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(I'm sorry if there are any grammer/spelling mistakes, I'm dutch)

Hi everyone,

I'm 15 years old and I live in Curacao. I've been working my *** off so I could replace my glorious (not) dell optiplex 745 featuring the 9 year old amd athlon 64x2 4800+ and my ps4 for a gaming pc. Unfortunately, my parents did not see any light in me spending ~$1000 on a gaming rig, and they didn't understand why I wanted a new pc while already had a pc...

I decided to look around on the internet for used pc's, since that was my only option left. The only problem is that I live on quite a small island, so you don't see any fancy liquid cooled i7 rigs passing by every day. But then I saw a an ad of a guy that was selling his gaming pc for about $450. I called him up, negotiated a bit, and finally got bought a pc (for $322).

About the PC: GPU: It originally came with an Asus hd5670 1gb ddr5 graphics card, as much as I wanted to like this gpu, I still put in my gt 730 from my old pc. Both cards aren't very good for gaming, especially not for what I want to play, but the gt 730 was just a little better in the games I play. Thankfully I ordered the evga gtx 950 sc which will be here by Tuesday, and I'm very excited about it :)

PSU: Yes, it doesn't have the 80+ efficiency rating, and I'm very scared something will happen to the psu. But on the other hand, this psu has served the previous owner very well. I'm still not sure whether I should get a new psu, and if I would, I'd get a modular psu which is gonna cost me quite a bit (where i live at least.) And my parents would never understand why I would spent money on replacing something that still works (I understand that)

Cpu cooler: Oh gosh............. The stock cooler is so noisy, I didn't even know ball bearing coolers still existed. It is keeping the cpu cool though, I turned off turbo boost (Turbo boost with this cpu will increase the clockspeed to 3.3 ghz if 3 or less cores are being utilized) and overclocked just al little bit (2,9 - 3.0ish ghz). I haven't seen the temps go over 40c, but that might be because I don't have very cpu intensive games since my old pc wasn't very powerful. When my gtx 950 arrives I'll play some more demanding games.

Cpu: Very happy with it, should still be able to run modern games without bottlenecking the gtx 950, so we'll see.

Case: It was covered with dust from the inside, but the previous owner mentioned it so I was aware of it. He didn't do any cable managing, and I tried it, but it's a pain in the *** with a non modular psu. If I'm buying a modular psu I'll redo the cable management, but for now it's fine. The case looks really good in my opinion, unfortunately I broke the top part (where the power button is located) when I tried to remove it (yes it's possible) thankfully you don't see it.

^^^Those were the parts worth mentioning imo^^^

Future plans: -Replacing the graphics card with a evga geforce gtx 950 sc. -Replacing the psu for a modular 80+ certified one. (Maybe) -Adding a SSD (Maybe) -Getting a aftermarket cpu cooler and do some more overclocking

I will take better pictures when I've upgraded the pc for a bit.

Overal I'm very excited to make use of the phenom's full potential, and I'm very happy with the pc. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 7 points

H0ly shaitZ! 30Ghz overclock!! Tell me your secrets!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

lol

I think he means 3.0 xD

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

The PSU makes the difference.

But in all seriousness, I typed in 3,0 but somehow it became 30...

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It's probably doesn't recognize the European style of using a comma for the decimal point.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess so

  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

How to get people to go to your build

30.0 ghz

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

*******... 30GHz Overclock?! Beautiful... 69/10

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you might need a garden hose to put the pc out At 30ghz

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice purchase, especially in a place with little access. I hope you get your gaming needs covered with your new pc :D

Note that ball bearings are still a thing, and probably will be for quite a while haha, your cooler probably has a low end sleeve type ball bearing that tends to get noisy when it gets older or is not well lubricated, I suspect both cases are happening here, you might do well by doing some lubrication to your pc fans overall, they will last longer, perform better and you might even fix that noise :D, or get a new better cooler, I think the 212 EVO should be fine, but make sure whatever you might choose is compatible.

A good quality modular PSU will do you good, its a part no one should skimp on ever, unless you are fine risking your components. Maybe at least go for good quality over modular to save a bit, just never go cheap on PSU's.

Cheers,

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! WhenI first got this pc it sounded like some old diesel truck, and yeah I was considering a 212 evo, all I need to find out is how to properly clean the cpu before aplying new thermal paste (I'm a noob at this).

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I remember the pain of being a broke teenager, I salute your valiant efforts to join the PCMR! +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad you got something you can game on, and you worked for it, I salute you young man, keep going, it only gets better :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

i will! Thanks :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice work man! I am in the exact same position: Me: Dad I want to build my own gaming PC. Dad: What's wrong with your Mac I just bought for you? (Bought in 2012) Me: The only thing it runs is Half Life 2! Dad: Gaming is a waste of time. No more on this topic.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I know the struggle is real... Good luck though.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Learn programming and fix up some old computers. I am 14 and I got a pretty good rig, since I know a lot more about PCs that my parents don't. I help them out, hell I even introduced them into smartphones! I helped upgrade my dad's laptop RAM that Oracle supplied him through a free upgrade (good on you Oracle, free upgrades for anyone who knows about PCs), and I started programming. My laptop took forever just to load a program, and the programming software was bogging the whole system down (Visual Studio 2015). I thought it was time for an upgrade from a Toshiba Satellite L-755 S5244 to a desktop, making my own rig. I am writing to you on it right now as... I was going to type "as we speak," but we aren't really speaking...

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Very interesting build. I've never seen 2x4 for memory before. The 950 should hold up just fine on the CPU (on paper). If I was in your shoes, I would upgrade to a semi-modular PSU, it's cheaper and you killed it with cable management.

The stock cooler is actually pretty cool, because you can double it as an alarm clock considering how loud it gets. All jokes aside, what cooler do you plan on upgrading to?

+1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks. I'll probably just get a good air cooler like the 212 evo, but that's fully depends on whether it's available in my country or not.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

You need to get a new PSU. I do not EVER trust used PSUs, as they could have been used in very unefficient ways.

Also, I should recommend changing those RAM sticks for 2 x 4 GB sticks. You will be able to use DIMM to the optimum.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Please elaborate on the ram, I though quad channel was more efficient

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Quad channel is fine, if you switched to 2 x 4, you would not be able to notice any improvements in performance, nothing noticeable to the average gamer...

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Running two sticks would be a little easier on your system, but it is nothing to worry about!!!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Quad channel is where you have 4 sticks of RAM, but 8 SLOTS. You see, DIMM is where there is 2 sticks, pretty much in a pair (and they must be in the "pair"; it's hard for me to explain through words). I made a mistake in saying DIMM to the optimum. What I meant to say, was Dual Channel. Dual channel is where you have 2 sticks, and there 4 SLOTS. So you would use the second and fourth slots (assuming the slots are to the right of the CPU), going from Left to Right. That would be a little faster, although as wallywin said, it won't be a big difference. But, it CAN put more load on the CPU. It just CAN.

PS, yes, quad channel is more efficient, but you need 8 slots, which you do not have, nor does your CPU support 4 channels.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright thanks for the explanation. Much appreciated.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, no problem.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point
You did a really good cm on that cm case :v

+1

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

:D

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

NIce job and good luck with your future upgrades.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

My old all in one could not beat an Xbox 360 not could it play simcity 4 in high settings and it optical drive was bad and I still buy pc DVD ROM games my latest one was farming simulator 15. Most of games I play are old games that work on a 300mhz Intel Pentium 2 CPU ( pc I use is the dell latitude cpi laptop with a 1mb of vedio and it can still play mp3 and around CDs. Anyway very nice pc I hop it severs you well. I have a great 720 in my xp game pc.