Description

I just wanted something that could handle any 1080p high-setting games that come down the pike. I built it for my mother and she has grandchildren who like to game when they visit for extended periods. I also wanted high-utility multi-threaded goodness for whatever apps may come. I went with the 2700 because the price had dropped down to the $220 range from the $290's. The only over-clocking done, if you can call it that, is enabling D.O.C.P. on the motherboard to get the RAM up to 3200 mHz so I stuck with the cooling fans that came with the motherboard and CPU. I messed up on the 2 TB SATA drive. The case has a place for internal 3.5 inch drives, and I managed to put it in backwards, causing the clearance from the SATA cable to be insufficient, damaging the SATA connector on the drive when I closed the case. You can see in the picture, the SATA connectors should properly face AWAY from the camera. Doh! Otherwise a very smooth build. I really like the feel of the RedDragon keyboard. I hope nobody misses the 10-key pad. I went a little high on the RAM thinking I may want to host a test VM. The whole thing is at my mother's house, I will put in some temperatures when I visit. Overall though, very quiet and cool-running.

Comments

  • 5 days ago
  • 3 points

he said the f word... future-proof

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Caveat: my mom is 76.

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and that is what every mother needs !!

Hey, just a thought.... Why not switch the M.2 to the bottom slot away from CPU & GPU heat ?

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

The upper slot is x4 PCI Express® lanes, the lower one is only 2.

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Typically the cables go behind the motherboard, but the parts list seems very decent!

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I don't know why I didn't see what I was doing was wrong. Mea culpa. The cable management was not great, but when I close the completely opaque case-problem solved! :)

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Nice build how good is the keyboard though? I'm planning to buy a budget mechanical keyboard.

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

I have only used it a little, but I really like it so far. There is good travel and click feel. It IS noisy compared to non-mechanical though, so be aware. The fonts look like something from the Matrix or Terminator movies, but they are very legible, and my mom loves that they light up for night visibility.