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It all started when I saw a deal on the power supply for $10 after a $25 mail-in rebate. I picked it up as a spare on Thanksgiving weekend and it sat in my closet for a couple months. Then a week or two ago, I saw the motherboard for $26 after $20 mail-in rebate, so I figured it was time to start a build. And then the great TigerDirect liquidation gave me a case; the $9.99 Samsung DVD-RW from TD got cancelled. I scored the CPU using a $50 off $200 Amazon Business promo code. I paid full price for the RAM, but got an e-mail from NewEgg a couple days later with some promo codes on lots of things including memory. Since I have NewEgg Premier (thanks, Black Friday deal), I have free returns with no restocking fee, so I chatted with customer service and asked them to let me use the code so I wouldn't have to return the memory and order it again (hardcore, I know). They let me use the code and refunded 10% of $38.99 ($3.89).

After all these crazy deals, I had to figure out what to do with this computer. I considered selling it, but decided to give my parents a new computer since their Dell was approaching 5 years old, and it was cheap at the time. So last but not least, I reused my parents' SSD from their old computer (HD died in late 2014, I installed SSD then).

I swapped computers and moved all of their files over this weekend. I should probably mention the 4GB worth of POP3 e-mail on Windows Live Mail using their ISP e-mail addresses and 4 copies of at least half of their pictures (I don't even know). After getting everything set up, it was only then I noticed the rear audio jack didn't work. The front case headphone jack works though, so their speakers are plugged in to it for now. Other than the RMA in my future, their system is running great.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 5 points

I love good deals :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I very nice basic build. My self I would have went with 1 stick of RAM to provide an upgrade path if 16GB is ever needed. Also, Why the Windows 10 Pro instead of Home?

A few side points:

I'd recommend not powering the system on when placed on the Anti Static Bag. The bag is still conductive. Less that your fingers, but still conductive. It is more than fine to build on it but when powered on, the pins on the bag can short out and cause damage. I know modern boards are less likely to be damage with shock but it's not worth the risk when it's as simple as removing the bag.

Other than that. A real good basic build :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about going with 1x8GB stick, but my parents will never need more than that. Their old machine had 4GB and it was fine. Also I figured the dual channel memory would help with their Intel HD 530 graphics performance. I think I read the GPUs integrated into the CPUs benefit from the increased bandwidth dual channel memory provides.

I chose Windows 10 Pro because I like to be able to RDP into their computer. I realize there are other tools, but I prefer RDP for remote access with my own account. Plus, I already had it.

I have never heard that about the anti static bag. I figured it was safer than just putting the motherboard on my other case I was using. Plus, I didn't want to scratch up the case (motherboards can be sharp!). Thanks for the heads up.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

That's all understandable, and I forgot to mention that I did see that you were using it over the case, which would work the same as using it over the bag. Best to use a rubber mad, wooden table or the box the MB came in really :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the outside of those bags are actually conductive which could potentially cause problems. Turning it inside out solves the problem though.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Most of the bags are the same both inside and out. Video

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Fair enough. Either way I still personally would never do it because I don't like the noise of the bag crinkling.

I don't currently have a way of testing this though. But maybe I should, just to find out for sure.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Would connecting a power source to the bag and using a Multi Meter work? I would also be interested to know

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Sounds like you had an itch to build a PC and just started getting parts.... As it turned out, it is very nice that your parents got this from you. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I struggle with passing up a good deal on computer parts, haha.

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

I know what you mean..........

32GB of memory here and no place to put it

2 240GB Intel 730 SSD's

My wife looks.... shakes her head and wonders.......

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

gr8 build but are u planning to add a hard drive?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't think so. My parents get by fine on the 256GB SSD (mounted in the bottom of the case).

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Another bang for the buck master emerges!

Amazon! Micro Center (pickup)! Craigslist in all major cities! Newegg! Frys's! Who's missing? PCPP guys like outlet and mac mall Craigslist in all major cities!

AMC, NFW, PC,

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Rma an item over 4 dollars. You were committed to getting the cheapest parts possible. Good build and cool to give it to your parents. I bought the parts and built an i3 with all the goodies for my parents a few months ago. Feels good to get them away from an old crappy pc.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

This has some crazy great deals on it. I love it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Skylake i5 without a GPU? Great deals but get at least a 960...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you read the description? My parents don't need a GPU; the Intel HD 530 is fine for them.