Description

I recently uploaded an HTPC I built for mom. My aunt saw when I built it and threw some money at me not long afterwards, so here I am again.

It's basically the same build but with a bigger case. I got different parts because Newegg was having their promo code promotions again so I got some better RAM and stuff.

She'll only be using it to surf the web, check her email, do some budgeting and her taxes. I'm pretty sure this will be just fine.

Just put everything in and the thing booted right up. Although I'm not a huge fan of MSI's motherboard, their bios is nice and easy to use. As far as cable management goes...I didn't really make much of an effort. Just made sure it didn't look like a rat's nest. It's not like there's much to worry about with this build anyway.

Problems I had with this build...

The cables for the Rosewill Case's front panel I/O are SO SHORT. ON TOP OF THAT the front panel headers on the MSI H81-E33 are towards the back of the case. I'm sure if I had a smaller case this wouldn't have been a problem but, I had to do some McGuiver-ing to get them to reach.

Also, not really a problem, I've just been spoilt by other manufacturers. The motherboard front panel header isn't labelled, so I had to look in the manual (gasp! the horror! he had to look in the manual!)

That's pretty much it.

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

Is the PSU the right way?

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

Never mind, I'm guessing it is as it came preinstalled in the case. Usually there's a fan at the bottom.

EDIT: Typos

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That's how it came attached to the case so i just left it lol

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Throw a Radeon HD 5450 in there, it'll give slightly better graphics performance and decrease load time.

Other than that, nice build, and especially good for the price. +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. I'll probably throw one in there in a week or 2.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

...you think it'll be fine as long as i don't add anything else?

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL....that...is...not....a...HPTC....case

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job on the budget, and not going overkill on part selection. +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man. for what it's being used for i figured these should be just enough for the job

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

big case, small budget. I'm always skeptical of these psu's included with budget cases. Nice job w that budget.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

me too...but i'm trying to be optimstic lol. In any case, so far so good.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Where are the fans in this case? Don't see it!

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

I got those new invisible quiet fans from corsair yo! they're the bomb!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

all jokes aside though, cpu idles at around 43, mobo around 37. It should be fine, not like my aunt's gonna be rendering anything/playing any games. i figure passive cooling should be enough.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I had a similar case on an old FoxConn computer quite a few years back. And that has to be one of the most inexpensive basic computer builds ive seen.

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