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"One Bad Little Sleeper" - Budget Sleeper build

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Well, here is my third build. I have had two other custom builds - however, one build went to my Father, and the other to my good friend Harold - who sadly passed away this last August at the age of 81.

Anyway, here is what I'm dealing with.



This is my old eMachines ET1161-07 case and it's beat up glory. I originally got this computer for my 13th birthday in 2009.



...Anyone need a used OEM Vista Home Premium x86 key? Here you go.



And here is the inside of the case. I like how eMachines made sure that they broke up the power switch and LED blocks. This made it even more assuring that I was going to have a working front switch and LED without any worries.



Then I took the case completely apart, blew it out with compressed air and gave it a good wipe down to be sure that there was no dust left from the old board in the chassis. This thing was DUSTY.



I decided to go with the house brand ACE Hardware flat white. This made the inner chassis "pop" a little bit.



And then the inner side of the panels went flat black. This sure added some character to this little thing.



I was stunned at the results when I got the case back together. It certainly came out with more of a visual appeal than I thought.



Parts time! I rolled with MSI's A68-HM Grenade FM2+ Motherboard and an ADATA SP550 120GB SSD for storage. I do plan on adding another SSD sometime later. What I have here will do for now!



I had to buy an adapter for the drive cage, of course. I decided to get the Rosewill 2.5" - 3.5" adapter with the little 60mm fan on the bottom. I wanted to be sure that my SSD is going to stay cool.



Rolled with a Raidmax Hybrid 2 530SS power supply. A cheap modular option, but it will do. Also, this is about as good as the cable management was going to get in this little case.



The heart of the computer - an AMD A8-7650K Black edition. This chip certainly brought more to the table than I had anticipated.



Dropped on the heatsink fan, and then my Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB DDR3-1866 kit, and tidied up my cables as much as I could. This thing turned out absolutely stellar.



...I had to sneak in that new AMD sticker somewhere. All of the stock badging is still displayed on the front of the case as it came from eMachines.



A side shot of the finished product. The expansion slot covers are a bit on the short side, but they do the job.



It may look like any average 6 year old computer from the outside, but man, the rear I/O and power supply give this thing away.



My case fan came in a little late, but I rolled with an Arctic F9. Don't worry, since this picture, I've tucked that little cable away. wink.gif



Here is a screenshot from CPU-Z. You can check out my specs here as well.

Later installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64 from a USB Disk via USB 3.0. I timed the installation from start to finish, and ended up installing the operating system in 6 minutes, 54 seconds. Impressive to say the least.

Boot times with this system average around 24 seconds from the tap of the switch. If I shut off or turned down the motherboard post time, this would fall drastically, I am sure.

That's all I have for you guys! Not bad for my first post, I suppose. Anyway, tell me what you think! I would love to hear what you guys have to say about this build. I only ended up sinking $290 into this little guy. It'll get the job done until I decide to plop in a dedicated graphics card and possibly a few other minor upgrades in the future.

Until next time, take care.
Edited by cometic - 2/18/16 at 9:58pm
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I love sleeper builds. It's things like this that inspire me to find a crap box and stuff some mainstream hardware in it.
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Samsung 840 pro 128GB  Seagate 3TB HDD Custom Water Cooled Loop [Apogee XL, D5 Pump, E... Deepcool RF RGB 120MM Fans x6 
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Kylo RED
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Ryzen 1600X 6c/12t MSI B350 Tomahawk PNY GTX 980 Reference Gskill Ripjaws 2x8GB DDR4 2800mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 840 pro 128GB  Seagate 3TB HDD Custom Water Cooled Loop [Apogee XL, D5 Pump, E... Deepcool RF RGB 120MM Fans x6 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro 27" Qnix QX2710 Evolution II 2560x1440 Corsair K70 MX Red SeaSonic X Series 760w 80plus Gold 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Fractal Design Define S Corsair Glaive Corsair MM200 XL Plantronics RIG 500HD 7.1 SURROUND 
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