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Hello again everyone!

I recently built myself a computer in the beginning of October and now its time to showcase a build for my parents!

A Little Background

Way back in the early 2000's my parents went to Micro center and bought an HP Desktop + Monitor. This old computer has been firmly planted under my parent's work desk for the past decade and it still runs! Well, sort of.

For the past year my parents have been grumbling about how their computer is slow and crashes all the time so I mentioned the idea that I can build them a solid PC to replace that old HP. After enough frustration with their old computer and seeing my passion for building PCs, they put me to the task of building them a machine that will hopefully last as long, maybe even longer!

Naturally, my mind went straight to work and I started piecing together a parts list. They primarily use their current computer for filing, emails, and surfing the web. This machine obviously looks overkill for that, and trust me it is, but the main goal was to have a PC that is silent, extremely fast, quick with boot-up/program opening, and long lasting. I also come home every weekend from college so I enjoy light gaming and I'll be using it for any projects/homework assigned for the weekends.

ALSO: The dog in the last picture is our family puppy! Her name is Raven and she's a little over one year old.

Well, thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you enjoyed! This really is an amazing community and I'm always very eager to share all my PC endeavors!!!

Post-Build Occurrences/Issues!

So, after receiving all the parts this week, I built the PC and gave it the good ol' test boot. The good news was that it seemed like everything was receiving power since the motherboard, case, and graphics card all lit up. However, there was nothing being displayed on the monitor and my motherboard was showing a memory issue.

I tried fixing the issue with every trick in the book, but it was being very inconsistent. I tried posting with one stick, tried with different slots, tried enabling XMP with one stick and then inserting both. In the end, the memory problem was totally mysterious but I read a post saying that if your CPU cooler is too tight, it can cause problems with CPU/Memory. I thought it was a strange solution but I tried it anyways by loosening the screws on my Hyper 212.

It actually worked after I loosened the cooler! I got over 10 successful boots in a row with both RAM sticks installed. I honestly couldn't believe that was the issue. My mind was getting caught up with larger thoughts like exchanging the RAM or even having motherboard pin issues and I had never even thought of that being an actual issue.

Either way, the system is working great and is fast. I will keep you guys updated on any future happenings!

UPDATE 11/12/2016

The computer ran great for a while, but then it froze. Yet again, the motherboard is indicating a memory issue so I've decided to just return the RAM. Hopefully this fixes the issue!

UPDATE 11/25/2016

I tried the new sticks of RAM and got the same memory problem, so I decided to dig through the internet for alternate fixes. I tried practically everything ever recorded on the internet to solve this issue, but with no luck. Finally, according to an ASUS representative, I could try manually increasing the voltages in the BIOS instead of leaving it on auto. Once I tried this, the system wouldn't boot on the single stick. However, when I installed both at the same time, it worked! I ran multiple stress tests since then in Memtest86+ and Prime95, and it passed everything with flying colors. I'm very confident that the problem is now fixed.

I hope it satisfies them for years to come!

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 6 points

If your goal is 10 years of use, you might want to get a second fan for the Hyper 212. My dads computer that I built has a Hyper 212. It's fan died after 2.5 years and he never realized until I checked the temperatures of his computer when I visited once.

4930k at 87C...I still don't know how it didn't crash.

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for the heads up. I'll keep an eye on it in case I need to replace it. I'm kind of like the mini IT man in my house haha

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Just add a second high quality fan. The Hyper 212 comes with an extra set of mounts. Then you won't have to worry for a long time. But I'd replace them every 3-4 years or so.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

same here with my friends EVO fan died after like a year and a half but it was messed up in shipping I'm pretty sure, still something to look out for

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  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the dog!!

Great pc btw. I bet your parents are very happy ;)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, they were extremely relieved!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

That moment when an email browsing computer is better than your gaming PC. Nice build anyways!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sorry! >.<

Thanks for checking out this build though!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build but still a little overkill but then if you want it to last ten years for your parents uses

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! I'm hoping with the parts that it will last them a very long time.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool deal. Gaming pc parents. Rock on!

Thumbs up.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Shorting the board out ;) remm, snug not ninja death grip tight ;) nice build!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I never heard of it, but it does make sense. Thanks for checking it out!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I did the same thing , with the same cooler!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Your GSD is gorgeous :) I have a german shepherd myself. Great build man! Keep it up

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

i would of went with a low power i7 and a nhd 15 with no fans, and i also would of got the strix 1060. along with all ssds and only nf12s in the case. also would of went with the define r5 or s with no window.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Your boot drive is 960 evo? How fast it is?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure yet! I'm still waiting for it to release and ship to my house. I'll update the post with more info when I've installed it.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Very funny.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! And nice specs +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much :)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 For dog. Also, the pc but in second!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

:) Thank you, she was too adorable to leave out!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Would recommend watercooling eve though the CPU won't seem to be used heavily. Probably a decent water cooler like the https://pcpartpicker.com/product/sFzv6h/corsair-cpu-cooler-cw9060015ww

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I could have went with that, but my Dad is especially afraid of putting any sort of liquid inside a computer. I just hooked him up with the Hyper 212 as a standard cooler.

Thanks for the suggestion though!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

My mom had that same issue :D.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

now they gonna buy that car you` ve been asking for nicely done !!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, not what I was planning but that would be interesting!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I dont know how tech savy your parents are but make sure to install some sort of Ad block so they dont accidentally download any viruses.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure! I set them up with anti-virus as well as forced them to use google chrome (they were still using internet explorer lol).

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Screw the PC, the best part is the dog.

Seriously though, nice build, but, like you said it IS overkill-ish. If you wanted to save some moneyz, you could have just got 8 gb of ram, and no gpu, cause your parents don't game i assume.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure! The 16gb of ram was one of those things where it wasn't too much savings in money compared to two sticks of 8gb, so my dad said go ahead with 16 :P

Thanks for checking out the build!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Why a 1060? +1, though

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I live away at college so I try to come home every weekend. I tried throwing in a Gtx 1050ti, but it was out of stock so my parents said just throw in a 1060.

Thanks for the +1!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have the 960 EVO? You have it listed in the parts list. Where did you get it? All I see are sites stating pre-order.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I just went directly to Samsung's website and pre-ordered it.

I'll definitely update my post when I have it!

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely not a puppy :oo but I love her

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, she is getting very big!

Thanks for the kind words!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you running the monitor at 1080p or 1440p? Looks like 1080p. Nice build!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor is 1440p. I decided that the extra sharpness from the resolution would be more beneficial for non-intensive usage.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

it is you made the right decision especially if you could overclock it to 75-85Hrz with some reviewers were capable to achieve My Self im going to Buy one just hv to complete my build first

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks for the comment!

They have been using the computer + monitor for a while and are enjoying it! No issues have come up since the few problems in the beginning.

I wish you luck for your build!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Waht are ur parents doing with this.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Just using it as a normal computer :)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

more doggo ples

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to add more pictures but I wasn't sure if I would get in trouble >.<

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

lmao

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't see why you need to buy a 1060 and a gaming motherboard

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Raven! Great Pup with a Great Name! They could play games at medium settings too!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, she is just the sweetest dog :)

Thanks for the kind words!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for puppers

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! She has grown just a little since the picture was taken, but she still acts like a total baby/puppy.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, it wasn't a necessity but its just a nice thing to have. I come home on the weekends from college and I enjoy playing some League of Legends.

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