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 She has a very outdated HP A6110N Model which runs extremely slow and have to wait for the next ice age to hit before it does anything not to mention she is running Vista.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.