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My Aunt still has a Dell Windows XP System from 2002 or 2003 that she occasionally uses, and told me she didn't want to buy another system. I have used and loved computers all my life, and as a Computer Teacher, had finally gathered enough courage to build a computer. I figured I'd build her this system for my first attempt and give it to her on her birthday (shhhhhh, it's a secret!) After watching numerous videos, I finally made an account on this site and created a parts list - this PC is based off of the Budget Home/Office Build found under the build guides. I decided to install 16GB of RAM due to the fact that the Ryzen 3 2200G has built-in graphics, and wanted to make sure both it and the CPU had enough memory to work with. I also added an additional fan to the front of the case (this case only comes with one fan in the rear), and opted for an M2 NVME SSD instead of a SATA SSD. While my cable management could be better, I am very happy with this build. It booted up the first time, and I had no issues enabling the XMP profiles or installing the most up-to-date BIOS. However, I now hate IO Shields; that was the toughest part. The rest of the build was relatively easy, and I am now considering building myself a Gaming PC. Thanks to everyone on this site for helping me out!

-I do like this case, but found it went in and out of stock quickly, so either it is being discontinued, or there is a big demand for it

Comments

  • 27 days ago
  • 4 points

Great job on your first build. I recently did my first one for similar reasons (new office pc for my mom) I don't know about you but I got hooked on it and it's all I want to do now. I'm building myself a gaming PC next month. Something something slippery slope, something something.

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 points

It's the build-up, the anticipation, having all the parts come in, the adrenaline rush of finally building it, having to keep a steady hand, and then seeing it boot-up the first time that gives us that sensation. Years ago, when I had slower DSL internet and used regular hard drives, it would have taken over a day to get any sort of system I had properly set-up, but with these SSD's and my fiber internet, it takes maybe three hours for a brand new system to get up and running. And yeah, I'm now considering building a gaming PC, but I don't know; I've played mostly on consoles my whole life, and I don't know how to make that transition. Or if I'm ready to make such a change

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

You're absolutely right, once I got it to POST I was ecstatic. I've been gaming on PCs for a few years, I bounce back and forth a lot, I think you could always ease into it by playing with a controller on PC first, you still get the benefit of higher frames, better textures, etc...

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 points

Looks solid low end build.

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 points

You know what's funny? This is the first time I've ever seen or used DDR4 RAM, or a current generation processor. My laptop is from 2014 and my desktop from 2016, and both have older Intel processors and DDR3 RAM. I bet spec-wise, this system, though on the low end, would outperform those two

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 points

Congratulations! You're not alone on the I/O Shields. They're so easy to overlook. I've had to backtrack more than once because I forgot it.

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

I actually tried to install it as my very first step, and I was applying pressure in all the places I was told to do so, and yet it just didn't want to pop-in the correct way. Or it would try to come out the other side of the case. I'm pretty sure it's in correctly now, but if I ever build another system, I'm getting a motherboard with an I/O shield already built-on

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

Yup I hate io shields too. When installing mine I cut my finger on the guides. Nice first build tho

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

There was no bloodshed in building this computer; the only weird thing it did is that it didn't want to read the USB drive with the BIOS update at first, but I just reset it and it worked fine

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

Actually a decent setup. I had a R3 2200G + B450m HDV R4 and it would run 3.9 ghz but I set it 3.8 ghz 24/7. On stock cooler and a much less efficient case (Rosewill X3). I had 8gb and a old HD7950 but it played current games like a champ.

Doesn't affect performance but those cables are gross and should be behind the motherboard where possible.

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the cable management is the one area I wasn't pleased with, and I know I could have done a better job, but I was so excited to see this thing boot up. Due to it being a basic PC and not a gaming PC, I'm going to leave the cables alone as this thing will be used for checking emails and running Microsoft Office

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

The cables will not affect the operation or temps of the PC in any way. But if you were not going to cable manage you should've not gotten a case with a side panel. Just looks messy.

Regardless nice setup

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

You're right. But the other cases around the same price range were a bunch of Rosewill cases that looked really difficult to work in. What do you think - should I be brave and redo all of the wiring? I still have all of the zip ties and everything that came with the case

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

Spraypaint the glass panel black and that will fix the messy cables.

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 points

Modern problems require modern solutions

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

It would make the build look more clean. Look at this rosewill which had CRAP cable management.

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/3q29TW

Not a necessity but definately worth the 30m to 1h to clean it up.

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

I ALMOST bought that exact case before the Matrexx 30 popped back up on Amazon

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

I had trouble with the I/O shield too, and I think it's the case. I didn't have as much trouble with other cases I've used. It's a minor point and the Matrexx 30 does look nice and clean for a budget case. Nice parts selection and build.

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

This was a really nice case, but yeah it felt pretty thin on the backplate and I bet that was causing my I/O shield issues. I should've just hammered it in like the Verge said you should XD

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

Should be a significant upgrade for your aunt, economical & much faster than anything from those years. That's the most affordable case with glass these days, so I bet people are scooping them up quickly (I got one myself). If you're going to exhibit the interior that way, you might as well invest a few minutes in tucking & zip-tying. Maybe a single strip of LEDs somewhere could look nice, but that's pretty frivolous in this context.

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 points

Nope, this case will sit under a desk and the interior will never be gazed at again once I set it up for her. While I do love me some RGB lights, I'm afraid that would be overkill for this build. Though they might add some extra FPS to Excel