This PC is dated but not dead! I suppose we can thank the monks and their crazy rez skills. Full disclosure for those of you who are not nerds and missed the correlation in that last sentence: Metaphorically speaking, of course, monks are IT guys and rez means revival. In this case, breathing life into an old PC by adding new parts. Super nerdy? I know. I played way too much Guild Wars back in the day. Don't judge me...
This client had complained that her PC was acting up and not allowing her to freely browse the internet. I accepted the job thinking that it was infected with some sort of malware or virus and since I've cleaned several other PC's in the past, I knew this wasn't going to be that difficult. When she delivered the PC, I was first taken aback by how heavy and outdated it was. She then explained that her son works in the IT industry and has been updating it over the years. After taking a peek inside, it did look like it was updated with decent components and I let out a sigh of relief. (Thanks monk!)
I started it up and found a PUP called BeFrugal. After doing some research, I quickly determined that this was a browser hijacker. Along with this PUP were a few other malware detection's but nothing too difficult to clean. When I was finished cleaning the OS, I emailed the client and suggested that she update her power supply since the current one was rattling and had a lot of coil whine. I also suggested a new case since her mobo was mATX and the original case was an extremely heavy ATX. She gladly accepted both suggestions and I performed the system swap. After all was said and done, she wrote me a sweet email:
We are so pleased with your wonderful work on our now almost-like-new "old" computer! It is so quiet and quick . . . a real pleasure to operate!
Thank you so much for helping us. We really did not want to go to a big box store and we did not know whom we could trust until we found you. Always before, our son, a professional IT person, has helped us with our computer needs, but as he lives so far away and is so busy we did not want to impinge on his kindness. Because you were so kind to communicate with him about the changes you saw that needed to be made, he felt confident that we were in good hands. And we certainly were! Your work was thoroughly competent and quick. We now have a professional man of integrity we would be pleased to recommend to anyone.
I don't normally purchase Sparkly power supplies but this one was platinum and only $40 on sale.
I found it easier to install the PSU before the mobo in this case.
If you plan on using the PCI slots, install the HDD on the top and the SSD on the bottom mount in order to accommodate for the GPU. However, with this configuration, the HDD will make contact with the 120mm intake. This can be fixed by swapping the fan with a round frame, rather than the square frame fan included with the chassis.
I read some reviews on this case and found a lot of complaints in regards to ease of build. This case wasn't that bad to work in and I found it highly attractive for it's price point. I highly recommend this case even for beginners. The chassis is nice and compact with great qualities for it's price.
Original case had loud 80mm fans. After the swap, it was so quiet that I almost thought that I had forgot to connect the power! It honestly felt like a new computer.