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MirrorAPP - Mirrored/duplicated entry level/budget build.

by Mediciu5



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Essentially built 2 desktops to put my boys into similar budget entries. They both enjoy Minecraft, PS2, and other assorted web and steam games. So while MirrorDRP already existed (in an old case) I tried to get the other built to the same basic specification (the only difference is that this build has a Corsair cx600m PSU and the other has an Antec NEO 500w PSU). This should suffice until I upgrade them to SSDs and the new-old R9 270's. Or...maybe let them start upgrading themselves and learn some money management along the way...

CPU: Solid CPU already in the other Mirror build so I picked up another for this one.

MB: Same as the other Mirror build.

Memory: Same as other mirror build. For the last 3 builds I've used the Optima memory and I haven't had an issue. I'm sure it's slower or something, but I haven't tried other memory yet so I don't realize it :)

Storage: Ok, color me confused. New packaging, new name, but same Caviar Blue 7200 64M 1TB HDD hardware. I have the WDBH2D0010HNC-NRSN "Mainstream" HDD from WD.

GPU: Left-over from a previous build. Runs MC, PS2, and assorted web/steam games just fine for now. Placeholder until I (or they) get 2 R9 270's (for this and the other Mirror build).

Case: Ok...yes, I let the boys pick out their favorites. I was hoping they'd pick the Zalman 11. That one's $10 cheaper and looked slightly easier in terms of cable management (an ability where I have zero skill). But they liked the face of this case as it reminded them of armor in PS2.

PSU: Best modular priced PSU at MicroCenter...as far as I could tell. Their lack of signage related to their sale prices makes each shopping trip a blind-folded-safari at best.

Optical Drive: Shared between Mirror builds because they only use digitally downloaded games or web games (primarily). But while I'll find a way to remove the memorex name, I haven't had any issues with it AND the silver on black matches the NZXT silver on black name plate above it.

OS: Just not ready to go to 8 yet, so sticking with what I'm familiar with.

Any thoughts on Cable management would be appreciated. I had to finagle some of the cords to get the back/side panel to fit. I also had to bring the molex group back into the main compartment because the PSU only has one molex grouping and the rear fan and front/side panel fan wouldn't reach it outside the main compartment.

One final note. Tool-less cases are so much easier! Not having to screw in the optical/HDD/GPU was so nice. Never getting anything but a tool-less again.

Oh and the wife wanted the requisite "builders" pic of me and the youngest boy working together (hence the posed shot with cheesy grins). It was fun and color me excited but he was asking about all of the parts - which the older boy never cared about. Wish I knew more than just enough to be dangerous...

12/28/14 Added new-ish GPU (R7-265) replace the old 5770.

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theonelonewolf 1 Build 11 points 48 months ago

Looks alright aside from some cable issues but that's nothing compared to the value of the quality father - son time... +1 just for that.

Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

I agree on both counts and appreciate the response.

Mattkx4 1 point 48 months ago

Wish my dad that for me. I have to build my own computers :) I have to pay for them too. :P oh we'll amazing build.

Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

Ha! You're where I want my kids to be in a couple of years. So you're already ahead the curve :)

Mattkx4 1 point 48 months ago

Only problem is I'm broke :P

Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Ok, you're at half way to where I want them... :) I'm still pinning my hopes on either one finding a dropped lottery ticket since I'm too cheap to buy them. :)

sieg358 1 Build 3 points 48 months ago

I love seeing these father/son - mother/son builds on PCPartPicker. We just had a boy 5 weeks ago and I'm already extremely excited to do these sorts of projects with him when he is old enough.

Great job dad and really good budget build! I went with the i3-3220 for my first build last week and am sort of wishing I had gone with this CPU instead but I plan on upgrading soon.

Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 6 points 48 months ago

Oh man, congratulations. We stuck with two boys and both were night and day different. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you're getting enough sleep with this one.

Start him out younger with your projects. Everything from working in the garage with you, to getting him a razorless shaver and lathering on the shaving cream. You can't ever do too much to build that relationship. And you'll be surprised at what they remember from when they were 1 or 2.

Good luck!

sieg358 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

Thanks! Yeah we aren't getting much sleep lately but that is to be expected. Thanks for the advice, I plan on starting him as young as possible :-)

Pixal 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago


There are mother and son builds on PCPP, I only see Father And Son...


Nice build, loving the father and son action, +1


Gawd, the effect on pic 8 is crazy weird...

Hanjohnbono 1 point 48 months ago

Great build +1! I wish my father would do these cool computer Dad-son builds, but he is 54, and technology with my Dad is like North, South, East, and West for my sisters and mom, nobody understands it. I was looking in the photos and I found a tip for you that would help with the cable management. I noticed your HDD is facing towards the side panel you take off to put in your components, but if you turn the HDD around so it is facing the side panel for all your cables, then you should be able to hide those cable if there is a little opening for them. Hope this helps, and hope your kids enjoy their new beast computers!

Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks :) Maybe you need to role-reversal and give him the lesson. Also, I laughed at your directional reference.

So I just opened that other side now and looked. I don't think there's enough room for the SATA and power connectors, unless I can find ones that angle 90 degrees. I know the sata cables have 90 degree elbows, but I don't remember seeing the power ones with that. Maybe the HDD can fit in the 3.5" box just above it. I may try that.

Hanjohnbono 1 point 48 months ago

I would just play around with the cables in the case, when your kids are either in school or at home. Then you could just try different routes and see what is the best configuration, that is what I did at least, and my cable management is fairly decent. I still need to post my computer build on this website, but that won't happen for awhile.

EDIT: I just noticed that my original comment was posted twice, I have no idea why, but it is now deleted.

Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

I'm going to look for 3 and 4 pin extenders. That would solve the molex power cable issue. While searching I'll see if Corsair has longer wrapped or flat cables available.

EDIT: Never mind. All I need is a 5-8 fan internal controller. That's going to make part of this pretty easy.

PickItApart 1 point 48 months ago

Dad son build = upvote.

Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks :)

jokermike 4 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

great job on the budget build. Aside from cable management that needs to be done, couldn't get any better for the price :)

Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks. Always willing to accept constructive criticism, so if you see something please let me know.

swagnuggets123 1 point 48 months ago

I applaud you sir. My family doesn't know the littlest bit about computers.

Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Thank you

Starlana 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Awww, how incredibly sweet. How can I give this anything but an up vote! Build seems great; I stick to what I know as well. <3 Starlana <3

Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks for the up-vote and response.

mattataki 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Oh wow, you're probably the coolest dad on earth do your sons know that?

Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Ha! Thanks. :)

Camboy05 1 point 45 months ago

For my 12th birthday me and my dad will build a computer hopefully!

Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

I hope you do. It's a good experience for both you and your dad. Just make sure you guys do the part research/shopping together too so you both start out at the same level.

Camboy05 1 point 45 months ago

Well he hasn't started researching, but I have for about 7 months... I am not too sure if he will research, his is pretty busy with work and all. I might have to just explain everything to him. I am super exited and hope we do it!

Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Awesome! GL HF!

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Jozmtr 1 point 45 months ago

I admired the intent of the build and the MoBo you chose for it. Great job. =) +1

Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago


madcracked 2 Builds 0 points 48 months ago

i love it when people take the time to show younger people how to work with their hands. +1

Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago


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Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks, we're equally lucky though ;)

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Mediciu5 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Thank you.

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