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Tanjunna

by Eltech

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Date Published

May 21, 2016

Date Built

May 15, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

2.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

41.0° C

Description

  • This computer is called Tanjunna. I built this for my grandma E. who had no clue that I made her very first computer. Of course, she knows by now. To clarify any confusion, this is my father’s mother. Since I already built grandma A’s desktop. The real estimate cost of the build was $300.86 if I include my past purchases.

  • The purpose of this build is extremely basic: Netflix and surfing the internet. That is truly it. However, it will translate between English and Japanese when she uses it. I will also teach her on how to use her computer. Ever since she saw me build two computers from last year, I somehow piqued her interest to learn and have me build her a computer.

  • Even though she kept asking how much money to give but I told her to not worry about it. My family does not need to give me any money when I build them computers. I only need time. You can just view the first 22 photos for the final result.

  • I did reuse my Corsair RAM from 2014, which was used temporarily to run builds but now it has a home. The Celeron processor from 2015 was used for 3 months and will stay in this PC. Lastly, I had a leftover 6 inch SATA cable from 2014. I normally stock myself with extra computer parts for emergencies or something was saved because it was not needed from a previous build.

Here is my two cents:

CPU

Intel Celeron G1840 2.8GHz Dual-Core

  • This processor is perfect for its intended purpose. Do not underestimate this little guy, he packs a wallop as a basic PC. Not ideal for major gaming terms but definitely good enough for Solitaire, Minesweeper and Sudoku. This is plenty of power for the basic everyday computer. Happy to have it working and good enough for Netflix.

CPU Cooler

Rosewill RCX-Z775-LP 33.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

  • Now this was a must have for this build. The height is under 2 inches tall. If you try to use the Intel Stockfan with the Mini-Box case it will be an extremely tight fit. In my case it was pushing against the 2.5” bracket. I was happy to have this extra RCX-Z775-LP on my shelf if I ever had a problem with a build. It works great and sounds better than the Intel Stockfan.

Motherboard - UPDATED @ 06/20/2016

ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150

  • This motherboard feels a bit sturdier and looks awfully pretty. The layout for the front panel is very tight with the Mini-Box case but I cannot complain too much about that. The WiFi was easy to secure in with two 3/8 wrenches but again it was a tight hold inside the case while I am turning the other nut to secure the WiFi completely in the I/O shield.

  • I got this motherboard with a rebate of $20, in check. Very happy with the savings! Despite the tight spacing in a Mini-Box, this Motherboard is pretty impressive. I would recommend it for an easy navigation of the BIOS and plenty of features. No issues whatsoever when booting and loading Linux with this Motherboard.


Memory

Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600

  • Almost 2 years later, this RAM has a home. This type of RAM does not overclock automatically so it was preset at 1333MHz. Since all Celerons and most Pentiums can read these speeds so it works out well. No issues at all when paired with this MOBO and it is the perfect amount. I am using 512MB System Memory for the integrated graphics, so about 3.3GB remains in Ubuntu but about 880MB~950MB between 1.3GB~1.7GB is used in Ubuntu 16.04.

SSD

A-Data Premier SP550 120GB

  • Yes, I am quite addicted of purchasing these. This boots Ubuntu in 3~5 seconds and takes about 1~2 seconds to load up Ubuntu. So far it had required 5.9GB for Ubuntu to be installed. 5GB~ is currently used space with the updates included. Sure I have a major amount of GB remaining when using Ubuntu but I was willing to spend the additional seven dollars to grab the 120GB vs a 60GB SSD.

Case

Mini-Box M350 HTPC Case

  • This case is so adorable to work in! OK I know I am getting a bit excited over a case that cost more than the average basic case. The size is ideal though and for what it’s being used for, it is perfect. There are additional two USBs within the front mesh of the case. As it was recommended to do, you can add in a WiFi adapter or something else but it will not be needed for this build.
  • One could install an additional 40mm case fan if you think you need more intake. Again, it is not a need for what this computer does. Nor does it have any room for it either.

