Description

A new computer for a 70 year old friend that will run Linux Mint, which is currently booting in around 2 seconds to the desktop with auto-login.

NOTE: the mobo and the PSU come with right angle SATA plugs, you will need straight SATA plugs (both data and power) to use the 2.5" mounting hole on the bottom of the case for the SSD. I added part links for the right sata cables.

Make sure you get the polarity of the power and hdd leds correct, the mobo quickstart guide shows the pinout of the headers.

Thank you for the comments! Updates based on your feedback:

To the person who said my fan cables might snag the cpu fan, they DID! I overtightened the case fan cable when putting on the cable ties that came with the PSU and it jammed the cpu fan, and I was wondering why the temp was 70 at idle, fixed that with a couple more cable ties. Pic is updated with the cables tied up.

The 1866mhz ram was a mistake, the mobo (H87) only does 1600 and the pentium only allows 1333. If the cpu ever gets upgraded, it will run at 1600, so I guess that's ok. In any case, I updated my parts list with much cheaper 1333 ram:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/rkitover/saved/2mjO

Comments

  • 75 months ago
  • 8 points

Quality parts you're using here. That being said, this could have been built for $100.00 less.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm not sure Haswell's HD Graphics will benefit from faster RAM like an AMD APU does, but for $400 total it ain't bad. try looking into clearing those wires from the CPU fan; i'm concerned the fan might catch on one of those cables eventually.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

That's true H87 motherboards don't go over 1600 mhz. Except this, I have to say it's a nice budget build.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel Pentium is Haswell???? I never saw a PSU on the top of a case, except for my pc D:

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that Cpu for everyday things? was considering building something just like this !

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really quite wonderful. The G3220 has very similar single core performance to an i3, for half the cost. It's more than sufficient for web browsing and basic tasks, feels like a fast modern computer!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the case? Durability and all.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Case is awesome, very pretty, solid and very cheap.

One downside is only one front usb3 port, but that's normal for cases in this price range.

My friend who builds hackintoshes said Cougar is a good brand, and people really like their fans.

I would have liked a smaller case, unfortunately there are no decent inexpensive small mATX cases with usb3 available.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Rosewill Line-M is very good.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

The bitfenix prodigy m or phenom m both look badass and have 2 usb 3 on the sides

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this case have a USB port connector for the mobo?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

this build has mlg swag

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

how many case fans did the case come with?

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

could've saved even more money by getting 4gb 1600 mhz or slower ram. but besides that, great build

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