Description

I've had the itch to build a new machine recently, and while I can't justify doing it for myself quite yet, my mother has been complaining about the speed of her HP All-in-one box of slowness, so I figured I could put something together that would be faster and upgradeable for potential future uses.

Her gaming habits consist mostly of dice with friends on her phone, so there is no need for a dedicated GPU, so an integrated solution with a decent CPU will work nicely while still making sure it can handle the occasional stress put on it by other users and future software demands. (She's not on a rapid upgrade cycle)

RAM is RAM, QED.

A significant portion of her non-facebooking time is taken up by uploading new pictures and scanning old family photos into the computer for use--where else--on facebook. It requires some storage, but not a ton. Her current photo and video collection takes up almost 100 gigs, so the 1TB WD blue will be plenty. The 7200 is fast enough for her needs, a SSD would be overkill.

Speaking of overkill, the PSU is absolutely overkill on this rig, but after a $19 rebate it came to $26 bucks, and at that price there was no need to go smaller. It'll work for now and also be available to swap out in the event I want to use it for something more appropriate.

The Cooler Master N200 was just a nice cheap solution, as I got in on a $20 Newegg rebate. Looks fine, works fine. It's fine.

As I was replacing her all-in-one thing, she needed a moderately sized monitor, and I was looking for one that also came with built in speakers. She's not doing any serious audiophile type work and I didn't want to spend more money on dedicated speakers, and so the AOC fits the bill.

It's significantly faster than her old machine, basically future proof for her needs, and came in at right around $400, monitor included, which is about the limit of what I want to spend on a build that's not likely to be taxed very hard and which I will almost never use.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 4 points

Or you could buy her a tablet... Worked just fine for me! XD

+1 For keeping your mom happy. They deserve this and the whole world, am i right?

Enjoyed the description and nice build for the purpose intended.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

She's tried tablets but just doesn't like them as much for her needs, especially the photo scanning and such. Depending upon the tablet they could work, but she just doesn't have much inclination to use anything other than a desktop

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Understood :) As long as she is happy, is what counts

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

What about a compute stick with a USB hub and adapters? Eh, you already built it :P

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

She needs a new keyboard! It looks like she's been rolling out dough on her old one, and it's covered in flour!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha, yes, I've suggested it, but she's, you know, cheap when it comes to electronics. Maybe I'll buy her something for Christmas.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah no reason for name calling. We are looking at a basic build not a high-end workstation. Overall, good build.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

You didnt put the ioshield in

  • 23 months ago
  • -1 points

true

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha, yes, I forgot that initially, though I do plan on going back in to upgrade the CPU cooler as it runs a bit hot, so I'll take care of that at that point.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

First upgrade.... Clean keyboard!! Lol

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Was that CPU bought new or was it used? If it was a new, a cheaper and better CPU could've been acquired. not so much for performance, but for price. The Kaby Lake Celeron is 40-50$ cheaper and performs about the same as that CPU. Just something to keep in mind for next time :) (if you bought it new)

PSU is meh, and it doesn't even deliver its rated wattage. But that won't matter much as the power draw from this build won't cause issues. At least, it shouldn't.

I would've tried to add an SSD to really speed up the system :)

Anyhow, it's really nice of you to do this for your mother. I am sure it's still a big upgrade from what she had :)

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  • 23 months ago
  • 5 points

Hey, no need to start calling names. Let's be civil.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey staff, delete this comment please. That kind of feed back is inappropriate

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Please use the report button for things like this.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry about that. Forgot about that button.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Comments like this will not be tolerated on our site.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you just... not?

This guy did a good deed, and you try to make him feel bad for it.

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