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Gift for my Parents

by Teejers



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C


So I'm surprising my parents with this rig. Poor guys were using my sister's old hand-me-down laptop with a messed up power adapter and shot battery. They primarily Facebook, Skype, basic productivity apps, photo sharing, email...the simple stuff. I wanted it to have some zip with boot and apps launching instantaneously and have something that will last them for years to come with easy upgrades as required, hence the 8GB RAM and SSD. I figured I'd just get them an external HDD or just add another into the build if they run short on storage for their photos.

The i3-3225 and RAM is overkill but at Micro Center it's only $119.99 and the 8GB of RAM was on sale for $39.99 bundled with the CPU. SSD was $89.99 on sale at Newegg. Got the W7 Pro from my IT guy for free so that helped save at least $90. The build cost $571 out-of-pocket ($541 after MIR). I would've got them a cheapo 1080p monitor but they fell in love with mine after I completed my build.

Not sure if I'm going to keep the 120mm blue LED in the front or switch it with the rear fan. Depends on if my parents find LEDs to be annoying.

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MoxieGrrl 10 points 57 months ago

First, I am really jealous of people who have access to a Microcenter.

Second, this is almost exactly what I was going to do as a basic PC for the kids.

Nepgear 6 points 57 months ago

You're not the only one who's jealous :D

And very nice. Love the build.

Teejers submitter 3 Builds 1 point 57 months ago


Divdor 1 Build 4 points 57 months ago

I wish I could get my kids to settle. They want eyefinity now. /cry

MoxieGrrl 1 point 57 months ago

Mine are 3 and 5. They have no idea what Eyefinity is. :D My daughter, the older one, is mostly interested in her Starfall preschool learning games, Nick Jr. games, and Torchlight 2.

Divdor 1 Build 3 points 57 months ago

My youngest is 11 and loves Left 4 dead 2, Portal 2, Diablo 3 and Bioshock 2. My oldest is into the social networking stuff but loves Diablo 3. Trying to raise them right. ;)

peterb 1 Build -1 points 46 months ago

Mature games for an eleven year old. Good Parenting.

SilverbackEwok 2 points 57 months ago

Nice man! Good to see people doing something nice for their parents!

Teejers submitter 3 Builds 2 points 57 months ago

Thanks! I mean where would I be without them?

STRYK3R15 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

Please tell us their reaction!!!!!!!!!!

Teejers submitter 3 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

Will do. Maybe I'll take some pictures of them as I give them the PC and post it here! LOL.

Sabotage 1 point 57 months ago

Video tape it!

iiLeGiT101 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

It's very nice of you to do something like this for your parents. I would do the same but I'm only 14, so I don't have the money to buy it XD. I already have a build on this site set for them, incase they ever want a new computer or I do get the money.

Anyways, I would've recommended an AMD processor because you would've gotten more cores and more speed at the same price. Anyways, this is still a great build! For the GPU, is it integrated graphics?

DishRagBoy 1 point 57 months ago

This. I did basically the same thing for my mom but instead i used an A-10 5800K with and extreme 6 board. Though she probably didnt need it she gets special treatment because she's my mom! lol But nice overall I think its going to work great. I loved my moms reaction when I booted up her computer for the first time with an SSD installed in it. :D

EDIT:As for the post above yes the i3 does have integrated graphics on it. I'm pretty sure all the intel processors have integrated graphics.

Frostbyter 3 points 57 months ago

Xeons don't have iGPUs...

Teejers submitter 3 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

Yea I really debated going with an i3 vs A10-5800K. The difference was that the only decent FM2 socket motherboards with the A85X chipset were twice as costly as the ASRock H77M when I bought it. Plus upgrading on the 1155 socket based motherboard will be a whole heck of a lot easier than on an FM2. The final thing that pushed me towards the Intel chip was this chart: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html.

iiLeGiT101 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

Did you give your parents the build yet? If so , what was their reaction? :o

Teejers submitter 3 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

I did! See my update below!

Teejers submitter 3 Builds 2 points 57 months ago


I surprised my parents early this afternoon with their new computer up and running in my office. They were speechless! All they could do was ask when I had the time to even put something like this together for them. When did I even buy all the parts?

I asked them what they thought about the blue LED and if it might be annoying, and they said it doesn't matter to them because the computer does everything so much faster than any other computer they've owned. I should've taken photos to share with everybody on the site but their very thankful faces were something I'll never forget anyway!

iiLeGiT101 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

That's awesome haha, I'm glad your parents enjoyed it.

Javanode 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

You want to see your parent's face when they boot it up... 10 seconds later...BAAAM

Teejers submitter 3 Builds 2 points 57 months ago

Yep can't wait. I'm giving it to them today. I spent last night updating Windows and installing some additional programs.

Stalast 2 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

This is awesome. I hope your parents appreciate your hard work!

Dollarchip7 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Hows the graphics power? Looking to get this processor for my first build. Great build BTW!

Teejers submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Thanks. The onboard Intel HD4000 is more than enough graphical power than my parents need. In fact, Intel just released a firmware update that supposedly improves performance 10% generally speaking. Which reminds me...I need to update their computer with that firmware.

Dollarchip7 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Well what about for light gaming? Like the old stuff like Age of Empires 3, (I know its old) Cod 1, just all the old stuff that came out before 2005 thanks

Teejers submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

couldnt tell you. i havent tried gaming on it other than FB games.

Dollarchip7 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

How do those run? Because right now all I play are online games

Teejers submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Very smooth. No problems at all.

Liam81 1 point 51 months ago

I know you posted this some time ago but what I am interested in is how your parents are enjoying this computer?

You did hook them up with a web camera for Skyping didn't you??

They raised you right.

Teejers submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Sorry for the incredibly late reply. They are loving this computer. So fast now that my dad actually works from home on it using remote access VPN. He couldn't do that before with his really old hand-me-down laptop.

They actually had a webcam handed down from my sister so they're all set.


Sabriel80 1 point 50 months ago

I really do love this case. If only Rosewill stopped putting LED case fans on ******* everything, i'd get this for a family computer.

Teejers submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Well you can easily swap out the case fan. Its a standard 120mm fan. So just get one that silent with fluid dynamic bearings without LEDs. That's what I was thinking of doing for my parents but didn't want to wait for an aftermarket fan in the mail when I had everything else already.

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