PSU

Mini-Box PicoPSU-90 12V DC Input 90 Watt Output + 60W Adapter Power Kit Cyncronix Rating

  • I had to buy the PicoPSU 90w & the Adapter but thankful it came as a combo kit. It did not come with the Mini-Box case. I made sure this was compatible for certain.
  • The PicoPSU is kind of easy to install but with only enough force. It is more difficult to uninstall due to its small size. I have no issues whatsoever with the amount of wattage needed. The most wattage I saw pulling out of the outlet was 35 watts. However, it consistently stays between 27~33 watts.
  • Yes, I did some black paracord sleeving and it is not my best but I wanted to try it for the first time. All I really wanted was the yellow and red wires to be mostly hidden. I would have done more with this attempt but since the case is closed, it will be OK.

Operating System

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (64 Bit)

  • Ubuntu is something I been wanting to try for quite some time but I never knew when until now. I have been enjoying it so far. Google Chrome is used to play Netflix. I have Firefox displaying English and Japanese text. Since the needs for this computer is very simple and no intention to game even though it could play simple games.

  • I did have one major issue from Ubuntu 14.04: Netflix stopped working in Google Chrome after the updates were completed in May. So I thought it did not hurt to clean install 16.04 at this point since Netflix was not displaying video content anymore. When I installed 16.04, I ran into another problem: the WiFi would disconnect every time I tried to install Ubuntu’s updates. For some reason when I ✓ Pre-released updates (xenial-proposed) it kept the WiFi connected and allowed the updates to go through. This solved it for me but maybe not for everyone.

  • System Settings > Software Updates > Developer Options > ✓ Pre-released updates (xenial-proposed)

Personal Notes

  • In conclusion, I am happy on how it turned out. I also enjoyed troubleshooting with Ubuntu even though it did not take too long to figure it out after some researching. I will try to improve my paracording with more practice, buying more resources and another tool with PSU crimps. I had one bad crimp with the yellow ATX wire from the PicoPSU. It makes it difficult to fix a bad crimp when I do not have the right tool and therefor it changed my first plan on how to paracord the wires in the first place.

  • Thank you for taking your time to read this. Please feel free to leave any feedback, constructive criticism and questions. I will update anything for errors or if I forgot to mention something.

Comments Sorted by:

Maetheus 1 Build 15 points 18 months ago

Love the build. Great description, awesome reviews, detailed pictures! One small thing, though.. In the second paragraph, last line; "peaked", ought to be "piqued".

Yeah. I'm that guy.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 8 points 18 months ago
Thank you very much, I appreciate your support and kind words.
Thanks for the catch! My bad with my grammar error.
jk184 11 Builds 5 points 18 months ago

I went through all 100 pics wondering where the PSU would fit. I get it now. I'd love to do a build like this one day. Great work!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 5 points 18 months ago
Understandable, I would be confused as well since that is how I thought so when I had this case. That 90w PicoPSU is quite handy and of course there are few others. Of course, these kind of builds are really fun to work in despite how compact and cramp it can be. Thank you very much!
FACUNDO 13 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

Perfect HTPC!!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 4 points 18 months ago
Thank you very much. I'm glad you like it. :)
FACUNDO 13 Builds 5 points 18 months ago

Your builds are the best!

HyperYveltal16 4 points 18 months ago

So true:)

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 3 points 18 months ago
Aw... you are too kind. I appreciate such a high compliment.
biggles5107 2 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

I love the amount of attention to detail you put into this and the sleeving is on point. Nice to see Linux. I always enjoy seeing your builds. +1

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 3 points 18 months ago
It is an honor to have your lovely comments in here. I tried my best with the sleeving but the most difficult wire I had the most was the ATX 4-pin wires. It was the hardest one to push and pull the pins out. The Molex fused with the SATA was ironically the most easiest to pop pins out and sleeve them. And I am happy to finally make a build with Linux, I'll be exploring further into Ubuntu and many others down the road such as Linux Mint too. Thank you so much for your support and kind words. :)
biggles5107 2 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

I can vouch for Mint. What's nice about it is that it has more of a traditional desktop layout and it's rock solid. I've installed it on my laptop and a couple of friends' laptops and they're both enjoying it. One of them had upgraded to W10 and wasn't having the greatest time with it and for the other her computer was super slow on 8.1 but ran buttery smooth on Mint.

And you're welcome.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 18 months ago
Awesome! I'll be looking forward to Linux Mint than. I appreciate your feedback about that. Yes, I been procrastinating with Windows 10 for sometime and I personally won't be jumping on it anytime soon. However, I will be poking at it very soon for another relative so I'll have to make sure it works.
liammc 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I agree

legonate416 2 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

+1 for taking the time to upload 100 pictures

sits back and enjoys the slide show for 30 minutes

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Thank you for the support and no problem. I love taking photos, maybe too much at times.
someta 4 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

Good build!

