Description

My Family has been using an xps 400 for the past 10 years. When my friends and I got into custom building I realized computers did not have to be expensive anymore. The xp had been acting up and my mom was also ready for an upgrade. Fearing my parents would go buy a store bought computer, I convinced them to let me build one. Ironically enough the next day after buying the parts the xp shut down and never turned back on, as if it had retired itself.

For this build I had two criteria: speed (I never wanted my parents to say those awful words again "our computer is slow". , and to be under 600$. Remember this not a gaming build it is only for mom and dad stuff although I can play games on it at lower settings. This computer is great for minecraft though, I get 65 fps with settings maxed. I am also using at 1920X1080p

I'm am not going to go over all the parts because some of them are reviewed enough.

CPU: Great cpu, especially for non gaming. I know I could have gotten away with an i3 but I wanted the extra leg room and the newest components.

Motherboard: again great for non gaming, if you are gaming with 4th gen core then get the z87 chip set instead. This is great for home use.

RAM: Good ram, I think it was the cheapest when i got it so i just selected it. I wanted to get 1600 so it suited my needs.

SSD: I can not say enough good things about Solid States, Windows 7 starts up and is ready in 15 seconds. The 64GB did work but I recommend getting a 128GB because after all the updates, programs, and drivers I have 19GB of free space. If you have a tight budget though you can fit everything on a 64GB you just need to be frugal.

Case: good case for the money, had everything I needed and keeps the inside cool. Unfortunately I could not get the CPU power plug to go any where behind the motherboard but its not like mum will open up the hood and judge my management.

In all it cost 550$ at the time. I am Thinking of building my own gaming Build also so this was a good experience.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 9 points

for its intended use id say this is an excellent build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, can't wait until I save enough money for my build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

very well done, im glad your parents trusted you with this. maybe you can beg them for pc parts for Christmas. "wink wink"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I am actually going to ask a new desk for Christmas. The one in my room right now is all small and wobbly, and would not be the best choice for a computer to sit on.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

well when you are looking for parts you know where to come. the community here is very knowledgeable and will try and get you the best deals on the parts. my suggestion is to go bare bones to start but keep upgrades in mind. get the mobo, psu, case, and ram then the other parts on shell shocker from newegg or other sites. just make sure you wont have to buy parts again. like my build im went with a 4gb 760 and 1080p monitor knowing i was going to triple monitor in the future. that's why i got a 750w psu. for now its overkill but later it will be what i need.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

This. I did the same thing with my 770 however I went 3 monitors immediately (I was impatient :P)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

yea yea ryne :p i didn't have the money at the time

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha no worries, saving/waiting is usually the better option

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

WoW upgrade planning? Too try hard for me! LOL just kidding. I have a 850w corsair PSU just simply because the "base" of my computer is built by ibuypower and they were putting in 850w power supplies for the price of a 750w because of clearance. Due to my lack of planning I am pretty sure I spend another 800 dollars worth of upgrades within 10 months after getting the computer from ibuypower.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

he did specify high end "parent"

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a nice build I'd build something similar for my parents

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

That's pretty much exactly the PCs we use at work--except, we use H87 mobos and 16GB RAM. Nice build for its intended purpose.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. This build is also a great way to start a budget off. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/F7v

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

For what this is, I like it. Question, what about windows 7? Did you buy it or did you get it for free?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I got windows for free so that is why I did not add it to the cost.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build for the price.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

For parents who don´t like to play (almost 90%) is a pretty nice machine. My mom and aunt would love one like this. You gave me good ideas for my aunt's next pc. Gongrats, and thanks!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Nice! Well done. I am sure your parents are very proud of you.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

do u need a wireless network adapter for this mobo?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, if you want wireless you need an adapter. It usually states in the description or feature list if the mobo has wireless.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any problems with the audio on the motherboard? I'm having some audio problems with it at the moment.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

No GPU? nice processor though; could probably run games like bf4 maxed out with maybe an ati r9 270x on about 30-40 frames. An ssd and 8 gigs of ram ought to shut your parents up about the computer being slow. funny enough I was in the same situation as you, parents had a crappy xps 400 that they payed $1600 for (and a couple years later, in comes a huge advancement in pc tech such as ddr3). They've had it forever and id always say, let me build your pc, or at the very least dont buy from someone like dell. Difference between my situation and your situation, my parents didn't listen to me. When I finally got a chance ot upgrade that POS, i found just how unprofessionaly it was assembled, for 6-7 years, they were missing out on half of their RAM because it wasnt in right and the processor was almost completely dry of thermal paste and didnt look completely covered in the first place.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats that MOBO like?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

um graphics card????!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  • 66 months ago
  • -2 points

I would suggest getting something like Radeon R7 240 for graphics card so the case won't feel too empty, and if your parents watches videos on their computer (like netflix, hulu, youtube, etc.) by having a dedicated graphics card would give better performance.

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