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"The Blue Predecessor"

by fork-bomb



Date Published

May 25, 2018

Date Built

May 24, 2018

GPU Core Clock Rate

1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.3 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


"The Blue Predecessor" - My second build. Worth ~ $410 USD (May 24th, 2018)

  • Beggars can't be choosers.

This build is a predecessor to my Alienware Laptop.

I have used the rest of my friend's generous donations and more purchases to create a gaming computer. I spent well over $100 USD to make this build possible.

The Windows 10 OEM operating system was for free from participation in my school's Cyber Patriot competitions.

The keyboard, headphones, and RAM was given to me for Christmas.

I bought the power supply off of a friend, 500GB hard drive on Ebay, 1 TB hard drive from my brother's old laptop, mouse on Newegg and the rest through PC Part Picker.

The parts labeled as $0.00 were given to me generously! I'm very thankful for my friends and family for this!

The 160GB hard drive is used for Linux Mint while the 500 GB hard drive is used for Windows 10 and the 1TB hard drive is for storing games.

The case was cheap and pretty good airflow if you buy extra fans. However, cable management is preeettyy bad.

I have been using this PC since Christmas Eve and it works great compared to my laptop I had before and I finished the build May 24th, 2018 by putting in the optical drive.

This build was a good learning experience that I could use for future builds when I go out in the real world and get a job after my graduation!

Part Reviews

Thermal Compound

Pretty standard compound. Comes with a scraper!


Used for a while, not great for overclocking but still holds up to this day.


Pretty good RAM stick but the heat sink looks like it's peeling off after little use...


Good for mass storage and games.

Video Card

Used since 2012 - 13. Holds up pretty well with the latest titles on normal/low settings.


Great airflow if you put in aftermarket fans but the cable management is pretty terrible.

Power Supply

Bought from a friend for 30 bucks, has not blown up. Thank you SeaSonic!

Case Fan

Great airflow fans but can vibrate and make a lot of noise on startup.


Comfortable mouse!

Comments Sorted by:

diabolicflame93 4 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

"Beggars can't be choosers" agreed. Nice budget build, for less than $130 USD you can't complain.

fork-bomb submitter 3 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Yes! I make do with what I have currently, I am very thankful for the free parts!

jakeSpot 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Nice build! Like the extreme budget. However, I think you overpaid by a considerable sum for a simple laser mouse :(.

fork-bomb submitter 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Yeah, I bought it a year ago when my friend suggested to buy one, the only laser mouse I could find on Newegg at that time.

Rezna 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Impressive, cheapest build I believe I have seen by far. Good to have connections, can save tons of money

fork-bomb submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you, I'm very happy this build turned out great.

waffle_man321 2 points 11 months ago

Very good for a small budget. But why did you decide to use velcro ties for your cable managment? I recommend that you use some zip ties. Or you can pick up a cable sleeve for about $15 on Amazon. Overall it is a very good build.

fork-bomb submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I found that the velcro zip ties were easier (for me) as I was moving cables around a lot when I added stuff to the case.