Description

HELLO NEW PC!

Most general users find it difficult to determine when it's time to upgrade their PC. They end up using the computer for so long that they often disregard symptoms or mistake them as a normality. It's no secret that technology is growing at an exponential rate and this is especially true when it comes to PC hardware. It's amazing how far we've come as today's standards were once considered a luxury.

My client was ready to say goodbye to her old dinosaur PC and move to the latest platform after dealing with a few symptoms herself. Even though her PC was outdated, we were more or less nudged in this direction after experiencing immediate hardware failure. Her PC would often shut down without any warning and I had assumed that there was some sort of thermal issue long before I received the PC. Once delivered, it didn’t take long to confirm this theory. I noticed that the CPU fan was very dusty and the blades were unable to spin. Even after cleaning the dust, they were still unable to spin and appeared to be straining. I can only assume that the bearings were overworked after receiving constant resistance from the silent killer. On top of this, the HDD was very noisy and I was afraid that it too would soon give out.

After discussing our options, we had decided to build her a new home PC. The dinosaur PC had an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 which isn't bad but I wanted a chip that could blow her old chip out of the water when comparing speeds. I decided to go with a Pentium G4400 in order to stay within budget and while this chip does not have 4 cores, the single core speeds are far superior and perfect for their needs. I also wanted to focus on building with the latest platform in order to increase the longevity of their new PC and provide them better options for future upgrades. After completing the part list, I noticed that all the parts were available at Micro Center and were even all priced lower than the other competitors. I gathered all the parts on Saturday, built the computer on Sunday and delivered her new PC on Monday.

Build Notes

  • If desired, a dedicated GPU can be added for a little bit of gaming. The pictures show my old HD 7750 and I had planned on including it for free but it didn’t seem compatible with the system. When checking compatibility on PCPP, it does not list this model as being compatible. However, there are other HD 7750 models that are and it was a shame that this did not work out.

  • Motherboard did not need standoffs as the case has built in risers.

  • When installing the power supply, I had to flip the case on its side and completely remove the bottom panel in order to slide it in. This was an interesting design choice and the first time I’ve had to do something like this.

  • I do not prefer the storage mounting brackets. While the case is of excellent quality, the storage brackets were a bit too flimsy.

  • Dinosaur PC did not have an SSD so the family was pleasantly surprised to see how snappy Windows 10 behaved when using the new PC.

  • In order to accommodate for the lack of a 5.25 bay, I included my unused external CD/DVD drive in case they still used CDs.

Thanks PCPP!

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Nicely done, but I'm going to go ahead and be That Guy by pointing out that the G4400 doesn't have Hyperthreading.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoops! You are correct. I meant to reference the 2 cores, 2 threads when comparing against the C2Q Q8400.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

This G4400 will absolutely crush that old Core 2 Quad in both single and multi core applications, a good build for the price. I do really like that case myself less one huge design oversight, you cannot remove the front dust filter and it gets really dirty with that 200mm fan in the front.

What kind of issues were you getting with that GPU? Hardware wise there should not be any compatibility issue, and I don't think Win10 would have any driver issue with it. I am using a HD7770 in a PC of mind and Win10 does not have any issues with it, so it should be able to handle a HD7750 without issue.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with you in terms of crushing single core speeds but from what I can tell, it's only about 10-17% faster in multi-core applications. Even so, it's a much faster chip overall. In terms of the dust build up, I agree that most cases should have a removable filter. At least they designed it right in the sense that you can completely remove the front panel without affecting the front I/O.

The HD7750 compatibility with this model number was a strange issue but I honestly didn't spend too much time trying to figure it out. I didn't like the fan noise and so I didn't try to troubleshoot it beyond the college try. After connecting the card and powering the system on, my monitor was giving me no signal. I then tried to connect it to the onboard HDMI port and still no signal. After I completely removed the card and powered the PC back on (once again using the onboard HDMI) I finally got a signal. I then installed Windows 10 and assumed that the card either didn't have native support and needed a driver or needed to be enabled in the BIOS with or without a BIOS update. After I finished installing Windows 10 and updating all other drivers, I searched Sapphire's website for this model and discovered that it was not compatible with Windows 10. Also, as I had mentioned above, PCPP did not list this particular model number as being compatible either. While I don't doubt that you have successfully connected other models of HD7750s, this one seemed to be a bust.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, i love cheap builds. Most people here tried to blew their money for the latest and fastest parts. But as you said technology is growing fast that once we call it luxury wont be anymore in the future. Nice explanation +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Trotterz. There isn't anything wrong with purchasing the latest parts with a huge budget but it is fun trying to get the best bang for your buck with a tight budget.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah there isnt anything wrong with purchasing expensive parts but sometimes cheap can do the same as the expensive one like for example, case. Some people even purchase expensive parts just to show off........pointless.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I should try one of these new Toshiba HDDs

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a WD fan and probably will be forever, even though I hate being a fanboy. However, this Toshiba was priced right and looks good on paper. It may prove to be competitive in the future.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Same, im a WD fan. Seagate lemme down a lot, in total i had broke 8 or 10 of them through severe plate failures and SMART system. Toshiba was pretty nice as well at least, better than seagate.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Completely agree.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl and leds!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Nice LED placement on your build!