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.