Description

Recently finished this build for my grandmother. The G540 impressed me with installation speeds and is quick to run applications. The real estate in the mini tower was lacking a bit too much for my taste, but that is to be expected. Overall, this build was very easy and a pleasure to do.

Comments

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this computer is for your Grand mam but clean up those cables a bit, and your grandma must love for this, you one good grandson. :)

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Believe me, I tried. The power supply cables make it look like hell. Temperatures have remained within an acceptable range and I figured granny wouldn't be looking under the hood to check my handy work ;)

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm. I would've gone with an AMD, but that Intel should be good for this price range. But, $45 is still pretty good for that.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

An A4 over a Celeron?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been impressed with the G540. It should be able to handle everything a typical grandma will throw at it.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Kinda scared of that power supply, but otherwise, good!

  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

Shouldn't get anywhere near 350W load, 170W at most, if it fails at that then theres a serious problem..

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I am too, but it has impressed me so far.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a perfect build for a grandparent, assuming most don't do any hardcore gaming. If it were me, I'd have thrown down a little more for a nicer case, just something a bit more aesthetically pleasing and with some cable management.

Also, seeing the motherboard placed on top of an anti-static bag killed my soul. Only the inside is anti-static. The outside attracts static to prevent it from going inside the bag.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, the cable management was not up to par. However, the lack of real estate left me little choice. The price was right for the case and I figured my grandma wouldn't be looking under the hood to check out my work ;)

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, thanks for the tip about static bags. I'll be more careful in the future.

  • 82 months ago
  • -2 points

I've heard both sides of the debate about placing the mobo on the anti-static bag. all o know is that its not conductive.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Use the mobo box, or even better a piece of non-glossy card

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I used the box myself just to err on the side of caution.

  • 82 months ago
  • -2 points

Actually the outside of a anti static bag doesnt conduct static, i was watching a vid on youtube and some guy thats been building pcs for his whole career said its the inside that has the shield or whatever and if you put it on top of it its perfectly fine and hes never fried a pc yet.. If you wanna see it for whatever reason it was by caryholzman i believe

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Conductive implies the electricity travels through it well. It's easy enough to touch the bag, and ground yourself and fix the "problem," but the static itself rests on the outer layer of the bag. It usually isn't an issue because, more often than not, no where near enough has built up to amount to anything beyond maybe raising a hair or two on your arm.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

How most anti static shields are made: AntistaticShield

I've been working with and around computers for 17+ years. Some anti static bags have conductive black lines on the outside of the bag,some work by not producing static all together. Either way there is conductive material somewhere on most bags, not all, and it is risky to build a test build on the bag and power it on. You could go 10-15 years building computers and doing it on the anti static bag without any problems, doesn't make it safer than just building it on the cardboard box that the motherboard came in. It simply is not safe to power on a motherboard while it sits on the anti static bag, it is a bad habit and if two pins on the back side of the motherboard penetrate into the conductive material on the bag while its powered on, it can be fried.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm new to PC building and figured since the bag was "anti static", I could use it as a platform to work on. Interesting stuff to look into. I suppose I'll use the box itself from now on and not loose sleep over it.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet budget build, cable management sucks though. If this is an upgrade from a Pentium 4, I guess I see why you made this build.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, the cable management sucks. The power supply left me little choice in this mini tower case :)

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty good build. Thx for all those pictures. The rosewill case actually doesnt look too bad, it looks like something you'd get from hp.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it was fun to build. The case came with two fans (120mm inflow and 80mm outflow) and has a side panel vent. I will be using this case again for any future mATX builds.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Look at the Rosewill Line-M. It looks so nice. Great efficient use of space and has usb 3.0. Price will prob go down with popularity. When I said it looked pretty nice I meant for $30 its a good basic case that doesnt look ugly.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Granny must be happy! I tried to build one for my grandma but she already has a computer.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

She is indeed. Considering her previous PC was a Dell Dimension desktop from 2003, there wasn't much to compete with.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

at least be generous and get a pentium lol.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

How was the monitor I plan on getting it in my build and I was curious how it was?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/144pi