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15 Year Old's Semi Scrapyward Wars PC

by Hman1250


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Date Published

July 2, 2015

Date Built

June 27, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

915 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C


I always wanted a gaming PC for over a year now and I had one of two options. Buy some used parts and decrease the price on older parts or head to the United States where parts are cheaper and buy them next year. Prices in Canada are too high and the wait to go to the States is too long.I finally convinced my parents into getting me a gaming PC that is somewhat used (I'm not that picky on my parts)

The build was somewhat difficult in terms of cable management because ample space behind the motherboard tray is tiny and I had no zip ties because it was a used case. I used two twist ties that came with the power supply to cable manage some parts together, even so it still isn't good. I do plan on improving my cable management in the near future once I get some zip ties from somewhere.

Only thing I would change in my build is the motherboard as it isn't the greatest motherboard out there. The motherboard does not support 1600Mhz+ RAM, where it sets the speed back to 1333Mhz (I have CAS 9 RAM so it isn't a big issue.) The PCI-E x16 lane is a 2.0, not a 3.0 (not a big issue.) The big issue is that the PCI-E x1 lane is right below the x16 lane and my graphics card is too big, where it covers it up and I cannot put a wifi card as I hoped, forcing me to use a Wifi USB stick.

In the end, I was happy to see my build working as some parts were used. I do plan on doing some upgrades in the future and overclocking, however I will need a high wattage PSU, hopefully a CX600 in the future and a GTX 970.

Part Reviews


Best bang for the buck CPU out there, worth it!

CPU Cooler

Very good CPU Cooler that is cheap.


Does the job, wouldn't recommend to anyone


Good RAM and inexpensive if you buy on promo like I did


Very Fast HDD, too bad my motherboard supports SATA III 3GB

Video Card

Very good for 1080p gaming

Power Supply

Good power supply if you can find on promo

Wireless Network Adapter

Better than my old Wifi stick, sometimes drops


Pretty good keyboard with nice spacing and decently sized buttons

Comments Sorted by:

Bee66 12 Builds 3 points 45 months ago

Congratulations on getting a good gaming PC up and running.

Zip ties usually can be bought in bundles of 400-500 for less then a couple of bucks. Have a browse around.

Also just zip tying cables down will not necessarily solve the problem of cable management.

Try and take some time to plan how you would route each cable. and usually its best to sort out one cable at a time. 24 Pin first, then 8 Pin, then SATA etc. Even if there is only less then 1.5cm of cable space at the rear, its still possible to get the 24 Pin and 8 Pin behind it. If the cables from the PSU for the 24/8Pin is not long enough, consider investing in some sleeved cable extensions that are flat, makes life easier.

Anyways good build for used parts =)


Hman1250 submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I have a lot of cables in the back that I want to cable manage before re-routing everything.

PrezSJ 2 points 45 months ago

Best part about this is that is should be easy to upgrade at some point

jmcdonald27_ 1 point 45 months ago

I think that your CPU cooler may be on the wrong way around.

Hman1250 submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Yeah... it's what I get for buying used :P

Lord_Sunday 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

It really doesn't matter. Mine is the same way, and cooling is just fine.

bobdude_01 3 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

If the fan is on the wrong side, just switch it over to the other side, you might see better temps.

eopest 9 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

For easy places to get zip ties and the stick-on cable tie downs, try the A/V wiring departments of Home Depot or Lowes, or the automotive department at Walmart (if you have those stores up there; I've never been to Canada, unfortunately); should be cheap to get lots. I can't tell if the fan on the EVO is setup correctly; the way you have it mounted, it needs to pull air through the heatsink and towards the rear exhaust fan so you don't have a dead airflow spot there. The motherboard capping the RAM speed isn't that much of an issue; it's better to have the 8GB if you're going to game with it. And running a SATA 6.0 drive on a 3.0 interface won't be that much of a handicap as you might think; unless you get a SSD, you won't (probably) saturate the connection anyway. All-in-all, not bad for a gaming PC on the cheap. +1 :)

ankousmachine 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

"I had no zip ties because it was a used case. I used two twist ties that came with the power supply to cable manage some parts", go to the grocery store n get those little twisty ties lol.

1+ for awesome computer and decent cable management, better then it being completely everywhere.

ziggurat666 7 Builds 4 points 45 months ago

Those "twisty ties" are conductive... not a very good idea to use those. If they grab power they act like a resistor, heat up, start burning then POOF! you now have a makeshift firebox. Do NOT use those. Actually know a guy who used those on house wiring and started a fire in his wall (not the brightest fella)

malymilo 4 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Flip the CPU cooler, the fan should be facing the front of the computer and drawing air from the front, not the rear.

Hman1250 submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Yeah... I bought the processor, cooler, motherboard and case for $300. I don't have any thermal paste so yeah lol. My friends may have some, I'll ask them and do that

Lord_Sunday 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

For the time being, you really could just flip which side the fan is on. I believe that's the hyper 212 evo, so it should be easy enough to flip the fan.

darkestdargon 2 points 39 months ago

yes it would all you would have to do is remove the fan take off by putting a little force on the side of the brackets its also possible to replace the fan on it i replaced my fan on my cooler master tx3 its the same design and about the same amount of money but very loud i replaced it with a cheep fan (the fan size is 92mm)