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A Christmas PC For My Dad

by joseph500



Date Published

Nov. 21, 2018

Date Built

Nov. 21, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C


Hi everyone i built this PC to my replace my dads prebuilt ancient sh!tbox of a PC from 2006 which was running a Pentium 4 2GB DDR2 ATI 4350 & windows vista 32 bit 'GASP! how horrible

My dad kept going on about how it was still a "beast" & is still capable for modern gaming he tried to upgrade it recently with a sketchy scam GPU he bought off eBay he eventually forgot to install the card so i threw it out

The GPU was advertised as a GT 610 but it was actually an 8600GT for anyone wondering

I had some money to spare so i thought you know what I'll upgrade him from the sh!tbox so here we are

(Shitbox is my name for the old PC i dont mean to sound nasty ,condescending or anything)

The build overall went quite well aside from slightly annoying but manageable cable management & having to take the CPU cooler off to get the Hard Drive in other than that everything went fantastically

if i had to change a few things i might've gotten a motherboard with better upgradeability extra ram & PCI slots

And a PSU with flat cables the fat cables on this corsair one got annoying at times

At some point i might try & improve the cable management but at the moment i think i did decent

CPU: I originally thought about buying the Athlon 200GE but i thought if he was going to start playing some more recent titles the extra power might come in handy & last him lot longer than a dual core

Motherboard: I chose it because i like MSI & it was one of the cheapest A320 boards i could get

Ram: bought the G.Skill ram on a sale a few weeks ago ended up swapping it out with my brothers ram So the G.Skill is in his system & this PC is running Team Elite ram

Storage: i originally thought about getting an SSD or SSHD instead of an HDD but after much thought i didn't think it would be worth the increase in cost for less storage imo i like WD so picking this hard drive was a no brainer

Case: for the price of 50NZD i decided to buy the Silverstone PS08B. I like Silverstone cases & they've always had great value for money imo & for 50bucks it was one of the cheapest cases i could find it was really easy to work in & its not too cramped i may buy it again if i decide to make another small PC i'd recommend a PSU with flat cables though thicc ones made it a bit annoying imo

PSU: bought this a few years ago when i had a gap year overseas i eventually replaced it PSU wasn't being used at all so in the build it went

Optical Drive: Its an optical drive nothing else to say ( its a bit noisy )

Wireless Adapter: My mum bought this for me over 3 years ago when i built my first PC i stopped using it after i bought a PCI one so in the build that went too

I built this a month early just to iron any issues that i or my dad might run into once any potential issues are sorted he'll be getting this at Christmas

Sorry for the blurry pics my house doesn't have much light

Part Reviews


Solid quad core APU can play a lot games on decent settings quite well


Cheapest A320 board i could get my hands on it does what it says

only thing that annoys me is that it only has one fan header so i'll have to buy a hub or splitter at some point


Absolutely gorgeous ram ooooee it feels so nice in my hands as well


Standard platter drive works great


for $50 NZD i wasn't expecting much but Silverstone has managed to impress me

Working in this case was breeze & everything just slotted into place

My only complaints is the hard drives stick out bit far i had to take the stock cooler off to fit it in

& cable management can be a bit iffy especially if you don't have flat cables but it was manageable

Power Supply

Had this as a spare PSU lying around it works good only thing i can complain about is that the cables feel a bit stiff

Optical Drive

Its alright but it gets a bit noisy when it spins up

Wireless Network Adapter

It's an ok USB adapter it sometimes randomly cuts out though might be a driver issue idk

Comments Sorted by:

mrfn323 4 points 4 months ago

I think an SSD would be a better choice for this build. Difference between a hard drive and SSD are night and day.

joseph500 submitter 3 Builds 3 points 4 months ago

A decent 480GB ssd would've cost another 50 dollars so it'd be around 130ish NZD

I do agree that SSDs make a significant difference though my rig almost runs exclusively on SSDs i'm never going back to standard HDDs lol

I dont think my dad would be bothered with an HDD anyway

mrfn323 1 point 4 months ago

Fair enough. I hope he enjoys it!

joseph500 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks i hope so too :)

Socialkonstruct 4 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

AMD is the best so keep it up!

R96Y 1 point 4 months ago

Nice and simple! Would've been cool if you had a slightly higher budget because you could have gone for the great Black Friday deal newegg was having on the ryzen 1700x and a X470 board that I have forgotten the name of now... techdeals on youtube made the general recommendation for the parts that I'm referring to

joseph500 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I think getting an X470 & a 1700 would've been a bit overkill even i don't push my 2700 to its limits

Although i might build a small lan PC using this case & a 1700 in the future

EZ_computer 1 point 4 months ago

Good choice to go with AMD, is he planning on gaming?

joseph500 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

He mostly plays the Total War or C&C games they could hardly run on the old PC

so this would be a massive upgrade

birthdaymonkey 1 point 3 months ago

Any issues booting the board with that CPU? Did it come with a new enough BIOS from the retailer?

joseph500 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Late reply

yeah it came with a recent bios i had no issues at all

KillaZ1211 1 point 3 months ago

This system is very similar to the one i built a few weeks ago except i put a 970 evo in mine and have the gskill ram not team elite im sure he will like it my pc handles light gaming and and some video editing fairly well

joseph500 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I played Skyrim on it for a bit i was pleasantly surprised at how well it ran

Simon9987 1 point 2 months ago

Did you need to update the bios to use the amd ryzen 3 cpu?

joseph500 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago


Simon9987 1 point 2 months ago


ChosenWon 2 Builds -2 points 4 months ago

So you threw out the GPU he had bought, is the integrated graphics on that ryzen better than what that graphics card was, do you know?

joseph500 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

The 8600gt is nearly 12 years old of course the ryzen would be better

And i did say it was scam card it probably wouldn't have worked properly anyway

ChosenWon 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thats crazy interesting to see an iGPU be more powerful than even a 12 year old video card.

Wicked advancements.

Have a nice new year! :)

joseph500 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks you too

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ssjg5rlly 1 point 4 months ago

oh dammmmn