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Overkill Build for my Grandpa

by pj_sz



Date Published

June 19, 2017

Date Built

June 17, 2017

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C


EDIT: I have now realized this is the very first GT 1030 build on PCPP. Yay, I think?

I visited my grandpa about a month ago, and we were visiting and chatting and somehow got on the topic of that he wished there was some sort of program he could use to look back at satellite imagery over time. I told him there was, Google Earth. So he was excited, and I got on his computer to try and install it. It was painful. The thing was running some ancient CPU, an old Core 2 Or pentium or something. So I told him I could build him a computer! Him being him he didn't want to cheap out so this is what I ended up building. The whole system is death silent under load and cool as well.

NOTE: The HDD you see is a 160gb Scorpio I used for testing. I'll put in the 500gb one when I deliver this to Peebuz(my grandpa)! I will also be putting his old optical drive in.

NOTE 2: I'm getting a lot of flak about my choice of a discrete GPU. First of all, this isn't a gaming GPU. It's a GT. It is a graphics accelerator, used to give you that extra oomph when you need it and take some load off the CPU. He is not just going to be using this for email and other old people stuff. He wants to do flight sims and maybe try out a few games. So yeah. Chill


Part Reviews


If you ask me (which you aren't) this is the only good thing to come out of the Kaby Lake lineup. Intel has become extremely annoying with their prices, and honestly, this CPU is a great deal. i3 power for a Pentium price and runs cool. Intel should use this as a role model for pricing.

CPU Cooler

Great cooling, easy installation, silent, and premium construction. What more could I ask for?


Good mobo. It's nice that even budget boards are coming with debug LEDs and reinforced PCIe slots. Only one system fan header which is annoying, I had to use a splitter. Who uses only one fan??


It's RAM. It RAMs. Whoopee.

Video Card

Smol pascal. Surprisingly powerful for the price! Quiet, came with a half height bracket (which could have been easier to install...had to remove the entire shroud to get to the final and single screw). Ran PassMark really well, most 30-50 fps. Needs no power connectors, and can run most games on medium to low.


Easy to build in, came with fan filters and all the stuff you need. Sturdy steel construction!

Power Supply

It's a Psu. Make weird clicky noises for awhile but that has stopped. Cables are impossible to bend but it's great for the price.

Case Fan

Eerily quiet. Literally, with my ear right next to two of them running, I could barely hear the air or motor. I don't know how that's possible. And at the same time they move tons of air. Great fan and Noctua lived up to the hype.


Great cheap 1080p IPS monitor. Great colors, contrast, brightness, viewing angles, etc. great buy

Comments Sorted by:

Franko74SR 3 Builds 2 points 7 days ago

Very nice build, I am sure your grandpa enjoys this build a lot. I really like the design of the EVGA gt 1030 and am happy to see it in use, I plan to make a build like this for an HTPC. One question though, How quiet is it?

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Very. You can only hear it right next to it. Under benchmarking loads o couldn't hear any ramp up from within the case. Great card for the price

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

I put a review for it now

violetgil 1 Build 2 points 7 days ago

Your grandpa obviously doesn't need much out of this build graphically, so is there any reason why you chose a 1030 over the integrated graphics? Even if you wanted a gpu, I would have recommended grabbing a Radeon 460 or 1050 for $20-$30 more over the 1030.

Other than that, great budget build!

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Future proofing mostly. Anything else would have been overkill and he needs a little extra grunt for some stuff he is doing than iGPU can give him. This way, it'll last long into the future.

El_Chapo 1 point 7 days ago

What specifically is you grandfather doing the requires a discrete gpu?

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

He wants to do flight simulators.

I_am_poor_pls_donate 2 points 7 days ago

this is one awesome build!

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Thank you!

LordAnubisCyborg 2 points 7 days ago

gt 1030 +1

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 2 points 6 days ago

Its a fun little card

LordAnubisCyborg 2 points 6 days ago

Oh yeah it is a great card, many underestimate it for being a GT and not a GTX but it is very good for its price, higher than an APU in my opinion

theunknown420 2 points 6 days ago

I love this build!

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Thanks! Appreciate it

Chubbby 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

I for one appreciate the lower end components like the 80 mil fans, and the 1030. Its probably a fun lil computer that id be happy to have.

