Description

My Dad was using some dust ridden Pentium 4/GeForce MX 440 "custom" build from 2002. You could barely scroll in a web browser. I went to dust it out when I noticed the capacitors on the motherboard were leaking! It was far more cost effective to just build him a new rig. The AMD build is plenty fast for my Dad. He does basic web browsing, occasional gaming like the original Max Payne, and music editing.

I tried out Half-Life2 just to check, yes it's an older game. Max settings, 60fps, smooth and bright.

I bought a new case from a local retailer, so that would add about $30. I also added a front USB 3.0 panel so he wouldn't have to go crawling around in the back.

He is pretty happy with it. As long as he keeps it dusted and free of spyware, he will be happy with it for a long time.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

not bad, couldve been much better for 600, but still not bad

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm curious, how? The GPU killed me because of the miners. It was tough to find any card for ~$100 that wasn't sold out. I really tried to get the most bang for your buck. Other than that, I would like to know what you think. The problem with building a system (as you are aware I'm sure) is a few upgrades here and there start adding up to $100s. I wanted to go for a larger hard drive, and a FX8100 or 8350. A big part of the cost is Windows . I guess I am the weird-O that pays for Windows.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

like this PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $109.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $64.99 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $63.99 @ Amazon
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $79.18 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus Radeon HD 7790 2GB Video Card $144.98 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $52.00 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $620.09
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-13 21:56 EST-0500
  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

Cpu: Same

thermal paste: removed since the stock cooler with the 6300 doesnt need paste, has the pre applied kind

Mobo: le version since he obviously wont overclock on this build

memory: better cas latency and speed for cheeper

storage: for light usage and light gaming a ssd will be perfect at this size, will be magnitudes faster than a hdd, and an hdd can be added in the future

video card: same but it the 2gb version for cheaper than he had the 1gb version

psu: better brand, more reliable, runs cooler, semi modular, and is gold certified

optical: same

OS: same

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

with light gaming and light usage 128gb is fine , and the speed improvements are worth it, you can ad a hdd later, but its a pain to ad a sdd later and use it for os, the difference between the mobo is vrm heatsinks (overclocking) and one usb 3.0 header, but the le has usb on the io. the psu is better than the antec psu still. over all he couldve had a much stronger build, dont get me wrong it is still a good bood, it got my upvote, just couldve been better

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build, but I think a APU would've been better for the price.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

totally agree unless dad wants to game...which we don't know.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

APUs weren't being talked about at the time. But ya, in hindsight, and based on his needs, and APU would have done the job. He does a lot more music processing than graphics.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Great stable build for a dad. Nice work.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot! I really tried to make it clean and quiet as well. I didn't want him to know it was there. I found some sound insulation foam lying around his garage, and strategically gorilla glued that stuff in there. I don't think it made a whole world of difference.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Remember when people used to say that Half-Life 2 had superb graphics? Pepperidge Farm remembers...

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow thats a nice present

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! He paid though! I just had fun building, optimizing and doing cable management.

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

it would have been better if you did 2x2 stick of ram and if u had an apu insteaad of a cpu but other than that, thats great stuff for browsing on the net..

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Dual Channel really doesn't help that much at all. http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/1fcs77/

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It only helps if you have an APU.

  • 70 months ago
  • -3 points

Good but you should have got 2 sticks of 4gb ram instead of 1 x 8gb. Other wise it should be great :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, I see mixed theories on that, but I agree. I hastily bought 1 stick. But quite an upgrade from his 1Gb.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot!

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, I made sure I got his old parts. Slapped them in an old tower and put XP on it. I'll either format or partition for a linux distro. I've been playing with ubuntu on an old thinkpad. I'm a noob to linux, thinking about jumping right into arch linux or gentoo.