Thanks for checking out my profile. Before the info on me and such, here are quick links to my builds.
Most of my builds have some light modification to suit what I need. Sometimes it does not go as planned, but I just love tinkering. Sometimes I feel like this...
Sometimes I'm the monkey, sometimes I'm the wrench. It doesn't work when either one gets thrown into the engine. Then I have to step back and figure how to fix my mistake.
Some very helpful info I've gleaned from my friend Eltech88.... Can't quote what you don't know. I see newbies post how "...stupid that PSU decision was...." There is close, there is wattage overhead, and there's the occasional mistake. The PSU hate is real. Don't be hating. Everyone makes mistakes, so keep the zingers to yourself. We are to be respectful in here, or leave.
The name "Gooberdad" comes from being a dad and a goofball who is a mechanic by trade. Goober Pyle was a character from the Andy Griffith show who was the town mechanic, a goofball and the cousin of Gomer Pyle. Gomer left to join the Army and Goober stayed to take care of Mayberry.
Alright onto the love, ya'll.
I love this website community and frequent it's halls most everyday. Without it I would not have learned such valuable lessons as "Your psu is going to make your pc explode and burn down your house." Seriously, I have learned a few things from this place. 1) A build doesn't have to be amazing as long as it makes sense, is well described and has good pictures. The better the pictures, the better the upvotes. 2) Don't get angry because someone posted something ridiculous, or true for that matter. We are all here to encourage pc building. 3) My dad's old 1983 Apple IIe was a featured build on here and was received quite well proving Apple once made a personal computer. To quote the big cheese who I just recently learned is in charge of the selection of featured builds in reference to the criteria...
Manirelli "...Clean cables, clear pictures, and a good description are a great start."
And 4) Don't go on an upvote spree with a friend. Upvoting each other for every comment made is considered Vote Collusion which is against the rules. Just don't.
So anytime I've stupidly said something about any featured build, (or anyone else for that matter) I insult the selector and his process. But no more. I love this website community. It's not something I want to disrespect.
I'm so glad I stumbled across this PC haven a few years ago doing a search for "Build a pc". This place is a blast. It's amazing how quickly over six years have flown by.
Ok, ok, onto about me and such....
My name is Scott. I love Jesus Christ and am grateful to be saved by the sacrifice He made on my behalf. I believe Jesus is God the Son. I believe that Jesus was crucified, rose from the grave and He now sits at God the Father's right hand. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, because it is everlasting life and fellowship with God. I will never be perfect as long as I am in this world. I screw up like everybody else, but I trust God. I am married and blessed with three children under the roof. Well kind of under the roof. One attends college in another city. I'm in my late forties. Yes that is old to a lot of you fellow PcPP'rs. I am an ASE automotive certified master mechanic who no longer "turns wrenches" for a living. I have not yet built myself a desktop pc. I have a laptop, but I typically don't use the laptop for anything other than learning how to make adobe illustrator decal designs when I'm blessed to work with my sister in law. I use my cell phone to view and comment and post here on Pcpartpicker. Unfortunately auto correct, whatever it is my phone does to words sometimes and my clumsy fingers cause me to make a lot of texting errors as you can see in my descriptions and comments. It's funny to me to find the mistakes later on and face palm.
I'm an old Apple dog learning new pc tricks. Loved the whole Apple scene for years. I destroyed a Mac Mini trying to upgrade tthe CPU and decided to go PC. When I bought an Hp desktop I learned about the wide variety of cheap parts that could go into one. Easy to clean and upgrade. Nice. I had not messed with Microsoft PC's since the late 80's. It was a nice home coming of sorts to learn about all the changes since the 80386, or i386 if you like, had come out. My two oldest kids had iMacs, but they did not game well at all. My oldest was really into World of Warcraft and was overheating his iMac due to the damn dust I couldn't figure out how to clean out of the GPU and CPU cooler without dissecting it.
