Description

I thought it was time my mom got a computer makeover. She had a Dell XPS 8700, and I didn't exactly tell her I was taking apart her computer, so when she came home, she was pretty pissed at me because she couldn't complete her work.

There was so much new stuff I wanted to buy, yet I didn't want to spend all my dad's money before Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I kinda annoyed the crap out of him, so he just left his credit card on the counter and went to the basement to watch some movie. I might have gotten more than I was supposed to (the LED fans) but ehhh they're pretty cheap.

At first, I was just going to use the power supply from my mom's Dell computer, but it had no MOLEX pins for my LED, and it only had a 4-pin EPS cable, and my motherboard has an 8-pin socket. Also, it was silver and my case was black. My dad doesn't understand, but color coding matters! I found the CX550M on Amazon for $50, so I told my dad I had to get it (I mainly wanted it for the LEDs), and he finally gave in. Some of the pictures I posted have the old power supply, and that is why some of the cables are multi-colored.

I know in the pictures the cable management looks terrible, but that is because I'm actually supposed to be doing my homework right now. I'm going to fix it later.

PROCESSOR

I used this processor because it was in my mom's Dell computer, and it's a perfectly good and fast i7. It wayyyy excedes her needs.

CPU COOLER

My mom had a stock cpu cooler in her computer, and it was gross and ugly. Her CPU temp at idle with this stock cooler was 40 degrees! Not only does the 212 EVO look decently good with LED fans on, but it cools way better than the stock cooler. I wanted a Cryorig C7 or H7, though, but I was not about to wait for 2 - 3 weeks for it to arrive. I don't got that kind of patients.

MOTHERBOARD

I wanted a motherboard that looks cool, has great reviews, can last a long time, and has great features, so I got this. I don't yet know if it meets all that criteria, but it did have great reviews, looks cool, and is said to have more than enough features.

MEMORY

I wanted some cool looking RAM, but then I would have 16gb of perfectly good RAM just laying around in my house. It would go to waste. Also, 16gb of RAM is pretty expensive.

SSD

My dad initially bought this SSD for his very, very old HP Touchsmart because its hard drive failed. He stopped using that computer a while ago, so this SSD has just been sitting around collecting dust. Therefore, I thought it was time to speed up my mom's computer a bit.

HARD DRIVE

This is the hard drive from my mom's Dell Computer. She needs 1.25TB of storage total, you know, for all those word docs that she works on. Hah, just kidding, she probably won't even use 5% of all that storage.

VIDEO CARD

I bought this graphics card for my computer, but then I realized that it was not that great, so I bought myself a 1060. Then, I thought to myself, who better to give this to than my mom, who watches youtube videos occasionally? Nobody! So I just put it in her computer.

CASE

I bought myself a Corsair Spec-02, and I really regret it because its so chunky and huge. Thus, for my mom, I wanted to go for something smaller, so I got the Core V21. Little did I know that it is actually super wide. The problem I have with this case is the power button, I "work" on the opposite side of the desk as her, and it's super easy for me to accidentally press the power button on her computer and shut it down.

POWER SUPPLY

Ayy! When I built my own computer, I didn't know the difference between modular and non-modular, so when I tried to do cable management in my computer, I cried. I found this semi-modular power supply on Amazon for a discount because of Black Friday week. How could I not buy it? It even comes with black cables!

CASE FANS and LED STRIPS

I just like the computers I build to light up... and Ya. I guess they have to be as cool as possible...

EXTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE

My mom's pretty old. She still uses CDs. :D (I'm sorry if I offended you)

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I still use CD's. Wait, I am old! Oh well. This is very good of you and any MOM would be lucky to have you. I especially like the picture with the watery blue illumination. Almost feel like putting some aquarium life in there and getting the whole fish tank look. Nice work.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much! Hmmm maybe thatll be a good excuse to force my mom to get me some pet fish :P

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

EXTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE

My mom's pretty old. She still uses CDs. :D (I'm sorry if I offended you)

I must be old with this statement, and I'm not even a mother! Well, maybe to my dogs but that's about it.

Nice job for taking care of your mom. I'm certain she is enjoying it very much and is proud of you. You have my one.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks so much! I hope she loves it! I'm sure your not old :P

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the case..gotta love the core v21

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I love it too! Cheap case but works great!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Great !

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

but then I realized that it was not that great, so I bought myself a 1060. Then, I thought to myself, who better to give this to than my mom, who watches youtube videos occasionally?

lol I also watch videos with my GTX 960 instead of gaming... :(

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha but my mom barely knows how to use a computer. She calls me over when she needs to print something.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

A Build For My Mom

A mom for my build.

Nice job here, it's pretty good.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol thanks! I'm still a newbie. :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

That is actually a really nice small for factor build.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's still bigger than I wanted, though, so I'm going to try a mini itx for my brother once he somehow gets the money.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I liked everything about this write up and despite some of the choices being a little knee-jerk-ish, it still came from a good place and I'm sure in the end she appreciated it (or at least I hope so, that's a nice upgrade). Great stuff.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol thanks :) Which are the parts you think I need to improve?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, on the contrary, I was just jokingly referring to the 960! Everything looks like it's way more than she needs from what you've described how she uses the PC. But that's not a bad thing by any means!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha ya they are all way overkill. She uses her computer for medical patient charts, YouTube, and her email. She also just got an IPad so ya...

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I love amp cards, I would have bought it off you

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha they're nice but my dad doesn't let me sell things... which can really suck sometimes

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

ok, I was sort of being serious anyway

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

hmmm... maybe though I can somehow figure out how to sell it to you :P... It's barely used

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I am uk though

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh hah that's definitely not happening then

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I use CD's occasionally, and I'm 12... Of course, I either use them to watch my burned anime, or listen to music on my CD player when I forget to charge my iPhone... :P

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

haha OK there are some exceptions. Some young people can use CDs xD

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Mom can game now!!!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

YAY! maybe ill get her into bf1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the same thing to my own 212!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya! It doesn't look that great with the stock fan.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

You can spin the front cover 90degrees and move the power button assembly to the top of the case if it's in a bad position for you. It was the first change I made to my v21

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I would have done that if I kept the computer on the floor, but I moved it onto my mom's desk to show off the light show, so it's not a problem anymore.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much!