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For You Dad & Mom

by Absekon

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Date Published

April 25, 2017

Date Built

April 12, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.9 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.29 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.008 GHz

Description

My mom wanted a new PC but she didn't want to by a Dell or HP, so since I made three already she asked me if I could make her and my dad one( As if I'd say no). She just got layed off after 30+ years with corrupt AIG but she's retired and layed back now. She does Word and Excel, some spread sheets when she helps friends, family, and others with taxes and budgets but my dad surfs the net and plays games. Nothing serious, just solitaire or checkers. I figured they didn't need anything powerful, just fast and small. They're close to the 70 mark so a big bulky tower would not be good down the road of life for them. The only thing I went kinda big on was the Graphics card. They called when they got it, haven't heard a peep since.

CPU: Intel Core i3-7100. A good stable CPU for everyday use. They don't game, video edit, or do anything CPU intensive but just incase they need a bit more, the i3 should do the trick.

GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 2GB. The only reason I got this card was because my mom uses a special program to enlarge the text size to like 200-400+ because she has some eye sight loss. I wanted to make sure the everything was crisp and sharp when she turned the PC on. Haven't heard from them since they got it so it must have worked.

Memory: Kingston FURY 16GB DDR4-2400. I have Kingston in my rig, my wife has it in her rig I built, so I put it in thiers. I have no complaints about Kingston.

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Engine 27 9.2 CFM. It was small and looked cool. It does a good job too.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H270N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1151. I love Asus but I'm not a fanboy and I hear good things about Gigabyte. This motherboard is Mighty Mouse! (Telling my age). The on board Wifi is really good. Picked up a signal while I'm in the basement, full bars! Bios wasn't to hard to use.

Storage: Intel 600p Series 256GB M.2-2280 SSD, Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" SSD. The OS is on the Intel M.2, and the Evo is just extra storage. My dad wanted speed so he got it. My mom wanted to keep the OS seperate from her video, music, and pictures but she didn't want external storage. All in one package.

Case: Lian-Li PC-TU100A Mini ITX Tower. Last but definitely not least. On the outside this thing is beautiful! I can't say it enough, it is beautiful like a rose! The thorns show up working on the inside putting the PC together. It is a tight sqeeze so if you like this case, which I do, be prepared. Only one fan on the front for intake but no exhuast fan, that bothered me because I don't want the parts to overheat. So I drilled a hole on the side to install a 80mm fan for an exhuast which keeps everything cool. I got the idea from TwoGunMoomin's build. I told him I would give him a shout out. He did a better job than me on the drilling. (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/8c3Ff7)

Part Reviews

Memory

I have this ram in my personal rig, my wife's rig, so I put it in my parents build. I have nothing bad to say about the quality of Kingston memory.

Case

A beautiful case! The only things I have a problem with are 1. Only one fan for intake and no exhaust fan. I know it's a Mini-ITX case, but not even a very small fan! 2. It is very tight to work in so be prepared. Use the least amount of cables or get shortened custom cables for this case if it's in your budget. Other than that, I do like this case.

Comments Sorted by:

Tuliptown 2 points 23 months ago

Nice job packing it in. Now, go call your parents. If you need an excuse, ask how they like solitare at 144hz 1080p. :)

Great case, daunting though.

Absekon submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Sorry for the late response. My mom didn't get a monitor yet so it's a wait and see right now.

TwoGunMoomin 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I love it! Wondering if the extra fan would be better as intake rather than exhaust, but since your parents are happy it doesn't matter! Btw I'm jealous of your man cave. Thanks for the shoutout!

Absekon submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Cool! Thanks!

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