Description

My family has been using a Toshiba Satellite laptop from 2007. The PC was way to old for Windows 10, but it could still run it. My parents needed to a working Windows machine for working from home on weekends. I pitched them the idea, and they went with it. Almost all parts were from Amazon, a couple were from Newegg. The OS was an upgrade they was already used but I called Microsoft to have them migrate it to my new machine and then I upgraded to Windows 8.1. I put the old laptop drive in so any files can still be used.

CPU is a powerhouse and is snappy. I stuck with the stock cooler which is okay, just a bit noisy. Motherboard was decent for cheap price, manual was very short and the BIOS is a bit confusing compared to ASUS.I wish it would have better SATA port placement and more SATA cables. RAM was fine and works well. SSD is very fast, boot times are under 15 seconds. 500GB drive is for pictures and random files. I went for 2.5" because it can mount to the case adjacent to the motherboard. Case is really nice for $46. 2x120mm fans (1 is noisy), cable management is spectacular, but the back panel is a very tight fit. Power supply is plenty of power and has the right cables for expansion. I wanted the fans to be controlled by the BIOS so I bought some fan splitters instead of full speed all the time. The OS was a pain to get working because the key wouldn't deactivate from my old computer and activate on the new machine. Called Microsoft and they fixed it for me after a lengthy wait. The upgrade version isn't really a full version, but allows you to do a 'custom' or full install of windows on a fresh drive. It functions like a full version and didn't ask for a previous version of Windows.

PC build was very smooth and routing cables was easy. The hard drive cage was removed because it was blocking air flow from the front fan. The IO shield was a pain because the pins didn't move when I installed the motherboard. I broke them off because they aren't durable at all. Hardest part of the build was the routing cables (SATA especially) so they weren't in front of fans or resting on RAM.\

Feel free to ask questions.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
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Wait, was the OS an OEM? If so, I have a old laptop that I can probably pull windows off. +1

  • 32 months ago
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No, the OS was an upgrade from Best Buy or something. The laptop had Vista OEM from 2007. The packaging is advertised as an upgrade but it's installed as a full version. I can't complain.

  • 32 months ago
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Oh, alright cool.

  • 32 months ago
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\Used my first ASRock board today, agree on the weird BIOS. Also the drive mounting is...interesting.

  • 32 months ago
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I didn't want the drive cage in there so kinda mounted it to a place were it fit. The drive cage blocks a lot of airflow and I saw a 5C difference.

  • 32 months ago
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That will be great for everyday usage. They'll notice so much of a difference with that SSD and RAM.

Hope they like it, nice work!

  • 32 months ago
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Yeah, they are just fine. Only catch is the motherboard only supports 2133 speed. :(

  • 32 months ago
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I think this is a perfect build for Office! :)

  • 32 months ago
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Good job. This should serve your parents well for many years and is much easier to maintain than that laptop.

They can even throw in a video card if they want to game!

Thumbs up.