Front. Blue and white power switch wire stripped bare and tapped together to boot
Side inside view
Soon to be fitted with new PSU
The transplant begins
It’s all in
Just a small upgrade
Yay modern board modern cpu
Garage find absolute budget rescue
I managed to cook something on my laptop which was about 3 years old and wasn’t worth any repairs so was fit for the bin. I have very little money at present due to house renovation so this is absolute budget.We had recently moved house and used my in-laws garage to store stuff during the move, when clearing out the garage I cam across my father-in-law old pc which years ago I promised to wipe the hard drive and forgot all about it. So decided to see if I could restore it to working order. The case is battered and had a puddle of water in it not a promising start. I decided to take it home as I needed a machine for general word and excel docs. The PSU looked very rusty so decided to bin it and buy a cheap 500w to replace it. Before booting the pc I dried off what I could and left the pc in my airing cupboard for 2 weeks. Momtof truth new PSU fitted powers up but no disk recognised with the disk making really bad noises, thankfully I have my 250gb ssd from my laptop with win 10 os. Stuck that in great we are getting bios and a window boot. Unfortunately windows failed to boot due to the licensing being locked to my laptop. Thankfully I had the original win7 disc for the pc, a format and install later I’m up and running all be it at a very slow speed due to the bottleknecking at the cpu I can live with it though. After a bit of hunting around a week later I found for £20 a phenom II x4 b55 to replace the Athlon II x2 250 in my micro atx am2+ Foxconn MB. Fitted and slight OC boot time is 15sec happy days. W few weeks ago I purchased a GT610 1gb gpu not great but affordable and a considerable upgrade to the on board gpu which is shocking at least I can play a basic game on my pc such as sins of a solar empire.
My next stage
See what max ram MB can take and buy it if I can afford. Save for a 800w ish modular PSU
* mother board Foxconn A47-MK am2+
I have a ryzen3 1200 ready to install
And picking up a motherboard asrock A320m pro4 today and it’s coming with 8gb 2400mhz ram (2x4gb).
Midnight tonight when I am home from work I will be rigging it up and hopefully have a modern pc.
Not expecting great performance with it but a good start towards a more reliable and better performance than I currently have
I’m nearly into the future with a really tight budget. Been gaming on low settings on low demanding games since the last update.
I have now purchased a ryzen 3 1200 for £50 of amazon and hopefully picking up a used asrock a320m pro for £50 which will come with 2x4gb 2400mhz ram. Not a bad buy considering money is tight. I would have liked to save for an Asus x470 but £150 is a bit too much to splash out will update when I’m at the install stage.
P.s I will be seeing if mb posts before handing cash over.
New MB new cpu
New motherboard installed ryzen 3 cpu. Just a few updates to get through