This build was a belated father's day/birthday present for my father. He recently moved away from the rest of my family and was feeling pretty isolated and lonely. I made a trip out to him last month to spend a weekend with him, check out his new place, and build him this lovely machine so he had something to use. Prior to this, he was using a 2010 Dell Inspiron 17in laptop as a home PC, and my recently gifted 2013 Dell XPS 13 laptop for travel.
I built this PC with the basics in mind, but I wanted to give it an extra push in case my dad wanted to start filling his time with some old games he used to play, or possibly set up a Plex server. With longevity in mind, I picked some decent parts that I felt would last him at least until retirement.
CPU: I easily could have gotten away with a Pentium of the same generation or even older, but I wanted something that I knew would be overkill for the sake of keeping it for a long time. the 7100 is a champ. It handles everything my dad wants to do with no sluggishness (my dad's complaint with his Inspiron).
Cooler: I'm a huge Cryorig fan (pun intended), so I chose the C7 as a replacement to the Intel stock cooler. It's damn quiet even at 100% fan speed. It's pretty cheap, looks good, and is quieter than stock coolers so it gets a 10/10 in my book!
Motherboard: Honestly, I looked for the cheapest mATX mobo I could find with good reviews. The Skylake boards that I had looked at prior to choosing Kaby Lake had relatively poor reviews, so I bumped the CPU and mobo up to the next generation where I saw better overall performance and stability. I really didn't want to have to do to much maintenance on this PC so stability was important.
RAM: I think this was the cheapest set of 2x4gb that I could find at the time of making the part list. It does what it's supposed.
Storage: I grabbed a cheap(ish) 240gb SSD and a WD Blue for whatever my dad decides he wants to download. Since he works I can only assume that it's old family photos, music and excel spreadsheets. PNY makes some pretty nice looking SSDs and the case window demands nice looking parts!
Case: The Carbide 88R was a pleasure to build in. It's a nice size (smaller than my dad expected) and has enough space to easily build in. The only problem I have is the punch out PCIe covers. I'd be willing to pay slightly more to have normal covers rather than cheap ones I have to break off of the case.
PSU: SeaSonic makes a damn nice and cheap PSU. My only requirement for the PSU was that it was fully modular and under $60. So this was my best option. It's reliable and I'm pretty sure it'll last as long as I need it to.
Wireless Card: The TP Link card was an easy install. Plug and play right after Windows installs. I installed the drivers from their site just in case, but it seemed like it worked well without them.