The Old PC Challenge – introduction

I have a few Core2Duo class PCs lying around doing nothing, mostly they are waiting to be sent to the recycle place. I don’t want to just throw them away. All of them still work but are deemed “too slow” to be functional.

But are they really?

The plan is to take some of the old parts I have laying around and add them into one of these PCs. An old GeForce card here, an old SSD drive there and see if I can make a PC that I can run a recent 3d game at a worth framerate on them.

Step one is installing Windows 10 from scratch. What’s nice about Windows 10 is that you can install the “demo” version and putz around with it for 30 days before Microsoft really bugs you about registering it. I’ll do that.

Actually no. Step one was to gather up all the DDR2 and DDR3 RAM I could find and see how much I could fit in the PC. Sadly the biggest RAM sticks I have are 2Gb DDR2 and are slower than the DDR3 but the DDR3 I have are only 1Gb sticks. The system will thereby only have 4Gb RAM but it will be DDR3.

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This is an HP 8000 Elite series desktop PC from circa 2009 as per the stickers on the motherboard

I began by dusting the PC with a can of compressed air of course. Then added in a 500Gb SATA drive I had laying around doing nothing. I think it’s a good drive but we’ll see.

Next I added 4x 1Gb PC3-10600 RAM.

Then I booted off a USB Windows 10 installer.

Windows 10 actually installed in under 30 minutes and is now asking me the usual customization questions like which default programs to use for such and such.

I’ll pick express settings.

Note that the monitor I’m using is defective, the right hand side of the screen is darker than the rest, not sure why that is, I’m guessing part of the backlight is faulty.

I’ll come back with more later once it’s all setup and then I’ll install Steam and eventually some of the games I have on Steam.

Please stand by.