Description

Hey everyone,

My mother's aging Gateway from 2007 finally died (the PSU went kaput, taking the motherboard with it) so this was her birthday present -- a brand new computer built by yours truly.

She mostly does web browsing and text editing, but she also does quite a bit of Photoshop for her job (we're talking PS Elements 2 here.)

All her files total less than 60GB, so I decided that a decently fast 120 gig SSD would do the trick. She was amazed at how fast it boot Windows compared to her previous 80GB WD Black.

I loaded up Windows 10 (unactivated, her previous Windows XP product key didn't work, unsurprisingly.) It took her a little while to get used to the new interface, but now she loves it.

Getting all her old files off the WB Black was the biggest pain in the *** ever. Windows XP blue screened every time I tried to boot from the hard drive, and disk repair didn't do anything. So, using my PC, I accessed the files remotely and just copy pasted the entire thing. After nine hours of transferring at 6 mb/s, everything was finally on my SSD to be transferred to the SanDisk once it arrived.

The cable management in this case was surprisingly good. I didn't have the time to do a good job, though. I only had 30 minutes to build and test this PC before she arrived home (keep in mind this was a few days before her birthday, but it was the only chance I had to build it.)

This should last her for a good long while. Until then, she will have a speed PC to work on.

Part Reviews

CPU

Decent little CPU for light office work. Anything else would be too much, though.

Motherboard

For the price, it is a great board. Even has a few red lights on it for aesthetic.

Memory

It's memory, it does it's job. A little ugly, though. Fine for if you don't have a side panel window or you don't care about looks.

Storage

Not the fastest but still an okay option for someone who needs to throw an SSD in their build for a boot drive.

Case

Surprisingly good cable management. Not the best quality, but considering the fact that it was $20 when I bought it, I'm not complaining.

Power Supply

I love the PSU. I've used it in all my budget builds and it has never ceased to amaze me.

Optical Drive

A bit loud on boot and very noticeably loud when reading/writing, but it does it's job.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

How sweet to build a computer for your mom! :) I need to build one for my dad soon- thanks for sharing this build!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I had originally intended to build a PC like this for my dad for fathers day, but his laptop failed two months ago, and he needed one for work, so we had to replace that instantly, I also really like builds like this. +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect build! You put emphasis on the important things building this. The ssd is a nice touch and really speeds things up. Even if she runs into storage issues (i doubt it my family barely use 30gb of storage on their computers and they have their music on that) You could always throw a hard drive in later (but i doubt it) Nicely done!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, means a lot that I'm getting comments like this :P

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Its easy for everyone to get wrapped up in the you should have bought this for just 20 bucks more. When you do that with 4-5 parts thats 100 bucks more. You built a nice snappy build for web browsing and general productivitey of the average user. Its good i dont care what people say

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Such a mama's PC builder :P well done!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice little CPU for everyday stuff, I found It very responsive and enough speed for what is needed, in general grate budget conscious build +1, I will add other 4GB so it will help with Photoshop that is memory hungry.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words. So far Photoshop has done fine with the 4GB. It's a really old version that isn't nearly as intensive as the newer versions, but if any problems come up, that will be the first thing I do!

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the iGPU is good enough for now, but I might in the future :)

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I did, I have an i3 6100, so it was easy. Forgot to put that in the description. Thanks for the nice comment :)