Building the Ultimate Sleeper Gaming PC

– Hey guys, this is Austin And today, we're building the ultimate sleeper gaming PC, and it's all thanks to our friends at Intel for sponsoring this madness

The rules are very simple We have today, which right now it is 10:40 am, to build an entire sleeper gaming PC And what does that mean? Well first of all, we want to find the oldest, the most beige retro-looking chassis we can, and load it up with some properly high-end stuff

We're talking a ninth gen core i7, high-end graphics, Optane memory, the entire deal The main idea here is that we have to have an overkill gaming PC that looks like it's something from 1999, right? I don't want from the outside– There's no RGB, there's no huge exhausts, or anything like that This should look like some old Windows XP system, but inside it can handle all the latest games, editing, whatever we want to actually throw at it We may want to go for an ITX supply, but until we find the case I don't wanna commit to that, because ITX supplies are more expensive than generally not Yeah, well actually this one's not so bad

So we've got– Oh, it's got wifi built-in, as well as we can– Oh, does it have Optane though? It does support Optane, okay, excellent Let's go ITX I've got the smallest cooler I can find Lets get our core i7 and lets get our Optane I'm just afraid that 1050's not gonna be enough power

We need this to be awesome, but it's so hard to pick Unless we were able to find a properly big, old case If we do, I don't think it'll be a problem, but I'm just so nervous I don't wanna commit to something I want it as small as possible

What if we get a low-profile card, and that's our backup, but we try to put the RTX 2080 TI in – [Ken] Yeah – So, that was mostly successful The main thing I'm worried about right now is that we still don't have a case There were a couple in there that looked okay, but for the most part, they all looked way too modern

The star of the show here though is definitely the i7 9700K It's a ninth generation Intel processor It is a full eight core chip, and on top of that, it is over clockable Now, depending on the case and everything else we choose, I'm not so sure how much we can actually over clock it But the whole idea here is that I wanna have a system which looks old and retro and lame on the outside, but can handle the latest games, video editing, streaming, whatever

Now we just have to find the case, and actually build it Hey how's it going? I've got a little bit of a weird one I'm looking for an older system, preferably one of the old beige towers I'm mostly just needing it for the case, it doesn't actually have to be working Would you happen to have anything like that? Is this gonna be a problem? Do you think we're actually gonna have a real hard time finding these old systems? 'Cause he's right, most people just recycle them at this point

– Yeah, I mean, no one really wants them – You wouldn't happen to have any older desktop towers, preferably something beige? Dude, its one o'clock We need to have time to get back to the office, and build this If we don't get something in the next hour, we're screwed There's no way

– We'll be right over then Alright, talk to you later No problem – Okay, that sounded promising – So, I told him what we needed

He's just gonna give us the case It might have some parts in it, but I think he might just give us one with just the case, nothing else – Oh, that's perfect – Yeah – Success

So Ken pulled this one out We were able to find a computer shop, with what I think is the perfect case So it's nicely beige Up front you can see it's got originally an Intel Celeron, got the old school power button, even got a CD drive Now we just have to actually build this thing

But this, I mean look at this Imagine walking up, seeing this system, and inside you've got a full 2080 TI, a core i7 Ah, man, I really did not think we were gonna pull this one out I really thought that we had bitten off more than we could chew And so with that we have everything we need to build the ultimate over kill sleeper gaming PC, which is a little bit of a mouth full

But now that I have a super cool wardrobe change, I think I'm ready Come on, how can I not wear this? It literally just showed up Microsoft sent over a windows, ugly sweater So I really don't know how old the system is If I was to take a guess, I would say probably early 2000's, but the important thing is, is that it has essentially everything we need, or at least I hope so

As sad as it is to say, I think it's time to pull the motherboard out and upgrade it with something just a little bit more modern The first thing we can remove is our modem, which I don't think we'll be needing any dial-up anytime soon So with that, we have our motherboard Damn, things have come a long way Oh, front panel

This is gonna look hilarious with a 2080 TI This old system, and our i7 on this tiny little motherboard That looks a little interesting, but we will make it work The important thing is that it does mount up to our current spots Look at that

Is this actually going to work? Did I decide not to do a terrible idea? So, with our processor installed, our cooler on here, our Intel Optane memory, as well as our RAM We're ready to see if this actually fits, although it should be fine So with that, a big chunk of our build is actually already ready We have the motherboard, the core i7, pretty much everything we need for the main components Now we need to figure out how to put in our graphics card, our hard drive, our power supply

This is not a crazy, high-end unit or anything, but it should give us enough power, and importantly, it is semi-modular, which should be helpful because cables might be a little tricky in this case All right, three power supply screws should be enough to keep that in place I do see a problem in that the back doesn't quite match the front, but as soon as we put the side panel on, I don't think anyone will be able to notice Excellent, all right Now, we've made some progress

So that looks pretty close, we still need to install the hard drive, but I actually think it's safe to say now, this is going to work Now, where are we going to put this? I believe that's a 35" drive bay Oh, yeah No problem, right like that

So with this, the ultimate sleeper PC, hopefully is ready to go Fingers crossed Oh, oh 'kay, I see fans spinning, graphics card spinning, it's making noises 'kay

Not a great sign We'll be right back after a quick BIOS update of our motherboard (mellow house music) So, after a little bit of updating, and downloading, and installing, the ultimate sleeper PC lives And I can't tell you how happy I am with this build I mean, just look at it

I will admit, I may have slightly misplaced the core i7 sticker So to run you guys through the build, inside we've got proper components We've got that core i7 9700k, full eight cores over clockable, the whole deal We also have an Nvidia RTX 2080 TI, and that's all inside this chassis, which will be a little bit of a surprise for most people, I expect Oh, yeah

So we even got the case speaker to work So, it's wired up to the motherboard here, so if you ever have a problem with your super cool PC, you'll get some helpful beeps, just like 2001 intended The crazy part of this build is that everything works exactly like you would expect The power button works, that speaker works, the LEDs work for the hard drive I mean the only thing that we don't have fully up and running is the CD drive, because I don't have an adapter to make it work

But I mean, I'm really surprised what we were able to find in just a few hours, and actually make it work The fact that we're getting this kind of performance out of a PC that looks like this, is awesome I mean, look, we're maxing out our 1080P monitor at 185 frames per second, and that's full ultra settings and everything It's so smooth I love the idea that we were able to build something that from the outside looks so old-school, and so retro but on the inside, has all the power to game, all the power to stream

We can video edit, I mean, there's literally almost nothing we can't do with this PC It has the power for pretty much anything we throw at it, but the looks from straight out of 2001 (laughs) Ah! No So that my friends, is the ultimate sleeper gaming PC We've got all the performance and all the nice conveniences of a modern system, but as soon as we slide the side panel on from the outside, no one needs to know this is not a windows XP 2001 gaming box that has been sitting in someone's grandma's basement for 20 years Anyway, huge shout-out to Intel for sponsoring this crazy project

If you guys want, check out the core i7, or some of the other parts I included in this build The links will be in the description – [Ken] Hey Austin, will you put that 92 millimeter fan that you didn't add in in the description? – Cooling's important, kids

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