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Basic build for the Aged P's

by sweetfeetpete

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Date Published

March 5, 2016

Date Built

March 4, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

21.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

42.0° C

Description

First, I want to say how much I like this site. SUPER handy. Anyway, I built this for my parents to use as their home PC. Mostly just internet browsing, word processing, VPN. Probably could have gone with AMD and saved some money, but I use it when I visit and I absolutely hated how slow their old one was.

Bought everything but the MOBO and the memory at Microcenter. Got some refurb and combo deals I was very happy with.

Anyway, I'd say my favorite part of this build was the case. Got it as an open-box deal at Microcenter. It's clean, simple, has internal 2.5" slots, x2 USB 3 slots on the front and lots of fan mount options (for a budget mid-tower).

My least favorite has absolutely been the NZXT Grid+ fan controller. I bought it because I wanted to run the two case fans on low to keep it quiet (pretty sure the CPU will never run any where close to full load) and I liked that it was meant to be mounted internally. Ugh. First problems I encountered were the very buggy software (CAM). Everything seemed fine, until I wanted it to run on startup, minimized. When I did that, I couldn't get the thing to open a window. Reinstalled CAM (without the minimize on startup). Then, I realized it wasn't detecting the Grid+ (plugged into the unused USB2 header) and the Grid+ was just running the fans at 40% as per its unconnected default. Another reinstall and checked all connections. Then, somehow, and I have no idea how in the hell a fan controller did this, my system became extremely unstable. It would run for a couple minutes, then lose power and reboot. It had to have been the controller though because the PSU voltages checked out and the system only became unstable after I logged into Windows (at which point CAM would start up). Anyway, I reinstalled everything again, didn't mess with anything and it seems fine now. Probably won't return it because I'm lazy, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Part Reviews

CPU

Pretty pleased with the system performance I've gotten so far. Next system I build, I'm tempted to get another i3 along with a mobo to OC the bclk.

CPU Cooler

Really pleased with this. Runs very quiet and cool. Only hooked up to an i3 6100, so it might be a bit of overkill, but that also keeps the RPMs down.

Motherboard

Very happy for the price. It's an mATX, so it's a little cramped once it's in the case. Hasn't given me any problems to date. The BIOS are pretty easy to use. There's a few features I wish it had, but it was cheap, so I guess that's what I get.

Storage

Love it. Boot time is crazy fast. I'll probably end up putting an old HDD for additional storage, but doubt it will get used (not much media will end up on this computer).

Case

Great case. Tons of features. Clean lines. Nice open exterior. I would definitely recommend this.

Power Supply

So far so good. I got this as a refurb, and I'm a little paranoid about it failing, so I've been constantly checking its voltage. But, like I said, so far, so good. I got the modular one, so pretty happy with that, and pretty happy with getting it like 50% off.

Comments Sorted by:

Swaaha 2 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

That moment when your CPU cooler is bigger than your mobo...

BigAll 5 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

That moment when your case is 4x the size it needs to be

Swaaha 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

That too :3~

But look how cheap op got that case for, the market price here for that particular model is around 60 quid, which is roughly $85. Must have been a offer he/she/it could not refuse...

BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you open box deals!

sweetfeetpete submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

So much airflow! I could put another couple fans in and use it as a mini wind tunnel

BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Lol, that would be an interesting experiment

jhall18 2 points 12 months ago

+1 for the i3 :P

mlach 4 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Whatcha drinkin?

sweetfeetpete submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Dogfish head 90 minute. To celebrate everything working