Garage find absolute budget rescue

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Michael Barrington
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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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+


Latest update.

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

Color(s): Black
RGB Lighting? No
Cooling: Air Cooling
Theme: none
Size: Micro-ATX

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Hardware

CPU
AMD - Ryzen 3 (1200)
Cores: 4
Socket: AM4
Motherboard
ASRock - HDV (A320M)
Chipset: A320
CPU Socket: AM4
Memory Support: DDR4
Memory
Corsair - Vengeance PC4 (21300)
Capacity: 8 GB
Type: DDR4
Storage
SanDisk - Ultra Plus
Capacity: 256 GB
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Type: SSD
Graphics
MSI - GTX 770 Twin Frozr
Chip: GTX 770
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
PSU
EVGA - 100-W1-0600-K1
Efficiency: 80+
Form Factor: ATX
Modularity: Non-Modular
Case
Custom - Custom (custom)
Case
NZXT - SWITCH 810
Motherboard Support: ATX, E-ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Side Panel: Acrylic
Type: Full-Tower
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Build Updates

Ram maxed

New PSU on its way

New case

Well I’m almost into the future.

New MB new cpu

New gpu