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Keep in mind, in year 2014 I was an inexperience new builder with computer hardware. Overtime I did learn better. Regardless, it was my first build too.
This mini tower was built for my grandma's 80th birthday. The purpose of her build is to surf the web, emails, play some simple games, listen to country music, playing movies, and office like documents, spreadsheets and powerpoint. The build alone is $674.98. Yes, quite a lot but it's a speedy PC and grandma loves seeing it load everything fast.
NOTICE: This build started all over from the ground up since she had given away her old desktop which had Windows XP. I wanted to build her a decent computer and spoil her since she never bought an expensive PC.
I BOUGHT THESE PARTS NEAR THE END OF JUNE, 2014. However, I really started the build at the end of July but in August I had to replace 1 SATA cable for the SSD to make it flat. Since the Right Angle was too tight and touched the Hard Drive. Then I had the RAM replaced since my MOBO wouldn't duel channel the Corsair XMS 2x (2GB) RAMs.
I did some sleeving with the parts except the PSU connectors, SATA cables and the 2 USBs (one is the audio). I truly apologize for my lousy cable management. It's my first desktop to every build so I did the best I could do at the time but I had researched and read a guide to generally understand some steps of building. Yes I do know it's not the "best" build either, comparing it to the more Experienced PC builders out here.
Used to be a GT 610 but its been removed. This card runs cooler unlike the 610. I don't see anything off or odd. Technically the Intel HD 4400 is somewhat outperformed by a GT 730. Of course the MOBO has the correct outputs, but having a dedicated GPU for the games can be more snappy in 900p and eases the CPU. Realistically this is not required since 720p is good enough for an iGPU too. It was a matter of preference. She is a casual gamer, but she also let's me poke her computer from time to time or watch me game between gaming together.
This Full Modular is NOT the most easiest PSU to work with. I know I am being harsh but I recommend a different Full Modular. I am not that impressed with the Corsair RM but I will give it credit for being nice-looking and that it does the job. You will have to be somewhat forceful with the wires because its tough as nails to bend, without trying to damage it. I did not enjoy hooking the ATX 24-pin and ATX 8-pin because it's extremely difficult and tight to properly connect and disconnect, major reasons why I docked it down. Using this in this kind of mini tower case makes it a little too big and difficult to install but I blame myself for that.
This is not why I rated it down, human error on my part but I was most disappointed about the RM being an inch too short to hook up the Optical Drive to the SSD with the PSU SATA. I wanted to avoid connecting two PSU SATAs. I couldn't leave my Optical Drive at the top of the case so had to install it in the 2nd 5.25 Bay. That's why I didn't rush into buying the OKGear SATA cables since remeasured before ordering them. However, if you plan to have no internal media card reader, you should be fine. I'm happy tucking the ATX cords to the side but keeping them flat makes it work. I would recommend a Semi Modular or a No-Modular to save more money. Use this PSU for a Mid/Full Tower. Or a case that allows better spacing when in between internal cages.
It works OK since I have fixed it because the pins were misplaced when I sleeved it. Difficult to reconnect when pins are properly in. Now that it works, the BLUE LED stays ON even when the PC is OFF. Unless you switch the power OFF from the PSU or have a power out in the house.
Downfall: It is slow to load Pictures with an SD Micro Card! I'm not too impressed by the 30 second delay or more but as the saying goes, "You pay for what you get." Zero issues with the 2.0 USB. I would suggest to look for a different media card reader. Though for some it may work out well but with my experience not so much.