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Mom and Dads computer crashed. I stopped them before they bought a computer on the Home Shopping Network (Cringe).

There is an additional ~$100.00 in rebates not listed here that I took advantage of.

That being said; I needed to build my parents a computer that would last them awhile. The following were considered in the build:

-They do not multi-task. They do One thing at a time. -They mostly check email and back up photos and videos from their smart phones to the PC to clear their phone memory and protect the photos. -Sometimes my father likes to watch Blu-Ray on the computer while my mother watches something different in the living room. -I wanted a fast start PC for them without all the load screens.

-The i3-6100 3.7GHz is plenty for their needs and again with no Multi-Tasking it seemed the best option.

-The MoBo: I wanted their computer to last awhile and keep up to date with the speed and changes in technology. I looked for USB 3.0 connections because they have an External HD that is USB 3.0 and I wanted them to take advantage of the additional transfer speeds.

-Memory: 32GB @ 2400 might be a bit overkill, but I wanted it to be a computer they wouldnt need to update for awhile. Figured this could handle anything they wanted to do in the future.

-Storage: SSD for fast boot times. + 2TB 7200 RPM storage for pictures and videos.

-The Case: Quite funny, I choose the cheapest one with USB 3.0 front connectors, with a coupon the original one was only $14.00 but it was Orange and my mom was all "Im not putting that thing in my living room!" So I had her next to me while flipping through choices and she fell in love with the Black Tower with Blue Lights...Go Mom!

-Power: I needed something that would last and minimum Gold Certified. This one worked.

-Optical Drive: for the random Blue-Ray watching and maybe picture storage burning and misc w/e.

Total was just over $500.00 and it was still cheaper than the Home Shopping Network piece of Junk they almost bought. Loaded their old O/S and upgraded it to Windows 10 for free. Works like a charm.

Mom went to Best Buy without me and bought a 4K UHD monitor...I really dont know what she was thinking but I guess her emails are gonna look so fly now.

Thanks for taking a look at my first build. This was quite fun. Learned a lot here on PC Parts Picker. Great Community!!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty cool build, though I think the case is a little too gamer-esk, but I guess it works. Also if my parents bought a 4k panel like that, I would force them to return it immediately, like, why.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The case makes it look like a freshman desktop at Georgia Tech, you are absolutely correct! It wasnt my choice.

The 4K panel...she got it on sale and I couldnt convince her to return it otherwise. Mom loves a "bargain".

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That's really nice of you

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Kindly.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome. Not everyone has the heart to do this

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you wasted a lot of money on the RAM. 8 gb is more than enough, you could have used the extra cash on a low end GPU for slightly better overall performance. However the choice in CPU is excellent, great budget processor and will hold out for a while +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the input!

Yes- I admit the Ram was a bit much. I could of saved $50.00 here.

I was doing some comparisons on low end GPU's. The additional cost of ~$100.00 didnt seem to me worth it at the time. The On Board HD 530 Graphics was holding its weight in most comparisons. A low end GPU will obviously be better, but for only slightly better performance I just didnt think it was worth the extra $ considering what they use it for.

*In the future, I do plan on retiring my GPU for the new HD 1080, I was going to donate my old GPU to Moms computer so the grandkids and my brothers could play games when they visit mom. I figured the extra Ram would help here as well.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you made the right call on the GPU. I also think the RAM is overkill but I can see why you went for it. I built a PC for my mom who needed something to run AutoCAD and such. I tossed in a single stick of 8gb to see how it held up and so far worms well. She is the type of person to never restart her PC (I do this remotely time to time) and have a ton of thing open. With your build you can put a later i5 on the same socket in fairly easily if more CPU is needed and your old GPU will go a long way if it goes in there too.

The way I see building a system for family who don't know or seriously use computers is that if you build the most basic thing they won't be able to maintain it well but if you give them more than enough system resources (32gb RAM) then even without periodic maintenance the thing will be too powerful to worry about.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

You have a keen sense of perception.

