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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

http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/4029970

Part Reviews

CPU

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?

Motherboard

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??

Memory

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. Boosts to 1.97 GHz on its own.

Case

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.

Monitor

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

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 8 points

gt 1030 +1

  • 29 months ago
  • 4 points

Its a fun little card

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

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

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

agreed. it's a good medium between the 730 and the 1050/1060/1080

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

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?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I put a review for it now

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

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!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 29 months ago
  • 0 points

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

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

He wants to do flight simulators.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

this is one awesome build!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this build!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Appreciate it

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

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 :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Surprisingly, this a capable little gaming gpu

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 29 months ago
  • 0 points

Thank you! Appreciate it

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

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!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

There, got mine up now! Hope you dig it!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet, I'll check it out!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I do not know why my mind defaulted your case to that of a VCR, but That what it looked like to me. +1

This is nice that this build is well priced with everything that is in the build.

Good job!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Using the case to build for my mom.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I made a Parts List almost exactly like this xD

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha nice

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

nice those parts will last quite a while

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice rig...have the ML03B myself.

I have the EVGA GT 1030 on mild overclock (150mHz + clock, 150 mHz + memory, max temperature @ 65C).

About changing the full height to low profile bracket. I didn't need to remove the shroud or heat sink. I just angled the screwdriver through the gap in the shroud to remove the screw.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I tried that, my screwdriver didn't fit and I didn't want to try to force it and damage it. It wasn't a huge hassle to take off the shroud but they could have made it a simpler system. Other than that, great card. Also, I remember you haha. I was looking through EVGA GT 1030 builds a while back and yours was the one that confused the hell out of me because it listed a GT 1030 and then every other picture had a different high-end GPU...you own a lot of cards!

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

Try going for the G4600. It's cheaper ATM.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I built this like 3+ months ago lol.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!