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I had this old e-machines t6003 that would no longer boot and I figured it would be a cool little project to give it modern guts. The goal was to have an office/light gaming PC that could run GTA5 without breaking the bank...The Ryzen 3 2200G seemed like the best fit for that, with integrated cooler and graphics. And indeed it does run GTA5 very well at 1360x768 resolution. Since I am not running a graphics card, my original 300W PSU was plenty enough to power the whole thing.

I picked a B450 board to make sure there would be no need to update bios, and I picked MSI because the original board was form MSI. Other criteria were M2 and 4 ram slots. I put a 500gb M2 SSD for storage, and opted against internal HD for silence. But I will add an external HD docking system to use my old hard drives when needed. This things boots Windows10 in less that 5 seconds...

I also ordered a pci-e internal IDE/Sata card to connect the original cd/dvd optical drive and the external hard drives.

Only issue I had was no POST at initial boot, and It was because apparently one of my ram stick is a 2400 and the other is 2666, while I ordered two 2666. This was fixed by setting the bios to 2400. But I will be returning this ram and replacing it with 2x8gb ddr4 3200 sticks which should be give the graphics card plenty of room to play.

Otherwise this was a pretty simple process for my first build, and I am more than happy with the outcome.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm surprised that e-machines case has the airflow for a modern cpu. Love the cable management (even though there's no window) with the looms. Only thing I could see that might be sketchy is that old p/s; who knows when it'll give up the ghost? Otherwise, I like the build. +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I would imagine there are vents in the side of the case, most old cases have them. Allows those round CPU coolers to take in enough air without a main fan.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Well this is also a very low heat build too so I don't think thermals would be a huge issue. If he dropped in a 2700x and a gtx 1080 ti that would have been a very different situation. Would have had to be creative in opening airflow in that kind of situation.

Though for a future upgrade OP can drop in a low powered GPU, one that doesn't need a PCIe power connector. Here is a good example: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/NndFf7/zotac-geforce-gtx-1050-ti-4gb-mini-video-card-zt-p10510a-10l

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Why isn't the memory running at 2666?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

get a new power supply those old things are very sketchy and new 80+ bronze 500 watts are cheap enough because if the PSU blows up it can take everything else with it

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I replaced the RAM with 16gb ddr4 3200. I also managed to make the IDE optical drive work, and that was not easy. Only reason I did that rather than buying a sata one is because the bezel might not fit on a newer model.