Description

I just wanted something that could handle any 1080p high-setting games that come down the pike. I built it for my mother and she has grandchildren who like to game when they visit for extended periods. I also wanted high-utility multi-threaded goodness for whatever apps may come. I went with the 2700 because the price had dropped down to the $220 range from the $290's. The only over-clocking done, if you can call it that, is enabling D.O.C.P. on the motherboard to get the RAM up to 3200 mHz so I stuck with the cooling fans that came with the motherboard and CPU. I messed up on the 2 TB SATA drive. The case has a place for internal 3.5 inch drives, and I managed to put it in backwards, causing the clearance from the SATA cable to be insufficient, damaging the SATA connector on the drive when I closed the case. You can see in the picture, the SATA connectors should properly face AWAY from the camera. Doh! Otherwise a very smooth build. I really like the feel of the RedDragon keyboard. I hope nobody misses the 10-key pad. I went a little high on the RAM thinking I may want to host a test VM. The whole thing is at my mother's house, I will put in some temperatures when I visit. Overall though, very quiet and cool-running.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

he said the f word... future-proof

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Caveat: my mom is 76.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and that is what every mother needs !!

Hey, just a thought.... Why not switch the M.2 to the bottom slot away from CPU & GPU heat ?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The upper slot is x4 PCI Express® lanes, the lower one is only 2.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Typically the cables go behind the motherboard, but the parts list seems very decent!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I don't know why I didn't see what I was doing was wrong. Mea culpa. The cable management was not great, but when I close the completely opaque case-problem solved! :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build how good is the keyboard though? I'm planning to buy a budget mechanical keyboard.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I have only used it a little, but I really like it so far. There is good travel and click feel. It IS noisy compared to non-mechanical though, so be aware. The fonts look like something from the Matrix or Terminator movies, but they are very legible, and my mom loves that they light up for night visibility.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a really really nice PC.

My question is, why did you spend a whole 1.2K on a PC for your Mom? I'm not saying your Mom doesn't deserve it, but I don't think she'd use all of the system resources, or the grandchildren that'd be coming over that play games on it. It just seems a bit overkill, and expensive. But hey! I guess you got the money to do so, so why not! It's a sweet thing to do.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I have built or bought her PCs for her for the last 20 years. I good, mid-range PC back then would have been more like 2K. I try to build a PC that will still be good for 7-8 years. Her grandchildren are young adults and are not just having monkeys pop balloons. I felt that this was a REALLY good performance per dollar build, and my mom is used to this price point and didn't blink at it. I was rebooting her 8 year old PC a few months ago and it was sooooo slooooow. She also had occasionally complained that the video freaked out and stopped working and would only be able to work after remaining off for several hours, which made me think it was a heat related problem. That was a pre-SSD build, and now she has an NVME M.2 hard drive. Most of the boot time is the 3 seconds the UEFI BIOS waits to see if I am going to hit F2. To be fair, it IS a bit of overkill, but it made me happy to build it that way and I feel that in 7-8 years the performance will still be acceptable.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

cringes ya paid way way too much for windows.... next time look for LEGAL windows keys... and just install via usb i pay 14.50 per key for folks I build for