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I built this computer for my mother because she was tired of her older, non-gaming laptop, which: overheated with the use of a simple browser or office program; many games like LOTRO or any BigFish games would lag; sometimes it'd overheat to the point of the laptop shutting itself off; etc.. We made a list back in January of parts to build a new computer with (which I walked her through picking out parts), but she didn't have a safe amount of money saved up until now to buy everything. She will now be able to play more games (i.e. she's had some but hasn't really been able to play them) and be able to have things at higher settings. This is my second build (my first for someone else, thus the "001" for the name - different naming scheme).

Took me about an hour and a half to build I think? [There was an additional hour and a half pause because of the fact that I couldn't figure out how the CPU power cord worked with this motherboard (apparently this one required you to split the 4x2 into 2 2x2s and use only one specific side to power the CPU), thought I might not need it but could not get the motherboard to post. Slow page loading on my tablet caused the delay to be even longer than just the confusion.] It was mostly easy other than that delay. I didn't like installing the cooler because it's freaking weird and hard/very forceful to install (and I'm pretty weak to where my arms were shaking XD). It's also almost impossible to use the latch after hooking the sides (looked up and found out others agreed) so I didn't even bother with that. The case was very roomy to work with, compared to the case for LightWolf01 (my first/previous build).

She likes it. I surprised her by not letting her know everything arrived 05/17/16 (which was basically two business days after we ordered it) all at once (which was pretty cool) and then built it and set it up in her room before she got home.

*Note: The Network adapter in the list hasn't been received yet, because I had built the computer 05/17/16 when everything arrived and we found out the USB wifi adapter did not get good range at all. Thus, it won't appear in the pictures. She may also buy and add a fan controller later.

*Note: The pictures are a little blurry and dark because my camera for some reason would not focus well (might just be getting old), and thus does not use flash if it can't focus, and thus saves pictures really dark. Apologies. Also, the near-final two pictures showing everything together in her room have the rest of the room background blurred just for privacy-sake (in case you're wondering why it looked really weird)

*Note: Since it's going to take a while before she is able to use it (no network adapter = no game downloads for now), and since I'm not using it myself, I won't have the temperatures for a while. Everything seemed to hover around 24C, but I'm not totally sure. The CPU also for some reason was reading (in one program anyways) as fluctuating between 0-14C, which was... really odd... Hoping it was a glitch.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like that board has UEFI support. There's a good chance that you could get more accurate temps there.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

True, but I like Speccy & Wise since you can have them off to the side and see them in real time. They should be pretty accurate, since they should be reading what the board's usually reading.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, Piriform makes some good stuff.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Aye ^ . ^

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Way to take care of mom.

Thank you for the obvious notations added to the pictures. After the non window side came up I started to laugh. I think you did a fantastic upgrade over her laptop and kept the price pretty low. Good job.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I just do that so most pictures are uniform, since some pictures across builds looked a little obscure enough to need a notation. It can on some occasions work if there's ever an idiot that comes across something. Thanks. Her laptop is now probably going to feel all alone now... XD

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, love that case. I'm not entirely sold on orange, but the one you picked looks awesome. Also, great part choices of course! Good that your mom likes it. +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not a fan of warm colors myself, but she wanted an orange scheme. I do love the case though - better management with cables as well as the slots and trays, while looking pretty decent on the outside. Thanks! .^ Quite a few I used something similar to what I knew worked in the one I have now so that I'd know it'd work.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Photo #14 "Everything Together" is my favorite. Way to take care of family, +1.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

<3 Thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for building for mom :) good looking case as well!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that corsair case. I'd love you to upgrade to FX 8370E so you can have the Wraith Cooler that matches with your PC color schemeeeee

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks

From what it looks like, that CPU is more than double the price than the one we got (and at that price, with the specs it had, didn't look like much of an upgrade...), and looking up the cooler, doesn't look much different from the one already in there, besides a bigger fan. Unless I'm totally missing something here?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Double the cores with a similar per-core frequency on turbo. So yes, it's a significant performance boost, and no, I'm not sure if your mom would know what to do with all the extra XD

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Will the PSU be enough? Other than that Great Job!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

430W PSU for a 280W computer, yeah XD. I always make sure to get one with 1.7-2x the power estimate, since that's what I've seen is the safe range.

Thanks ^ .^

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

What can that 750 ti handle?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

This comes from the fact that my computer (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/9CXH99) uses the same graphics card:

It's actually pretty decent for what I play and do. Games I play include Skyrim, Fallout, Warframe, Minecraft (with SEUS shaders), Need For Speed, Distance, and Sims 3, and the only ones that it can't do full 60FPS on the highest settings are Fallout 4 (which isn't really an optimized game anyways, but it gets like 40-50 on medium-high-ish) and occasionally some drops with the Minecraft shaders (50-60). It does very well with game designing as well. Hopefully that gives a general idea!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes thank you i was wondering about fallout 4 to be honest lol

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's totally fine with Fallout 4, as long as you use settings similar to: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dxk5sxex48z64fv/Untitled62.png?dl=0

You're not missing much with anything higher I hear anyways; I definitely didn't see that much of a difference between medium and high for some things (shadows probably suffers the most difference). Might be able to turn the fade distances up higher, never really bothered to try tweaking again. I play off and on now because I already finished most, if not all, quests (excluding radiants) on my character.

Overall, it's fine for Fallout 4.