Description

Happy Mothers Day everyone!

(EDIT: Sorry, some of my pictures are in the wrong orientation, you can see them either way.)

I built this HTPC for my grandmother (who is my legal mother, long story, for a later time) as a gift for Mothers Day. Currently Im waiting for two small parts to come in the mail for this to be fully functional.

So this is my first HTPC, and as you can see its gigantic mess lol.

This case was one hassle to work in, and has many quirks too.

So the whole idea to this PC was to have something the family can use to watch movies on the living room PC. Originally, as you can see from some of the pictures (Last three pictures), that I disassembled my old Dell Inspiron 2330 and took out the Intel Core i3-2120, 6 GB of miniature RAM, and the 1 TB HDD. However I couldn't find any cheap LGA1155 mITX motherboards, and a 3.5 inch HDD cannot fit in this case. So me and my aunt went shopping at Microcenter and bought everything there.

I hope my Family can use this :D

Part Reviews

CPU

Great little duel core CPU. Runs my simple HTPC just fine with no problems.

I think in the future and upgrade to the GPU to a 750 Ti or 950 would go great with this CPU.

Would recommend.

Motherboard

At first I thought the motherboard was dead when the screen wouldn't post on the first boot. However it works fine, nice BIOS and layout. I'm taking off one star though as the I/O shield is junk and it hard to fit the motherboard correctly with it installed.

Memory

RAM is RAM. It works and does what I need it to do. Comes in a nice shade of blue too.

Storage

Cheap and quiet storage, works great for an HTPC.

Video Card

Great GPU for an HTPC. I wouldn't really use it for gaming, but for watching movies and browsing the internet, its a great and better alternative to integrated graphics.

Picked mine up at Microcenter for $49.99.

Case

This case is great, small, stylish and great internal layout. It was an interesting experience to work with. It has two SSD mounts, and two 120 mm fan mounts. The GPU mount is a finicky to work with and fits together like a puzzle piece.

One thing that really got on my nerves is that I cant turn my PC on! There was no cable for my power button and LED to plug into the motherboard, so I had to order a separate one on Amazon. Nothing too big but annoyed me.

Keyboard

I love it! Simple and small, for $20 it was 100% worth it!

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

10/10 best mothers day gift ever. +1!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

Edit: How long does it take to get approved to be posted? Its not on the front page yet :P

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

They approve them 2-3 times a day in bunches. So probably soon since it says 'Published on May 8'.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah ok

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job for Grandmother/Mom! +1 for the G3258, I love those little guys :-)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :)

I was originally going to get a G3260 for $44, but there was none left in stock.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Best gift ever. I'll build my mom a PC for our country's mothers day! :D (it's in October)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, can't wait to see it ;D

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going with something solid and awesome (Skylake, MSI, Corsair, Samsung, Antec, Raidmax, Noctua...)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

Let me guess!

i7-6700k, MSI G7 Gaming Z170, MSI GTX 980 Ti, Corsair 900 D, Samsung 4TB 850 Evo, Antec 850 watt PSU, Raidmax thingy, and a Noctua D15... :P

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, hahaha. Pentium G4400, MSI B150M BAZOOKA / MORTAR, Corsair LP 8 GB DDR4, Samsung 240GB 850 EVO, Antec 450W, Raidmax (yea, your right, a cheapy case from raidmax), Noctua LP CPU cooler (don't remember the name)

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Whoops I forgot about the ram lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you add an output fan in front of the gpu, and an intake next to that fan? Planning on doing a build with this case but I'm trying to plan out how I'll setup the fans in it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Because the GPU is short, I put an intake fan next to it, nearest to the front panel connectors, and let that fan blow cool air into the whole case. The GPU acts as its own exhaust, and so does the CPU cooler.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for doing basically what I want to do =D and also for posting pics of the gutted Dell AIO.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

The i3-2120 from the AIO was supposed to go into this, but I couldn't find a board for it. It'll get a purpose someday :D

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I know that GT 730!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I didn't intend for it to be a reference, but nice catch lol

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