Description

Built this for my mom. At thanksgiving she was complaining about the dell I bought her 5 years ago being too slow. Also tried to log into WoW on that and it's no longer playable on grammy's pc...so the obvious solution was a budget rig that can do some light gaming when the grand kids (and their dads) are visiting grandma.

CPU- benchmarks higher than my 5 year old core i7 so why not for 80 bucks? Single threaded performance seems a little subpar but overall fine and gets granny 4 cores on the cheap.

Cooler - whatever's cheap

Mobo- $47? Yes pls! Board seems great and is pcie v3

Memory - cheap goodness

SSD - granny need ssd as main problem we were solving here was sluggishness

GPU- gets 70-90 fps in wow at 1080p on ultra so yeah, for $89? Not that granny even knows WoW comes pre-installed on this rig.... ;-)

Case- for $12 im not asking any questions- it's a case with a power button

PSU- try not to skimp here- name brand and enough wattage with a rebate

ASUS DVD- go cheap - who cares? As long as it plays granny's Adirondack sampler cd

Fan- had to get a PWM fan as the one that came with this case was loud with unbridled fan rpms - made noise go from unacceptable to zero. Even granny would have complained about that fan noise but what do you expect for a $12 case?

Future upgradable here too because of the pcie 3, not that we'll see decent processors for the FM2+ socket down the road but who knows....worst case is ill need to swap out mobo but then I like building these things so that's a plus.

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Wires in a cpu fan make a very distinct sound like the Game of Life game wheel on turbo.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol!! I know it looks like there are wires in the fan but promise there's a good inch of clearance there and wires are stiff so shouldn't move. Again, messy cable mgmt for sure. Worst case granny has to put up with some clicking sounds :-P

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Case- for $12 im not asking any questions- it's a case with a power button

Best comment / review so far.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Grammy and i thank you! she continues to enjoy her custom rig albeit for web browsing and creating smile boxes only... :-|

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management could be better. Off-topic- I know I shouldn't ask but it's just sooo tempting....SO uhh, what class is granny rolling? :3

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

No question - I should have emphasized "don't judge me for the lack of cable management" - hey what granny can't see won't hurt her right? In terms of class dunno but may encourage huntard since it's easy mode....

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I see your point anyway nice build :3

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the temps with that cooler? I do hope it better than stock.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Haven't really checked - granny has the pc now. Next time we go over the river and through the woods I'll run some benchmarks to get temps. It's not much better than stock I have a feeling - processor was oem so didn't come with cooler.