It's nice to see that some people realize how powerful Linux is for a budget build. I personally used Ubuntu 14.04 daily for several months, but I started getting error messages so I used it as an excuse to switch to Debian (which is what Ubuntu is based off). I would use it on my main system but I need to run Photoshop and Windows-exclusive applications.

Forget the overused PC master race, you've joined the Linux Master Race :)

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Thank you!
Oh yes, it certainly is. I just feel bad that it took me this long to reuse Linux/Unix again. I been wanting to use Linux again so going to be trying out many versions. And sorry to hear about 14.04 having errors later on. :(
Which Debian did you switch to get your software working again?

Forget the overused PC master race, you've joined the Linux Master Race :)

Oh my, I certainly feel welcomed. Thank you so much!
someta 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Debian 8 Jessie, Gnome Desktop.

Beautiful UI ( if you don't mind something a little different), stable, and runs fast on an old laptop (at least as fast and maybe faster than Ubuntu).

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Cool, I'm glad to hear it's working out better! I need to try that out too. I do have an extra laptop laying around that I can use.
ersd123fastman 1 point 18 months ago

Best of all; it's free! :D

someta 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

yes!

NeonThought 4 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Hey, I see you comment quite frequently. I don't think I've seen your builds until now, but they're pretty solid. Great cable management. I'm sure she'll love it. I think you win the super compact award for sure. +1

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 18 months ago
Thank you so much for your support and checking out my builds! I truly appreciate your compliments. :)
ajpinton 11 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Ah the good old minibox, I use to have one of those I knida miss it. Looks good.

Soo many pics. lol

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 18 months ago
It sure is a lot of fun to work in and thank you!
Yes, I have over 680 photos of this build. I tried to narrow it down as best as I could. :)
ajpinton 11 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

I think your next challenge if you chose to accept it. Is to find out how many pics PCPP will let you upload, and of what quality. Will you hit a number or size limit first?

-A mod may need to answer this questions :D-

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 18 months ago
Wait a minute here... did you ask me this before in the past? lol
Maybe I should ask the PCPP staff.
ajpinton 11 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Not that I know of, but it may be possible. :D

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
lol :)
MightyAlFred 3 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Dammit, awesome granma for wanting to learn how to use a pc, and kudos to you to be fulfilling that! Lovely build.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Indeed, she is awesome for wanting to learn and especially in her mid-80s. She never really was into computers but for some reason that changed with me. I'll do my best to teach her. Thank you for your support and compliments! I truly appreciate it.
liammc 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

There is a bad bug in Ubuntu 16.4 about the WiFi and the are trying to fix it I had trouble with Ubuntu mate on grandmas PC build so put Linux zorin on it and works just fine but it gave me an error saying could install file and I did use a DVD because I don't use flash drives because I always lose them I have lost about 10 and only have 2 left

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 18 months ago
Yes, this is correct about Ubuntu 16.04. I am certain they will resolve the WiFi issues ASAP. I was able to get on the internet and Netflix, and seemed OK to update Apps that came from Ubuntu Software. My major issue was unable to update the OS because it would disconnect and lose the WiFi connection that I was using. When I went to System Settings > Software Updates > Developer Options > checked Pre-released updates (xenial-proposed).
It stopped my loss of WiFi connection and allowed the OS updates to go through. Now I know it does not work for everyone but it works OK with me for now, unless something else comes up.

I did use a DVD because I don't use flash drives because I always lose them I have lost about 10 and only have 2 left

Yes, I burned the iso of Ubuntu 16.04 into a DVD. Sorry to hear about those flash drives, it is no good to loose so many.
liammc 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Is your WiFi a broadcom card

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
I'm sorry it took me a while to respond to this. I had to login into the computer when I was able to. I wanted to show something that came from the terminal. I will remove most content though since I'm trying to pin-point on what Ubuntu saw. It is definitely not a Broadcom. -> Realtek RTL8821AE Combo Module.

 sudo lshw -C network

displays the following below:

   description: Wireless interface
   product: RTL8821AE 802.11ac PCIe Wireless Network Adapter
   vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
   ...
   capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
   configuration: broadcast=yes driver=rtl8821ae driverversion=4.4.0-23-generic firmware=N/A ... latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11abgn

sudo lspci

displays the following below:

