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Grandma 2.0

by potatomanflavor



Date Published

March 27, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz


This build was for my Grandma. After about 6 years her old HP machine was starting to die and the hard drive was showing signs of failure. So I made her this to store all her crochet files and pictures. At the same time she plays minecraft and her old HP was unable to play after the 1.9 update . So far it has been great, it runs ubuntu 15.1 and does not struggle at all with minecraft. The only problems I had were with the old HP. It does not allow dual drives, and the drive will not boot windows with the new machine, meaning we had a b**** of a time getting her old files off of the machine. And we're not just talking about crotchet patterns, she had some important financial data and personal data that was HP encrypted to not go to any other machine. WTF HP? the drive was about to fail and we could not take off the files, so I had to have a hell of a time with HP and getting the drive to give up its secrets.

Part Reviews


Opted for an SSD for faster boot up and opening of apps. no regrets works great.


The cable management was great for the power supply wires. but the wires for the front panel really crowd the optical drive and had no where to hide so they are the only wires you can see, also really crowded around the powersupply and optical drive wires.

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marseryy 1 Build 3 points 37 months ago

+1 I wish my grandma knows how to use a computer

potatomanflavor submitter 3 Builds 3 points 37 months ago

My grandma used to work for IBM and manufacture computers lol she used to solder together the mother boards

Christianjeon 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago


SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Looks good, I love a build for family members! PSU isn't wonderful, but the one I own has really been put up to the task all the way at full load with high temp (30 C +) and hasn't shown signs of failure. Incidentally, it is in my grandmother's HP right now because the Bestec that was in there was smelling of smoke, and I didn't want to take the chance of it blowing up and burning her house down. +1!

potatomanflavor submitter 3 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Considering I'm not using half of the PSU, I am not worried. if I was using 200+ then I would have op'd for a better one, but this was cheap

bobdude_01 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Nice build! Its very nice of you to do that for your grandma! +1

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Nice grandma! That cooler looks nice on her!


_xflxghtive 1 point 13 months ago

I'm using the same case for my budget build. I hope I'm not considered a grandfather than. If I am hmu your grandma's number.

potatomanflavor submitter 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

its a pretty nice case for micro ATX builds, it looks sleek and its a good price

Christianjeon 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

u should tell her to play roblox

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bobdude_01 3 Builds 3 points 37 months ago

I hope you are talking about that PSU..............

maggotshero 10 Builds 3 points 37 months ago

Probably not, EVGA's are solid. Not the best, but solid.

potatomanflavor submitter 3 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

I could have spent more money and done better. yes. however she is does not have the money to spend on a super fancy PSU. and considering that this build uses less than half of the max output of the PSU I am not worried.