My Father-In-Law's old PC was on its last legs--it became very slow, dusty, and overall somewhat unusable--even YouTube videos would stutter. So my wife suggested that I build him a new one. My in-laws don't play games or do anything CPU intensive so I decided to user lower-end parts but at the same time I wanted to make something that would hopefully be reliable and efficient for years to come. I also wanted to build something that could be expanded upon later on if need be. Lastly, I wanted to get some flashy parts as my brother-in-law (who built the PC being replaced years ago) is into building computers as well :)
The only things I provided not included in the part list was a spare Thermaltake Riing fan w/ controller (for the intake) and the rubber anti-vibration flexible rivets for mounting the fans. I had these laying around from a previous build so I thought I would donate them to this build. I also had a spare copy of Windows 10.
For the part reviews I was able to provide reviews for most parts except the Micron M.2 SSD -- Seems like the only place that carries this thing is Microcenter (where I purchased from) and some obscure online retailers. I think for the price its an excellent deal. Anandtech had reviewed these units years ago and they seem to be solid. The thing I like about this drive in this build is that I needed less wires and it was sufficient in size for the needs of my in-laws.
There seems to be a lot of hype around these new Kaby Lake Pentiums (dual core w/ Hyper-Threading support)--for the price I thought it was a great buy.
Wanted something that would match the red/black color theme of the case and RAM. This fit the bill and the price was just right. It's got some decent features like the red glowing lights and tons of fan inputs as well as m.2 32gbps support. I had some issues initially setting up with displayport output.
Red Ram. Looks matched well with rest of build. Passed memtest86 with flying colors. Worked at 2400 right out the box.
For a "budget case" this thing looks pretty nice. It probably looks better in the stock photos than it does in real life. I really like the uniqueness of the "gull-wing" style window. Its a dust magnet though!
What more can I say here? One of the best power supplies on the market. I know I could have spent less and got a cheaper unit, but I wanted something super reliable. I'm also a bit of a neat freak when it comes to cable management so I needed fully modular.