This is an update of my grandma A’s 2014 build. I’ll try my best to be brief by only explaining about the updated parts. Any information about the other parts is from her previous build’s description: 80th Birthday Present.
This build alone is $591.38. The procedure to change, minor modify, and re-setup occurred at January 9th through January 12th, per evening. The major slowness was making sure the metal was smoothed enough. Including areas where I have cut myself before. Yes, I’m thinking you, PCI slots!
Photo numbers 8-75 was the work in progress to setting it back up.
I changed the Blue WD 250GB for more storage. This will hold some Steam and UPlay games, including Overwatch. No issues whatsoever, and it’s not as loud as the other HDD was. Installing was easy but I had to adjust the SSD’s angle, due to the SATA4 cable was not quite able to connect until now. Technically there's a few other ways to install an SSD within the RANGER-M case, but I’ll be honest, I didn’t feel like modifying drive bays or use adhesive velcro straps.
NOTE: Her simpler games are installed on the SSD. She has different versions of Jewel Quest, Angry Birds, casino games, along with Monopoly and Scrabble.
Why I’m certain this video card looks very familiar. The GTX 750 SC originally came from my mother’s computer but since I upgraded my mom's GPU to a GTX 1050, it would’ve sadden me to put this back in its box. So I thought, why not just re-purpose this little guy into my grandma’s computer?
Now you know why and giving her the GTX 750 SC is a nice upgrade. Especially switching her to a 1080p monitor.
Since we do game together from time to time on her computer, my grandma said she'd be willing to learn some of my games that she saw me playing. Games like Fallout 4, RE7, Tomb Raider etc. It all depends which games she’d be willing to play again, and again. Definitely medium graphics for most games at 2013 between 2017.
NOTE: I might swap this video card out to a spare GTX 950 I have laying around. I'm not sure yet nor when.
So the most tedious and nerve racking part was the RANGER-M case. I decided to re-cable manage this case since my first time building a custom computer was pretty meh. Nothing too dramatic but I used my Dremel 200 with one 426 Reinforced Wheel to cut about an inch width and half-an inch height to route the flat 8-pin (4+4) ATX cable.
Please wear goggles + a mask before using a Dremel. I smoothed the cut metal with a couple of metal files and made sure it didn’t cut my fingers. I also metal filed where the empty PCI slots are because those are culprits for deep finger cutting based by my past experience. I was scared poking in this case again, but it was worth it.
Though once that piece of metal was removed, the metal wobbles away from the drive bays. Thankfully the ATX cables are wrapped around to keep it still and supported. I think I did slightly better with the revised cable management. Otherwise, I would suggest buying a different $20-$30 case.
This was a late additional Christmas gift when she returned home at January 2017. Measuring to see if it was legit, it’s 2 inches dimensional bigger than her previous 900p monitor. I switched to an HDMI connection for this particular monitor but I can confirm it also has DVI-I, VGA, and a 3.5 mm Mini-jack for audio. It wasn’t hard to setup and it’s certainly a nice change.
It’s her first 1080p screen and she is enjoying it a lot. The audio cranks pretty high and sure it isn’t fancy like external speakers but it gets the job done. I kept the volume to 50 since the monitor's speakers can be painfully loud at 80-100. Keep in mind, this only comes with a VGA cable so you'll need to buy external speakers or an audio cable or a different display cable (DVI-D, DVI-I, High-Speed HDMI).
Here is some additional information that might help others better understand about this monitor’s supported resolutions:
|Supported Resolution & Refresh Rate||Supported Video Resolution|
|640 x 480 @ 60Hz||480p|
|800 x 600 @ 60Hz||✕|
|1280 x 720 @ 60Hz||720p|
|1600 x 1200 @ 60Hz||✕|
|1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz||1080i / 1080p|
A fair warning to all people who have Windows 8 or 8.1. This USB WiFi will blue screen if you try to plug it into a USB port. You must first install the WiFi’s driver before you plug and play. I had to use the Mini DVD and install the Windows Driver, not the Windows 10 Driver. Once the driver was installed, no more Blue Screens!
Performance wise, it works great for the 5GHz if you have a WiFi Router that supports it. I had no successful connection to the 2.4GHz; however, since the 5GHz works it doesn’t matter. She can surf the internet, do her email with more speed, and downloading is a bit faster too.
Over a year and a half ago, her previous printer wouldn’t turn ON. Despite reconnecting the wires it just never responded nor powered ON again. So knowing her old printer was dead, my grandma requested to have a simpler printer that ONLY prints. I could no longer find those $20-$30 printer only at Staples. I went to Target and found this HP Deskjet 1510 for $40. It has a scanner still but it’s much smaller and she has an easier time to change the ink out. Phew, no more damage ink cartridges… oh, I meant yay!
Off-topic: She accidentally beated up her previous printer, where installing ink cartridges were. It would no longer hold the ink cartridges. Watch out big printers… she's out to get you!
Some additional adjustments were removing the media card reader, adding three 30cm SATA cables, and adding two PCI covers. Plus one left-over velcro strap to bundle the ATX cables. The reason to remove the media card reader was no longer needed plus it had issues. The other parts were to make the inside look cleaner for the Rosewell RANGER-M case.
Otherwise, my grandma is happy to see a clean and updated computer. I did enjoy the slight modification and was happy to give her some updates.
Thanks for taking your time to read my description. Please feel free to leave any constructive criticism, comments, and questions.