productivity pc build for mom

Recently I found out that my moms old desktop PC from 2011 was broken. I have been building PC’s for years now, so I decided to take a look and see if I could fix it.

Turns out the old system was running an AMD Athalon chip which is now many generations old. A 2.5″ 5000rpm hard drive, and some other very last gen components… It was was time for some upgrades.

With Christmas fast approaching I decided this was a great time to build my mom a new PC and surprise her with it.

System Specifications

CPU Intel Core i3-7100
GRAPHICS Intel 630
RAM 8GB Corsair DDR4 2400Mhz
Motherboard Gigabyte H270N-Wifi
STORAGE Intel 545s 256GB SSD
CASE Realan E-W60
DIMENSIONS 200 x 60 x 225mm
OS Windows 10 Pro

Build Process

While this was not a complex build at all, it was definitely still interesting if not only because of the very unique Realan E-W60 case. Check out the entire build process, including the Christmas day reveal to my mom in the video below.

Part List

Intel Core i3-7100: http://amzn.to/2zz5ffW
Gigabyte H270N: http://amzn.to/2zz2oU6
Noctua NH-L9i: http://amzn.to/2BV3rnD
Corsair 2x4GB: http://amzn.to/2CbNJkZ
Intel 545s SSD: https://goo.gl/H4W1VR
Realan E-W60: https://goo.gl/LdBVHP

14 COMMENTS

    • I build an HTPC with the same power supply. Its a basic flatboard converter but works well. It will only works with a CPU that’s 65w or lower. It relies on a power brick 12v. The power supplies usually come with the case. You can remove it and try a 160w pico PSU.

  1. Nice build, but it looks like you could have built an Intel NUC, at a lower price and gotten similar performance.

  2. Same question. Did your order come with the PSU? Realan website says product does come with PSU and inverter but Alibaba says no. Any info would be appreciated. Also what inverter/charger did you use since what supposedly comes with it is only rated for 60 Watts

  3. Thank you. I picked the big brother. I really like the case, and it worked out great for my Linux system.
    If you want you can view it on partpicker.com at https://pcpartpicker.com/b/PYRJ7P

    I really love the styling and quality of the case. The blue led on the bottom is really cool. I’ve always wanted a mini-itx system with a really good looking case. Thanks to you I finally found one.

    Again I really appreciate your build video with your mom’s new pc.

    Thank you again.

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