"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present. "
- Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday (1902) by Alice Morse Earle
- Even Master Oogway said this too.
- I built this for a friend who has known my family and I for many, many years and I want to thank her for all the support and help she has given us. I know who you are so thank you.
To briefly explain, this was a clean, free of charge computer. Her husband purchased the monitor since he wanted to give her a very nice monitor. She deserves a speedy new computer and it was time to upgrade her office computer. The build alone costed $534.30 total.
The purpose for her computer is to work on Turbo Tax, Quicken, Microsoft Office and manage her photos. Her husband, oldtimer321, is her personal I.T. which he transferred all the software she needed.
- Also if you’re interested of how I built this particular computer, please check out my video. It’s my first time uploading a build video. I need to do better close-ups next time. I also didn’t have a microphone at the time when I attempted this building process. Though since I get so nervous when I try to talk, I added in my voice afterwards. I’m not so swell at yacking nor an exciting vocal cord. I’m more of a tutorial sort of gal.
YouTube Video: Building a G4560 + GTX 1050 Computer (Step by Step).
Photo numbers 1-9 is the final result. Photo numbers 10-250 is the building process and extra photos. To clarify photo #4, I was given a beautiful thank you card with two cute chipmunks in ballet outfits. :)
|UserBenchmark Performance Results||Gaming||Desktop||Workstation|
|Details||Jet Ski, 36%||Gunboat, 57%||Workstation, 32%|
|Crystal Disk Mark 5||Read [MB/s]||Write [MB/s]|
|All||5, 1GiB||C: 6% (30/465 GiB)|
|3DMark Benchmark||Score||Graphics Test 1||Graphics Test 2||Physics Test||Combined Test||Details|
|Firestrike 1.1||5,797||31.94 FPS||28.77 FPS||19.28 FPS||11.62 FPS||Firestrike Result|
|Sky Diver 1.0||15,347||102.9 FPS||103.46 FPS||✕||60.61 FPS||Sky Diver Result|
|Time Spy 1.0||1,925||12.38 FPS||10.57 FPS||✕||✕||Time Spy Result|
|Valley Benchmark||FPS||Score||Min. FPS||Max FPS||Mode||Preset||Quality|
|DirectX 11||59.9||2,507||23.4||110.5||1920x1080 2xAA fullscreen||Custom||High|
|Heaven Benchmark||FPS||Score||Min. FPS||Max FPS||Mode||Preset||Quality||Tessellation|
|DirectX 11||59.7||1,503||8.5||123.6||1920x1080 2xAA fullscreen||Custom||High||Off|
My two cents:
Intel Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor
What an exciting experience to work on this processor. The very first hyper threaded Pentium has finally been invented. Oh how I have dreamt for this day to become a reality, and I’m certain others had as well. It’s a friendly tight budget Pentium that is very close in performance of Skylake’s i3-6100. I beg anyone who is interested of this processor to try to find a $65 or below price range.
Though lately, knowing how hiked the G4560 prices are in the U.S.A. these days... Check out the G4600. The G4560 can be around $80 and even more. :(
I can assure that this processor is a champ for gaming in a tight budget. I have tested enough Haswell i3 processors in the past and I saw it perform very well, even for demanding games. I know this particular build is not going to be gaming; however, I was able to test at least Resident Evil 7 and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. You can check them out on my Youtube channel to see how they performed (Playlist: Intel Pentium G4560 + GTX 1050). Regardless, I think this Pentium will do great for its intended purpose.
- More information on ark intel: G4560.
CRYORIG M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler
- I’ve been impressed with this CPU cooler before with Uncle’s G. computer. It made sense to swap the Intel stockfan into this reasonable price air cooler. I prefer its cooling performance if it’s able to fit within the case and budget. Again, it may not properly align to all motherboards but it’s not that difficult to install either. I had no issues installing it. My video shows a slightly different method on how to install one which took me about seven minutes. * gasp * So much for installing about 4 minutes as they advertised… Oh wait, it’s just me. ;)
- I still enjoy the installation process and seeing the results of the M9i cooler because it does an excellent job for cooling processors at such a low cost. Yes, this CPU cooler does come with thermal compound called CRYO-PASTE so you don’t need to buy another. I did use my Arctic MX-4 due to it’s been used and therefor explains my reason to continue to use it until there is no more left.