 ...
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Qualcomm Atheros QCA8171 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 10)
03:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8821AE 802.11ac PCIe Wireless Network Adapter
johngerges582 2 points 18 months ago

Another fantastic build Eltech. :)

A prime example of an HTPC. +1

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 18 months ago
Aw, thank you so much! Such a high compliment to receive. You are too kind. :)
190n 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Nice build, congrats on featured!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Thank you, thank you! :)
NooboFortune 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Beautiful build, Great attention to detail!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Aw... thank you very much!
rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Another awesome build from an awesome person. I hope you grandmother really enjoys this PC. I also have something special for you ;)

I have a list on my page of special builds that I love, and this is one of them. I've added this build to Rhali8's Special Builds section. This is the third one that I've ever added :)

Overall, this is awesome work. +1!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
You are too kind and wow... that is something special. I feel honored to be in your special builds. Thank you Rhali. I truly am grateful.
dragoon20005 3 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

So i guess your Grandmother E is Japanese. Since you mentioned about the machine must be able to translate between Japanese and English.

Haha I know that movie that your were playing, "Jiro Dreams of Sushi". Interesting documentary of the sushi bar which has 3 stars Michelin and US President Obama and PM Abe went to visit the bar too.

Very nice HTPC setup

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Indeed she is and yes it was Jiro. Thank you very much. :)
jnanof 32 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Awesome little build for your Mi-Ma :)

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Aw, thank you very much! :)
The.Geeked. 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

man you sure you took enough pictures? I mean we normally have to beg ppl to add more picture but you went in. good job on the pc.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
I'll just keep the additional 580 photos on my computer and thank you. :)
Iceman320 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Really nice PC you have here, and such a nice thing to do for a family member. I am thinking of building my granddad a new PC as his is far too sluggish and I think he needs to experience the wonder of an SSD :P

You have my +1 for sure

Added side note: why do you always reply in bold?

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 18 months ago
Aw, thank you so much Iceman. I appreciate your support. I'm certain your grandfather will have his mind blown away with an SSD upgrade. Again, thank you! :)
Iceman320 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

No worries, thank you for taking the time to upload :)

And that is a very interesting PSU, always wondered how a power pack PSU works... and now I know :)

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Added side note: why do you always reply in bold?

I use it often due to I tend to talk it up, a lot. I have a horrible habit of going on and on forever that I have to remind myself to get straight to the point. At least when I checked my comment history, there were times I was having around 3 between 8 paragraphs in a post. It is also a habit to use so I guess now it's my signature. No real intention to make my text bold, only meant to shrink it a notch even though it bolds.
Iceman320 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Interesting, well it definitely makes it easy to find your comments when scrolling through a wall of txt :P

Xizt 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Great build, It's nice to see a low-end build like this!

Your so nice! Two builds for your grandmothers!

+100

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
I am happy to know you like it very much! And thank you, I know their needs were very different but it sure was worth to build them computers. Thank you so much!
joelhowell 2 points 18 months ago

1 A few things:

2 I think you're missing some pictures, you may want to consider adding more /sarcasm

3 Fabulous HD pictures, I feel like I'm there

4 +1 because this is amazing

5 Why do you speak in this
Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
1) I wonder what those few things are. I shall proceed to answer to the best of my ability.
2) Oh my, temptation. I could but I think 100 was appropriate for this build. ;)
3) I'm so glad to know you feel this way. That is what I try to do, in a sense. It also helps give me very detailed images for past records.
4) Thank you for your lovely support. I appreciate it!
5) Why do I speak in tiny boldness? I never knew I could. I am usually a soft tone speaker unless I am comfortable or excited or I am... I'll keep the third one to myself. Anyways, I use such a format to shrink my text so I have a bad habit of going on and on with details at times plus it's turned into a habit too. So I suppose it will be my signature.
joelhowell 2 points 18 months ago

Lol well it's a nice signature keep it up m8

gugu96 18 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

that mini-box got my attention! looks pretty functional. I've always wondered what to do with my extra rcx-z775lp coolers and your build just gave me some inspiration. And I'm glad to know 775 = 1150 which I didn't know till now. great build! so much fun to build to give to relatives

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
I'm happy to know you think so with this build! I tried my best to keep it portable but also useful for what the needs were.

