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Mom's B-Day Upgrade

by tehcoalman



Date Published

Nov. 4, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 2, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.594 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


My mom's been using a low-end laptop for about 8 years now. She also wants to start doing some video editing and web development at home, making this a great time to upgrade.

I asked her if she had any special requests. She gave me some specs for memory and also wanted it to look cute + cool. I wanted to build a general purpose PC that easily handle anything she throws at it for the next 5+ years.

Part Reviews


The mobo doesn't support OC, but it's clocked higher than the i7-6700 and was only ~$16 more at the time.

CPU Cooler

Looks really cool and is overkill for the build (considering no OC). CPU temp on idle is ~30 C. Will report back after testing under load. However, the case doesn't have the best airflow, so it's not a terrible loss.


The only white LGA1151 MATX board I could find to go with the color scheme. One potential downside is a red LED on the board that I can't seem to turn off. Kind of clashes with the color scheme, but not enough to reduce the rating.


It worked. Overkill for my build, but it's white. Bought the dual pack because it would ship faster.


It works. The design on the top of the drive looks kinda neat. It's not visible in my build, but I wouldn't mind it if it was.

Has plenty of space for a dual (or a potential tri-boot later). Probably could've gone with something half the size, but my mom wanted 1TB.

Video Card

It worked and fit my color scheme. Doesn't come with a back plate, but I'm not sure if any 1060s come with them.

Probably overkill, but her PC should be able to handle some video editing (not super intensive).


Looks really cute + cool, exactly what my mom wanted :D

Not an easy case to build in. Very little space for PSU cables (kinda just tie them up and stack them on top of the PSU). SSD brackets in the side panel are kind of difficult to use. Had a bit of trouble putting the left side panel back on after connecting everything (because the front panels are also connected from that side panel).

Power Supply

Not the greatest buy for the price (could probably get 80+ Gold for the prices in my region), but it's white and looks very nice.

Optical Drive

A bit overkill for her needs, but wasn't much more than the blue ray readers.

Wireless Network Adapter

Works and seems reliable. The antenna has a magnet in the base, so you can stick it to your case. It requires a usb connection for bluetooth, which I happened to have free.


Works as advertised. One annoying thing is that the lights will blink once with a very bright white on initial power up.

Comments Sorted by:

Eltech 20 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

The mobo doesn't support OC, but it's clocked higher than the i7-6700 and was only ~$16 more at the time.

Technically, the non-K i7-6700 will Turbo Boost to 4.0GHz but of course that's the key word. Turbo Boosts @ 4.0GHz when it needs the additional speed. If you meant to say you have the i7-6700K Turbo Boost to 4.2GHz than oh. I think you also meant the MOBO is the main reason of limitation to overclock the i7-6700K.

Regardless, this computer should serve your mother for quite some time. I'm certain she is grateful for your effort and help. Good job and may you both enjoy it.

fernando551 2 points 28 months ago

If you like to suffocate your components just get this case, it's probably the worst MATX case out there. I just can't stand seeing these parts suffer in silence. +1 for the white and black theme

Wolfemane 7 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Why do you say that? One of my wife's builds is in a White Prodigy. Been housing an A10-7850k and 4x3tb WD Nas Reds quit well since 2014. CPU cooled by a an old Cooler master neptune 240 and no other fans. Runs 24/7 and we've had 0 issues with it. System stays cooler than my Node 202 build.

emailhacker 1 point 29 months ago

"Probably overkill"

If your mom uses it for basic things a 750 ti would be an overkill for the next 5+ years tbh.

No GPU doesn't become obsolete in the next 5+ years.

Overall nice build, didn't like the GPU you chose and the statement you made, other than that it looks very smooth.

chubble123123 2 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

Oh well, still a nice card and fits in with his colour scheme. Not so much hate,

seb4s7ian -1 points 29 months ago

I agree, a 750Ti would've worked fine in the build. The PC is a bit overkill but it will get the job done.

emailhacker 2 points 28 months ago

Yeah, if I'd have the money I'd do the same tbh. XD

your avatar fcked me up so bad I checked 2 times to see what was wrong with it. Shaggy never gets old, does he? :)

seb4s7ian 2 points 28 months ago

i understand, and the avatar is beast af

Ikaru123 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

you could have gotten a 1050, 16gb of RAM instead of 32, a z170 mobo to overclock that cpu, but its only your choice, if you want to save money, but editing does take a good cpu, so keep that 6700k.

j2Hydro 4 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I love it, it is an excellent machine, that i am sure is very fast and you did great with the white parts.

shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Update the bios and the red LED changes to white. I assume it's something they realized was a stupid idea after production lol.

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