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Ever since I learned how to build computers, I always wanted to build a computer for my father. He has been using the same Dell tower PC for a solid 8 years with a non updated windows vista (it was an awful mess). Yesterday, my fathers PC finally died on him and I was relieved and a bit angry (since I have been sick for the past 3 days and I was not in the conditions to do anything). He shipped me off to the nearest Microcenter to build him a new computer. With the parts that I have lying around and the parts I got from Microcenter, I manages to create Zilean. I always name my computers after league characters, and I felt Zilean was a good name for my father's . . . . . age. All in all, my father PC works wonders for him better than what he had for sure. He doesn't do much computer heavy stuff (mostly checks emails, web browses, taxes, bills, and very light gaming.) but I manage to test the hardware for a bit.

CPU - For the CPU, I wanted something that was relatively cheap but can last him for a good couple of years. My first option was a Athlon X4 700 or 800 series CPU but since Microcenter doesn't run deals on those CPUs, I went with my second option, the i3-4160. However, there was a better deal on the i3-4370, so I went with that. Overall, this CPU is alright for the price. If you want to do a cheap gaming build though, I would recommend an FX-series CPU or even the Athlon X4s, I would a pick up an AMD FX chip but my Dad isn't gaming any time soon XD.

MOBO - It's a solid little MOBO for the price. Onboard USB 3.0 headers, with six SATA-6, and it wasn't DOA in the box which is always a plus. The BIOS is very easy to use and make things very simplistic so that even my dad could understand. The only why I ticked a star off was the lack of fan headers and the fact that you can only use a 2 RAM stick kit max.

RAM - I've used this RAM before. I had it lying around my room so I put it in my father's build. It work just as well as the day I got it.

HDD - I told my father "If you want your loading times to be faster, you should get an SSD for your computer". In which he replied "Will it boost faster than my old computer if I don't get it?" and that was the end of that conversation XD. In all honestly, the Caviar blue is one of the best consumer hard drives out there and if you need a 1TB HDD, get it.

GFX card - I also had this card lying around. I knew he wasn't gonna do anything graphically intensive so I thought this would work for him just fine. Plus I wanted to get rid of that card because it was taking up space. I used this card in an old build I did for a friend's build a while back. If you use this card for gaming, Expect 720p at medium to high settings.

Case - I love Fractal Design cases but the price of this case does show. A few gripes that I had about it was the hard drive mount. If you mount a hard drive a certain way it will hit the 120mm fan in the front, so that was a pain. The front panel connectors was also a gripe I have. If the Fractal Design Case Manufacturers would of moved where the connectors entered in the case, there would of been room for another 120mm fan. Lastly, the fan mounting options are awful, its really bad. Only a 120mm in the front, a 120mm on the side panel and an 80mm in the back. But at the end of the day, I still would recommend this case for anyone doing a mATX budget build. It is still really solidly build and has a very elegant simplistic look to it.

PSU - One of the best entry level power supplies out on the market. I used this in my old build and I found it in my old case. Semi-modular, solid build quality, and 80+ bronze. You couldn't ask for more in an entry level PSU.

Optical drive - I told my father he didn't need one, but he insisted. So, I pick up the cheapest one off the self that look well.

All in all, I'm proud of the work I did for my Dad and he's happy with it as well.

P.S. That windowed side panel with the stencil on it is an X99 project I'm working on, so expect to see that in the future. It's running me a pretty penny but it will be worth it!

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for this build and the next due to that caitlyn stencil ;D

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I'll get the budget for my X99 build some time in March and I can wait for it.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess you play league? XD

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait . . . these aren't DOTA chatacters? . . . . Dang it XD.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Ewwwww DOTA... XD

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid part choices, but case could be better. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The case isn't all that bad really. If you need a case just to hold all your components its really good for the money. I just nit pick a lot when it comes to cases. Thank you by the way.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

In that regard I think almost any case will do.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

True XD. I just needed a Small case with USB 3.0 header. But my father is happy with the way it looks so I'm happy too.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Well it matters more that he likes it, not someone random from the interwebs. :3

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Also very true XD.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang son you went all-out on that i3... well played. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Although Micro center doesn't run deals on the athlons, an 860k would have given you slightly better performance for $80 less.

Other than that, I like it. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not like I could of picked up an Athlon anyway because they didn't have any in stock :/. Trust me, I would of done the same thing too. Thank you by the way.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Always good to see the kids taking care of parent's computer

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah . . . being the tech family member sure is great XD. In all honestly,I didn't mind building it for him. I just wish I wasn't sick with food poisoning when I was building it. I had to step away from the build a few times for the fear of vomiting everywhere.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

love the idea of making computers for parents, i plan on making one for my dad, pretty excited about it

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

My dad was skeptical about me building a computer for him. The only time he saw me build my computer was me trying to troubleshoot everything that was wrong with my first build. At the end of the day he's really happy with Zilean.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

He really is happy with it. And I constantly check on how the computer is running every few hours to see if its still working correctly. So far nothing is wrong with it. And thank you.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

It will be done soon (hopefully in March) so keep your eyes pealed for it.

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