My boss wanted to give the wife a replacement for an old AMD dual-core HP computer for her upcoming birthday. I naturally volunteered my services and accepted a commission to build a custom-built one. I was originally given a budget of $200 but it actually grew to around $350 since that is the "sweet-spot" in terms of price to performance ratio. My only system requirement was that it needed to run Farmville.

Part Reviews


Seems like a solid APU. It is overclockable but I don't see the need for doing that right now. All it needs is to run Farmville so I hope it is more than adequate.


Lots of SATA ports but only a single chassis fan header. UEFI is simple and easy.


Bought from Fry's. 16GB seems like a stretch but the boss showed me an ad on the newspaper and I just went along with it.


Excellent SSD for the price!


A very solid gaming case, very sturdy but still lightweight. It's a very good looking case as well. Stylish but not too flashy. It's a Micro ATX case that is quite roomy. Should be able to fit a huge video card if necessary. Only bad thing is that it has absolutely no cable managements holes. Oh and it only includes a single 120mm fan in the rear although it has room for several at the front and sides. I got it for cheap from Ebay/TigerDirect before they renovated their site.

Power Supply

Good enough to power the computer so hopefully no problems with it in the future. Bought from Newegg.

Optical Drive

This is actually an Asus External CD/DVD Writer. It works and I have no problems with it.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

What? why such a powerful PC for running a ******* browser game?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not that OP. It doesn't even have a video card :D

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

It is for what you are running.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

16gb is overkill IMHO especially since the mobo maxes out with 1gb of vram ;-; it's a fairly sold build overall though! But I seriously don't think the average consumer should have more than 8gb of ram unless they really need it. The case is questionable, but looks solid. My last opinion would be to rework that cable management, preferably, try putting in the psu first, while eyeballing where you'd connect all the connections and such. Hope she loves this though! :D

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, 16gb is overkill but the boss wanted it so I just went with it. The Cougar Spike is very good and I only got it for $15. It is infinitely better than a mATX case I used before, the Rosewill FBM-01. The only con is that that the case had no cable management. Not really sure how I can rework the cable management as it really has nowhere to go.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

16 Gbs of RAM!? Lol. That seems out of place. My $900 PC only has 8 Gbs in it.