The idea behind this build was to provide my parents with a computer that could perform any basic task (E-mail, Photos, Web browsing, Music, Skype, etc.) from the comfort of their living room. However, since I've given them both smartphones, this seldom gets used, and does a fine job of collecting dust with the rest of the entertainment devices surrounding it.

What this build is largely comprised of are parts from a previous build that I no longer had a use for. I made the investments of a smaller chassis that would fit within a TV stand and wireless peripherals for freedom of motion to get things up and running. The SSD was purchased at a later point to improve the dreadful start up times and streamline processes.


  • The use of the network card in this build is not for the purpose of redundancy and/or dual gigabit. It is functioning as a replacement for the onboard port. Early on in the motherboard's use a driver conflict disabled functionality of the port. Unable to resolve the issue, this served as a viable solution.

  • The SSD was mounted using an improvised method. (As pictured) This chassis offers limited mounting options when implementing such a wide array of parts as seen here. Thankfully, there is enough clearance space for unconventional mounting techniques.

Price Breakdown

Type Item Price Where
CPU Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor Previously Purchased Amazon
Motherboard Intel DH67BLB3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard Previously Purchased Amazon
Memory Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory Previously Purchased Amazon
SSD Crucial BX100 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99 Newegg
HDD Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Previously Purchased Amazon
Case Inwin BK644.BH300TB MicroATX Mini Tower Case w/300W Power Supply $59.99 Newegg
Optical Drive LG GH24LS70 DVD/CD Writer Previously Purchased Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Free (Upgrade from Windows 7 license) Windows Update
Wired Network Adapter TRENDnet TEG-PCITXR 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI Network Adapter Previously Purchased Amazon
Keyboard Microsoft CSD-00001 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $36.49 Amazon
Mousepad Innovera Mouse Pad $7.84 Amazon
Memory Card Reader Sony 17 in 1 Memory Card Reader/Writer Previously Purchased Amazon
Tax $.40
Total $164.71

PCPartPicker part list

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I think there's an issue here with pricing, last time I checked Microsoft keyboard and mouse combos aren't almost £1000

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