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The bottle redneck

by Otterman366



Date Published

Nov. 28, 2017

Date Built

Nov. 27, 2017

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

86.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

93.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C


This machine has a very rich history. This is actually parts from 2 separate yet dysfunctional systems, one custom built system with an 8700k and a 1080ti (coming soon to PCPP), and one prebuilt emachines system with an athlon based on athlon 64, with an nForce 430 motherboard that came with geforce 6150SE graphics built in. Now the 6150SE has the lowest score of any GPU on userbenchmark.com, and it struggled to run minecraft, but other than that, what I call "the athlon system" does work. In fact I am typing this on it. Now this coffee lake system I had was great, except that the motherboard's sata controller was DOA so I had to RMA it. As a result I had a few things on my desk, including a pc with the worlds slowest GPU and a 1080 ti. I then came to the conclusion that I could do something about this system's lack of graphics power. I started gutting this system, but before I go into those problems, let me explain how retarded this Emachines is/was. The whole thing runs on a flex atx delta power supply rated at 80 watts with bronze efficiency (permanently installed of course). The motherboard is mini-dtx (mini itx with an extra pcie slot) with the AM2 socket, and DDR3 ram, (go figure) and that jetway is just a placeholder. The cooler appears to be a downdraft cooler, but upon further investigation I realized that it is actually UPdraft. It sucks air in along the motherboard and exhausts it out of the case directly. I wish I had a picture of all of that dust. Anyways, the cooler appears to be mounted with LGA 115x spacing (on an AM2 mobo) but isn't actually, on a backplate that is soldered to the motherboard. So I am stuck with that cooler. (it isn't actually that thermaltake, it is an Asia Vital Components that looks like the love child of that thermaltake and an intel stock cooler). The IO isn't any better either. Its rear IO is abysmal, with 1 VGA, 3 audio jacks, 4 usb 2, PS2 mouse and keyboard, and ethernet. Its io on the motherboard consists of HD audio (good job!!) 2 usb 2.0, front panel connectors (and a dysfunctional clone of the front panel connectors) 2 sata 1 ports, and 1 fan header.

onto the build.

It started off fine with gutting the old system, but when I tried test booting the system outside of the case all heck broke loose. The pcie slot doesn't have a lock on it (????) and it almost got torn out by this behemoth of a graphics card. The boot drive I wanted to use was the ssd from the coffee lake system, but this emachines board isn't uefi so I guess that doesn't work. After an eternal struggle with a screwdriver and a duster can I did manage to get the system into windows with the hard drive out of the emachines.

once I was in windows, I attempted to run some games (none of which even got past the launcher) and some bechmarks, which all failed due to gremlins with the graphics driver on windows 7 (my screen saver wouldn't even play because "I need a newer graphics card")

Anyways, enjoy the ultimate bottleneck!! (sorry about the crappy camera)

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MightyAlFred 3 Builds 7 points 10 months ago

Upvote for bottleneck, and the test for... science?

Otterman366 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago
IncognitoGamer123 10 points 10 months ago


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IncognitoGamer123 2 points 10 months ago


MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I'm pretty sure that atlon is fulfilled now.

Yahtadi 3 points 10 months ago

Man why am i laughing my as* off? wkwkwkwkw

IncognitoGamer123 2 points 10 months ago

Should have made a custom case out of nails and scrap tin roof.

Otterman366 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

yeah, maybe but there are 2 problems with that - the metal would short the back of the motherboard - I had that corsair case already

If those problems were resolved I would have done that

IncognitoGamer123 2 points 10 months ago

That's why it's called 'Redneck'

TSxqwynto18 2 points 10 months ago

Got a genuine laugh from this. Especially form the face in pic 7. Brilliant

someta 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago


Thanks, now I feel guilty for ordering parts to rebuild my old machine....

SlackPackSam 1 point 10 months ago

Ok, since your testing is finished you can send that GPU to me now. ;)

Otterman366 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

sorry, I still need it because it will be going into an 8700k system, but otherwise I would </;-D

Gray85 1 point 10 months ago

This is the best hahaha

Otterman366 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago


Camranatic101 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago


oneflygtiguy 5 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

+1 when your graphics card is almost as big as the whole computer your trying to cram it into.

Otterman366 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

yeah, I did run into some issues with that, among other small issues, such as the permanently installed power supply being rated for 80 watts...

Shaking_Sniper 1 point 5 months ago

Im stuck with an iMac having an ATi Radeon HD 2400 XT...

Otterman366 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

I feel you bro... just hang in there and you can work on that eventually

TruVueTech 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I sure hope this was a joke. +1

Otterman366 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Don’t worry, I tore this monstrosity down a while ago. I use a much better cpu now.

TruVueTech 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

twas still an interesting pairing.

CopicSketchLover 1 point 2 months ago

Ah the story of a novice learning via taking risks and Jerry-rigging parts together from more than one PC! It's so epic a story it deserves to be made into a best-selling book for beginners who want to build PC's from spare parts!

This is how I learned about computer hardware myself, except I started with Dell's, HP's, and IBM PC's, magazines that had features on how to build budget-PC's, books like Upgrading & Repairing PC's by Scott Mueller for intimate information on PC Hardware, and then thanks to the Internet and people who get old computers in to scrap them(even though I ended up with just the useful parts and OS-product keys)!

I was finally at the level of what should be the "cool part" of a certified PC Technician, custom-building and upgrading PC's running OS's from legitimate Windows OS's to easy-to-navigate-and-use Android OS's, and yet a human being NEVER stops learning, but my mind is ONLY wired to understand PC Hardware and simply doing what's comfortable to me and my mental level, as I have an incurable condition called Aspergers Syndrome!

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Bartholemew 1 point 10 months ago

Ah! It scared me!