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Old 25-07-17, 07:12 PM
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A Build for Mom - Looking for critiques / suggestions

My ma needs a new machine. She has a habit of making not the greatest gizmo choices, so I asked her to let me help her this time.


[As per sticky thread:
Location: Washington DC Metro Area, USA
Budget: $1000USD
Peripherals: All new parts needed listed below
Use: Movies, Internet, maybe some light gaming
Resolution: 1920x1080 to 2560x1440, dual monitor set-up
Overclocking: nope
Old/New Parts: old GPU ( FirePro v5900 ), all else new
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She wants a machine that'll let her watch Netflix, do word processing, and check email. I want to make her a machine which with basic maintenance will be solid for the next four to five years, something she can enjoy and discover now that's she's entered retirement, and most importantly not become frustrated with (if possible).

She's given me a budget of 1000.00 USD to for the machine, including also a monitor, basic printer and speakers. Only catch is the machine has to connect to the internet via wifi. I have spare graphics card (Firepro v5900) which I'm going to install in the build.

Looking for opinions on this rig. Is there a compatibility issue I've over-looked? Something I don't know? Or just a recommendation for a different component...

Thanks in advance !

Computer Build:

MOBO
MSI Gaming B250 LGA 1151 mini-ITX $89.99
https://www.amazon.com/MSI-Motherboa...+B250+LGA+1151

CPU
Intel Core i5-7500K $189.00
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZZJ1P0..._t1_B01MRRPPQS

GPU
FirePro v5900 n/a
https://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Fire...=FirePro+v5900

Cooler
Corsair H110i $114.99
https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Extre...=Corsair+H110i

RAM
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8G DDR4 $115.88
https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Venge...dp/B018EGTEK8/

PSU
Corsair VS Series, VS500 $44.99
https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-VS500...eries%2C+VS500

SSD
Aireye 120GB SATA III $52.99
Crucial MX300 275GB $99.99
https://www.amazon.com/Aireye-120GB-...%7C14027457011

https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-MX300...%3A14027458011

Case
Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 $89.99
https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbi...Series+Air+240

DVD ROM
Asus 24x DVD-RW $19.95
https://www.amazon.com/Asus-Serial-A...sus+24x+DVD-RW

Additional:

Monitor
Acer KA240HQ Abid 23.6" Full HD $100.58
https://www.amazon.com/Acer-KA240HQ-...3.6%22+Full+HD

Printer
Brother HL-L2300D $89.99
https://www.amazon.com/Brother-HL-L2...ther+HL-L2300D

Speakers
Cyber Acoustics 2.1 Computer Speaker $39.99
https://www.amazon.com/Cyber-Acousti...mputer+Speaker

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Old 25-07-17, 07:29 PM
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Old 25-07-17, 07:34 PM
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Like this ?
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler
https://www.amazon.com/AMD-Processor...dp/B06XKVNRSM/

Little hesitant to switch to AMD,
The thread count is nice though...
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Old 25-07-17, 08:28 PM
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1600 dude. Well worth it for multi tasking
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Old 25-07-17, 09:14 PM
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What do you expect basic maintenance tho mean? It's a very subjective term.

Depending on your definition, you may want to reconsider the cooler choice. It's a great cooler, but will require maintenance every 6-12 months. No big deal: a bit of compressed air and maybe removal of the fans every now and then: but that is more work than my definition of basic maintenance.

If you go Ryzen (which i would recommend), go for one with the wraith cooler, and change out the motherboard. It should save you a couple hundred dollars at the same performance point, as well as saving you on the cooler. The wraith cooler is fine if you aren't going to overclock, just be prepared to tweak the fan profile a bit.
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Old 25-07-17, 10:41 PM
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Basic Maintenance : yup, I mean cleaning. Cleaning the radiator is a pain, I do it about once a year. The occasional drive OS drive formatting / reinstall also.

I'm not as familiar with AMD sockets and chipsets as I am with Intel, so I'm learning.

Looking at the Ryzen 5 1600 Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler currently, as per AlienALX

Getting rid of the H110i cooler would free up the budget. I have one in the computer I'm on now, and have been very happy with it. It was a natural choice for me, but's it's expensive and a bit of over kill.
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I'd really like to keep the Corsair Air 240 case (mini-itx/micro-atx). I want to get my mom something small she can lift on her own without strain, and it's visually appealing. Choosing components around a case isn't the best idea, i know...

Since the Ryzen are all AM4 socket (correct?), I'd have to switch from mini-itx to a micro-atx form factor (?), which is fine. Thing is this computer has to connect to the interweb via wifi. Hard-line just isn't an option in her situation. Can't find AM4 mATX boards that have onboard wifi, so I'd have to get a wifi adapter too. The mATX generally have additional PCI-E slots, where as the mITX don't seem to have any.

Below are few updated component changes/options. (What do you think?)
If I went with the
Ryzen 5 1600 with the Wraith Spire Cooler ($209.99)
ASUS Prime B350M-A/CSM Mobo ($88.30)
ASUS Wi-Fi PCI Express Adapter ($61.02)

I would be saving about $35 on the build.
I could go for a more inexpensive wifi card. I've been really happy with the onboard wifi in my Ramage IV Black, and Asus products in general. Ideally I want to get some thing with cable antenna (or get a cabled antenna)
facilitate reception. She want's to binge watch TV (she's just discovered the world of on-demand), so I don't want to screw this part up for her.

What are your opinions on the below components?

CPU:

Ryzen 5 1600 Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler $209.99
https://www.amazon.com/AMD-Processor...dp/B06XNRQHG4/

MOBO:

MSI ProSeries AMD Ryzen B350 $89.99
https://www.amazon.com/MSI-ProSeries.../dp/B06XP1L1VG
or
ASUS Prime B350M-A/CSM $88.30
https://www.amazon.com/Prime-B350M-C...dp/B06WRWZNJC/
or
ASUS PRIME A320M-K $59.99
https://www.amazon.com/PRIME-A320M-K.../dp/B06ZY2F35X

WIFI Adapator:

ASUS Wi-Fi PCI Express Adapter $61.02
https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Wi-Fi-Ex.../dp/B00JNA337K
or
Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I REV $39.99
https://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GC-W...dp/B00HF8K0O6/
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Old 25-07-17, 10:52 PM
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Just get a $20 USB Wifi Adapter. No need for the crazy fancy stuff especially if she is not going to be using "high speeds", meaning anything above 50Mb/s.
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I want to try and get her 25Mb/s from a source emitter a floor above.
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Old 25-07-17, 11:59 PM
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Just checked her speed, she get about 30mbs download. She'll be streaming lots of video I'm sure.
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Old 26-07-17, 09:28 AM
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The MSI B350M is a good board. My pal used one a couple of weeks back and had no issues with the RAM after he updated the bios It also has VRM cooling, unlike the Asus one and you will need that with a 6 core.

BTW a bit OT. I note you mentioned the DC Metro area. Are you anywhere near Bethesda? I went there once That was before Fallout 3 so I had no idea where I actually was (I went there with a friend to buy a car).

DC was the best place I visited in the whole of the USA. I absolutely loved it. Some amazing museums too ! I got to see Enola Gay. That was emotional....

You may be wise looking into those power line network things. Then she can have proper wired, as opposed to wireless that may be a bit flaky.
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