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I saw an upgraded Dell posted a few days ago. I've always like prebuilts or OEM machines given a new life with a few new components. So I thought I would post one that I helped give a second chance.

I caught a friend of mine gaming on a noisy laptop. I told him I thought he should build a desktop for some serious gaming. He admitted he had one. But it was so slow he didn't want to use it. I wanted to have a look so he brought it in to work.

It turned out to be an old Dell XPS 8500 (I think) that he had bought in 2012 or 2013. It was pretty dusty. And it smelled like the pink soap you find in municipal building bathrooms. I'm not sure why. Anyways, the i7 3770 is still a pretty solid processor but his GT 710 could use an upgrade.

At this point, he got the fever and the cure was more upgrades. He went with a PNY GTX 1060. Purchased before the mining craze for around $230-240. The good old days. Some storage was purchased. A smaller capacity PNY SSD for a boot drive and a Sandisk 1TB SSD for his games and things. He kept the old 1TB spinner from the system for all his other stuff. We also threw in a Corsair CX500 power supply. I'm not sure where he found it. Oh, and an 80mm fan with blue LEDs for some airflow in the front. He just wanted some accent lighting I think. I gave him some DDR3-1600 I had leftover to bring him up to 16gb of system memory. We talked about cable management. "How about some" I says. "Why" says he. "I can't see it with the side on" "Fair enough" says I.

This turned out to be a pretty capable machine. It has a lot of IO, it runs super quiet and is very much a sleeper rig. He plays PuBG and Wildlands some Skyrim and the software he uses to tune his car and his truck. It works well for all of that. He wants to build a new computer now but he can't seem to find a reason to when the old Dell is still alive and kicking.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I always love the XPS cases. Love this build. Makes me really wish I could have save my old XPS case but It had those crummy BTX motherboard form factors and the cpu was a decade old. It was a 710 i believe

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

My dad has a xps 8300 with an i7 2600 in it and a hd5870. Cant wait to to upgrade it when he gets a new one

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

it's amazing how many of these things are still out there.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

bro what is your motherboard ?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

It's an OEM Dell board. I think it's made by MSI.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

what was your previous gpu ?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

A GeForce GT 710 I think.

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

Lol ... bro i5-3330 cpu is a good cpu ?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/fsLJ7P

this is my build but now i have i5-3330 cpu

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't deliberately bypass the profanity filter.