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Hello gentlemen (and gentlewomen). Today I got a PC. As you can see from the title and one of the pictures, this PC was owned by Bank Tec. I got to take it apart, clean it, and upgrade it.

The only rule I was given was that I had to back up all of the data and hand it over; which is the first thing I did (right after I played pinball, of course.). I was informed that what was stored on the PC from the worker before it was given to me was classified as "USI" or "User Sensitive Information". They also kindly asked me to take out the HHD and return it to them.

After I backed up everything, I had to clean it. Man was it dirty! The worse part is that I ran out of compressed air, so I had to TechYesCity this b*tch! (pardon my language). Seriously though, it was a huge mess. I eventually found out that the PC hasn't been cleaned for nine years. I placed in some "before and after" pictures. After cleaning, I installed the upgrades and put it back together.

UPGRADES Speaking of upgrades, I decided to go with three simple upgrades, the CPU, HHD, and RAM. I would have loved to keep the Pentium, but it won't do much for today's standards; so I decided to replace it with a Core 2 Duo E6400, simply because that's the only LGA 775 CPU that I had laying around.

The RAM was another simple choice (because I also had it laying around). The motherboard of the system and the 32 bit version of Windows XP only supports up to 4 Gigs of RAM. I decided to use it in Dual Channel for the extra speed.

This is becoming a reoccurring theme, but I also had the HHD laying around. The motherboard has SATA ports (surprisingly), so I went with a SATA HHD. I also really liked the blue SATA cable that came included. I simply loaded XP with a disc.

Well, that's all for now. This PC was fun to build (not to clean), and this keeps me pre-occupied while I wait for parts for the HTPC that I wish to build. Have fun guys and please stay safe.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 6 points

Nice to see you touch up on such an old PC :) Hope it serves you well for a while!

  • 45 months ago
  • 6 points

+1 for SLI Ram

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, that had me scratching my head, too.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

tfw you will never have SLI RAM

  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

It's good to see a PC being reused and not recycled or even worse, thrown away. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

So that means the GX620 can run core 2 duo!!! yay

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Holy cow. You're the featured build!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow that joker was nasty. Nice clean and upgraded

Thumbs up.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

congrats on getting featured!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

You need one of those babys: https://www.amazon.de/G%C3%BCde-Kompressor-AIRPOWER-190-50089/dp/B00BHC973G/

Don't know a good brand in the US

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

idk about something this heavy duty but I use something called a datavac electric duster by metrovac. It's bacically a can of canned air that you plug into a wall and comes with lots of accessories like nozzles and brushes. Only about 40 USD

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

That sli ram +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for Trump inspired title

  • 45 months ago
  • 5 points

We're going to make the Pentium 4 great again, OK! Because the Pentium 4 is the best CPU, no CPU is greater than that! We're going to build a wall around people who don't use the Pentium 4 and it's going to be the best wall ever.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I build the greatest walls

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

It's gonna be huuuuuuuuuuge!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

*yuuuuuge

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Big league! Lol.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I should try this with the PCs i have lying around! Edit: Dam the motherboards blown on one of them

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Look up the model number on your PC and find a spec list that states what motherboard is in them. Dell/HP (depending on your manufacture), Ebay, and Amazon are all known to carry replacement boards. (:

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Will do

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you be willing to put it in a bathtub filled with water and post the pictures as your ultimate custom water cooled pc?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Um yes and no. I might do that with a completely dud computer but not a half dud one

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Picture 13:

OMG!!! I am DYING!!!

wahahaha

you can try loading up Windows 8.1 or 10 and it will still run like a champ

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I enjoy Pinball too much to upgrade it. (;

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

ask and you shall receive

http://www.groovypost.com/howto/windows-7-3d-pinball-space-cadet-game/

i playing the game on my Win 10 laptop

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

There you have it!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I think there is a windows 7 version of pinball. I love the game too!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG I'm laughing lool, this was pure comedy. I used to have the Dell Optiplex 780 SFF and had a headache upgrading parts but this brought back some memories

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

As someone that works in a computer repair/recycling small business, where most of the money comes from other businesses(i.e. Penske) getting rid of old crap, this isn't even bad.

