My Sleeper Media Computer Build

  1. bobcollard's Avatar
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    My Sleeper Multi-Media Computer Build


    First let me say that this is going to be lengthy and detailed, so get a cup off your favorite brew and sit back. It began when the power supply of my Lenova let out a puff of smoke taking it's last breath. That was about a year ago. Nearly broke, retired, I read a lot and have a background in computer repair. So, the idea came to mind, buy a refurbished work station from Amazon. The HP 8300 SFF is a perfect platform for upgrading. First I stripped the Lenova of all compatible parts. The Graphic card is cheap, but it worked. The 8G of RAM enhanced the 4G that was inside for the time being. Finally the 2TB HD replaced the 250G that came with it. Not much, but a start in the right direction to be sure. The idea is I love to watch movies on the 22" wide screen rather than sitting in front of the commercial laden Television. Also have a large collection of Wallpaper. News, weather and E-mail are a plus. First and foremost was a BIOS upgrade. The original was dated five years old and to upgrade anything like the CPU it was necessary. I had been running Linux for years, time to check out Windows 10 Pro for a change of pace. Current BIOS is K01 v0308 4/10/2019. Upgraded CPU from Intel i5 3470 2.9GHz to i7 3770 3.1GHz. Added a BluRay Internal Disk player with software and an external DVD-RW USB to increase the type of movies I watch, besides the ones that are already on line. Graphics still sucked, so went back to Amazon for a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Gigabyte) graphics card, improvement there. HD was slow so I bought two 500GB SATA SSDs, one for system and the other for backup and added Data. Wow that was quite the improvement. It has taken time and patience to get all the information, buy things once a month, enhanced the system by joining The Insider Program, Now 2004 Build 19041.207. The I added other small things to themes to my own tastes, like a clear back ground on the Task bar, Classic Menu, centering the icons, changing the Mouse Cursor and assorted software. Now I have a very fast, very comprehensive collection of hardware and software. It turned out to be more expensive than I guessed in the long run, but, it's been educational and I am not broke buying a $1000.00 Factory built, Chinese model, that will go up in a puff of smoke. Bottom line? Ask me in a personal message and I will break it down for you.
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  2. sygnus21's Avatar
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    TLDR summary version - I bought a refurbished PC and, and other parts from Amazon and with those and my my existing PC built a new one, and also tweaked Windows.

    Not sure why we need to PM you to ask questions? Oh, and a lot of parts are made in China so...
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  3. bobcollard's Avatar
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    sygnus21 said:
    TLDR summary version - I bought a refurbished PC and, and other parts from Amazon and with those and my my existing PC built a new one, and also tweaked Windows.

    Not sure why we need to PM you to ask questions? Oh, and a lot of parts are made in China so...
    Your compassion is overwhelming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  4. sygnus21's Avatar
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    I'm not sure how "compassion" plays into this but ok.... Mine is simply a summary, a question, and observation.
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  5. bobcollard's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro Ver. 20H2 Build 19042.928
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    sygnus21 said:
    I'm not sure how "compassion" plays into this but ok.... Mine is simply a summary, a question, and observation.
    You remind me of someone I met in Arch Linux Forums. They accused me of using You Tube to install their system and I had bought a book and used it instead. His comment was "Nobody Cares!" Arch happens to be one of the hardest systems to install and they take pride in it. The answer to your question is I am not in the habit of sharing openly what I payed for the parts.
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