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Wordsmith

by Eltech

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Date Published

Dec. 10, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 15, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C

Description

  • This is for my cousin. The build itself is $384.87. She has been needing a new computer since her 7 year or older laptop is too sluggish and unbearable for her to type papers. Most of these parts were bought around September. The reason it took me so long to show this is because I had to hold onto this PC for a while until it got closer to December since it's a Christmas present. Of course after the semester, it gave me more time to do some last touch ups before shipping it out.

  • Nothing too fancy here. Its main purpose is to type up documents and use the internet. That is it. However, I'm certain people are wondering why I didn't go cheaper on the processor and RAM. Well, I wanted to see how this Haswell Pentium would perform. Plus I'm using System RAM for the integrated graphics so it does not hurt to have 8GB of RAM. It gives enough left over for daily multitasking.

Onto some two cents below:

CPU

Intel Pentium G3470 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor

  • It's a great dual core processor. I been very impressed with it. No hyper-threading but it is not a need for this intended build. Since she types documents the most and is tired of a slow computer, this Haswell Pentium seems to fit well. So far it works like a charm for the daily routines on a computer. And it's also nice to have a Pentium that can see 1600MHz of RAM and not cap the RAM to 1333MHz. Most LGA1150 Pentiums only recognize 1333MHz (sometimes can cap to 1400MHz too if have higher speed of RAM).

  • I would recommend it for those who don't care for gaming but one could game with this processor. I know it's not the famous G3258 since it cannot overclock but it still is a great processor that packs plenty of speed. I would not recommend spending pass 80 dollars or I would probably say the G3258 Pentium or some other reasonable priced Pentium if you are already thinking of spending 90-100 dollars on this.


CPU Cooler

Intel Stockfan

  • I originally had an Arctic Alpine 11 GT Rev. 2 but after sometime it was decided to be replaced. Temps would be higher then preferable, 60~65° C, due to height. I also think when a MOBO is flimsy they tend to have issues with tall CPU coolers. This may be due to only my experiences so take it with a grain of salt.

  • I'm not digressing of getting new CPU coolers but sometimes one of them is not the solution either. So the stockfan was returned and much easier to install with some Arctic Silver 5. Oh gee I knew that would happen... It is working a lot better as temps will be steady around 27~30° C doing the daily tasks. Easy games will hit around 40-50~° C but I cannot speak for anything else.


Motherboard

ASRock H81M-ITX/WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard

  • I had to fix the temps a bit until I managed to find the vCore and set it to 1.005. So the processor no longer reaches 65° C which is great. It tones it down about 10° C. I found the BIOS to be easy once you explore enough. I never touched ASRock until now. I wanted a MOBO that was good for office and had WiFi already without breaking the bank for a tight budget.

  • The only thing is, it feels flimsy or sometimes it feels fragile when connecting a VGA, and USBs. Maybe it's just me? I do not know. All I know is it works great despite how weak it can feel. Keep in mind about this, it comes with 2 SATA cables so I had additional MSI SATA cables laying around.

  • I also had lots of fun installing the WiFi. I believe one needs two 5/16 or 5/8 nut wrenches to properly hold still the nut inside the case from moving and screw the other nut from the outside to tighten until the WiFi antenna can move without loosening. If one does not like the idea of installing their own half-mini PCI WiFi, then maybe don't buy this MOBO.


RAM

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

  • So I'm certain there is a question mark lingering about this. However, I can say 8GB was worth having. And knowing it is 1600MHz that works with this Pentium is a major bonus. I had adjusted the System RAM to allow 512MB with the integrated graphics though the allowance amount is 32MB~1024MB. Basically 1024MB is 1GB. Currently set as 512MB is because I found it smoother and fast when loading up youtube videos, images from webpages and playing simple games. This is great RAM, easy to overclock and I would definitely recommend them.

SSD

A-Data Premier SP550 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

  • I actually wanted to try this version for quite some time. It works pretty fast. Normally boots 3 seconds and takes about 7~9 seconds to load Windows 8.1. It's a very fast SSD and I have the SSD Tool installed to trim and check its current status of how it is doing. For an office build, this fits perfectly.