I've always wondered what to do with my extra rcx-z775lp coolers and your build just gave me some inspiration.

Awesome! I feel honored too. I think they are pretty handy to have when working in very compact cases so far. Thankfully the RCX-Z775-LP is compatibility with LGA775, LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155 and LGA1156 sockets.
Variable.variables 2 points 18 months ago

Wow, a build that can run Minesweeper and a grandmother willing to learn Linux.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
I know how that felt. I had a shocked expression since she is in her mid-80s and she had zero interest of having a computer until she asked me to teach her and if she could have me build her one but something not expensive and very simple.
dccorreia 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

A remarkable piece of Art & Engineering! So great!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 18 months ago
Wow. I truly received another high compliment. Thank you so much. :)
dccorreia 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

It's only the truth :)

gorkti200 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Fantastic build. Love the tiny form factor and the high quality photos. Machine looks beautiful. Excellent descriptions of your reasoning for part selections. Good job!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Thank you so much for your lovely words! You are so kind. :)
ProfessorPancake 2 points 18 months ago

Good build. Thank you for providing a lot of detail, and I hope your grandmother enjoys using it. Good decision with the SSD, and that case is the smallest I have ever seen! Smaller than my laptop...

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Thank you for your lovely comments and support. I am certain she will once it makes sense. Plus she will enjoy her Netflix the most I think. She got hooked into it last year. And yes, it certainly is small and feels about 2 pounds of weight. Smaller than my 3 laptops.
waffle502 3 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Nice Pics, i looked at all 100 of them

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Thank you for looking through all the photos. I'm glad you like them.
EsxPaul 3 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

What a lovely, neat and tidy system, pictured beautifully. Grandma will be a very happy lady! Well done.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 18 months ago
Thank you so much. I'm certain she will be. :)
quzar469 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

gr8 build, keep up the good work

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Thank you, will do!
evangs1 2 points 18 months ago

Foxfire

You sound like my dad!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 18 months ago
Opps, I did it again. It's Firefox. Well, I am getting up there anyway. I am not as young as I used to be. lol
Thanks for the catch. It's corrected.
BigAll 5 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

LOVE that tiny lil case. one day I will make an htpc in one of those, but today is not that day *sadface* -_-

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
I am so glad to know that you do. It is a fun case to work in and very ideal for any low power builds. When you get this case and have it complete, let me know. I love this HTPC case as well. :)
BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I wonder how hard it would be to get a 95 or even 65w apu situated in there *grins*

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
You can definitely do that. I know you could.
BigAll 5 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

YAAAS, my dreams have been realised. Muy pocito gaming build!

pj_sz 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Congrats on the feature, you did the M350 justice! Great build, description and pics.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Thank you for your lovely comments. I truly appreciate it! :)
Craftsman_2222 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Small Power, but perfect for a grandma as long as she doesn't want to game on it.

I just imagine a grandma playing battlefield 4 or some other FPS and getting really into it

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Exactly!

I just imagine a grandma playing battlefield 4 or some other FPS and getting really into it

Oh my, that would be something I do not see too often.
Craftsman_2222 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

If you made it happen you would be the real MVP. :D

CaptainKendo 2 points 18 months ago

Thanks for another build, it's awesome to see your builds, and how much effort you put in for them, and this community.

Also + 1 for Linux. I've always been curious, do you use Linux as a daily driver?

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Thank you for your lovely compliments and I truly appreciate your support. I love building computers and much more.
No, I do not. I been wanting to touch it again for many years but I never did. I knew why I did not continue with it as a teenager through young adulthood, due to thinking I was not smart enough at those times. Seems like once I had a lot of work involved and working for my BA in Computer Science, that remind myself to try it again. I had the equipment by now so I just need 6 months to a year to get into Linux again.
Omnislash89 5 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

+1 for Jiro Dreams of Sushi., also I love mini ITX builds!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Aw, thank you so much. I appreciate your kind words. :)
ImTotallyNotMessi 2 points 18 months ago

Would Win 7 work good too?

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 18 months ago
Of course, Windows 7 will work good too. :)
gommy111 2 points 18 months ago

Nice! Also nice to see you are also using Linux (Ubuntu). I thought I was the only one...

