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After a decent, 4 year old laptop crapped out on her, I decided to build my mother a PC that will withstand the test of time - and heat damage!

For something similar in price to her previous laptop, I built this to be leaps and bounds beyond the capabilities of any laptop and actually gave her value for her money.

I have a hate-on for laptops, can't you tell!

Anyways, - I reused the SSD I had to put in her laptop after 2 years; used an old HDD from my build, and kept the original laptop HDD as a supplement storage. - Picked up a decent GPU and CPU; thought I'd put in a basic cc water cooler! - Lower-end MOBO but it does the job; - Solid RAM - Sufficient PSU - Good Monitor, Speakers and keybo/mouse - Cheap case

And it all fit...

**For the record, she does not game. She has a tablet. This build is "mother-future-proofed"

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  • 59 months ago
  • 11 points

why does your mom need a beginner's gaming setup? This seems like overkill since you didin't put anywhere that your mom games.

  • 59 months ago
  • 8 points

Did your mom really need A gtx 750ti and an fx8350...

  • 59 months ago
  • 6 points

I can tell by that cable management that you obviously dont love ur mom enough ;(

  • 58 months ago
  • 5 points

I question your choice of hardware for your mother. I would've just gone with an APU, and a nicer case, like a Fractal Design

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Same. Fractal cases are nice for anything, really, but the case OP chose is way to aggressive/gaming style and I'm getting the vibe that mom doesn't play video games.

Nice build, but overkill

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Not to mention Fractal's cases have far superior acoustics to the majority of other cases on the market

  • 59 months ago
  • 4 points

an 8350 kinda seems overkill for a 750 and if ur mom isn't doing any OCing, just put a hyper 212 evo in there, it will do just fine... cable management needs some tidy up. (sorry if i was a bit too harsh)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

as a matter of fact the hyper evo performs better than the H60 and is cheaper..

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for backing me up. the h60 wont last as long as the 212 evo because the pump on it will fail before the fans die on the 212

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

First of all I appreciate what you did for your Mom and it just may be way more than her needs require but knowing that her laptop died it is great that she now has something...... really nice !

I too have issues with laptops but remember that if your Mom wants to sit on the couch and use her machine that this one is not so portable ............ Laptops have a place but unless a person is willing to spend a whole lot of money on a laptop often the laptop falls short on performance and then the complaints follow.

So how does your Mom like this PC?

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks great for a mom's PC!! That will last her a long time.

And to every other poster that says it's overkill: That's the POINT!! This build is specifically designed for overkill so that it will last a long time.

My mom and dad both are using PCs from 2006, and besides a Pentium D to Core 2 Quad Q6600 upgrade, still run fine. It would of probably been overkill in 2006, but it helped last longer.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't get what we mean by overkill, it looks like he built HIMSELF a PC that his mom could use, not saying that's what he did, that's just what it looks like, I don't know of any parents out there personally (but I know they exist) that would need an FX-8350, gtx 750ti, and a water cooler, he could've gone 760k, R7 250, and a decent air cooler and it would've done just fine for her, oh, and a better case, that's way to aggressive for an older woman that won't be gaming, you see what we're saying?

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

Decent build brotha, that'll last until another lifetime for you're motha. I would have to agree the case does seem too aggressive for a mother. I would recommend the Corsair 760T, as this would provide more space to allow for excellent airflow for that FX8350 CPU to run even cooler when she runs those resource demanding excel spreadsheets. Also, the 750Ti is not a bad card however a GTX 970 would of been the best choice. The 4GB of dedicated video memory and high clock speed would allow for Facebook flash games would run at a steady 450+ fps, up from 300 with your current hardware. This is a noticeable difference and with 4K resolutions becoming mainstream, she will be able to handle them no problem. Personally, I would have went with the 4K 55" LG TV, as this would be the most "mother-future-proof" use as a monitor and if shes at an older age, the 55" screen will not require squinting or glasses to read as it may be with the Asus 24" monitor. All-in-all great build, but if you take my steps of advise you're looking at a build that your mother will beable to pass on to you, you're kids, you're kids kids, you're kids kids kids kids and so forth. 8/10 brotha.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Why did you go with that case? It's so aggressive!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like a decent build, I personally would have went with the strix970. Also not a whole lot of HDD space for quality 4k pornos, probably going to have to stick with just 1080. PM me and I could recommend you a few classics. I also have a Brazzers login I could sell you if you're interested. I see you went with the AMD line which is a quality choice. Overall 6/10. Quality build with a high end processor, but just not enough porno storage space for my liking.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, what does your mom use this for.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

If your mom was satisfied with her laptop, why didn't you just build her something of similar ability and save her a ton of money rather than making her spend the same amount on nice parts she'll never take advantage of? Nice jeasture, but she's still kinda wasting money so you could make an unnecessary build for her.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

he/she probably paid for all the parts

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Edit: sorry read you're post wrong,

"For something similar in price to her previous laptop, I built this to be leaps and bounds beyond the capabilities of any laptop and actually gave her value for her money."

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I really hope your mom is somewhat knowledgeable about computer hardware. I know my mom wouldn't have a clue what good a 750 ti would do for her, but she would make a fit about not being able to bring her computer to the couch or use it while she's in transit somewhere. I mean, if she loves it, and it suits her needs, awesome! But I really question what mom would benefit from an 8350, a 750ti, or a liquid cooler if she doesn't game...

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

What in the world does your mom use the PC for? This is definetly overkill for my mother. She's still fancying a 2009 imac with dual core duo and a 256 mb gpu.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I hate laptops as well. Comfotable because its portable, but the keyboard mousepad and monitor aint comfortable at all. Using external mouse isnt either. Performance usually weak after year broken after two if lucky. Tablet is better but i still prefer to go and sit in front of a desktop pc.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Just to address some comments:

  • To replace her current laptop (17", dedicated graphics), it would roughly cost the same or more than this build ($1150). She was more than ready to go out and buy that next laptop, when I asked her if she would prefer to go back to a desktop PC. Reason being - that next laptop cannot be upgraded, that next laptop will most likely die within 3-5 years, that next laptop will be outdated long before then...
  • This build is overkill, absolutely. But this build will theoretically last her the rest of her life... It will run anything she needs, or will possibly need, in the future. The hardware is "mother-future-proof"
  • She has a tablet now to supplement the desktop PC. She never sat on the couch with her last laptop - most laptops will burn your legs off and die quicker when constantly moved around.
  • Cable management - Other than having a cable plug into the MOBO and then directly behind the back wall, how would this be accomplished. Give me an idea of what to do with the 8pin GPU or USB3 header cables without bending the connectors. To be honest, I did the best with what I had and in the end its to please me, not her - she couldn't care less.
  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

Lol waste of money for your mom

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

A 750ti? For Facebook gaming?

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

FarmVille 4k

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

Eh... It'll only run 15 fps :/

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