Mainly used for email, looking at old photos and watching sports.

A little bit of backstory:

I've been wanting to build a PC for a while and I made a bet with my Dad that if I get all A's my senior year, somehow avoiding the senior slide (which by the way has hit hard right now) I could build my own over the top gaming PC.

But, it isn't the end of the school year yet and before I handled super high-end hardware I wanted to make sure I wasn't a total moron when it came to PC building. So I set updating my Dad's HP Pavilion as a good starting goal.

My parents bought these HP Pavilions in like, 2011 for our whole family. (One for me one for them) Needless to say 8 years later the ancient Intel i3's, built in Wifi and spinning hard drives haven't aged well. Simple processes take ages, file loading and boot times are horrendous, and the Wifi card is slow as molasses. So I threw together a list of parts that would way outclass the ancient Pavilion and set to work.

Needless to say, as someone who has never even touched PC components before, I was super happy for it to post first time. All in all I'm super happy with the way this turned out, it's so much faster than the Pavilion and the huge Dell monitor is quite the upgrade as well.

I'd like to thank all the folks here at PCPartPicker as well as LinusTechTips and JayzTwoCents for teaching me how to not completely frick this up.

Side Note: the Razer keyboard and mouse are mine, my Dad is not an EpiC GAmEr, his wireless peripherals just haven't come in yet and he wanted to use the computer.

Also: Images coming soon.

EDIT: Images are here and oh boy are they ePiC.

Part Reviews


It's faster than an i3 from 2011.


Nearly pulled the 24 pin socket out trying to remove the power lead from it. I didn't break the board but it was a stressful 2 minutes.


Pretty gaudy looking but hey its fast so ya know, "perfectly balanced, as all things should be."


A cheap case with no room for cables in the back. But hey at least there's no sharp edges!

Power Supply

Exxxtra stiff cables make cable management a bit tough if you're inept like I am.

Wireless Network Adapter

My God this thing is fast. But then again, we did pay for fast.


Not gonna lie 32 inches has never seemed so big ( ?° ?? ?°). But pixel density is lacking so -1.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

that must be one of the fastest e-mail pcs out there, nice job! i'm sure he will enjoy the pc.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey you should look at purchasing a windows key from ebay. They are very cheap there :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, back when I was first planning my new PC build I came across this through the motherboard. I ended up building the PC with the same ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 board and I had to remove the 20+4 plug a few times whilst troubleshooting.

Incase you have to remove it again best way I can tell to remove the plug in my inexperienced opinion is to ground yourself, remove the RAM stick first, and apply a little bit of pressure close to the 20+4 socket. I did it on top of the DIMM slot to keep my hand off any components that might decide this is their time to escape this poor existence and get torn off.

Also I quite enjoy how that case looks.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you found the build!

Thanks for the tip! I was sweating bullets trying to get it out.

Sorry for late reply!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Can you fit 120mm fans inside the front panel of the case?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply.

I put one in the front panel and it made a odd rattle like the blades were rubbing on the case.

I think you can but the front panel where you screw the fans in bent when i was installing the fan. (Cheap case probs)

But if you don't bend it you should be alright.

Sorry again for the late reply!!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem, the case is a bit small for me anyways (GPU wouldn't fit) so I ended up getting a larger mid tower.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Cough cough "Activate WIndows" you can get a key online from one of these key resellers for like $15 or less.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

actually, the corsair psu is the reason the 24pin was so hard to remove, it's been a common complaint for years if not decades (separate from the stiff cables you mention)

the old i3s shouldnt age as bad as that sounded unless current software is way more demanding or bloated (which is bad in itself, masking that with more hardware isnt a real solution), wifi speed should be the same unless you mean you pay for more than 30mbit internet & are limited to g's ~25 real world (can get simple usb or pci/e upgrade for that)

would be interesting to put an an ssd in one of those pavilions, once with the existing long term installed OS, then compare with a fresh install

EDIT: what camera was used?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel you man, just upgraded from an I3 3rd gen Pavilion. Get that windows activated tho.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Man, this is nice! But I think if you just grabbed a 1TB Sabrent M.2 SSD, cables would be even better than they are.

So close... SOOOO close...

9.99999999/10 (-0.00000001 for not using a same-price NVMe M.2 to save on cables, might as well be 10/10).

Despite that, it's probably still mega fast. I've worked with SATA-based SSDs before, not nearly as fast but they are pretty good.

  • 18 hours ago
  • 1 point

this is the CUTEST pc setup ever +1

  • 18 hours ago
  • 1 point

Also what is the monitor resolution?

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