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This is a Christmas/Birthday present for my 10 year old nephew. I called it Frankenstein's Monster because it's made up of some spare parts, second hand bargains and a few new additions. It will be used to surf/game on and as a learning tool as he progresses through school, hopefully he'll learn to code or learn a skill that will help him get a great job later in life.

The G3258 pentium was my old CPU, a great little chip that I've had up to 4.5GHz before, but settled at a more conservative 4.0GHz for this build as I can leave it at stock voltage and use the stock cooler. Also there's more headroom left to O/C with a better cooler if he ever needs it in the future.

Motherboard was from ebay for a bargain price of £14:50. Able to O/C the Pentium no worries.

The HD7770 graphics card was another ebay bargain, I've had one of these before and they can game reasonably well, especially at this price point.

Bought the PSU and RAM new. The PSU in particular was something I wouldn't skimp on, the XFX TS 430w is a tier 2 unit at a cheap price.

Got the case from my local Maplins store, it's a bit flimsy and a lot of the holes don't quite line up (especially the PSU mount) but the cable management is surprisingly good for a cheapo case. Has tool-less drive bays which is nice.

Got the WiFi card from a work mate for nothing. Got the 1TB HDD for nothing.

Swapped out the red fans that came with the case for blue ones, another ebay bargain.

Most peripherals are hand-me-downs. My dad's old 19" Dell monitor, blue backlit keyboard my cousin used for about a week before getting a mechanical one....Blue LED mouse from ebay again for dirt cheap (Chinese imports are crazy, I couldn't post things to China for the price they sell and post them here for)

Had an old windows 7 key that I used to get me to windows 10. The upgrade from windows 7 pro to windows 10 was an absolute nightmare, it kept giving me "The installation failed in the SAFE_OS phase with an error during boot operations" this was due to MS and Intel messing up some microcode to do with the G3258. Long story short had to go reset and flash the bios and have no overclock active (some people reported having to disable a core) Then had to rename some file that would allow me to overclock again after the installation was complete. Full solution here: http://www.tenforums.com/installation-setup/11429-windows-10-will-not-install-system-pentium-g3258-cpu.html

Hopefully this mishmash of a PC will serve my nephew well for a while, it actually has a decent upgrade path with 2nd hand i5 and i7 Haswells sure to drop in price later down the line. It's a cheap RAM upgrade if he requires it. A better GPU will be easily bought for cheapish in the future. SSD's are dropping in price all the time so one of those is a great option.

Overall I'm happy that it will serve as an entry level PC with reasonable gaming capability. It also looks quite flashy with all the blue :P

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  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

wow

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

I would be over the moon if I got this as a 10 year old! I hope that you will open it up with him and teach him about some of the components. Get him hooked early!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd really like to do that and I'm going to try, but as you can guess he's a typical 10 year old with the attention span of a gnat, and I work 12 hour shifts so it wont be easy. I think removing everything except the CPU and the front panel connections as a punishment when he's naughty would teach him LOL.....Or just removing the front panel connections, they are always tricky.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha I bet all those pretty lights will keep him interested! I'm sure he will have an awesome time regardless. Also your cable management is really neat - great work!

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Very tidy and sustainable build....#staygreen

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Super nice, dude.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks :) He loves it, he's super 'into' GRID now.....Still can't beat me though...yet :P

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you are going to have one very happy nephew

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Here's hoping! It's going to be a combined Xmas/Birthday gift.....Still trying to convince my sister to get him a desk and chair in his room....

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

so sweet! + for making that kid happy and for the super low price you have quite a nice build there! hurray for all the spare parts and bargains

I've given computers to relatives but they were never that good! But in case a problem arise I still offer free service and replacement parts.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I was thinking of moving the hard drive up a few bays to get some more air flow from that fan, but after the temp tests I ran maybe it's good as it is.

The only reason it's there is because there are no front intake fan mounts.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

hope the build is as scrappy as your nephew.

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