Update: This is now my family's HTPC as this build was not being used much until we got a new TV, when we brought this upstairs.
I'm 14 years old, I tried my best to keep cables out of the way.
Originally, I planned to build it, then sell it on cragslist as a basic PC, but then, after a while my grandpa came to me and told me to make it my mom's PC. She had been running a Vista machine for 8 years and I knew it was time for an upgrade for a long time, and the time had finally come to 'upgrade' to this machine. Her old machine consisted of a Core 2 Duo running at 1.86GHz (slower clock speed, I know, but I didn't have the ability to get at least a 5350 for her), 4GB DDR2 RAM, and a verrrry slooooooooow 200GB (I think) hard drive.
This system will work perfectly for her since she won't be using it that often and she doesn't do very large tasks.
This took 2 1/2 months to build. Why, you ask? I'll tell you. I ordered everything (except the hard drive and OS) from Newegg, which all came in 3 days. The hard drive I ordered from Amazon, and that didn't come for two weeks. Before the hard drive came, I installed everything (or tried to) and when I was putting the CPU in the motherboard, I found it had bent pins (oh no!) and I didn't want to try to bend them back, so I sent it back to Newegg (which took FOREVER, 3 weeks) and when I got that installed, I waited, and waited, and waited for a buyer from craigslist but no one wanted it :( Then when Windows 10 was released, that's when my grandpa told me to get her Windows 10 on that machine. But more trouble: after I got installation media for it, I tried to partition the drive and (not having ever partitioned before) waited for only about 1 minute, then restarted it, finding failed partitions on the drive after it booted back up. I tried to erase the drive with DBAN and I tried to boot the system up again and NO HARD DRIVE WAS DETECTED. So, we sent for another hard drive, and got it the day before I posted this. After my try with partitioning, I didn't dare try to do it again. It worked perfectly and Windows 10 was installed and now this PC is ready for my mom to use!
Now I know that I probably could have tried to partition it, but I didn't want to ruin another drive.
This PC will also be used for some games since my sisters will probably be playing Minecraft on it from time to time, so I tried playing Minecraft (tuned down somewhat), and it works perfectly fine (~50FPS with render turned to 8 chunks, no clouds, no particles, etc)
My mom had a 20" dell monitor that she used on that 8 year old pc (it's a widescreen, calm down) and my grandpa gave me his so called "old" keyboard and mouse set that he got when he bought his computer in 2011 (he got a new keyboard/mouse set).
Boot time is actually 9 seconds! I'm shocked since there is no SSD in there....
If you really were this interested in the build, I'm also shocked since this was such a cheapo pc and my second build. I can't post the first on pcpp because I sold it without taking pics. Oh well!
Load temps taken from CPU-Z stress test/SpeedFan temp readings.
Now let's see who gets the first comment, jipster or someone else......
Does the job, and when watching 1080p video it's ok, but never try to hook this up to a system where you watch videos in 1440p.
I don't know if this is because of the chipset, but there are only 2 fan headers, one for the CPU cooler, and the other for a single system fan. Most people have more than 2 fans in their builds. Luckily one of the fans had a molex connector so I was fine.
Does what it's supposed to.
Again, does what it's supposed to. Don't try to partition on this drive unless you really know it works, cause I had some issues with that.
I really like the look of this case, only there is not any cable management in this case, don't plan to get this one if you want to put anything in a 5.25" bay... that's the only way put cables somewhere if you have a non-modular PSU.
It'll do the job, just don't put it in a gaming rig or anything related to powerful.
Love the boot times, don't love the privacy issues. Make sure you don't set it up with the "recommended" settings because no one but Microsoft recommends it (well, maybe people who want your information.