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Why does the simplest of task become an ordeal? I was building this for my aunt. She has a very outdated HP A6110N Model which runs extremely slow and have to wait for the next ice age to hit before it does anything not to mention she is running Vista. She only does very light work on the computer from MS Office to browsing the internet and playing varies facebook games. Budget computer that was even cheaper than what she paid for her current one, what could go wrong....

CPU - couldn't tell the difference between my i5 4690K processor and this one. Sweet little processor that really can get the job done.

MB - DOA...after hours of fixing up the casing just to have this cheap, flimsy S.O.B not work. so went back to exchange the motherboard, the previous one had some bent pins in the socket. so far the motherboard seems to be doing ok. Working on trying to cool the processor and motherboard down.

RAM - cheapest at the time of purchases, ugly color but doesn't matter this is my aunt we are talking about, she isn't going to get excited about the insides of a computer.

SSD - quite, tiny, quick and fast

Case - I've worked with many cheap budget cases before. This wasn't too bad of a case to work with for a budget computer and would recommend it if your are going for a simple and cheap build. The few problems I have with it that is a common complaint that I see on Newegg.com, placing a fan on the top really sucks. My fan is squished on the ram slots of the motherboard. I am very accustom to standoffs in a case. This was the first one I've seen with now standoffs just raised sections instead, to me I don't like that concept b/c of damaging the MB. The front panel is a pain to remove, screwed corner piece for the power supply which is unnecessary since the psu is on the bottom and it's screwed in anyway, no extra space for cable management (lucky not much I have to worry about anyway), and the ATX motherboard is a very snug fit but have to be very careful, stupid *** pin sticking up where the middle standoff should be is in the way. The instruction manual is no help to anyone, and the power cables, the P+ P- was one piece and took up 3 pins instead of 2. I picked the case b/c it seem like a very simple case that I could manage a budget computer, might have to look for another if anyone has recommendations please send them my way.

PSU - cheap and is on my radar for a quality brand. (Corsair always my top choice when money isn't an issue)

USB 3.0 port - love this little device, I'm not a fan of top or side ports and this thing fits perfectly into the 3.5" slot and hooks right up to the USB 3.0 header.

Case Fans - couple I had laying around from my gaming rig. Since my aunt isn't into the machine being a light show I kept this very simple.

HP hardware - waiting to surprise my aunt and will install them when I get to her place next time I visit.

Windows 8 Pro - cheapest I could find and since you can upgrade for free to 8.1 pro why pay the extra.

I know it isn't the complete build but for the most part this is it. I just have the HDD, DVD and maybe the card reader in this machine but other than that this cheap *** bad boy is ready to go.

Comments

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you get a $100 board for 30? nice budget build btw, $300 isnt a lot to work with and you found amazing deals

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! MC has bundle package for $100 and then there is a $10 rebate

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Americans are lucky with microcentre, im stuck with limited parts that are overpriced (nz and au)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I live in america but there isn't even a micro center near me. The closest one would take me all night to get there then all day to drive back. I wish they made a micro center in alabama

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Sadly, most Americans still do not have microcenter as an option. They're only located in select states and it would be pointless to drive hundreds of miles just for some PC parts (gas money would outweigh the discounts).

I was bummed that I had to pay an extra $100-$150 on my build simply because I don't have one near me. Maybe one day... lol

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

There is not a micro center with in 200 miles of me. This company really needs to expand.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

so i guess only a few americans are lucky enough to have microcentre, i thought their would be loads because loads of builds on PCPP have amazing microcentre deals

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The closests Microcenter to me is about 4 hrs away

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

If I'm building a complete rig and if microcenter has most of the parts I will normally make the drive, even though its about 2ish hours one way for me. Normally the deals (such as $40 off the mobo, if its one I want) are more then enough to go though there memory and SSD storage is a bit high, but they have a very good selection on towers which would normally have $20 or so in shipping you save.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

i understand u purchased stuff already, but saying it costs 300 is not a true fact *** the parts purchased are way over. I will rate up though for the guts :)

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

building a computer is the same as a woman shopping for shoes, always looking for a good bargain. The price doesn't reflect the rebates ($25) and VA sales taxes at Micro Center ($10) or parts that I already have from the other computer but all and all this is what I paid.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Got to love that CPU, it is wrecking things right now. I was looking at a benchmark video where they overclocked it to 4.7GHz on the stock cooler. Easily the best CPU under the FX series in price, from what I have seen OCed enough it can keep up with the i3 and even beat it in some benchmarks.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol hopefully you got it sorted out man

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

lots of traveling to Micro Center but I was able to swap this DOA (broken pins in socket) for an open box. Everything is up and running and I am much more relax now.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I've own only 1 Seagate HDD my entire life and it died on more within a year but I have tons of IDE WD paperweights. I just got a converters so I can see if there was anything left on them to retrieve. Mostly pictures of years gone by and maybe some bad memory docs of what I use to think was cool but today is like "Is that all you did?"

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

My board wasn't dead, MC is awsesome