one had a broken PSU. I decided to really upgrade one of them.

I used Plasti-Dip on the motherboard to make it black, and I'm happy with the way that it turned out. I also spray painted the inside of the case black.

I wanted to upgrade this to the limit. The bottleneck of my upgrading abilities was definitely the PSU and the motherboard.

Upgrades: Before After CPU i3-3220 to i5-3470 GPU integrated to GTX 1050 HDD None to 2TB HDD + 120GB SSD

This PC can run Fortnite at 1080p on Medium/High settings at 80+fps I didn't go with the 1050ti because I was afraid that the PSU wouldn't be able to handle it. I am glad that I didn't because the CPU and GPU max at the same rate. Perfect combo!

Also, I am planning on cutting out the side panel and adding acrylic(Like I did in my Cooler Master N200 build)

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a really interesting build. Love the parts list and the fact that this is a "Did what I could with what I had build" and that it came out looking great and performing super well for everyday gaming.

Love it, definitely memorable!

+1 !

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  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Possible stupid question, does the Plasti-Dip hurt your thermals inside the PC?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a stupid question. It does not affect the thermals with what I have right now; however, a more powerful system might have increased thermals. my GPU and CPU never thermal throttle. Always below 70 C

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for answering! It was a pretty cool idea you had.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

is it really a sleeper if you can see the rgb from outside the case?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe not, but I like the hint of RGB. I am going to cut out a side panel and add acrylic soon so it really will no longer be a sleeper ;)