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I apologize for the lack of more pictures, and the crappy quality. iPhones do not make for good cameras in a hurry.

I built this as an upgrade for someone else's old PC, which was all the way back from 2002, complete with a LAN card, Windows XP and ribbon cables. She felt it was getting too slow, and wanted something snappier, for around $300. Since all she was going to be using this for was simple web browsing, I picked up one of the cheapest APU's I could find, and some decently speedy RAM to match it. It slightly matches the motherboard as a bonus too! Picked up one of the cheapest motherboards I could find that was still trustworthy. Since the old IDE drives wouldn't work with the motherboard, also picked up a 1TB drive. As for the case.... I saw a bunch of budget builds with this and I decided to try it out. Never again. The PCI slot covers are nearly impossible to get out, absolutely no airflow, no cable management space (the picture was before I cleaned it up a bit. The cables are tucked behind the ODD). I managed to cut myself twice installing everything somehow too. The power supply was from the old PC. I would've preferred something with at least 80+ Bronze, but it works and it saved some money too. ODD was a cheap generic one for installing Windows Vista (yeah yeah I know).

Comments

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

PATA cables are the nemesis to my hands when it comes to pulling them out.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

She wasn't going to reuse any of the parts. You have no idea how good it feels to just be able to yank on them as hard as you can, without worrying about damage.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

For just simple web browsing, you could have saved an extra $30-$40 with just 4gb of RAM instead of 8gb, but overall very nice and cheap!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Personal bias might've also come into play there ;), since I have a laptop that only has 4 gigs of RAM, and I find that it consistently uses a lot of it with only Chrome open, so for only 20 bucks more, I felt it was worth it.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

my wife's build started out with 4 gigs of ram, she usually has 5-10 open tabs in chrome while browsing, including youtube and or netflix, 8 gigs is the way to go, even just for web use.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I HAVE THE EXACT SAME BUILD, only difeence is that i have a EVGA gtx 660 sc in it

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

well done

  • 64 months ago
  • 0 points

Rule of thumb, spend more on your processor than RAM, and really that CPU doesn't need more than 4 GB.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Great rule of them for most people, but APUs do benefit from faster RAM and I've already addressed why I got 8 gigs of RAM.

  • 64 months ago
  • -1 points

you could have gotten a cheap ssd. whats the os?

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

A cheap SSD and an HDD would be more expensive than just the HDD alone (obviously), and she wanted to keep costs as low as possible. OS is mentioned in the last sentence, it's Vista, since she had it lying around.

  • 64 months ago
  • 4 points

Still adds ~$50 to the whole build. Boot times weren't crazy important either.

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