Asus PRIME H270M-PLUS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
- If this question comes to mind, “Why in the world would you spend this much on such a motherboard for such simple uses?” I would respond back, “Why not?” The other previous motherboard would have been around $50 and if I needed my Skylake Celeron processor to flash the BIOS on the ASUS B150 MOBO and call it good enough. I think such an issue of updating the BIOS is less likely to occur these days since most of the Skylake MOBOs have a BIOS to support Intel’s 7th generation processors. I felt more compelled to purchase something better for her and it offers better upgradability with more features.
- This motherboard has two M.2 slots, M Type sizes for 2242 between 2280. Plentiful SATA ports which offers enough future additional storage when need to. Oldtimer321 prefers ASUS products and it would be nice to give his wife a very nice motherboard.
- I actually like this BIOS, it has everything you would need to get started at the beginning. I had no problems adjusting the RPM CPU fan and case fans. You can also switch the 3-pin case fans to “Slient” and it will quiet down those 1,000 RPM max versions to about 650-690 RPM. This is one thing I do love about ASUS and GIGABTYE motherboards as they are able to adjust the RPM with 3-pin case fans. Not exactly adjustable as a 4-pin case fan, but it helps reduced their speed further if need be.
- Of course there is Advanced Mode which helps with more specific adjustments. For now, the reason I went to Advanced Mode was to turn off the orange LED on the MOBO (which I did later on). I was surprised that this MOBO did have two options for light effects, “Breathing” which is set this way by default and “Static” which means the LED stays solid (no effects, only remains ON).
- I would recommend this Motherboard highly for those who may want to RAID and are not interested of major overclocking with their processor and memory. Unless you have a case that can fit an ATX motherboard with a lot of features for the enthusiasts, than find one of those.
- The only minor issue I had with the motherboard was installing the I/O shield with the MOBO as it is not quite aligned. Even with and without the extension cable, the motherboard and stand offs weren’t aligning completely. Regardless, I will not fault the motherboard on this, but it’s something to be aware of. Personally it feels more like the case has issues internally because some of the layout wasn’t straight to begin with.
- NOTES: If using this motherboard paired with the Thermaltake Versa H15 MircoATX case, you cannot properly install an internal optical drive. I know most people don’t need it, but for those who had considered this option, look elsewhere for a different case.
Kingston Savage 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
- I purchased these from Amazon’s warehouse deal. I try to find good prices for RAM since we all know how expensive it is these days. 8GB of RAM will be plenty for her current uses and has the option to add more if need be down the road. No major issues. From X.M.P. set the profile as “Profile 1” to overclock the RAM with ease.
Western Digital Blue 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
- A personal request of Oldtimer321 was to have this amount from an M.2. SSD. I know Office, Quicken, and Turbo Tax doesn’t need much space requirement; however, she will save and manage her family photos into this computer. It has plentiful of storage though when I purchased this new SSD, the downloadable software from their website wasn’t available at the time. This was the only minor bother which I like to know if TRIM capability, adjusting performance, and to keep its health in check is possible. Yes, today the downloadable software is available: BLUE WD SSD. Otherwise I saw no major temp issues (30~50 ° C) and performs great with 3 second boots and loads everything in about 7~10 seconds on Windows 10.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB ACX 2.0 Video Card
You might be wondering how in the world did I get this video card for such a low price? Staples’ coupons combined with rebates. I only had until the last day of February 28th to use my coupons and rebate. It may not be a requirement for such simple tasks, but what the heck why not?
Yes, I could have let the integrated graphics do its job; however, since she is working on photos than a dedicated graphics card can help the processor. It may not be a dramatic difference, but it keeps the CPU from being the primary display video output. I don’t regret the decision to give her a dedicated GPU, but it's not a requirement either for others who do wonder.
No gaming intention as mentioned earlier. I did benchmark on what I could out of curiosity. For a 2017 gamer perspective which was a mix of Low and Medium graphics at 1920x1080 resolution. It can easily play High/Ultra @ 720p with old and most new games.