I replaced my son's iMac with our first build in April 2013. Considering we didn't know what we were doing, it turned out great. I initially gave it a terribly cliché name with "beast" in the title. Bought parts at too high a price but my son was overjoyed to pay me back what we initially set out to buy and I covered everything else. Heat was my biggest fear, so lots and lots of fans and the biggest AIO water cooler I could afford. I also put the pc in his bedroom with his desk and monitor in the study/closet. The wires all go through the wall. That part is neat.
So my oldest son's iMac went to my daughter, Ellie. After I used 120 psi compressed shop air to get all the dust out I could, it didnt overheat anymore....for a while. My daughter's smaller iMac went to my youngest son and everyone was happy. My daughter liked the improved performance of the bigger iMac (but it didn't compare to the new pc.) About 6 months after the "deep air cleaning" my daughter's iMac 8800gts video card quit on her and she wanted a pc. She told me what colors she'd like in and on it. I was off and running. About October 2013 I built one to her liking, and her color choices. I found a 4.5" hole saw is a great porthole maker and fan port creator. Her pc looks like a sparkly my little pony computer. This build got my wife involved for the first time.
I started to get the idea that modifying these pc's makes the cases not so limited by size constraints. Even if it says it will not fit a water cooler, just think about where a hole can be added to mount the radiator and the surrounding dimensions. If the numbers work, so will the system.....with a lot of pain in some cases.
With that in mind, I built a smaller pc for my college kid, Joe in January 2015. Putting the slight case modifications to the test proved sucessful. That pc is pretty small and water cooled. I got to save a little and use my old GPU. My son says it games great at 1080p. Edit: Bought a used GTX 970 SSC and sold my old 660ti. This is a nice improvement. My son loves it even more. Edit again installed a GTX 1070 ti. Bump that performance again.
Christmas 2015 was my most enjoyable build so far. I got to build a unique desk with my youngest son using mostly "preowned" and free parts with a little modification. Nate and I had a blast planning, gathering, painting and assembling his gaming pc desk. It's not the fanciest, fastest or best looking. It is all Nathan and Dad play time though. Great memories.
After conversing on here I made a reference to the old Apple IIe computer I used to mess with in the 80's. I called my dad who invited me to come over and help get it out of storage. He had the pieces wrapped up in plastic bags and not the anti static kind. We cleaned and assembled them at his house. It took a few tries but still worked. Time to post it on the PCPP website. This one was in our family since the early 1980's. We played many hours on it even though it was provided by and for my father's work. We used it until his company provided an IBM with a whooping 20 mega byte hdd to take the Apple's place. I really enjoyed the look on my dad's face getting the 30+year old machine working and trying out a few of the old games with him. Great memories of me, my dad and my big brother. I wish my little sister had been old enough to remember it, but she was only 4 in 1983. Thanks go to my dad for saving the old computer and helping get it going again. Can't believe it got featured and people liked it so much. It's now connected to my daughter's old tv in her room and lives on.
February 2016 a friend from work asked me to look at his old PC and see if I could get it running. Mission accepted. Well the PC was trash and I found a bug attached to the backside of the motherboard. I still had most of the parts from my old HP that had an i7 920 in it and an old GTX 260 1.8GB video card. I gutted his case and transplanted the parts. Adding a hodge podge of HDDs for storage and a 120GB SSD for the OS. Replaced the PSU that I had already used in Nate's PC in a Desk, and destroyed a hole saw adding a bottom filtered case fan. Tada instant upgrade with Windows 7 from the old HP. He was happy with the new life in the old PC and the cost was nearly zero bucks. Mission accomplished.
