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The Vaio build.

Jul 17, 2007
129 (0.03/day)
South East England
System Name Mother
Processor Intel Core I5 3330 3.4Ghz
Motherboard MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming Intel Z77
Cooling Corsair Hydro H60
Memory 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1333MHz CL9 running @ 1866Mhz
Video Card(s) EVGA Nvida 550TI in SLI
Storage 2x 1TB WD Black
Display(s) Samsung SyncMaster T22B300
Case Zalman Z5
Power Supply Corsair Builder series 750w semi modular
Well As the 'Retro Pentium 4' is coming to an end I have decided to start a new light project until my next crazy build.

I give you the Sony Vaio VGN-BX296VP.


So my sister in law gifted this pile of rubbish to me in the hopes I would sell it on her behalf but instead I gave her some cash and decided to upgrade my 2nd laptop from my old Dell Inspiron 2200 that I maxed out as it was limited and I needed a slightly more powerful GPU.

The current spec's are:
  • Intel Pentium M 1.73ghz
  • 512MB of DDR2-PC3200
  • Intel 915m Mobile GPU
  • 100GB Hard Drive (Samsung if memory serves)

Now this is quite bad but it has some plus points over my old Dell:
  1. It's not a Dell
  2. The speakers are quite good
  3. All manner of switches/ports and other good things to keep me entertained and find new ways of jabbing pens into it
  4. Bio-metric fingerprint reader (fun times ahead!)
  5. Lovely 15.4" screen
  6. faster wifi
  7. It's own charger, where as my Dell was a scrounger and kept having to borrow my Toshiba C50's
This system will be used mostly for software I want to try out before adding it to my main system, and other things I just don't want to do on any system I care about. This is mostly for 'Dog Work'.

I'll also be using this to play XP and older games that I normally play on the Retro P4 but it's so I can take them with me.

So what will I be adding?

A new CPU that's for damn sure as this thing is hell to use. I'll be adding 2GB of DDR2-PC4600 as that is the fastest it will take due to the 533mhz FSB. A bigger Hard drive will be added and a damn good clean up.

So, let's see how far this goes.



Feb 22, 2010
194 (0.07/day)
Kent, UK
System Name Quad Cannon
Processor Intel Core i7 3770 @ 3.9GHz
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V - Custom BIOS 2104
Cooling CM Hyper 212X with Push/Pull Corsair ML120 White LED x2
Memory 16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3-2400 11-13-13-31 2T 1.65v
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GTX 1070 8GB Founder's Edition
Storage 500GB 850 Evo + 250GB 850 Evo + 3TB Toshiba HDD + 5TB Seagate External
Display(s) 32" Samsung 1080p Curved VA + 21.5" HP 22xi IPS + 60" Samsung 6800 UHD TV (2016)
Case Fractal Design Arc Midi R2
Audio Device(s) Creative X-Fi Titanium + Logitech Z333 2.1
Power Supply 850W Seasonic M12II Modular
Mouse Logitech G602
Keyboard Logitech K800
Software Windows 10 Pro x64 || Linux Mint 18.1
Benchmark Scores None. Primary uses are browsing, music, gaming (mostly Battlefield) and virtualization!
I think you may struggle to find any faster cpus for that socket 479; Dothan-based Pentium Ms maxed out not much higher than that ~2ghz. I'd recommend a faster disk for it though, maybe a newer, 7200rpm drive? Or an SSD? It may be bottlenecked but it'll still improve the responsiveness!