Thermaltake Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case
- I enjoyed working on Thermaltake’s Core V31 Mid Tower in the past so this case became the next one in mind for a MicroATX case. It’s also cute to have almost matching cases, just like a couple. I liked the concept of this case, but it has some major flaws. Yes, it’s a good case; however it could have been improved with its layout and its size like the length which is very tight for larger components.
- Here are the issues I had with this case:
- 1. The motherboard stands for a full size MicroATX is slightly off, mostly had issues at the top and bottom sections, even when I didn’t have the extension cable used I had this problem ahead of time. I’m not sure if the case I bought new had some imperfections, but I can see some obvious ones.
- 2. The PCI slots does not properly align with any graphics card. I know this sounds odd, but I had to force the back of the case to lean towards the GPU to keep it in place. I never had to do this ever before until this case was in my possession. I am guessing this particular case has this issue, but who knows as others will vary or if they even had this problem.
- 3. The hard drive cage that is at the bottom of the case was shifted awkwardly which basically the side of the cage was slanted. Using my two hands and some gentle yet forceful pressure, I was able to re-shift the entire hard drive cage to make it straight again. I wanted to make sure these 2x 3.5” slots were available with no problems in the future.
- 4. I could not install an internal optical drive. Since I purchased a full size MicroATX MOBO, this caused the 24-pin connector to be in the way and forcing the optical drive to stick out of the case which is a huge no-no to have. This particular length of case is not long enough thus lacks the additional two inches of space that is needed for an optical drive. Unless one purchases a narrow MicroATX motherboard, the chances of fitting is less likely to happen. This may not be a major issue for those who only use USBs these days, but for those who were looking for a small MicroATX Mid-Tower case to pair with an internal optical drive does mean this: LOOK ELSEWHERE!!! Find a different case if this is your intention to have too.
Of course, if I hear any major problems about this case from her, I’d be more than happy to relocate the components to a new case. I haven’t heard any concerns so far.
The positives about the case is the appearance is lovely. Can install a Fan controller if preferable. Has a front foam filter and a mesh PSU filter. Could install a 120mm or 240mm liquid cooler. Storage may be slim, but you can find some 5.25” storage convertors easily, or add in a media card reader. The max amount of case fans is five, but would suggest low RPM fans if you’re going to purchase this case. Did I already mention it looks cool?
SeaSonic S12II 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
- (@ 2016) I pounced three of these power supplies from Amazon when they were back-ordered. I thought the price was great for new No Modulars. I assure that it’s a quality PSU and has plentiful amount of wattage. The majority of the wires are flat which makes it easier to cable manage. Keep in mind the 24-pin is the bulky wire, but it was not too difficult to manage.
- I did my best to avoid using a ton of zip-ties for the PSU. I swear, I only used one zip-tie for the 8-pin (4+4) ATX cable and one velcro strap to bind the 2x 3 SATA cables and Molex cable. Personally, I think this is the best No Modular PSU you can buy with a lot of flat cables. Of course there are other good PSUs too for the tight budget builder.
- I have not seen the wattage exceed pass 120w. Usually in the 45~60w range for the everyday tasks. When I gamed Tom Clancy’s Wildlands, I only saw it around 90~100w. I forgot to pay attention with RE7 so no clue there, but my guess is it would roughly similar as Wildlands wattage estimates.
Thermaltake CL-F011-PL12BL-A 41.0 CFM 120mm Fan
- I added this extra case fan to have an intake (pulls air in). The case already came with an exhaust fan (pushes air out). This is the 3-pin case fan, while there’s a molex version too, but trying to keep it easy for installations and less wires to be used. If concern about dust, this Thermaltake Versa H15 has a slim foam underneath the front mesh.
Asus PB277Q 27.0" 2560x1440 75Hz Monitor
- Oldtimer321 wanted to give his wife a nice monitor. He had the budget for $200 and after much searching online, we came to this conclusion. Its features are very similar to a gaming monitor, but it does not have “Freesync” nor “G-Sync”. It can be used as one of course; however, this was not the reason why it was purchased. It has Eyecare which reduces Blue LED and can help reduce eyestrain. It can swivel and tilt like you would see from a gaming monitor.
