LAN Party Sleeper

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LAN Party Sleeper

This build is probably my favorite used build of all time. I've been on a mission to re-purpose old OEM motherboards for some super budget builds. It's crazy how much people want for these things even though the demand is so low, so it's taken me a while to find one at the price I wanted. I finally found a seller on /r/hardwareswap that had a really good deal so here we go!

CPU / Motherboard - The seller on hardwareswap had an old HP H61 Chipset motherboard with an i5-3470. He had it listed at $60 and I was skeptical at first, since it had no I/O shield and I had been looking for old Lenovo or Acer brand motherboards since I heard those were easy to work with. The guy ended up lowering his price to $50 and I couldn't resist after that (I have an addition, plz halp). The seller ended up being a week late on the shipment, so he actually threw in the SSD for free!

Ram - Just threw in some ugly value ram I had laying around the house. Nothing special here.

SSD - I listed this as $5 even though I got it for free. Can't go wrong with the value on this one :)

Video Card - This card was actually a throw-in on a separate Craigslist deal. I was picking up a CPU/Motherboard combo from a guy and he asked if I wanted this GPU for $10. The guy literally pulled it out of his garage and it looked mint condition with no dust, so I couldn't say no (really need to work on this addiction...)

Case / Power Supply - The case is a Zalman ZM-T1 MicroATX Mini Tower. These two parts were leftover from a separate used parts deal. I didn't end up flipping these since they were too low end for the build I sold, but they are perrrrrfect for this cheapy PC.

Conclusion -
This PC was another one of those builds that I had a hard time letting go. This build had a lot going for it: Super lightweight and small, incredible price/performance, and decent upgrade path believe it or not. It's like one of those beater cars that you don't sell, but instead run into the ground. My favorite thing about this computer was the fact that it weighed less than 15 lbs. You could literally hold this guy under your arm and transport him around no problem. Normally when I see a really light PC or power supply, it's actually a sign that the computer is pretty low quality. In this computer's case, it was actually a plus for me and I loved how light it was.

Ultimately I ended up selling this guy within 2 days of posting for my full asking price. Had a ton of interested for this guy so may have to explore cheap case/psu combos in the future for matx builds. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed my favorite super budget build.
Color(s): Black Blue
RGB Lighting? No
Cooling: Air Cooling
Theme: none
Size: Micro-ATX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
$ 200.00
Intel - Core i5 3470
Socket: LGA 1155
Cores: 4
Motherboard
$ 119.01
HP - IPISB-CH2
Chipset: H81
CPU Socket: LGA 775
Size: Micro-ATX
Graphics
$ 285.04
EVGA - GeForce GTX 760
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 760
Storage
$ 217.14
Kingston - SSDNow V300
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 240 GB
PSU
$ 161.00
Thermaltake - SMART
Wattage: 530
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+
Case
$ 47.99
Zalman - Z1 Neo
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Acrylic
Estimated total value of this build:
$ 1,011.18
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