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OK, so I've been kinda bored the last couple weeks and I've been trying to think of a new project. What would you guys think about doing an old school build for fun? I didn't get into building until early 2011 and my very first build was with a 2600k CPU and a P67 Sabertooth mobo. That means that I have never built a system without a UEFI or with a FSB! I was just thinking that it might be cool to try and build the most powerful system that I can using socket 775, a few of the leftover components that I have lying around, and a small budget. Part of the challenge would be scouring the web for good deals on classic components like, say, a QX9650 etc. Would a build like this be feasible? Would you guys be interested in a build log (video and written) of such a project? What about doing water cooling for it as well? Please let me know what you think and give me some suggestions here in this thread. I think this could be a fun project and a learning experience as well! thumb.gif
Edited by Majin SSJ Eric - 3/26/14 at 9:19pm
post #2 of 9
I think it would be worth doing only if you can get the parts for a reasonable price. Otherwise it would be a waste of time.
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Hmm i was always curious,

what do people do with these kinds of "project builds" after they are done?

they obv ganna have to spend money for OS (which, how do you guys justify doing?) to OC and check stability, not to mention drivers.

and what do they do with it? sell it to someone?
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I have some spare Windows licenses left over from sales over the years and I'll probably just give the PC away to my family or something...
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I will get prebuilts brought to me that will have a dead motherboard or something the owner will decide that they just want a newer machine. I will take the old stuff off their hands and when I see a part cheap enough I will pick it up. Then I will do things like install a Sever OS on it and practice migrating or adding it to a cluster...setting it up as a load ballancer...just playing around doing unnecessary but fun stuff for a home network. Then eventually if no one wants it they find their way to the recycling center.
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if you're looking for an old thrill, look up "athlon pencil trick"

(I actually did the ole pencil trick, MANY years ago!)
     
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post #7 of 9
...heh, or get some really old hardware...likely for free...that you overclock with jumpers. I believe I did that on a an old AMD K6 CPU.
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There's always getting your hands dirty with case modding!
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I'm building a NAS (just needs drives... and software... and a UPS would be nice) and I have plans to turn a Raspberry Pi into a handheld emulator box. Whether or not the latter actually happens remains to be seen, but I can hook you up with the parts list I have now if you're interested. A retro build does sound fun, but be aware that, well, it won't be modern by any means. SFF builds, especially a briefcase build, are always a challenge, but they're fun if you know what you're getting into.
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