HELLO NEW PC!
Most general users find it difficult to determine when it's time to upgrade their PC. They end up using the computer for so long that they often disregard symptoms or mistake them as a normality. It's no secret that technology is growing at an exponential rate and this is especially true when it comes to PC hardware. It's amazing how far we've come as today's standards were once considered a luxury.
My client was ready to say goodbye to her old dinosaur PC and move to the latest platform after dealing with a few symptoms herself. Even though her PC was outdated, we were more or less nudged in this direction after experiencing immediate hardware failure. Her PC would often shut down without any warning and I had assumed that there was some sort of thermal issue long before I received the PC. Once delivered, it didn’t take long to confirm this theory. I noticed that the CPU fan was very dusty and the blades were unable to spin. Even after cleaning the dust, they were still unable to spin and appeared to be straining. I can only assume that the bearings were overworked after receiving constant resistance from the silent killer. On top of this, the HDD was very noisy and I was afraid that it too would soon give out.
After discussing our options, we had decided to build her a new home PC. The dinosaur PC had an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 which isn't bad but I wanted a chip that could blow her old chip out of the water when comparing speeds. I decided to go with a Pentium G4400 in order to stay within budget and while this chip does not have 4 cores, the single core speeds are far superior and perfect for their needs. I also wanted to focus on building with the latest platform in order to increase the longevity of their new PC and provide them better options for future upgrades. After completing the part list, I noticed that all the parts were available at Micro Center and were even all priced lower than the other competitors. I gathered all the parts on Saturday, built the computer on Sunday and delivered her new PC on Monday.
If desired, a dedicated GPU can be added for a little bit of gaming. The pictures show my old HD 7750 and I had planned on including it for free but it didn’t seem compatible with the system. When checking compatibility on PCPP, it does not list this model as being compatible. However, there are other HD 7750 models that are and it was a shame that this did not work out.
Motherboard did not need standoffs as the case has built in risers.
When installing the power supply, I had to flip the case on its side and completely remove the bottom panel in order to slide it in. This was an interesting design choice and the first time I’ve had to do something like this.
I do not prefer the storage mounting brackets. While the case is of excellent quality, the storage brackets were a bit too flimsy.
Dinosaur PC did not have an SSD so the family was pleasantly surprised to see how snappy Windows 10 behaved when using the new PC.
In order to accommodate for the lack of a 5.25 bay, I included my unused external CD/DVD drive in case they still used CDs.