It was my thoughts as well. Being new to this, I think everyone is right about the RAM being OverKill. I got a good deal on it and I just didnt want to worry about it in the future.

You can see the flexibility in the build. It allows me to upgrade her rather easily in the future if I feel they need it. I didnt want to bottleneck them in the future. Changing out the CPU and adding a GPU would be easy to do and add a ton of extra benefits. I just dont think they will ever get to that point considering how they use it.

Thank you kindly for all your input and insights.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that CPU is nuts for the price, even for general gaming paired with a decent GPU...

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your input and advice. I appreciate it.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you going to throw in a video card for some GPU acceleration? Like a GTX 740 or something.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually compared the On Board HD 530 to the GT 740 and 750. There were some performance benefits to adding a GPU but it was minimal. Some shading benefits and some other minor fields, but for the most part it performed quite well against the GT 740 with no real noticeable difference.

In the future I will donate my GPU to mom for added benefit, but for what they use it for, it just didnt make sense at the moment.

Thank you for your input and consideration.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think the core I3 6100 can outperform my fx 6300 at 4.9?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Out of the box, the i3 6100 is an overall better CPU for this particular Use-Case in almost every scenario. Power, heat, performance etc. But to compare my setup for my mom to an overclocked fx 6300 is not an apples to apples comparison. It is pretty impressive you got your fx 6300 to 4.9 though. Congratulations! One day I hope to be able to get experienced enough to start over clocking and experimenting more. I enjoyed building this a little too much. Thanks for the comparison though. Your making me think more about another build.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

A yes the CPU cable rooting. Had the same trouble in my case. If I buy a new case I will make sure it has cable holes above the mainboard

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

In hind-sight I probably would have drilled my own hole up there for the cable, but once I got it all in there I really didnt want to take all apart again just for that one cable.

Im learning cable management is something I need to place more forethought into. I took plenty of mental notes during this build of what I would do next time.

Thanks for the advice and input!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I also think that the 32 gb of ram was uncalled for. Maybe you could have went with 8 gb of ram (Since I doubt they will need it for gaming or multi app calculations). You could have spent the extra dollars on a low end dedicated graphics card. :D

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

RAM = Over Kill

Roger that! Seems to be the most critical input about the build.

I had considered the low end GPU route but it just didnt make sense for the extra cost. I compared a bunch of low end GPU's to the On Board HD 530 and the difference just wasnt worth the additional cost even if I scratched the RAM down.

I did get a decent deal on the Ram and a ~$40.00 Rebate on it at the time. So I just went with it.

I will be giving them my old GPU once I replace mine in the future.

Thank you kindly for the advice.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I love your present more than your mum although the PC isn't mine. lol

You selected the parts very carefully, it seems. Awesome build.

+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Thank you very much. I truly appreciate the comment!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

RAM is probably a bit much, even for a heavy gaming rig. Otherwise looks good though! Maybe to make use of the extra RAM you can make a RAM cache/RAM disk to just make it a little bit snappier, even though you already have the SSD.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the advice and input. I will be looking more into doing this for the 4K monitor as mentioned in another comment.
It was a good deal on Ram with a ~$40.00 Rebate. So I just pulled the trigger on it.

I will be doing some research on your advice and I might just do that. Thank you again!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

bad? how bad is an i3-6100? Mine is good enough for BF4, just saying. RAM is overkill for sure but he could use part of the ram for fast cache so email would load up even faster on the 4k monitor.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the support!

RAM = Overkill yes.

Thats some interesting input on the Ram/Cache/4K monitor. I will be looking into doing just that.

Thank you for the advice! Im learning here.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I am using on board video HD 530. It actually has some pretty good ratings compared to the older versions of On Board videos. I find the CPU is working pretty well for the price, specs and use-case. Its a dual core and the users are in no way multi taskers. It fits their needs for a computer.

Yes the RAM is a bit over kill, but it gives them a good foundation in which I can add to it later if they want/need or if I just have extra parts from my computer as I switch out hardware ie. GPU.

Thanks for the input!

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