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The Ultimate Grandparent PC

by skemble

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I was doing some work on my grandparent's PC the other day, a very old Dell, and I found that I could max the CPU and Ram way too easy. So I talked them into letting me build them a computer for much less than what they payed for the Dell over 10 years ago, $1300...

Grandpa uses it to surf the Drudge Report and watch those interesting news broadcasts on Youtube and Grandma has gotten quite the knack for burning family videos to DVD and distributing them to all the out of state family.

Cable management in this case was non existent, but I was able to tuck most of the loose ends behind the PSU and disc drive so it looks fairly clean.

I was trying to stay as cheap as possible while trying to maintain decent performance. Took me about an hour to put together, it fits spaciously on their desk, and it matches their picture printer. Grandparents happy! check


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Destrokk 2 Builds 20 points 72 months ago

Not bad. I'm doing something similar for my wife's grandmother. Coming in with monitor and peripherals right at $500 as a mini ITX. She just wants it for solitaire >.>

Cable management isn't terrible, but it's not exactly necessary in this build either. It's not starved of airflow.

It's almost sad how we start running out of gaming PC's to build and start throwing together anything for anyone just for the sake of building. :P

skemble submitter 24 Builds 13 points 72 months ago

They play solitaire more than I sleep! haha

Luckily they already had a nice monitor and an old keyboard/mouse, nice expense to save on.

I'm so addicted to building these things, I can't wait to get my hands on another!!

Deathwyhsh 12 points 67 months ago

Dat last sentancce.

Divdor 1 Build 5 points 72 months ago

Nicely done. Well built for what it is to be used for. Ir would have been fun to slap an SSD in there to blow their minds with the super fast boot speed.

I intend to build a similar system for my mom next year. Thanks for the inspiration. Hope they enjoy it.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 72 months ago

I thought about a SSD, but for the cost and the use I didn't think it was really needed. They were used to turning on their computer and going to make coffee. They're happy they don't have to wait :)

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skemble submitter 24 Builds 14 points 72 months ago

That's some fast coffee!

Wouldn't want anyone to break a hip ;)

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Dave23456 3 points 68 months ago

dude that cable management is great and very existent

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

I tried!

PickItApart 2 points 72 months ago

They might need a bigger HDD and you could get a second one to backup the photos and videos.

saw1833 1 Build 6 points 72 months ago

Working in a position where I repair PC's and a majority of my clientele happens to be older folks, I can say pretty confidently that most of them barely use 100GB of space, save for the OS and other system critical stuff. The few that do are usually also riddled with viruses, malware, and spamware of all shapes and sizes.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 71 months ago

Sad but true..

saw1833 1 Build 2 points 71 months ago

As far as the drive space usage, price-per-gb, a large HDD may have been more practical simply because you can get a 1TB for $70 as it sits already. But at the end of the day, cheaper is cheaper no matter what.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 71 months ago

I thought about 500 to 1TB, but for what they would use it for.. total overkill. Even if they are more for the $$.

saw1833 1 Build 1 point 71 months ago

Almost could have completely replaced the HDD with a 240-256GB ish SSD. But your price would have increased by about $100. :P

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skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 72 months ago

She keeps everything on DVD and CD oddly enough.. She doesn't use 100 of her old 320 so I thought 250 would be good for now.

lenoz 2 Builds 2 points 71 months ago

Doing stuff for grandparents is ******* cool - good on you. I bought my granddad a new PC about six months ago - about three months before I got back into building unfortunately.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 3 points 71 months ago

Thank you! It feels good that something I enjoy can make them happy :)

ExtremeBananas 2 points 71 months ago

Hardware looks nice! One question: what where the specs of their older build? Anyways this looks like a nice build, this should entertain your grandparents quite nicely!

Happy usage! (sorry I couldn't write happy gaming because I don't think your grand parents would be playing TF2)

skemble submitter 24 Builds 3 points 71 months ago

Thank you so much!

They were using a Dell Dimension 4600. Pentium 4, 2.8ghz, 1gb ddr I believe. My gma still has the original invoice and they paid over $1300 for it..

