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FROMSCRAP

by IwannaPC

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27 Comments

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Details

Date Published

March 26, 2016

Date Built

March 24, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

48.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

43.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

77.0° C

Description

For the story, come over to the build log


A few things.

  • I was originally going for a different Phenom X2, but the Craigslist ad was taken down before I could get my hands on it. It's OK though.
  • Since I used a prebuilt case, it doesn't have very good airflow from the front or side. There is tons of negative pressure in the case.
  • The Hipro PSU was secured with a latch that I had to remove in order to install the EVGA one. Luckily it was very bendy metal.
  • I ordered the 500B, but they sent me a W1 instead. At least I was able to get some of the money back.
  • I had to finagle the GPU into the case, as there was very little room for it.
  • The motherboard cannot POST after a restart, you have to shut it down, unplug it (or turn off the PSU), and then turn it back on.
  • Everything marked "$0" was included with the prebuilt.
  • The OS is Windows 7 Home Premium.

What I've learned.

  • This is the kind of thing I should have done for my first 2 builds, except without the GPU.
  • 2GB is enough to get started with gaming. All tests I ran show that even without 4GB minimum, this system still is good to start gaming.
  • Minecraft is actually pretty GPU dependant. The old Radeon HD 4200 integrated GPU (motherboard) with the Phenom ran the absolute lowest settings of minecraft at the lowest possible resolution at 60FPS. Anything bigger would result in large framerate losses. The GTX 660 was able to run it at 1080p with similar settings (with an 8 chunk render distance difference) at 900FPS. No joke.

Future plans.

  • I'll definitely be putting more RAM in the system, as I know it might become way too little to quickly.
  • I might be gutting the system and putting it in a different case, most likely another N200.
  • I might get a better PSU for peace of mind in the future.
  • I'll probably be getting an SSD to make the system quieter and faster.

More links.

UserBenchmark Results

Fire Strike Results

Part Reviews

CPU

Obviously it's not a great CPU. For $20, it's probably the best for the money. This, paired with a GTX 660, runs the Unigine Heaven, Unigine Valley, and 3DMark Fire Strike benchmarks OK.

Storage

It's a slower HDD, but because I got it with other crucial parts for only $50, I can't complain. It loads Windows 7 fast enough.

Video Card

For $70 from EVGA's B-Stock (unfortunately it is no longer available from there), it is a great card that rivals my (now $150) GTX 950 in performance. If you are able to find this card for around that price, I highly suggest it for a budget build.

Power Supply

It works. I would have preferred to have gotten the 500B I ordered, but this one does just fine under load. As long as it doesn't light a house on fire, it's OK for now. This is probably one of the first components that will be upgraded in the future.

Comments Sorted by:

Squishbean1 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

I couldn't live knowing that much dust was in a PC. Thank you for fixing that.

IwannaPC submitter 11 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

I cried when I opened it. You are so welcome.

Squishbean1 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

I would've cried too.....

bobdude_01 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Hah, that amount of dust is nothing compared to some computers I have seen.... I cri

Squishbean1 2 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

Liek if you cri evrietiem.

Gooberdad 8 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Good job. It's a valid pc again :-) +1

IwannaPC submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Yes, yes it is. Thank you. :D

Jacoby2002 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I love these builds

IwannaPC submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

:)

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

+1 for dust and story

Vinyl_Scratch_ 1 point 29 months ago

Very interesting idea! I gotta try something like this eventually with some old hardware

...maybe some super old Dell stuff

+1

digah2750 1 point 29 months ago

Do you really have a use for this? I would try and sell it, make some profit, and rinse/repeat :)

IwannaPC submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Yes. This is a build for someone who paid me to do it.

digah2750 1 point 29 months ago

Oh. Sorry I'm too lazy to read the desc

IwannaPC submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

That was one of the shorter descriptions I've typed. XD

bobdude_01 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Very impressive build for the money! +1

IwannaPC submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you. :)

tomtomj2 8 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Very nice, good job +1

I wish the pictures would load though... ;-;

IwannaPC submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

;-;

tomtomj2 8 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Italian Sprint sucks....;-;

At least I can load PCPP :3

tomtomj2 8 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Finally, good wifi!

Looks very nice, good job!

I love the GPU, I wonder where you found it. :P

IwannaPC submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

:P

Thanks!

tomtomj2 8 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

This is probably what I should've done for my friend back in January, but I've learned a lot since then. ;D

IwannaPC submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

You and me both.

IwannaPC submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

B-Stock doesn't seem to have many good things for sale anymore. :/

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IwannaPC submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

That meme tho

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