I offered to build my parents a pc for Christmas 2016, but after changes in my father's retirement plans ( not retiring ) and repairing my mother's laptop neither of them wanted a new pc.....During vacation in Ocotober I had already purchased the parts. After talking with my parents, these parts turned into an early building of my daughter's college pc, Centaurea Cyanus. A little modification and addition of a few parts created a useful mild gaming pc. It's cute, girly, the colors she wanted and performs well. I'll probably replace the 2.5mm SSD before college with a larger one though. I'm thinking a 750 GB, or larger SSD clone of the little 256 GB in it now. Edit:11/3/16 I installed a 6" rgb LED 1/2 strip wired in purple mode to light the inside of my daughter's little pc. Turned out great and added a softer consistency to the interior of the build. Also added another 525GB SSD.
4/6/18 The Junk Yard Dog build is finished. Taking one gtx 770 from the Lavender Lady to put in Nathan's PC In desk, and his 1060 6GB for the GPU of the Junk Yard Dog helped move the Oculus Rift from Nathan's tiny bedroom to the living room. Now everyone in the family can enjoy the craziness that is VR. Most parts were purchased on EBAY and were suspected to be used until they arrived. Some were sealed up looking new. Ended up working great. I'll have to adjust the other two builds accordingly. Belated Happy Easter! 5/3/18: received a GTX 1070 from Mason54! Took the 1060 out, cable managed some more so the longer GPU would fit and added extra ventilation with filtration. It's ugly but works great. Woohoo. Thank you, Mason! ---->July to August 2018 More upgrades...went over to a 4790k, 16GB 2400 ram, water cooling, delided the i7 and redid the thermal paste with gallium. Yes, sir. Cooler and faster. Ahh finally done with my ugly little VR PC.
Starting in August 2018 and finishing in early September I worked with my nephew on picking and gathering parts to go with a leftover i5 4690k, cooler, old GTX 770, the 8GB of ram and an unused new NZXT HUE+ a new PC was born. Garrett help build his first gaming PC. I let him try an EVGA GTX 1070 Superclocked GPU for a few weeks and finally posted his build here Sept. 25, 2018. He still wants to customize it and I think he should. I hope it keeps him interested. I think he's caught the PC build bug. Another sucess. PS. Gave him my oldest son's GTX 780 at Christmas. Garrett has since returned the 780 late September 2019 and installed his new RTX 2070 Super himself.
Mid September 2018 A friend from work had an old PC with a Pentium from 2010?. It had the Windows 7 64bit Home Edition code still legible so yay there. He had removed the 750GB HDD a couple of years ago when it failed. I ordered a 2TB 7200 rpm Hitachi HDD, installed it, cleaned out the dust from the old case while installing the hdd cage, replaced the CMOS battery, and added a rear exhaust fan. This thing just looked beat up, but ran good with an install of Windows 10 Home edition using his case Windows 7 key. E machines drivers installed easily and Boom, back in business. He said he's giving it to his kids to use now. I'll take that as a win.
October 2019 my dad called me to come over and pick up an old Apple computer box. It turned out to have a 1982 Apple II plus inside. Other than being dirty it looks great! It does not function correctly yet, but I'm cleaning and tinkering on it. Got it to run one time by removing the three boards and stealing from the Apple IIe, but since has failed. Going to try to get it going again. As of 11/8/19 I've gotten it to give me the garbled screen and a chime but nothing else. I an not so swapping the IIe parts over again for fear of damaging them. I think I damaged the old PC transporting it home sideways then removing and installing parts etc. Bad job on my part. For now it's a failed build.
I have had the opportunity in addition to working on these PCs to work in/on laptops, but they just don't seem right for putting on here. I really don't enjoy fixing laptops. Too many tiny screws and they are much easier to break. Laptop repairs/upgrades are to me of necessity only. I don't see me posting any of these on here...ever...
Well let me wrap up.
I thank God for giving me the use of my body and gifts of understanding and working on machines. I get to repair and build all kinds of things. I thank my father for letting me tinker with computers and sometimes break them over the years. I also thank my wife for her support, help and patience and the help and patience and help of my children.
Lastly, thank you PCPP folks for this fantastic site to research hardware, purchase parts, make friends and see such wonderful builds. I hope this business is successful for many years to come.