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.