Description

Bought a $25 Dell Vostro 260 that came with an i5 2400. Added a used GTX 950 from Craigslist (Was between this and a 780, but local GPU prices are high), a used EVGA PSU (from a friend so I ultimately wasn't too sketched about it's condition), and some very cheap used RAM off eBay. The stock Dell cooler was running at 82°C at full load, so I purchased a cooler off Amazon that runs around 63°C at full load. I also sketchily mounted an 80mm case fan I've had sitting around to the front of the case for slightly more air flow. Last but not least, I added an SSD that I bought off another friend for cheap, which is probably at the same time the most optional and most necessary upgrade to the PC.

Runs most titles at medium-high 1080p settings giving 30-60 fps performance due to the lack of VRAM, but I haven't had a gaming PC in about 5 years, and it runs titles better than my PS4 (non-pro, of course). Also comfy for schoolwork, etc. Good deal overall, but if you want something future proof in anyway I wouldn't follow in these footsteps.

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent performance for such an old piece of hardware. Legendary.

CPU Cooler

Keeps my CPU running at 63°C at full load with, uh, possibly sub optimal airflow

Storage

Extremely snappy, breathed a second life into my rather archaic hardware,.

Video Card

Giving a 4/5 due to it's bargain secondhand market price, but 2GB of VRAM is simply not enough moving forward with current and upcoming video games.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

lol epic

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

nice :D

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I would have honestly suggested getting an E3 1250 or something along the lines for this computer, as it would help significantly in cpu bound games.

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 points

My other build (more recent one) has an E3 1245. It's functionally the same computer, just upgraded and moved out of the case due to the size of the OEM one.