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Thanks! Yes I been wanting to relearn Linux (many others along the way) for quite some time. So you are not alone with Ubuntu. ;)
Zacmanman 2 points 17 months ago

Hey Eltech,

Is it okay if I use one of your pictures in my blog?

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 17 months ago
Hello Zacmanman,
Certainly! You have my permission to use my photos. I truly appreciate that you asked me before doing so. It is more painful when I see any of my photos be misused or I never was asked. Go right ahead, use whatever photo you need. :)
Zacmanman 2 points 17 months ago

Sweet, thanks! I used your picture here: https://pcbuildingwiki.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/pc-build-the-build-for-grandma/

I think your picture looks really professional and fits this build I talk about in my blog post. I sort of unintentionally stole some of your story as well as take some inspiration from your build, but I give you credit at the bottom. If you'd like, I'll credit you higher up in the post.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Sweet, thanks! I used your picture here: https://pcbuildingwiki.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/pc-build-the-build-for-grandma/

Wow, that is awesome. Ironically I been wanting to make a build guide in Wordpress but it's pretty awesome you have yours up and running. It looks great! The only minor change is that I am "she" when I checked your site. Though I feel odd and foolish to mention such a thing. lol

I think your picture looks really professional and fits this build I talk about in my blog post. I sort of unintentionally stole some of your story as well as take some inspiration from your build, but I give you credit at the bottom. If you'd like, I'll credit you higher up in the post.

I appreciate your kind and very generous words to think my photo looks professional. I'm just an amateur who uses a D5100 Nikon camera with a 18-55mm lens and some Marco lens. I truly appreciate that you given my photo the proper credit and no need to relocate it to the top. It makes my heart feel warm inside and I feel honored, thank you so much. :)
Zacmanman 2 points 17 months ago

I spend most of my time doing nothing but helping people on Reddit with building gaming PCs and whatnot. Recently my wife told me I should start a blog and I really liked the idea, felt foolish that I hadn't thought of it myself.

Sorry I got your gender wrong. Male pronouns seem good enough for me too often, but I'll try to be more neutral in the future.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I spend most of my time doing nothing but helping people on Reddit with building gaming PCs and whatnot. Recently my wife told me I should start a blog and I really liked the idea, felt foolish that I hadn't thought of it myself.

That makes sense now and very wise. No need to feel foolish. That is why your wife suggested it since she saw your helpfulness and the potential to see it become something more. Sometimes, every now and than, we need someone to point us to the right direction.

Sorry I got your gender wrong. Male pronouns seem good enough for me too often, but I'll try to be more neutral in the future.

No offense taken. I'm not too good at making comments myself. The wall of text from the internet does not exactly interpret our vocal cords, feelings, nor body language too well. It is all good. I wish you for the best. I'm certain you will be able to help a lot of people who need guidance to build a computer for their specific needs and desire. :)
bit_rot 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Wonderful, detailed write up. Fantastic little machine, thank you for sharing!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 16 months ago
Thank you so much, that means a lot! I truly appreciate your kind words and support.
Spycrab 2 points 16 months ago

I'm really sorry for this

El Taco grande (i wanna call you that from now on :) you are such a kind person ! You always return for what people have given you, and it's incredible. And you're pictures I could cry,then look at your pictures, and cry some more because they are so majestic.

This is a wonderful Htpc for your grandmother, who can speak Japanese ?

it will translate between English and Japanese

You are such an amazing person it's scary, you can almost legit take over the world with your pictures and kindness it's crazy !

Anyway you have a wonderful day beautiful !

That beautiful wasn't a like hitting on you beautiful but more of a reminder that you are beautiful no matter what any one says K?

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

I'm really sorry for this

El Taco grande (i wanna call you that from now on :) you are such a kind person ! You always return for what people have given you, and it's incredible. And you're pictures I could cry,then look at your pictures, and cry some more because they are so majestic.

Awesome, a new nickname. I haven't had a nickname in ages. Aw, you are too kind for such words. I genuinely appreciate your kind comments, it means a lot. And no need to be sorry.

* offers you a tissue if you need it *

This is a wonderful Htpc for your grandmother, who can speak Japanese ?

Thank you so much! Only her, Uncle Yoshi and his girlfriend. Friends she has in Las Vegas too. I hope someday I can speak a basis of it in about 2 years. Since I will be seeing relatives in Japan again at 2018, I hope. Than again, speech was never my strength but I'll do the best that I can. lol

You are such an amazing person it's scary, you can almost legit take over the world with your pictures and kindness it's crazy !

