Pretty simple build. This is really a bunch of spare parts with a couple nice pieces (case, SSD). I would love to add a graphics card at some point but I don't think he really wants to play any games. He used to play flight simulators and he's a model train nut so maybe some Train Simulator 2013 or something! We'll see. >:D
Had a bit of trouble with this build. Thought the PSU died after I assembled everything the first time because it wouldn't boot at all. Tore everything apart and jumpered the connector and PSU fires right up. Okay, not the PSU. Could the motherboard be DOA? Possibly. I assembled everything on my test bench and hit the power button. Powers up fine... Okay.. Gotta be a ground somewhere. Either I put one too many in or one isn't screwed down properly. Looked at the motherboard tray and sure enough, loose standoff. Pretty simple fix. Sometimes issues are easy! I like when they are, and this is the first time I've had to go through a troubleshooting phase of a build so it was definitely a learning experience.
CPU - Dual core Sandy Bridge. More than enough.
Motherboard - cheapest 1155 socket mATX motherboard I could find that had SATA III and USB 3.0.
Memory - Samsung wonder ram. Not much else to say! I know it's kind of a waste, but it's all I had laying around at the moment.
Storage - Bought two of these from Amazon when they had the pricing error! I was lucky enough to purchase from a seller who promised to fulfill the order. Even got two of them and I was only expecting one. WOo! Other one goes in my test bench. More than fast enough for someone upgrading from a standard HDD. Left over HDD from old build. Used for media storage.
Case - I've wanted a Silverstone case for awhile now but I haven't had the opportunity to grab one for a build. I've had almost every major case maker in my collection at some point but this one was my first. Build quality is insanely good. Instruction manual on how to install everything step by step is extremely useful, especially for new builders. Never had any issues routing cables or installing anything. Absolute dream case. Oh and it's freaking gorgeous too. Definitely one of my favorite cases.
PSU - Recycle from my first ever PC build from back in 2010. Still going strong, if a bit overkill for this build. But hey, if he wants to add something like a 750 Ti and do some gaming or something, the option is always there!
NZXT Aperture M - Dad has a nice DSLR, and this was on sale at Newegg for $5 less than everywhere else. Every kind of SD card reader built in, so definitely useful for him when transferring pictures, plus much much faster than his old USB 2.0 card reader.
Thoughts, comments, criticism and questions on any of the parts are always welcome! There's always something I'm missing or could improve upon so let me hear it!