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So I wrote this all out and then refreshed the page... That was a productive half hour XD

Anyway, I wanted to build my Mom a desktop of her very own. All she uses is a laptop, which she loves regardless of whether it sucks or not, so she does know how to use one. Without needing to guide her through any of the problems you may run into while using Windows 10 (there can be a lot of them...), I thought that it's the least I could do. She hasn't had one in 6 or 7 years due to my Dad being a very bad technician.. He tried his best but, at the time, he didn't really have enough experience to fix things that went wrong that didn't involve wiping out the entire installation of windows.. (taking all the baby pictures with it XD)

So even though she didn't ASK for it, and she didn't say she WANTED one, my thought progress was "Okay, so I have a bunch of spare parts, a bit of free time, experience, and she wouldn't have to worry about me deleting everything she electronically owns". Hopefully she'll understand that and accept my gift without wanting to smash it into tiny little pieces. Thanks Dad.

Bringing my hobby into my family's lives is always a really amazing feeling for me. When I buy the parts, I don't feel the same way as when I buy them for a customer or for selling purposes; which is also why I didn't mind buying a Kaby-Lake Celeron. Yes, there is no resale value. Yes, she doesn't need such an expensive case that doesn't make sense for this type of build. But the purpose of this build is to get her to want to use a computer again, so it looking pretty is a lot more important than how it performs.

That's not to say it preforms 'badly'. It definitely is a noticeable difference compared to the hyper-threaded dual core that is the G4560 (the only newer pentium I've had experience with), but on the desktop it's hardly noticeable at all. The GTX 770 is actually my old graphics card; I'm going to upgrade to a GTX 1060 hopefully by the end of December. Getting things shipped in a reasonable time is very difficult this time of year... I ordered these parts on the 1st week of November and the last part finally came today (12/09/2018).

It may not be the best looking build, or one that performs the best, but I definitely am happy with it and am glad I went through with it. Only time will tell :)

Edit: (01/21/2019) Sorry the update is so late, but she like it more than I thought she would :D. She’s not a huge fan of computers in general, and has said before that she doesn’t understand why I like building them/working on them so much but ever since I’ve been working towards my degree, she’s been so much more supportive of me having computers lying around. She wanted me to help her hook it up to the monitor that I also gave her for the holidays and she’s been using it almost every day since. I’ll be showing her how to back-up important data off the ssd in case anything does go wrong. Being partially used hardware, anything is possible and there’s a bit of risk to it.

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  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

hope your mom likes the build

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I hope so too :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Can this run fortnite with 100fps or over tho

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

A genuine answer: I believe for an extra 20 dollars or so and a G4560 that would be a yes. The G3930 would introduce stuttering which wouldn't be ideal for fortnite. 90 or so fps with stuttering is what you'd be looking at with this set-up from what I can tell. Best of luck to you, though.

My real answer: lul idk tho

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

this looks really good, how could I get this same look but with ryzen 3 2200g?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

For a Ryzen system using the 2200G, I’d recommend faster ram than what I’m using, the same sort of white Crucial Ballistix Kit comes in 2666 and up speeds and not just 2400. I’m unaware of good AM4 ITX motherboards, since I’ve never used one, but I’d look for an ITX color neutral B450 or X470 board.

If you aren’t using a graphics card and want the same look I’d say if you want to upgrade down the line, just find a cheap graphics card with a white led. In case you didn’t know, I did sand the green paint off the FE GTX 770, so if you wanted an exact replica I think the cheapest FE card is the 770. They also made an FE GTX 690 if that’s more your thing.

Best of luck to you and your build!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the advice, I will certainly take all of it into consideration. Does the motherboard have to be mini ITX? As I cant find any B450, or X470 motherboards for under £100. I am also looking to have DDR4 2666-3000, and to have a RX 570 graphics card. Also, could I get the same look with the Fractal Design - Focus G? As in, would the CPU cooler be in the way of the rear exhaust fan?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m not sure I understand your question, since “getting the same look” in my mind would be a small black and white PC build that also has a graphics card with a White LED. If you don’t want to recreate the look the way it is in my build, then I’d just suggest getting color matching components or something.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

g..g.g...gt....x. 770?

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

The GTX 770 was my old graphics card in order to fill-in the empty space. That, and the white LED's matched once I sanded the green paint off of the logo.

Totally not overkill with that Celeron :)

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

It probably gets bottlenecked by the cheap-*** cpu

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Your mom plays GTA 5,right?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, totally :D

She actually only plays Spider Solitare and that sort of thing. TurboTax is pretty demanding you know.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I can repleis komputeer frofree and u get core 2 duo

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

No thanks, but I appreciate the generous offer :D

I’m happy with the celeron as long as it keeps pushing those gtx 770 frames in Solitaire. It’s a beast.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean build +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it :)