- I originally purchased this on Newegg since Amazon didn’t have any in stock. Though one thing I noticed a lot was the reviews from Newegg complained about the display port flickering or it blacks out because the connection is loose. I’m not sure what the real culprit was for the reviews, but I have backup cables if such a dilemma occurs. Thankfully I had seen zero issues with this monitor’s DisplayPort and it worked great.
- Lastly, it’s able to spin 180 degrees on the stand too, not just the monitor. Currently it’s connected to the GTX 1050’s DisplayPort and easily displays 1440p. Yes, the integrated graphics can do this too.
Keyboard & Mouse
Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse
- I purchased this combo for such a reasonable price and it already comes together as a keyboard and mouse. It should be a nice fresh start for now until she needs something better down the road. For office, turbo tax, quickens and managing photos this should be OK. The mouse also supports right handed and left handed users. You can buy these in a large bulk from Newegg to save more pennies or a dollar.
External Optical Drive
BlueFire Portable Touch Control External DVD-RW/CD-RW Drive with 2.0 & 3.0 USB Cables
- I was supposed to use one of my spare internal optical drives, but it didn’t work out. Due to the motherboard’s layout of the Asus PRIME H270M-PLUS, the 24-pin connector combined with the small Thermaltake Versa H15 MicroATX case’s optical bay was unable to completely install an optical drive. I made sure to find a solution for this quandary. Obviously the external optical drive resolved this. I’m not going to deduct another whole star towards the case and not even the motherboard because I can only blame myself. I do admit though that I still find this a flaw towards the case.
- In the end, it’s a really good external optical drive to install or burn DVD/CDs, even to watch movies. Directly plugged the case with the 3.0 USB and had a speedy result of 18 minutes of installing drivers (just for the sake of testing that it works). Yes, it’s compatible with Windows 10. I’m not sure why others had so much problems with the latest OS.
Magnetic 2x 120mm filters
- I actually became a little arts and crafty here, photo numbers 79-88. My video sort of gives an idea of how I am using them. Oldtimer321 was concerned about filters because they have a cat. I confirmed about the case came with a bottom filter for the PSU and a foam filter at the front of the case. I also assured that I had some 120mm filters available to use for the top section, but then I realized that I had no way of installing these with a screw. What am I to do?!
- A Quick Solution: I bought some magnetic tape from Home Depot. (You can buy this online of course too but it was easier for me to buy it locally since I needed an instant solution ASAP). I would have done a better job, but I kept testing the magnetic tape until it felt secure. I did this first before I installed the components to get an idea of where and how to use them.
- All I used was a pair of scissors and eyed-it mostly to make 0.5 centimeter size magnetic width strips. After much testing on how much I needed until it felt secured underneath the top section without easily falling off, it worked. Now this isn’t the only solution, but I thought I would share on how I handled the top filters. Next time I’ll try to make longer, thin magnetic strips if I ever need to add 120mm filters again.
I know the extensions were not required, especially with a windowless case. I don’t have any great reasons except having the white extensions do make it look lovely and cool internally. I did have too many left-over cable extensions to be honest. It is beautiful from the inside and out after all! Of course, this is only my opinion.
You ask on how I made the video? I used my Nikon D5100 because my current video recorder isn’t high quality resolution nor is it able to record crystal clear. I’m sorry that I couldn’t use my vocal cords because at the time I didn’t have a microphone. Hopefully my next video build will be better in this aspect as I’ve purchased a microphone. If my video wasn’t too good, please let me know on what I can do to improve though keep in mind that I’m not going to spend a lot of money for video equipment at the moment, but if anyone has a reasonable budget to have clear, crisp video recordings at 1080p or higher than please let me know.
Anyways, I truly enjoyed the process of building this computer. I know my friend was brought with much joy and is loving her new computer to this day. She is amazed how fast it is. How I was informed was being given a cute card from her with a lovely hand-written note. The card had two chipmunks holding hands with ballet outfits. Again, thank you my friend for everything you have done for my family and I. You deserve this gift. Literally, no strings attached.
Off-topic: oldtimer321 has a build too that I worked around February, though part purchases were a month's time. This was the same for his wife, as I had to collect her parts at February which was right after finishing oldtimer321's build.
Thank you for reading my description. Please feel free to leave any comments, questions, and constructive criticism. I’ll correct any mistakes, typos, or if I forgot to mention something.