Haha no TF2 for them but maybe some 3d mahjong :)

Ech0loation 1 point 60 months ago

Funnily enough, I once met a random old guy while playing TF2.

That seems like a ridiculous price now, but was that a good deal back in the day?

bradenfontaine 13 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

does the job and i bet it blew their mind +1

senstalex 2 Builds 1 point 72 months ago

Love it! This is what I want to build my parents! This is a perfect case too. If its for web surfing why go with a big case. I love the smaller ones overall anyway.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 72 months ago

The case worked out really well. Super thin, stand it up or lay it down, and looks classy. Not much for bells and whistles, but for simple users it works out quite nicely!

on_droid 1 Build 1 point 71 months ago

You may want to plug in the front USB 3.0 connector. It's the blue cord that is just sitting at the bottom of the case. The port is at the bottom to the right of the 3 ports you already have used.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 3 points 71 months ago

facepalm I knew I was missing something... Thanks :)

on_droid 1 Build 1 point 71 months ago

It happens. Just too many things to plug in. It's easy to miss something

TestBuilds 1 point 71 months ago

Quite nice, but I would've chosen a Pentium. Love how small it is though.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 71 months ago

I was torn on processor choice, but if it works, it works right?

miniclipgamer 2 Builds 3 points 71 months ago

Hmm, decent integrated graphics is always nice though.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 5 points 71 months ago

Plays solitaire at max FPS ;)

malcar11 4 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

heheheheh

TestBuilds 2 points 71 months ago

Of course, my friend has an A6 and he loves it.

Enlyten 1 Build 1 point 71 months ago

This is very good! Especially when the cable management options and price are taken into account, this is a very good, organized build.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 71 months ago

Thank you! Much appreciated feedback :)

MySong 1 point 69 months ago

How's that mobo? IS it good?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

Didn't have any issues with it at all, though I didn't put a GPU in it to test that but it is a well made board!

MySong 1 point 69 months ago

Thanks man planning to buy this and an a8-5600k.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

Not sure if this is a super great overclocking board, but if you're not into that thing it should work out well for you!

MySong 1 point 69 months ago

Anyways I'm on a budget build. what would you get a10-5800k *is it really worth it? or the a8-5600k. can't afford high end stuff XD I'm only 15 TT

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

Hit me with your parts list in a PM and I'll be happy to help you out :)

bOOsted 3 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

What case did you use?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

The brand is Xion. I can't remember the exact name off the top of my head.

Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

Perfect build. Have they ever had issues with this?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 66 months ago

Not a single one!

Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

Good to know; I was worried the PSU could be problematic over time.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 66 months ago

I figure that could be an issue eventually. They don't use it for anything stressful so I would imagine it would last quite a while.

Road2joy1 1 point 63 months ago

I just started putting together a similar build for my parents. Their 7 year old dell just pooped out on 'em finally. I wish I would of came across your build earlier, I really love that case! It would of fit my parents perfectly, but I've already ordered a case. Good stuff, I bet your grandparents love it!

Zirthh 1 point 54 months ago

should have gone with with quad gtx titans in case they need to game

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

I am now regretting that decision... ;)

EclipseHD 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

You could have gotten a 1TB Barracuda for about $60, no need the $90 for a 250GB lol

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

This build is old now. I paid around $30 for that drive. It didn't make sense to give them a 1TB drive as most of it would be a waste.

EclipseHD 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Ah, understandable.

OresGaming 1 point 52 months ago

Im not sure if anybody else sees what I'm seeing, but the partlist is an X99 DDR4 build..

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Yes... I always accidentally save over the parts list. I'll fix it!

OresGaming 2 points 52 months ago

okay. Made me laugh when i saw it haha

MLGNeverFail 1 point 51 months ago

Better than what I have

a_w_green 1 point 45 months ago

Love that MoBo, use it for most of my AMD builds. It's so cheap and so good for the price! Note, I don't really put builds on PCPartPicker because my camera broke, so you won't find any of my AMD builds there.

Carter3 1 point 42 months ago

I am doing the same for my grandparents

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Good on you man!

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skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 72 months ago

Thank you!! :D

It also comes with a red stripe down the center, but Gma wasn't going for it haha

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