Description

Introduction:

I built this PC last week as a present for my Dad for Father's Day, a replacement for his 10 year old Dell Optiplex 745 that recently stopped working. Being 15 years old, this was my second build (first one here). I purchased all the parts myself, using money that I had earned over the last few weeks from my part-time job. Everything was purchased from either Centre Com or CPL.

This build had to meet a few requirements: not too large (case size) and to be at a total cost of no more than around $450. And since the only game my Dad plays is Stick Cricket on his phone, I saved a bit of money on the cost of a graphics card.

My Dad is very happy with the build, so hopefully no upgrades will have to be made for at least another year. There is one complaint, however, and that is the storage capacity. I wanted the extra speed of an SSD, and given that he had a 160GB Seagate HDD in his Dell, I thought that a 120GB SSD would be enough. I'll put in a 1TB or 500GB HDD in when I get the cash :)

Parts:

CPU (Pentium G3258): A cheap, dual-core, unlocked processor from Intel. Very good for my Dad's needs, which involve basic web browsing, creating documents (mainly Word and Excel) and just general use.

Motherboard (Asus H81M-Plus): A good, basic microATX board with onboard USB 3.0 headers. However, I did run into a few problems whilst installing the motherboard into the I/O shield. It was a little flimsy and I had trouble making the ports on the motherboard line up with the I/O shield.

Memory (Crucial 1 x 8GB): Really cheap RAM. Nothing special at all, only reason for 1 x 8GB instead of 2 x 4GB is because the motherboard only has two DIMM slots, and I wanted to leave room for expansion later down the track just in case.

Storage (120GB 750 Evo): Great SSD with great boot times. I got a 750 Evo instead of an 850 Evo as it was about $30 cheaper, but I have no regrets whatsoever, it is still much faster than the WD Caviar Blue in my PC. Would definitely recommend.

Case (Fractal Core 1100): The only reason for the purchase of this case was because it was pretty, but not too flashy. I was contemplating the Corsair SPEC-M2, but I didn't want to make this build look like a gaming PC, because, let's be honest, it isn't. But the one thing I don't like about this case is its flimsiness - the side panels feel very weak and the case overall feels cheaply made.

PSU (Fractal Integra M 450W): A PSU with great reviews. Bought this because it was semi-modular, and frankly, since I knew the case was small, the lower the number of cables the better.

The wireless adapter is a USB, the Belkin N600 that I bought ages ago. The keyboard (Logitech K120) and the mouse (Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse) were recycled after I got a new keyboard and a mouse for my computer, and the speakers (Logitech X-530) are ancient, at least 8 years old.

Please note the setup the computer is connected to in the photos isn't its normal setup, I just moved them to this desk because of better lighting and a larger table.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Great deals and great job man!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Way to take care of your dad.

Thumbs up.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! That m3 backgound 2 thumbs up

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks, e46 ftw :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

hey. bro hats off, to your build and the fact that you did that for your dad...

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man, really appreciate it.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

you're so kind!

don't forget to check your SSD to see if you have the lastest firmware. I think the 750 had some improvement over time, which were needed.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks for the tip!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! A nice change too. Usually dad builds for son.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build man also nice ibanez you got there, what kind of music do you play ?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate, I play really anything, but right now I'm learning This is What You Came For :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 just for keeping your pops up to speed on the tech (for an old fogy's standards). My dad still beats his printer and tries to open it the same way that Zoolander and Hans did the 'ole Mac in the first movie. I'm not sure what he'd do with a PC that didn't say Dell on it... I'm not sure I want to know shudders

Good stuff though!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I also love both cars and PCs! :D You're cool

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

All and all great job!!!

The only change I would have suggested to the parts list would be to drop the G3258 for a G3250 (or similar model) or get a Z97 mobo over the H81, as configured you cannot really overclock the G3258.

How is your old man liking the speed of the modern system? I bet the SSD is a huge improvement. That case does look really good.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the feedback man. I will probably upgrade the mobo to a Z97 eventually, just not now as I don't plan on overclocking anytime soon.

And yeah the SSD is working heaps better than the Dell!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job man, you're such a good son. Hope your dad likes it! +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

tysm!!

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice man! Gave yours a +1 as well!