Description

Build for a friend's grandparents. Designed to handle 5+ years of moderate web-browsing, documents and email, as well as a few pictures of grandkids and maybe some light spreadsheets. While the case had zero provisions for cable-management, it was cheap and included a decent power supply. Software installed took up ~10 GB of the SSD leaving ~50 GB for storage. Boot time from cold-off is 21 seconds to usable desktop and Firefox loads in under a second. All in all I think it was a success - if there's anything you would change let me know!

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Perfect system for the grandparents! What OS are you using? XP or Linux, methinks...

Also, mount that SSD in one of your drive bays if you can - two screws will keep it up no problem, and eliminate the worrying sliding sound it will make everytime they move the computer, thus lowering the incidence of late-night support calls to you... hehe.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! The case actually has 4 holes to mount the SSD on the bottom - so it's screwed down nice and snug.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool; wish more cases did that.

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

Probably Ubuntu, the most user-friendly Linux ever made. I think it's even more user friendly than WIn7.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep indeed!

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

If you're a basic user that never needs to change settings or install specialized software, then I agree. The search function really works much better than anything else I've seen on any platform, the dock on the left-hand side of the screen is very intuitive in this mobile age, and the Software Center puts any kind of Windows-based installation process to shame with its simplicity (at least partly derived from its almost total lack of involvement with any DRM process, lol).

For more power-user oriented tasks, though, Windows 7 still takes the cake, I think, for user-friendliness. Ubuntu still kicks you to the command-line with alarming frequency - I don't think they realize how much of a chore that is. I personally don't have the capacity to memorize a huge number of highly-complex commands, which forces me to reference material. Any time you have to use reference material in order to get something done, you're slowed down, which majorly sucks since with any task, you're probably using a computer to get the task you wanted done finished faster. The genius of Windows - the one that the Linux community is willfully stupid about, because it would erode their sense of elitism - is its close adherence to the maxim that there should be a GUI menu-driven process for managing every aspect of the OS, all of which is accessible from other menus (think Control Panel) that organize these menus by PURPOSE, instead of only by name or some loose theme. Sure, Ubuntu has a sort of control panel too, but it just doesn't do as much.

Whoa, that turned into kind of a rant. TL;DR I love Linux and Windows, I just have huge reservations about some design choices that Linux apparently takes for gospel, that bubble to the surface whenever I talk about user friendliness. Sorry!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice cable management for a case without any cutouts! I would've gotten some faster memory for the APU, but I guess you don't really need it for firefox. +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I've built quite a few PCs (and hackintoshes) for friends / family / random strangers, but I finally decided to start cataloguing every build, and I decided to use PCpartpicker. So expect to see more from me in the future!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! Very clean and solid build - Perfect for everyday use/basic storage. Much cheaper then buying a store-bought computer. Nicely done.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Donna from Suits.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

This will get the job done for them just fine....personally i think i would have went with the athlon 750k for about that same price for alittle added cpu performance but overall a very good bang for your buck pc

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't pick that CPU as there was no integrated GPU (as opposed to the APU series which features an internal low-end Radeon card).

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the only thing i would of added would be a 500gb (or at the most 1TB) hard drive. Just to prevent them from filling up the SSD and reducing the performance. Unless they have a said storage device as an external.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

You're partially correct. I'm going to pick up a USB-IDE enclosure to turn their old computer's 350GB IDE drive into a 'storage' drive, and after I clear off all the Windows / Program Files stuff they should have a fair amount of space for storage.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool that should work perfectly for them then!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the front USB 3.0 ports on the front of this case connect to the motherboard? Does the case have a USB 3.0 header?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

They're just connected as USB 2.0 ports: the cable inside the case has a USB2 header as well as a USB3 header, however the motherboard only had USB2 headers

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build m8 +1

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