Wow, thank you. I'm not sure what to say, except that I cannot take over the world. I would not want that kind of power. I rather help family, friends and those who I do not know, if I am able to.

Anyway you have a wonderful day beautiful !

That beautiful wasn't a like hitting on you beautiful but more of a reminder that you are beautiful no matter what any one says K?

Aw thank Spycrab. You are far too kind to me. And yes no worries, compliment received and not taken as "hit on." :)
Spycrab 2 points 16 months ago

Thank you so much! Only her, and my Uncle Yoshi and his girlfriend. Friends she has in Las Vegas too. I hope someday I can speak a basis of it in about 2 years. Since I will be seeing relatives in Japan again at 2018, or I hope. Than again, speech was never my strength but I'll do the best that I can. lol

You Have such a cool family ! My mom side is Japanese so I am very thankful for that. I also believe that you will be able to if you put your mind to it. Are you taking classes of some sort or reading books ?

no need to be sorry.

But I must be, This build was 2 months ago and your probably working on much greater things so I pulled you away.

Aw thank Spycrab. You are far too kind to me. And yes no worries, compliment received and not taken as "hit on." :)

Whew Thank god. I have always thought about encouraging females when I get older because they have it very difficult and do so much.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

You Have such a cool family ! My mom side is Japanese so I am very thankful for that. I also believe that you will be able to if you put your mind to it. Are you taking classes of some sort or reading books ?

Aw, thank you. Well, if it came to DNA some of us are quite diverse. That is awesome to know about your mother and so sweet of you to be thankful for it. No classes, just a couple of books and Rosetta Stone but in my own pace. I have enough on my plate with work and other projects to work on. Along with my Fall semester will begin in a little over couple of weeks.

But I must be, This build was 2 months ago and your probably working on much greater things so I pulled you away.

You should not be though. I post these builds for a reason, to share with others. Though I do not brag about it. I tend to be excited though if I mention it to some of my family and online gamer friends so they can read it up. So basically, anyone is allowed to view and comment on my builds at any time. So no apology required, I make time to respond.

Whew Thank god. I have always thought about encouraging females when I get older because they have it very difficult and do so much.

This would vary upon the situation and personal experiences for someone. I cannot say I had it super difficult with everything in life but I also understand its ups and downs like everyone else experiences in life. I cannot play the victim just because the theory is said "women have it difficult". I truly do not believe such a thing. I seen both men and women had it difficult, not just women alone.
You stand on what you believe and work hard through your success, learn from mistakes and better understand the unknown to improve yourself. Or you can follow the rest of the group with uncertainty or fear which could leave yourself unresolved.
However, it's good to know you try your best to encourage and support. I appreciate it and I'm certain others do so as well.
PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

If that CPU can run Minesweeper, then its a great CPU.

emilablaa 3 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Really nice with all those detailed pictures! Amazing review and overall a great build!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you so much! I'm glad to know. I truly appreciate your comments and support. Again, thank you.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Notice: Whoever is spam down voting in here. Please stop. I am very aware that a lot of people's comments were downvoted.

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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
You are the best, thanks Jipster!
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KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Your experience with Ubuntu 16.04 is sadly a known bug at this point. If you have any logs or other information to post to their bug page, it would likely help them fix it faster.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
You are so correct. That was the excact fourm that resolved my issue.
exisspl 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Will it run Crisis though?

BigAll 5 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

yes, but he would have to put windows on it.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Thanks for answering this. I haven't checked the spec requirements for that game yet.

I am a "she". ;)

BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

modern integrated graphics have surpassed the reccomended gpu for Crisis, that's quite significant.

lol, sometimes I assume that everybody on the internet is a white dude in their late teens like me :P

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
I never played Crysis so I didn't know. It's hard for me to keep track with all games since I only game when I can or whatever interested me. So yes I believe you that modern processors can handle some good old games.
And a very common assumption. That's why I only use TeamSpeak 3 with gamers that know me.
BigAll 5 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

crisis (every game in the series) has always been really hard on the current gen hardware, I think modern high end cards still have trouble with some of the settings in crisis 2 and 3 because they were just really that op.

Go make me a sandwitch!jk, no need to make sandwiches And then there are the people that won't shut up about the very fact that there is a girl on the server... people are stupid

a_w_green 1 point 18 months ago

Great mini ITX Build. It's really nice of you to do something like this.

