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The Scrap Console

by gukkelak

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16 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 8, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

932MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.0GHz

Description

So this build started out as a almost free thing that i did because i had acquired a few of the parts for free from people i had helped opgrade their pcs and what not.

I had to buy the motherboard, ram and GPU brand new. I had 4gb og ram lying arround but it wasnt gonna cut it for games, so i ended up buying the 8 gb new since ram is pretty cheap.

The case was bought second hand dirt cheap since it was missing quite a few things that i had to find myself, the PSU is from a friend who thought it was defect, so he gave it to me, and i found out it was fine. I replaced the fan on the GS700, because the fan started doing some weird ticking noises whenever it startet to turn, and since the PSU is semi passive at low loads, it started happening alot while playing a game and doing other stuff that would make it spin. When i first took off the PSU shroud, i found a fan that had 7 wires (!!!) which confused the heck out of me. Im no low voltage engineer, but im no stranger to the basics and soldering stuff, but this made me lost. Anyway, i kinda took a chance and guessed which was phase and ground, and soldered a stock corsair 1000 rpm fan i had laying around on to the connector that fitted in the psu. And it worked (No overheat yet so all good).

This build started out in a Fractal Design Core 1100, but i wasnt satisfied with it since i thought it was too big, and it didnt really complete my HTPC thing. I then changed it to the Silverstone GD05. My the GTX 960 Strix wasnt able to sit in the new case because it was too tall, so i got the RX470 instead.

I started out using a GTX 745 i got from my friends pc that i upgraded to a 1070, but it wasnt really cutting it for games (and i got upgrade fever) so i got a GTX 960 2GB second hand which was just getting the job done. I wanted to play Forza Horizon 3 on my TV, and this game eats vram for breakfest, so i had to upgrade.

The goal was to make it quiet and cheap, which i have accomplished. The cheap part is starting to be diminished as i keep upgrading it lol, but overall i think i did okay!

Upgrades in the future: SSD, CPU Cooler, and maybe 16gb of ram.

Thank you PCPP for all the help and inspiration from lurking all of your builds! Sorry for any mistakes, english isnt my native language.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU, got it for free. Runs fine for what i need it for.

Motherboard

The actual board is an P34, but it wasnt in the list. Great little (dirt cheap) board. Gets the job done, and seem to be staying okay cool. I was concerned at first that the VRM circuitry would be getting too hot, but i seem fine when i put my hand over them. Only has 1 controllable 3pin fan header, which isnt really practially anyway, so i ended up using resistors to quiet down the fans.

Memory

Its ram, gets the job done. No problems so far.

Video Card

Awesome card! Im used to only having semi high end cards like 970 when the 900 series just came out, but this card really impressed me in every single way possible. With almost no airflow in the case (fans running 5v) the card sits at 77 degrees C while playing Forza Horizon 3, and is really quiet. Im super noise concerned, and im going nuts from the smallest noises, so i think i can say that it indeed is quiet. It performs on par (almost) with my 970 strix for like half the price i gave for mine a year ago. Great card, recommended.

Case

Great case. Its pretty big i think, but is nice. I think they should have made the case a tiny bit taller, so i wouldnt have to force the side panel on, and forcing the 6pin PCI-E connector down, but it works.

Power Supply

Hmm, its mixed feelings with this. Its semi passive feature is nice while the fan works, but once it starts to make weird start noises, it gets annoying. The voltages isnt as tight as i think they should be, the 12V rail shows 12,3V in the bios. But it works, and it works well after i changed the fan. Has lights and sh*t with the stock fan if youre into that.

Comments Sorted by:

Minky7 3 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Really nice little build, what kinda controller are you using with it?

Cobyfield 1 point 9 months ago

Playstation 3 Stock Controller.

gukkelak submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

This. Planning to buy a xbox one controller and the windows adapter in the next few weeks. This works pretty well with SCP Server, but the PS3 controllers are semi broken (all four of them in different ways) so im propably gonna buy atleast 2 xbox controllers for FIFA and such.

FACUNDO 12 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Good HTPC! You Americans have good friends (they always gift you free high end CPUs and GPUs :( )

Gooberdad 7 Builds 3 points 9 months ago

I wonder if I need better friends.

gukkelak submitter 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Im not American, but Danish :) Yeah, he didnt care about his old stuff, he just wanted more FPS in cs, and he was like "i dont care, just make it work, have whatever you replace" :D

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Cool deal. Only one of my friends here in has a home built pc, but he builds them as well. He's the only gamer friend I have here at home. All the others buy prebuilt systems. I've had one friend from work bring me a pc from 2005 and asked what I could do with it. It's now "custom" by his standards, but the only thing new on it is the PSU. Everything else is from other pc's.

gukkelak submitter 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

well that sucks, you must convince them that building your own pc is both better value for money and also alot of fun :D oh well not to everyone i guess. But yeah, i know what you mean with the "custom build". I've been upgrading my friends super overpriced ****** HP (where the GTX 745 came from) for quite a while now, and its certainly the most difficult overhaul ive done so far since everything is made to work just with that setup as it were sold.

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Great job.

Thumbs up.

What was your actual price for the components? It's mostly current pcpp lowest vendor pricing.

gukkelak submitter 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks man! Yeah, all of em are. roughly $330 directly converted, but its danish prices, and its a about 25% more expensive than the stuff you guys are able to buy (considering you're American). The GPU was brand new, $200, so was the mobo and ram (like 100$) and the case was about $30 second hand.

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Cool great price even with Danish prices. Yeah I'm over here currently just south of Knoxville, Tennessee. My wife and I were heading to Myrtle Beach Soth Carolina for vacation, but a hurricane hit the eastern side and tore it up. Since we aren't disaster relief or emergency we were happy to accept a refund and stop on the eastern side of Tennessee. As a happy coincidence we will now pass right by a Microcenter around Marrietta, Georgia. Looking for a great deal or two! Nothing like great used pricing, but that store has sime great deals.

gukkelak submitter 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Sorry to hear, super nice with the refund and the microcenter haha. Its awesome that you guys have such stores. I guess the demand and the market in general isnt big enough in Denmark!

ElJuego1977 7 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

How is your RX 470 holding up? I bought one and was curious if you have had to set a custom fan curve. Its my first AMD based card in 2 years and am excited to see what it can do!

gukkelak submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Im still super satisfied with the purchase. I just got a 4k TV and started playing Assassins creed black flag in 1440p, which it does suprisingly well. Its also reasonable quiet. Very happy with the purchase.

I've experienced some weird stuff though, while playing black flag, the screen sometimes flickers, followed by green screen, and the it returns to the game.. this happens for 2-3 sec... very weird, cant find any one else having this issue, so it might be software related.

Anyway, its still awesome!

DeltaForceGM01 0 points 9 months ago

did u pay for windows?

gukkelak submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

No, ill try to figure out how to make it list the actual prices to give an idea of the actual price.