Scrapheap Frankenstein mod.1

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Roman Llorente
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Freelance IT specialist / system builder
Moscow, Russia
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Scrapheap Frankenstein mod.1

Classic order - operate on a budget of RUR20,000 (~USD309 at the moment of writing), preferably less, builder compensation included.
Build reason: client has several broken/nonfunctional/partial systems at home, wants to upgrade. OK, been there, done that, made it my profession.

Sticking point: client has very little money and cannot overspend.

End result: build complete for RUR15,600 (~USD241).

Hand-me-downs to be included in the build:
- Socket 1156 Intel Core i3-530 (2.93GHz)
- Old Microlab EATX case with front door missing
- Old Barracuda 500Gig drive
- Some usb2.0 cardreader in 3.5 slot (Alcor)
- LG DVD Burner (tray stuck)
- CROWN JEWEL: ZOTAC GTX470
- 2 sticks of ddr3-1333 2gig RAM (german takeMS brand, listed in the build as Generic, because well, it is!)

Purchases list:
- refurbished ACER H57H-AM2 V:2.0 motherboard from my friendly physics professor-turned-tinkerer, with IO shield
- simple and old Deepcool cooler (for some reason, cooler had a 2mm gap between itself and the IHS when connected to its backplate... solved by "spring-loading" the backplate with a paper towel)
- new SmartBuy Splash3 Sata SSD (240Gb, obviously using a stand-in generic chinese brand as adding all this obscure stuff is a pain)

Taken from the scrapheap of doom and gloom:

- 2 sticks of 2gig Partiot DDR3-1600 RAM (one was even single-rank!)
- Thermaltake TR2 550W PSU (required soldering in a new 140mm fan, old was askew, replacement taken from an old pile of AZZA case fans I had from my glory days)
Color(s): Black
RGB Lighting? No
Cooling: Air Cooling
Theme: none
Size: Micro-ATX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
$ 98.00
Intel - Core i3-530
Socket: LGA 1156
Cores: 2
Motherboard
$ 24.00
Memory
Patriot - PC3-12800 PSD32G160081
Type: DDR3
Capacity: 2 GB
Graphics
ZOTAC - ZOTAC GTX470 1280Mb ZT-40201
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 470
Storage
$ 34.99
Generic/WL - KingSpec 3D
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 120 GB
Storage
$ 50.75
Seagate - Barracuda ES (ST3500630NS)
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 500 GB
PSU
Thermaltake - TR2 RX (TR2 RX-550AL3CC)
Wattage: 550
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: none
Case
Custom - Custom (custom)
Cooling
$ 12.49
DeepCool - THETA 20
Type: Air Cooler
Unable to dertermine total build value (missing part value)
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