  • One thing that I am aware of is that it can get toasty when it first loads up. Starts at 50° C but then drops down in the 30~40° C range. Just something to be aware of but so far I had no issues. I must be used to seeing 22~32° C with my SSDs by now.


Hard Drive

Seagate 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

  • I am sure one is wondering why a Hard Drive? And why this one? I got it for a pretty reasonable price from Amazon. It was new, is 2.5" and decent amount of storage.

  • It does not hurt to have additional storage just in-case. It is pretty snappy when transferring data back and forth and that is all I can expect. Maybe not required but I rather be prepared then to say sorry I should have placed more storage into the build. No heat issues and it stays under 30° C.


Case

Inwin BP655.FH200B Mini ITX Desktop Case w/200W Power Supply

  • I worked in this case before with an office build that I made for my job. I enjoyed it so much that I had to buy it. It's compact enough with room to hold an optical bay and a 3.5" hard drive. Or as I did, using a 3.5" converter for two 2.5" drives. The only thing I can think of as a flaw with this case is how the optical constricts space when installed and extremely limited space when working with the additional PSU connectors plus varies upon length. So if one intends to install an optical drive, keep it last until ready after organizing the cables so much.

  • It's a great case for office and had no heating issues. Intake is the case fan. Otherwise the CPU and PSU are exhausting heat pretty well. Though I dispose the PSU that automatically comes with this. The downfall: there is no manual so hence forth my photos to give an idea of what to do.


PSU

SeaSonic 300W 80+ Bronze Certified TFX Power Supply

  • A very basic TFX PSU made by SeaSonic. Perfect amount of wattage for the office computer. No issues that I had experience when using it. I do think it's a tad bulky where the fan is at when using this Inwin case but not a big deal. I managed to get it to work out and was just glad to have it versus the crappy 200w TFX PSU that comes with the case. The best part about this PSU, it does not overheat and exhausts heat good.

Optical Drive

LG GH24NSC0B DVD/CD Writer

  • Got this on sale from Newegg. I'm a bit of sucker for these low price deals. I do not think she ever intends to burn DVD/CDs but can watch a DVD movie. Since VLC Media Player is installed. I painted the front to give a black glossy effect.

Case Fan

Thermaltake A1910 Thunderblade 80MM Blue LED

  • So I had this case fan sitting around my room.. almost 2 years doing absolutely nothing. Since I was looking for a better, more quiet fan. Previous fans I tested were a hair too loud and annoying. I would have never thought after digging around for spare tape became the accidentally use for this case fan. Works good and it's an intake to help keep it cool for the drives inside.

Peripherals

Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard & Logitech M100 Wired Optical Mouse

  • They are basic but it's a great keyboard and mouse. I got them new, as hard as that seems to believe. Keyboard was from Amazon but mouse was bought from Office Depot. I used them before but not going to use hers since they need to be shipped out. However, they great for office use.

Hard drive bay converter

SABRENT 2.5 to 3.5 Inches Internal Hard Disk Drive Mounting Kit (BK-HDDH)

  • It was a must have for this build. I had use it before with my grandma's PC and the business computer. I had no issues installing this converter into the 3.5" hard drive bay. It's a reasonable price and it's perfect for only having one 3.5" bay because it allows two 2.5" storage when using this converter.

Personal Notes

  • I have been very impressed with it and does the job fast with all the daily routines that one would do with a computer. As I experienced with it personally, it did very well with surfing the internet and playing none graphic demanding games such as Monopoly and Scrabble. OK I am sorry, guilty as charge to install two games despite she does not care for games. It feels wrong to not install some easy basic digital board games into a custom computer and they only need 1GB of free storage. I will hear on what she thinks of it around Christmas. I cannot wait to hear her response and hope it does the job for what she needed.

  • Thanks for taking the time to read my description. Please leave any feedback, questions, and constructive criticism. I'll update anything if need be.

Comments Sorted by:

Ninjapig40 1 Build 10 points 24 months ago

I'm pretty sure that is the best formatted description ever.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 6 points 24 months ago

I try my best. Thank you! :)

Revise102 2 points 23 months ago

Dude this a really good build! I love the pics also. I have one question about the case though. Would you be able to fit a graphics card inside of it like a gtx 950 or 750ti?

