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High End Parent Build/My first build

by Bobpersonmanguy



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C


My Family has been using an xps 400 for the past 10 years. When my friends and I got into custom building I realized computers did not have to be expensive anymore. The xp had been acting up and my mom was also ready for an upgrade. Fearing my parents would go buy a store bought computer, I convinced them to let me build one. Ironically enough the next day after buying the parts the xp shut down and never turned back on, as if it had retired itself.

For this build I had two criteria: speed (I never wanted my parents to say those awful words again "our computer is slow". , and to be under 600$. Remember this not a gaming build it is only for mom and dad stuff although I can play games on it at lower settings. This computer is great for minecraft though, I get 65 fps with settings maxed. I am also using at 1920X1080p

I'm am not going to go over all the parts because some of them are reviewed enough.

CPU: Great cpu, especially for non gaming. I know I could have gotten away with an i3 but I wanted the extra leg room and the newest components.

Motherboard: again great for non gaming, if you are gaming with 4th gen core then get the z87 chip set instead. This is great for home use.

RAM: Good ram, I think it was the cheapest when i got it so i just selected it. I wanted to get 1600 so it suited my needs.

SSD: I can not say enough good things about Solid States, Windows 7 starts up and is ready in 15 seconds. The 64GB did work but I recommend getting a 128GB because after all the updates, programs, and drivers I have 19GB of free space. If you have a tight budget though you can fit everything on a 64GB you just need to be frugal.

Case: good case for the money, had everything I needed and keeps the inside cool. Unfortunately I could not get the CPU power plug to go any where behind the motherboard but its not like mum will open up the hood and judge my management.

In all it cost 550$ at the time. I am Thinking of building my own gaming Build also so this was a good experience.

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Vigomi 2 Builds 9 points 25 months ago

for its intended use id say this is an excellent build.

Bobpersonmanguy submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks, can't wait until I save enough money for my build.

madcracked 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

very well done, im glad your parents trusted you with this. maybe you can beg them for pc parts for Christmas. "wink wink"

Bobpersonmanguy submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I am actually going to ask a new desk for Christmas. The one in my room right now is all small and wobbly, and would not be the best choice for a computer to sit on.

madcracked 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

well when you are looking for parts you know where to come. the community here is very knowledgeable and will try and get you the best deals on the parts. my suggestion is to go bare bones to start but keep upgrades in mind. get the mobo, psu, case, and ram then the other parts on shell shocker from newegg or other sites. just make sure you wont have to buy parts again. like my build im went with a 4gb 760 and 1080p monitor knowing i was going to triple monitor in the future. that's why i got a 750w psu. for now its overkill but later it will be what i need.

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

This. I did the same thing with my 770 however I went 3 monitors immediately (I was impatient :P)

madcracked 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

yea yea ryne :p i didn't have the money at the time

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Haha no worries, saving/waiting is usually the better option

xxKuroMeista 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

WoW upgrade planning? Too try hard for me! LOL just kidding. I have a 850w corsair PSU just simply because the "base" of my computer is built by ibuypower and they were putting in 850w power supplies for the price of a 750w because of clearance. Due to my lack of planning I am pretty sure I spend another 800 dollars worth of upgrades within 10 months after getting the computer from ibuypower.

madcracked 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

he did specify high end "parent"

ironmetaltd 1 point 25 months ago

This is a nice build I'd build something similar for my parents

plgdg 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

That's pretty much exactly the PCs we use at work--except, we use H87 mobos and 16GB RAM. Nice build for its intended purpose.

domzlol 9 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Nice build. This build is also a great way to start a budget off. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/F7v

duramax08 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

For what this is, I like it. Question, what about windows 7? Did you buy it or did you get it for free?

Bobpersonmanguy submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I got windows for free so that is why I did not add it to the cost.

sketch24 7 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Really nice build for the price.

malcar11 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

For parents who don´t like to play (almost 90%) is a pretty nice machine. My mom and aunt would love one like this. You gave me good ideas for my aunt's next pc. Gongrats, and thanks!

xicaque 1 point 22 months ago

Very Nice! Well done. I am sure your parents are very proud of you.

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Camboy05 1 point 19 months ago

do u need a wireless network adapter for this mobo?

Bobpersonmanguy submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yeah, if you want wireless you need an adapter. It usually states in the description or feature list if the mobo has wireless.

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Mattyice47 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Did you have any problems with the audio on the motherboard? I'm having some audio problems with it at the moment.

nigerianjones 1 point 12 months ago

No GPU? nice processor though; could probably run games like bf4 maxed out with maybe an ati r9 270x on about 30-40 frames. An ssd and 8 gigs of ram ought to shut your parents up about the computer being slow. funny enough I was in the same situation as you, parents had a crappy xps 400 that they payed $1600 for (and a couple years later, in comes a huge advancement in pc tech such as ddr3). They've had it forever and id always say, let me build your pc, or at the very least dont buy from someone like dell. Difference between my situation and your situation, my parents didn't listen to me. When I finally got a chance ot upgrade that POS, i found just how unprofessionaly it was assembled, for 6-7 years, they were missing out on half of their RAM because it wasnt in right and the processor was almost completely dry of thermal paste and didnt look completely covered in the first place.

xxKuroMeista 2 Builds -2 points 20 months ago

I would suggest getting something like Radeon R7 240 for graphics card so the case won't feel too empty, and if your parents watches videos on their computer (like netflix, hulu, youtube, etc.) by having a dedicated graphics card would give better performance.

Rayyo -8 points 25 months ago

Not really high-end when it's just an i5

Highwlaker 1 Build -8 points 25 months ago

Not really high end in any regards.

Desekrezer 4 points 25 months ago

Unless your parents have an interest in computers and/or have built one, pretty sure this is high end.

Highwlaker 1 Build -1 points 25 months ago

It's a regular i5 Haswell computer. There's nothing special to it. Even if your parents have never built a pc. It can definitely be a good pc, but not high end.

Mattyice47 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Most computers don't come with one of the most high end processors on the market today, so yes in some regards this is high end.

Highwlaker 1 Build 0 points 25 months ago

I don't know if you've looked at computers lately, but most actually come with i7's. Also, most computers aren't high end...

nigerianjones 1 point 12 months ago

i7s arent that much more powerful then i5s, depending on the model of course (heres to give you an idea: http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/505/Intel_Core_i5_i5-4430_vs_Intel_Core_i7_i7-4770K.html)..) That i5 is a pretty powerful processor though, matches up well with an fx 8350 (though the 8350 is about 6% better, AMD>Intel). An assembled computer with similar specs would go on the market for about $1000. 8 gigs of ram is more than enough for pretty much anyone who isnt into video processing and graphic rendering.

Apach3 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

most people will assume that, since it's fast, it's "high-end", so Desekrezer is right. they don't know or care about what's inside the machine, so long as it works and works well enough. anything that exceeds expectations they'll of course give it more praise than us knowledgeable people would.

Highwlaker 1 Build 0 points 25 months ago

Just cause most people think one thing, doesn't mean that it's true. All I'm saying is that this isn't a high end build. If you disagree, well then you clearly don't have the proper knowledge to make such a claim (not saying you disagreed with me, just people as a whole). If you enjoy the heck out of your pc cause it runs fast, more power to you, and you should praise it. Call it high end with your friends and family if you want. But don't go on a site, where most people know a thing or two about computers, and claim that such a build is high end. To many people on here, its comparative to a **** site saying "check out this super hot skinny woman" and then its this big ugly hairy chick. It just ain't right man.