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Fast Future Proof Build For Aunt
by AlexanderPM
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Description

This all began on Easter. I was bored, and she said her computer was making funny noises, so I checked it out. Her computer was from 2001. It has never been cleaned. Need I say more? The inside was caked with dust. She has been complaining about how slow it was, and then she said, I am about to buy an iMac for $1,500. For the next few hours, I convinced her that it would be overpriced, and that I could build her one that would be MUCH better for $800. So that's what I did. She does a little Photoshop, and the basic user stuff. Like email, and office.

I chose the 3470 because it was a little more than a 3220 at the time, and it has 4 cores, which will be enough for the stuff she does for a LONG time.

She wanted a quiet, small computer, she said "I don't like that big old box sitting on my floor". So I chose a cheap, but elegant Mini-ITX and a cheap H77 ITX mobo.

I had 8gb of RAM lying around, and thought what the heck. It'll last her a long time.

I got an SSD, because she uses only a little bit of storage, and it would be a HUGE upgrade from her old <5400 rpm hdd.

The power supply was a cheap 300w.

The monitor will be a HUGE upgrade from her 800x600 17.5" old one.

Had the optical drive.

She wanted speakers that weren't "Crackly".

Windows 7 because Windows 8 sucks for desktops.

That's about it. She loves it. Says it's INCREDIBLY fast, and totally worth her money. In return the gave me the old computer, which I pawned for $40, and kept the monitor as a second one for web browsing while gaming.

Oh, also, Chipotle rocks.

-Alex :D

Details
Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
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godshawk 10 points 17 months ago

Chipotle FTW

 
 
AlexanderPM [Submitter] [2 Builds] 4 points 17 months ago

Yes.

 
 
sozan -3 points 17 months ago

freebirds is better

 
 
Spirafall [1 Build] 7 points 17 months ago

Good thing you convinced your aunt. d(°u°d)

 
 
AlexanderPM [Submitter] [2 Builds] 4 points 17 months ago

I know. It would have been terrible.

 
 
duramax08 [1 Build] 3 points 17 months ago

Dont forget to pick up Billy Mays Chipotlaway! You're gona to need it....

 
 
Krewe [1 Build] 3 points 16 months ago

I love how you convinced her! I wish I could convince my apple fanatic friends/family... Cough Windows 8 is better ;) cough

 
 
Javanode [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

That ironic moment when you realize both of his builds have a food picture as the last picture

 
 
AlexanderPM [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

:3

Iz my thing.

 
 
Javanode [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

oh and I want to buy speakers, are these good?

 
 
AlexanderPM [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

They are not anything fancy, but they sound nice. They would be perfect for gaming. They have good bass.

 
 
somedude56 2 points 17 months ago

Sing your own special song.

 
 
AlexanderPM [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Lost. :D

 
 
Enlyten [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Heyyyyy you're the pancakes guy :) Solid build, should last her a while.

 
 
AlexanderPM [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Yes. :)

 
 
YouBaxter [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Chipotle! Oh, nice build too :)

 
 
Kirbeezy 1 point 14 months ago

DESMOND BROTHA!