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 23 months ago
Sadly not a GTX 950, since I have not seen a low profile version yet. I could be wrong or maybe they could create one down the road but no idea there. That's just wishful thinking on my end. Certainly a GTX 750 Ti, this one will fit in this case: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB. So if you paired it with a Pentium or better an i3, you can make it into a gaming rig for certain. :)
i3-4170 3.7GHz + GTX 750 Ti
Thank you for your lovely compliments. I truly appreciate them.
Revise102 2 points 23 months ago

Thank you very much for your response

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

You are most welcome. :)

uberlizard 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

there is a gtx 1070 that fits in there now.

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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Aw, why thank you so much. :)

Ninjapig40 1 Build 6 points 24 months ago

Also do you have any more photos???

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 3 points 24 months ago

Oh my goodness... About 360 more photos of course! I have 472 photos.

Ninjapig40 1 Build 3 points 24 months ago

There really good photos tbh

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Now don't make me blush... to late.

cajunsloth 7 Builds 3 points 24 months ago

Very nice pictures. I felt like I was being told a story.

Well done. +1

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 4 points 24 months ago

Aw, thank you so much! :)

fn230 7 Builds 3 points 24 months ago

Well done! Good build for a good, budget price. I love it when I see SSDs even in systems at this price point; it really makes a world of difference.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Aw... thank you very much! I truly appreciate your support and comments. I totally agree with you when it comes to SSDs. I am never going back to a hard drive as the main boot/OS. I'm really happy to see your comments here so thank you, thank you.

GentlemanShark 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Hey, my teachers at my school have the same case. Cool build

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Awesome! I'm glad to hear that. Thank you! :D

johngerges582 2 points 24 months ago

Clean and simple. I like it.

The blue gives it a nice touch. Excellent work.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Why thank you so much! I truly appreciate your comments and having your approval.

dragoon20005 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

I can bet with you she will love the new PC you gave her

and also love you more ;)

best description i have seen so far here

good reasoning for picking out the parts

good choice of parts

lots of clear and detailed pictures of the build up.

now all she needs is a good keyboard, mouse and monitor to go with the build

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Aw... you are too kind. Such lovely comments. And already covered a basic mouse and keyboard but yes she will need to get a monitor. Again, thank you for your kind words. :)

dragoon20005 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

still could not beat this comment i made

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/gHyfrH#cx1240629

too bad it didnt get enough likes

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

* clears her throat *

Because in my mind, I think of other important things. So certainly I would not be beating that.

GreenBeanPie 2 points 24 months ago

Which took longer; putting the parts together or taking the photos? ... Never mind, I have the answer.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

“The little things are infinitely the most important.”

GreenBeanPie 1 point 24 months ago

I liked the pictures & was just teasing. However I'm inclined to disagree with Sherlock on that point.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

No worries. And that's alright, I'm just a very detailed person so I understand his point.

TheEthernet 6 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Nice work! I was worried at the end if you were going to tame those cables, but it came together fine.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Thank you very much! Oh my yes! I made sure those little wigglers be under control. As much as I possibly could so it is much appreciated.

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Well, the description and amount of pictures really make it seem very professional, well done! As for the build itself, I have just one question: did you consider going for an AMD APU for the kind of tasks she'll be using it for, or you just went straight to intel pentium processors?

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Thank you for comments!

And yes, I did originally intended to use an APU but then when I saw the Pentiums too as a possibility. I was staring at processors that were made at least 2012 between 2015. Either option would have worked out and prices were different at September. I then leaned more towards the Pentium for possible upgrade for the processor. Maybe I am wrong for being prepared though I don't regret the decisions to give such an option. I wanted something recent enough without overdoing the spending. I had five different saved part lists for Intel and AMD but ends up as Intel.
Atron 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Not enough pics..... I like this though, a good build for the purpose and even better you didnt use the awful PSU with the case

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Aw... thank you! Yes that PSU that comes with the case is not safe to use at all. I tested it a few times back at January. I ran it for like 3~7 seconds. It was not normal to feel so much heat when touching it and knowing the components weren't running properly. It was enough proof to say jinkies that power supply must go out to the dump.

