Description

So this is my first build for my mom, and the reason no monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc is included is because we got the rest at ASU Surplus. All applaud my supreme cable-management power!

Edit: After about 2 months after the build was complete, I have decided with my Mom to fix the cable management a little. It is still annoying to move all the cables around the case with a non-modular PSU. So I have attached 3 new images of what it looks like now, with (hopefully) improved cable management.

Part Reviews

CPU

It works like a charm for any light gaming or large desktop use (without a Graphics Card). However, if you do want to do some heavier gaming then I would recommend a different CPU and a dedicated video card. The added fan is also very quiet, even at high load. You may need to enable the integrated graphics in the BIOS if you are not using a video card because it will default to the PCIe slot(s).

Motherboard

A good Motherboard. It has a decent amount of BIOS options if you use any of that. For me, I don't typically use the BIOS often but it still has an good array of options. Also, it does not have very many PCIe slots and lacks an M.2 heatsink. Although both of these are unnecessary for my build, it is good to keep this in mind. I guess that's what you expect when going Micro ATX.

Memory

RAM is RAM. But for any real gaming, you will need more than just 8 GB, but otherwise, this works fine. There are cheaper options but this one was the most available.

Storage

This review will probably get shuffled through all the rest of the reviews, but if you notice this all you need to know is that it's fast, cost-effective, and non-problematic.

Case

It is cheap and will manage to fit any part you have. The built-in (and quiet) fan is also a nice touch, although some extra added fans will always help. However, it does not have optimal cable management; so that is the only downside.

Power Supply

It works fine, but I'm taking a slight risk without a certified rating. It has very many spare cables which, of course, cause poor airflow. Definitely getting a semi or fully modular PSU next time.

Optical Drive

If you want a low-price and effective Optical Drive, this is the one to take. It's cheap, it's Amazon's choice, and it looks nice. Very good performance.

Operating System

Easy and effective operation. I have found no problems.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

i approve this,i give the back cable management 100/10.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Cabling is so bad it's good. Good functional parts list, not too excited about the PSU but at light load I suppose it's OK.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build! But could use some cable management. even though the cable management holes on this case arent that good, its still good not to have a ton of cables in the main area of your case because they can collect dust and restrict airflow

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

So by reading the comments I decided I would fix the cable problem. I have tied some loose cables together and I have moved some to the side. Hopefully this will fix the issue even if it's by a little bit.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build for your mother, i might do something similar in the future for my mother but in a node 202 that i had lying around. I'd +1 but that cable management is meh at best and its a real airflow problem in that case. Otherwise its a phenomenal build.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

but what about a hdd? if it is its not listed or at least on my screen

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

There is no HDD. However, there is an SSD (Solid State Drive) which acts as the storage and is generally faster than a traditional Hard Drive.

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Future me correcting myself: I am using an SSD instead of a mechanical drive for this build; everything is put on one SSD storage device.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok ill say "You should improve on your cable management" then 🙄