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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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