Atron 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Yeah, I have a pretty good one at home which Im waiting to find a use for. Its an FSP 300W TFX Which I pulled out of an old machine froma college and all the machines use them and they barely ever go wrong. Yours being a Seasonic probabaly means it will last even longer

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Nice! I know the business build I made at January has a TFX FSP Group 300w too. All I know is that it was better at the time then the default PSU from this same exact case. And I'm glad I got her a better PSU for a reasonable price, so I'm hoping it will. Thank you.

vekspec 6 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Wow! my eyes were so relaxed reading all that lol. well formatted! and well done build too! amazing cable mgmt. in such a small case. and think your parts are fine :)

although maybe if you got the G3258, you could overclock it to even higher speeds on that cooler and MB! xD but being such a small case, I think it would be better to stick with what you got lol

the build is so small your cousin could essentially consider it as a laptop haha.

+1 from the Night elf :))

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Thank you for taking your time to read everything and such lovely compliments. :)

At September the G3258 was asking around $69 and did not see real good deals at the time. I do agree it was an option and could have chosen to get it but then I would have not overclock it for her since compact builds have a tendency to rough with a major need of airflow. When I saw the G3470 and saw two of them on Amazon for $75 but I was too late to snatch that one. I got one for $80 even. So far this processor is pretty fast despite it's not the famous G3258.
vekspec 6 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

that's a good deal!

lol, the infamous lottery G3258. Some you can get up to 5GHZ, others you can't go .1mhz over stock! haha :)

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago
Indeed. And oh my yes that is so true! I actually have one more build that does have the G3258 since I bought it last month even though the build was done months ago. I just needed sometime to see if I need to change some wiring with it tonight. I won't say too much about here it. Got to express about it more when the build is posted. Though I will admit I had no stability when I try to go to 4.0~. The PC would freeze when trying to do some gaming or it eventually freezes on its own. So I believe you there, it's a lottery.
Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I won't say too much about here it.

I won't say too much about it here.
vekspec 6 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

My first G3258, I was able to hit 4.7ghz with like 1.23 volts, that thing was a beast. I honestly have no idea where it went to. I'm sadden that I lost it. The next one I got I'm running 4.5ghz at 1.25, which isn't bad. I've tried 2 more (yup! since they are so cheap at Micro Center lol) and they wouldn't even do 4.3ghz :( One was able to do 4.3 but at a whopping 1.44V!!

while all chips are lottery, I think the G3258 has like the biggest "spread".

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Nice! Yes, sounds like each one had their own stability with different vcores.

I just know the MOBO I worked on to overclock the G3258 for my nephew's PC is that only can go up to 1.2 even. It cannot go pass 1.20 since it caps there. I will try something else before throwing in the towel and leaving it at 3.8GHz since it's stable there for over 48 hours and does not freeze at anything.
Corbindalllas 2 points 24 months ago

Best Description ever. +1

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Hehe. Thank you, thank you.

Corbindalllas 2 points 24 months ago

SOO MANY PICTURES!!!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

SO MANY INDEED~ WHY ~ OH WHY!!!

I'm addicted of taking snapshot information and like to show off its beauty and process.
Corbindalllas 2 points 24 months ago

HAHAHAHA Thanks Man

gugu96 18 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

This reminds me that I should display my completed build with the same case. Nice work!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Oh my, you should then if you have not. Thank you very much. I appreciate it!

AddisonKwong 2 points 24 months ago

+1 for the name

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Thank you, thank you!

Atechless 2 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Beautiful, simple, and clean; I love it. Also the PSU on the Inwin cases are decent if your max load is somewhere around 75% of the advertised max load but that price for Seasonic reassurance I guess is wonderful too.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago
Thank you for your compliments. It is much appreciated!
As for the PSU, I had worked on this case before and tried using the PSU earlier this year at January. It was a business office build. I remember doing the bare minimum POST and kept having problems with the power coming on. Many attempts with every re-connection, ATX 24-pin & the 4-pin, switching the RAM around in different DIM slots, even swapping out the CPU cooler and case fan. Then I had come to the last three possibilities to replace a component: was it the MOBO? the CPU? or the PSU?
I told my boss that I had to replace the PSU and hope it even powers on the components properly. Since having a CPU fan not responding and then spin utterly high then stop moving is never a good thing. Again I thought it was misconnections with something, including the CPU and CPU cooler. Many, many times I reinstalled... reconnected. No changes, seeing the CPU cooler spin and stop working was not good at all.
5 days later with a new PSU which was a FPS Group but was cheaper back end then at the time. I swapped out the PSU that came with the case and in with the new. Turned the power on once more and it fans spinning smoothly... I could see the boot screen. So that's what my impression was with the Inwin PSU, garbage.
If it worked out for you, very glad to hear it! I do not think so with the Inwin PSU, never again. Heck it even got too warm in short seconds of use.
Atechless 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

That's just a DOA though. Sorry to hear it. Luck of the draw I guess.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

It's not the best either but no worries.