Now I'm all for Linux, but I don't think that it's the best OS to start out with, especially for an older user who isn't super computer friendly. Just my opinion.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Thank you.
You may think so and I will respect your opinion. However I may disagree with this. First is, anyone who is willing to learn tends to understand the unknown better. Now this may depend on the person here since there are talkers and doers.
My grandma has been a teacher and a teachable spirit since the day I known her, which this is two dedcades and a half of my life. I do not intend to overwhelm her with the advance methods right from the beginning either. I will be around for her too so if sonething comes up. I am her personal I.T. and this is also true for the rest of my family.
I appreciate your feedback so thank you for checking out the build and the compliment.
Pcdestroysconsole 1 point 18 months ago

You spent a lot a of money. I did the same thing awhile back with an hp 4000 sff desktop and managed to get a gpu and wireless network adapter for under 200 dollars.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Keep in mind I had leftover parts which prices from 2 years ago were higher and the processor was last year. Yes I also could have cheaped it out even further but I was looking for purpose again for a few parts and came up with this.
Pcdestroysconsole 1 point 18 months ago

Yeah It is better to use leftover parts as long as they work.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Indeed and it has so far.
Pcdestroysconsole 1 point 18 months ago

That is great.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
:)
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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

You know what El? You're so generously kind to build these computers that you do for your family and even fund them. They are probably way more grateful than you will ever know.

You are too kind to say such things to me Geekazoid. Normally this is how I feel towards my family. I am very grateful for what they have done for me and my own words could never express enough.

I think by now, surely by now, every family member of yours must have a PC that has been built by you.

I wish that were true! I be a happy-happy builder if I could give them all computers but I only give them when I heard they need one so far. I do have my Aunt and Uncle's computers to work on next. One is an ITX again and the other is going to be ATX version. The best part for the next ITX is that my mom wants to learn to build a computer so we will be building my Aunt's ITX computer together! Just have to wait for the processor since I retrieve the wrong one but Amazon is very good to me. Plus we need to find a day to work on it.

All I can think to say is that you're awesome, you really are. Now, enough of my rambling here and onto commenting about this ninth system build that has been built by you.

Again, you are too kind. You are very awesome as well! Rambling is allowed on my builds! Or well anytime with me.

This little Linux-power system is compact and nice looking. You've done an excellent job with it. I can see why it got chosen to be featured. I would've even featured. Congratulations Eltech!

Once again, congrats and well done El!

Aw... what an honor to receive your words of praise. Thank you so much. I truly am.

In the famous words of Eltech, you have my one! :-) +1

Wow, I have Geekazoid's one! I better take a picture. Thank you! :)
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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

It really is nice to see just how much you love your family. If I'm honest, I would say I love mine just as much. But, like you, you feel as though you can never truly express how much you love them with anything. But one day they'll know (hopefully you know what I mean by this). :-)

I am glad to know you feel the same way with your family. And yes of course I know on what you meant.

Oh, what one did you wrongly retrieve and what one were you after?

They accidently sent a G3240. I should see the G4400 in a couple of days.

Yep, you betcha! Use the highest quality setting on that camera, it'll last longer.

Indeed. I will! ;)
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gorkti200 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

lol well it is for a grandmother who has never owned a computer, after all.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Excactly. :)
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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Thanks and OK. :)
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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Congrats on the Featured Build Eltech!

Thank you so much Jipster! I am actually shocked about this being featured.

If you are as pretty and photogenic as all your builds... we should really meet for drinks sometime... or um... nevermind... I'm married. =P JK

Oh my, which bar should we meet at? * winks *
I'm just kidding too! You have your lovely wife and family! They are blessed to have you. :)

Have you been featured before?

Actually, yes. This is now my 3rd time. What an honor... thank you so much PCPP staff!
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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
I did not think it would even occur again. I was surprised. Thank you Jipster!
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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Silver Star does sound good for a martini. I'll have to put it in my to-do-list. :)
Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Naw... I'm blessed to have them!

Yes, that is true too. :)
Nicko_barbeque 1 point 18 months ago

Hey jipster, Just a question i hope you find and can answer (or direct me to the correct person). Is it possible for PCPP to make a catagory or site specifically for custom cooled pc's and/or a list of the featured builds? Thanks

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