GX-series are old enough that we scrap them by default. No one wants 65nm C2Ds, even for cheap. I will say that as a light media PC or something similarly low powered, small media server or such, they're fine.

Overall, great work here.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I can understand why. The hardware in it before I upgraded it wasn't exactly.. impressive. Do they take the HHDs out before they send them to you or do you have to destroy them?

Thank you. (:

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on the company- sometimes they take them out(and we have to send them any we find) and sometimes they leave them in. If they're left in, we choose whether or not they're worth keeping and wiping, or destroying.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nvidia RAM existed?!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The manufacturer was OCZ. Nvidia was the name of the modules, however.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This is pure awesome! You've done a great job! +1 :D

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

whats the firestrike benchmark scores?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I currently don't own Firestrike to benchmark it.

Considering that it's using integrated, I would imagine that it won't do too well. :b

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Almost looks a little like mine that I just uploaded that has a Pentium 4 in it... minus the much smaller case

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

LMAO at the Perv pic!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my... this is art. And one more thing, picture 13 had me WEAK! HAHA!

Overall very nice upgrade. +1 for Dat VGA Port ;)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This is actually my PC right now. I have the exact same thing. And people ask me why I want to upgrade so badly.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

i believe we have the cheapest build on pcpartpicker. well done my dude!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build but I have a question ... If I took out that mobo would it fit in a Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX case

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it wouldn't. It's a proprietary motherboard; meaning that it would only work with the case that it's designed to.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea that is what I thought ... Thanks for the help :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to sli my ram lol jk

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

where's the mini SLI bridge???

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I swear I put that thing somewhere...

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I still have an HP Pavilion a450n that I use as a web browser off to the side and for downloading things that seem slightly risky and testing them safe before transferring them to my main PC (minecraft mod sites for instance) (3.0 GHz Pentium 4, ATI Radeon 5200 in an AGP slot, 2x 512 MB DDR-460 MHz RAM, 160 GB HDD with Windows XP)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the gaming performance?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

It plays pinball and minesweeper, 60 FPS without any drop. (;

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

i think it would be cool to see something like this in a modern case

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Good idea.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

After I backed up everything, I had to clean it. Man was it dirty! The worse part is that I ran out of compressed air, so I had to TechYesCity this b*tch!

In such cases, I usually apply liberal amounts of Dyson to the issue. Nevertheless, nice work cleaning out the gunk.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This proves to people that you don't need an expensive build to get featured. Great job!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This may just be because I haven't been a PC gamer for a long long time but why is there OCZ, Nvidia, SLI ready ram?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Blown capacitor on your "After" picture (lower left). This thing is just waiting to catch fire.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries, i'm replacing the board anyway because of a dead VGA port.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry man, I gotta do it. It's HDD, not HHD. Hard Disk Drive. And, recurring, not reoccuring.

My OCD was causing twitches.

Love the nostalgia though. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Pardon my error.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Deja Vu! It was actually just a few months ago that my mom brought home (from a different bank though), from what looks like, this exact same computer! But im so glad that you've fixed it up. I just have mine sitting dormant because it can't do much with today's standards, and I don't have anything lying around except the newish HDD that I put in it and it would cost more to upgrade than just replace. Hopefully I can find something to do with it and bring it out of the limbo-like state that it is right now. Again though, this made my day seeing someone actually do what i've been wanting to do for a while now. Good job, man.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I own one of these computers .-.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

It's amazing how you got to 2.13 ghz. And how does this even boot? It was plastered in dust. And how did you refurbish it? LoL.

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

hey I have the exact same set of ram, cool beans!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

pls hit me with the hiliary joke

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

thats golden

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  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

ooooo

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Remind me what the +52 is about

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

All I had to do was reread your profile. Doh!

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