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Best Bro trusts me to build a computer for his MOM!

by OllieManMan

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8 Comments

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Date Published

Jan. 7, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

Description

So I built a gaming rig for my friend after he saw mine and decided consoles where fading out. The build wasn't perfect as the budget and needs of the rig kept changing mid build. However the rig can be easily upgraded at this point and so far he runs everything (AAA titles) max setting where he wants to. (1080p 120frames) So we are very happy.

Now the holidays roll around and my buddy tells me he want one for his mom too! Not a gaming rig, but a much needed, reliable home computer to replace her very outdated setup.

The challenge:
Compact form Optical drive WiFi Good storage for music, pictures, word docs. extreme reliability for work emails, browsing, MS Word and things like that. Possible light gaming by my buddies lil brother. about a 500 budget.

I also wanted to ensure a stable and smooth windows 10 experience at all times.

Soooooo. My third build. Can I do it? Lets see.

went with a well tested AMD apu (I may be allergic to intel at this point, or just broke) This way i didn't have to spend on a GPU Super affordable and yea... ezpeazy Had a stock cooler for my fx-8350 I threw on for good measure. Bit more cooling and still fits in the case.

The board was a no brain-er. Best and really only mini option with wifi built in.

Ram got up to 16gb because i realized I only got one stick but it would run better in dual channel... so rather than return it and wait I just got another ; P

Putting the os on an ssd with a decent read speed was also an easy way to make it all run better. Nothing too fancy just a big upgrade from an hdd only.

1t hdd - because affordable storage.

The case was not only the best equipped for the $ it was also a very cool case to work with.
Everything is super roomy to the point where i wish it had more hard drive mounts or something to utilize that space. Only restricting factor is your cpu cooler has to be pretty low to dodge the power supply. Having the stock cooler from my fx chip was a super convenient upgrade (and free)

The cable management is also a breeze in this case and they have a few different versions of it now. Super well vented.

SO the build went well. Super quick and easy. had to get a lil creative to get the lights to stay but it worked out.

Boot up and divers all went quick and flawless and we even ran league of legends just to see how it would game with no gpu. (1080p FULL SETTINGS! never dropped below 60fps!) Everything runs super smooth and I was really impressed in what a well cooled apu can do.

Presto! A home computer! Hope she likes it ; P Just one photo her but I think it pretty much says it all!

PS! She asked for purple lights! Did i put enough????

Part Reviews

CPU

This is the budget apu for you. EZ PEEZY.

Motherboard

Obv choice for ITX builds that need built in wifi. so far all is well and the wifi is very fast.

Memory

I not only do i love how well they work I maintain that this is the sexiest NON-lit afordable ram you can buy. Kinda my go to now.

Storage

The build quality is what stands out. If you want an affordable ssd that had a good build quality that will last. Stats aren't special but all ssds are fast regardless.

BEWARE! I have see bootleg versions of these made of plastic on amazon! They need to crack down on that stuff. Read the reviews on the site you buy it from.

Storage

standard choice. good stuff.

Case

The case was not only the best equipped for the $ it was also a very cool case to work with. Everything is super roomy to the point where i wish it had more hard drive mounts or something to use that space. Only restricting factor is your cpu cooler has to be pretty low. Having the stock cooler from my fx chip was a super convenient upgrade (and free)

The cable management is also a breeze in this case and they have a few different versions of it now. Super well vented.

Optical Drive

works for me. really good fast motor.

Comments Sorted by:

HaffaWaffle 1 point 21 months ago

Love it. Good job dude.

Camranatic101 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

well I mean sure, like its not : my best bro trusts me to mod his car, or my best bro trusts me to pay his taxes .-.

OllieManMan submitter 11 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

lol!

EagleByte 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

3 words: Too. Much. PURPLE!!!!

EagleByte 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Other than that, though, it's pretty cool.

OllieManMan submitter 11 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

lol legit her only request was that it be super purple!

EagleByte 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Looks like a great build, but I would not want that color sitting on my desk. LOL

OllieManMan submitter 11 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

rgb my friend. It can be a any color of be dimmer : P