Thelonious21 2 points 24 months ago

What case are you using?

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I used the Inwin BP655.FH200B Mini ITX Desktop Case w/200W Power Supply though I replaced the PSU as a Seasonic 300w. Since I wanted something better then the default PSU given in it. I got the Inwin BP655.FH200B Mini ITX Desktop Case at Amazon. PCPP also has other online stores suggested if interested of this case.

jnanof 32 Builds 2 points 24 months ago
  1. Jealous of your nice macro lens. Nikkor or Canon??
  2. If I removed the dvd drive bay all together could I velcro an SSD drive down?
  3. Would this case be cool enough for an AMD 7850k?? +1 for build :)
Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago
I'm very sorry for a late reply. I was out of town for a few days.
Answers to your questions:
1) It's a Nikon D5100. I love it and used my 18-55mm lens.
2) As long the Velcro has adhesive that sticks onto the metal, should be good to go. Could possibly screw it in on one side too but it in-between the available screw holes. Or a 5.25" bay convertor for additional storage.
3) Should be cool enough for this case. I'm certain you can use this case from a AMD 7850K APU.
Thank you so much! I truly appreciate your support. :)
jnanof 32 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

wow I just got a d3200 with the same lens for Xmas. did not think you could focus so close. Talent man!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago
Nice! Yes the best part about the Nikon and Canon camera: could reuse the lens from previous models though have to double check with each new camera model's adapter since sometimes the lens may not attach or worse case it could break the lens' that is trying to attach to it. Pretty sure this is why Nikon and Canon is popular though, can reuse those expensive lens.
Yes, sure can get some nice close shots with those lens if done correctly. Thank you so much for your compliments.
Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Another pretty build. +1

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 20 months ago
Aw, thank you. It sure was fun to work in.
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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 3 points 24 months ago

I wish I knew more to be honest. All I heard about it was that it was slow like a turtle when loading things up and saving files. I believe a couple of relatives had passed it down to her and its been used a lot.

Eternalz 2 points 24 months ago

e.e, probably had a lot of freaking viruses. tho 7 year old PC can get slow but still xD this should be a good build for her actually. over 3ghz is fast for this.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

That is possible. I would not be surprised at this point of time if it did. Of course, I have no idea what her other relatives did with it but only know what she uses it for mostly. And yes, it's a fast processor!

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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 3 points 24 months ago

That is true too but I thought at the time, "Why not?"

Thank you very much, I appreciate your comments. :)

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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Well that's a tad of explaining there... it's just a lot of # (number signs), * (asterisks) and spacing. I will have to send you a sample in a private message on how I do mine. More important, here is this page to read about if you have a different preference of formatting on here! Formatting Guide.

Thank you again Geekazoid, for showing me the path there.

You can test run this stuff in a saved part list and see how it works.

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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Oh? I'm sorry about that. And thank you so much! :)

shift1123 1 point 24 months ago

that os doe it sucks she would probs break it on purpose i would and im one one now

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shift1123 1 point 24 months ago

it not that at all and i kno it just ****** os and im not the only one that thinks so

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shift1123 1 point 24 months ago

thx and all but ive never liked it it is sub par at best and forces you to use goggle docs unless u get emulators and other things for it to get to windows which is way out of the way for someone with limited knowledge on that subject and that dont like goggle docs which i know many who dont

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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

No worries. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to cases. Thankfully there is so many options out there. As for the APU, I almost originally did but I then decided to give an upgrade path for the processor if one day she ever needed something more.

As for the formatting, I had many revisions and correcting my awful grammar. I know I did not snatch it all up but did the best I could to keep it simple and clean if that was possible. Thank you for your comments. I appreciate it. :)

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