Description

My Oma is currently using a decade-old C2D POS. The only reason I say it's a POS is because she decided to uninstall the AV, and then she proceeded to accumulate a butt-ton of viruses and now it takes 20-25 minutes to start up. While idling, the CPU is at 60% load. O_O

So yeah, I built this for her. So far it runs pretty well, except the ODD is the loudest thing in existence, so I'll be returning it and picking up a new one, provided I can get it out of the case (super tight fit). Also the i3 idles at 40°C, which is a bit hot for my liking. The case was fun to work in, and I will be giving the cable management another go later today (I'll update with pics). The layout of the motherboard is great, perfect for this build.

I've added two pictures showing the WEI (not that it means anything) and the system specs according to Speccy.

The prices listed are pre-tax, and will be updated if I decide to do the MIR-thing. I already had the RAM and the OS.

TL;DR I assembled a PC. Now everyone start judging me based on part choices.

(3/26/14) EDIT: My Oma didn't want it, said she's happy with her old POS. So I stuck a 3TB WD Caviar Red in it and gave it to my dad.

(8/04/14) EDIT: My dad wanted to upgrade to an i5, and since I was selling my i7 at the time, I sold it to him for $250, which is approximately the cost of the i5 he wanted plus tax. He also swapped the DVD drive for a Blu-Ray combo writer, and the 4GB of Mushkin RAM for 8GB of Kingston.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Oooh, I hate that case so much. Had to build about 100 different computers for a school district in that case, all with non-modular PSU's. That being said, you did pretty good for your first time in it. +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I would've preferred to use the Node 304, but the price was almost double.

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for having your oma's back

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

It would be much cheaper if you went with AMD APUs instead (in my opinion). Well, at least it didn't go above $500. +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, but my dad is the one who paid for the parts and he doesn't like AMD, so whatever.

Besides, the i3 has better single-threaded performance. Plus we can drop in an i5 or i7 later on, if we so choose.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

The temperatures on an i5 4570 build I put together recently were a little high too, but I guess you can't complain when you don't have to spend extra money on a cooler

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly how I was looking at it.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

TL;DR I assembled a PC. Now everyone start judging me based on part choices.

Yes, yes I am. Why not an A4 or A6 and save ~80?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I originally suggested an APU, but my dad (who paid for the parts) doesn't like AMD. And as I stated above, the i3 has better single-threaded performance. He originally wanted to buy an i5, so I did save him some money.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a reason for hating AMD? I went with it for my new build and saved a ton of money

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely not. My dad has always been of the mind that if something costs more, then it must be better. This is a guy who spent $2400 on a Dell laptop and would be willing to do it all over again.

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Sounds like a typical misguided Mac user.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

He's not a Mac user though.

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

Does it game ok?

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't tried, and it won't be used for gaming.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 4 points

German word for grandmother.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Bitte