This was a build for my co-worker at the hospital who had been toying around with a gaming PC build idea for a while, but hasn't ever built one. It started out as we found a Core i5-6500 in perfect condition that came out of a PC that wouldn't boot from a broken HDD. Since the workstation was marked recycled in inventory, it became the first part of his budget build. After looking through a sea of ITX and mATX cases that he didn't like, we found this Lenovo workstation that was decommissioned for running Windows XP, The handle was perfect for LAN party travel, after a few bits of measurement, I found out it held a standard mATX motherboard and a ATX power supply. So I got to work putting together a parts list that was hilariously powerful for a corporate black box that sat under someone's desk for 11 years. A few caveats while planning this build came up as I worked:
- The case only supported 92mm fans, and the motherboard required a PWM fan splitter to run both fans
- The front-panel USB 2.0 cable wouldn't reach on the new motherboard, which required an extender
- The front panel power led and hard drive activity lights have +/- in different places, which will require some block reconfiguration in order to remedy (probably some wire crimping and soldering at some point)
- There are no screws to securely mount the Zotac 1070 Ti Mini, which will be remedied as well, so it's currently held in place with a retention bracket (that was probably never designed to hold such a heavy card)
- The case had a maximum clearance of about 45mm for a CPU cooler, which would block the intake fan for the PSU, so a slim cooler was needed. The Cryorig C7 seems to be adequate since the CPU can't be overclocked anyways.
Overall though the build seems to be awesome and if anyone is deferring to the list to see what I chose, the MX500 is in the M.2 form for this build, that SKU is unavailable for some reason (at least when I made the list). Also the card was bought on a Black Friday sale, and the idea of $15 more for a 1070 Ti over a 1060 6GB was a no-brainer.
Let me know what you guys think of my first "sleeper" build!