Description

My parents had been using a 7 year old Vista desktop for ages, so i convinced them to let me make them a build.

It had to be fairly cheap, but i wanted it to be as fast as possible. I have access to Dreamspark so i could get an OS for free, which really helped with the price.

The difference between the two machines is night and day, and my parents are really happy with it.

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I would try and move those cables a bit further away from the heat-sink fan if you don't want one of them to get caught :P. Overall good build though.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Aye, I think I rerouted them before finishing. Was really impressed with the case, but by god it was a pain for cable routing

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool budget build! The bang for your buck builds are the most fun.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Aye. Their main requirements were fast, small cheap. I think its done pretty good for that!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

My mum used to attend these computer training classes about 15 years ago (at the age around 50). She can't even turn the computer on, while most of the parents of my friends use Facebook, surf the net, etc.

It seems like she saved me a couple of hundred bucks and the headache that she'll pay money for African millionaire children to help them get back their money so they can give part of it to my mum (and other scams). LOL :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Aye, they mainly use it for long emails & day to day stuff like printing etc. My stepdad uses it to store pictures he takes with his DLSR, but they mainly use their tablets for facebook etc

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Ho did you like the case? I'm looking to buy one, possibly, to build a small computer for my child.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a great wee case. But it is very small & tight to work in, especially if you use all the HDD/ODD slots.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you need a bios update before using that cpu?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, it worked straight out the box. Had a little play around with the OC settings as well and they seemed to work also

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

hi, I'm thinking about making this exact build. Was wondering what idle and full load temps are? Is the PSU on the antec enough to power everything with a couple USB devices plugged in? Do you think this case can be inside of a tv stand?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this is really old (1000 down on completed builds) But I love the build, That small case is soooo cute. I bet your parents are very thankful for this

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah, thanks.

Aye i think they like it. Havent had any issues with it whatsoever since building it, so i guess thats a win

  • 50 months ago
  • -1 points

First off, you could have gotten better RAM for around that price point. Maybe a dual channel 2gB kit? Also, no GPU? I know your parents aren't going to be playing Battlefield 4 or anything but you should drop some small GPU in there to take some strain off of that G3258. Overall a nice budget build. Only thing that I would try to do right away is manage some of those cables a bit better and maybe OC that G3258 a bit because that thing is an OC beast!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

There is literally no room for a GPU of any kind of this case. This is the rear panel (http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/wp-content/uploads/hs_ISK300-150_061.jpg).

x2 2Gb Ram sticks would not make sense as in the future i may want to upgrade from 4Gb to 8Gb if required, so i'd have to buy a whole new set, instead of just throwing a matching stick in there.

There is no room for cable management in this case. The best you can do is tuck it out of the way. Especially considering i have 3 SATA devices in there.

Thanks for your comments, but you appear to have not understood the size of this case, and the purpose for which the computer is being used. I also don't know why you've commented twice.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Whatever, i have no preference one way or the other. However, the case cant fit 3.5" drives