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New Computer For Grandma
by Caleb10E
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My aunt and I surprised my grandma with a new computer in August. She had an old machine from 12+ years ago and the sluggish performance had finally begun to catch up with her. So for her birthday, I picked the parts and built the computer and my aunt paid for it. I managed to keep it under $300 (not including the speakers, those were bought later), and it ended up being a really solid computer. We also got her a set of real speakers because the only one she had before was inside of her old desktop. My grandma loves it.

Even though it's just $300, I think it turned out quite well and looks really good, even inside. That's thanks to the NZXT Source 210, which is awesome for any budget build.

Part List
Date PublishedMarch 26, 2014
Date BuiltAug. 27, 2013
AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
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jaggysnake57 [1 Build] 12 points 10 months ago

it amazes me that on a $300 build in a case with no window did your cable managemant and there are $1000 builds in windowed cases that do not bother

Norm101 [2 Builds] 5 points 10 months ago

Pride in what you build knows no price tag. :)

jaggysnake57 [1 Build] 3 points 10 months ago

aint that the truth sweat build

Caleb10E [Submitter] [5 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Window or no window, I'm all about computers having clean cable management.

Cheeze101 5 points 10 months ago

For a couple more bucks you can grab a 1tb wd blue. Still a nice rig you got for your grandma

Caleb10E [Submitter] [5 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

I know, but the idea was to keep it as cheap as possible. And since literally the only things she does is use Facebook and check her email, I never saw her coming anywhere close to needing over 250GB. For anyone else, I wouldn't have gotten any less than 500GB.

plgdg [1 Build] 5 points 10 months ago

My only issue is with the HDD. You could have gotten 4 times the capacity for like $5 more...

Cthill [2 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Very nice to see somebody build a nice small computer and still do some nice cable management. Very nice build for the cheap. Good job.

malcar11 [3 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Looks nice and the cable management is great. Congrats!


BobNoxiousUSA [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

nice cost-effective build. Did you have an operating system cost?

Norm101 [2 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

I really like these little builds. Nicely done. +1

ThatsPoorlyDrawn [3 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Love the little builds like this, +1 for the amazing cable management, and to the people commenting about the size of the HDD, he said it was bought last summer, meaning that the prices could have been higher on a WD 1TB HDD. I don't know that for a fact. But I'm just saying.

Caleb10E [Submitter] [5 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

I don't remember exactly the difference in price, but it was at least $20, and the goal was to make it as cheap as possible for my grandma. She'll never ever go over 250GB.

restrada [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Nice build. Curious why you decided to go micro ATX mobo in a ATX case. Otherwise, it's nice.

Caleb10E [Submitter] [5 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

ATX options were more expensive. I needed to make this build as cheap as possible, and the computer is unlikely to have anything in those expansion slots as long as the computer belongs to my grandma.

Eschaton [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Perfect grandma build. What OS is it running?

Caleb10E [Submitter] [5 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. She's coming from XP, and 8 would've been tricky to teach her.

Eschaton [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Windows 7 is my favorite OS ever.

SneakyBastardSword 1 point 9 months ago

I agree, but there are rumors that the next version of directX is only gonna be win 8 compatable D: microsoft get your head out of your a** please.

Eschaton [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

If they do that it will be the death of nVidia; not a chance.

Akut [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Have you had any problems with that motherboard? I am making a very similar rig (same cpu, mobo), my mobo was DOA, and the replacement isn't fairing much better.

+1 for Grandma!!!

Caleb10E [Submitter] [5 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

The motherboard hasn't been any trouble, and for the 7 moths the computer's been running, it's been fine. Sorry to hear about the issues you're dealing with.

Akut [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Damn, I'm just that lucky.

kylepatrickswan [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

THIS is the list of parts you should have used for your aunt. Bad deal on that hard drive, as $5 more gets you 1TB and the same price gets you 500 gigs. Not saying she needs it, really.

Caleb10E [Submitter] [5 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Yeah but these builds were over a year apart, and my aunt's build was almost two years ago. I would've done my aunt's build differently but I had just started building computers. That's why I have comments disabled for that build. It still works for her though, so it obviously wasn't that bad.

As for the hard drive on this build, the price difference between those sizes was greater than $5 when I got the parts. But my grandma only uses her computer for email and Facebook, which doesn't exactly demand 1TB. I also needed to keep the price as low as possible for her.

Variable.variables 1 point 2 months ago

Now just add a 290x.... +1