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Yeah. For 80 mils they're way quieter than I thought and push some good air!

jaka2015 2 Builds 2 points 6 days ago

I would have been the first GT1030 build nooooooo :( I was going to go with the 1030 for my grandparents but eventually decided on the GTX 1050 (because I might use the PC to do some light gaming too). You should check it out, it's also a grandparents build :) Lemme know what you think! The comments page is a tad sparse right now so your thoughts are appreciated :)

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Surprisingly, this a capable little gaming gpu

Mohamed_XIV 2 points 6 days ago

Great choices! Plus did you know that the GT 1030 performs like the 750ti if not better?!

Eltech 15 Builds 2 points 6 days ago

Plus did you know that the GT 1030 performs like the 750ti if not better?!

I wouldn't say a GT 1030 is better than a GTX 750 Ti, but it's not far behind it.

Mohamed_XIV 2 points 6 days ago

I think you'd be surprised ;). Take a look at benchmarks/ tests on YouTube. But you're right, not the same, but a bit less. Not far behind tho

Eltech 15 Builds 2 points 6 days ago

I look at articles, Passmark, Userbenchmark, etc. Youtube helps with the real-case scenario, varies though.

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Yeah! It's a surprisingly capable little card considering it's specs.

Sensible_Systems 9 Builds 2 points 6 days ago

Well-considered build and a really charming write-up, thanks!

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Thank you! Appreciate it

blackfox329 2 points 1 day ago

Since you are the only completed build using this card (until I get my testing finished that is), I would like to say that anyone underestimating this card is in for quite a surprise if you pick it up. I'm using the MSI version for a gaming build, and my God, I was blown away at what it is able to pull off! I'm well aware of the concept of "get what you pay for", and I think you honestly get more! Some of the fps it was pulling off was damned impressive for a card without the. GTX designation. No regrets on that purchase! Your grandpa is a lucky man, especially since he gets the sweet EVGA version (went with the MSI because it's true single slot, EVGA is 1.5 slot). Awesome job man!

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 1 point 20 hours ago

Thank you. I'm still a little skeptical of the value of low end cards like this, but at 70 bucks it was a good buy. Thanks for the in depth comment!

IncognitoGamer123 1 point 6 days ago

I made a Parts List almost exactly like this xD

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Haha nice

Sinobuz 1 point 4 days ago

First GT 1030 build I've ever seen! Great job!

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 days ago

Thank you!

NoahMalboeuf -4 points 6 days ago

Lol if he isnt going to be gaming, you didn't need a dedicated graphics card. you could have just used integrated. The extra fans are not need too. unless your grandpa is going to be gaming on gta or battlefield, you should have gone for different parts.

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 5 points 6 days ago

Yeah, because he's going to be doing GTA on a 1030. Read the previous comments AND the description where I explained why. He does things other than email, and this will future proof it. And as for the extra fans not being "need" it's literally two 80mm fans. One intake, one exhaust. Pretty basic buddy.

CSB0518 1 Build 5 points 6 days ago

Agreed. Noah, PCPP is a friendly site. Seeing as though you have no builds, please dont judge others negatively.

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 3 points 6 days ago

Exactly. I was surprised at the negativity, I'm used to people being super friendly.

Eltech 15 Builds 3 points 6 days ago

Yes, sorry it happens. Three years ago seems different with my experience. We aren't that sort of community. I cannot speak for everyone, but constructive criticism with positive reassurance and support is more preferable. Or at least a supportive comment is good too. Regardless if the person has (a) build(s) or no build, we are to be polite and respectful versus to assume or lack of understanding / being disrespectful.

Sensible_Systems 9 Builds 3 points 6 days ago

Threads like this are why I love PCPP.

Mohamed_XIV 3 points 6 days ago

Dude he wasn't THAT negative. He was just recommending using integrated graphics, that's all. I thought that same way he did: that a grandpa wouldn't be playing moba games or Overwatch to need a GT 1030.

Eltech 15 Builds 3 points 6 days ago

I would agree about the iGPU until OP decided to clarify and update their description more about it. I had no idea they were playing flight simulators until later on. I understand what Noah was saying, but with a little less "lol" and how it was brought about could have been less treated as such. Maybe a question to a constructive statement instead of "lol" x reasons you should have done this.

Mohamed_XIV 3 points 6 days ago

Makes sense.

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 2 points 6 days ago

Yes I agree that I wasn't exactly clear as to why a dedicated gpu was preferred, but still, the comment seemed a bit snarky for what he was trying to get across. I don't mind criticism at all.

Eltech 15 Builds 2 points 6 days ago

It's all good. Noah's comment could have been more empathetic, not less empathy.

NoahMalboeuf 2 points 5 days ago

well i am sorry i did not see the previous comments. No mean to offend you

pj_sz submitter 2 Builds 2 points 5 days ago

It's all good dude. No hard feelings