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So I went up to my Dad's this weekend and ended up building a new computer, and I feel like telling about it. It made me feel warm and fuzzy inside; I love building computers for family.

Wish I would have taken pictures; but I figured, bah, it's nothing Phenomenal (ba-du pshhhh)

Back in 2007, my mother-in-law needed a new computer. Her old Hewlett-Packard (the Pavilion from when towers were starting to get cheap and everyone was buying them), just wasn't doing it any more. I think it ran XP, had a Celeron, maybe 256 megs of RAM. It was bad, so I ordered up some parts and built this:
Athlon 64 X2 3800+ @ 1.9 Ghz
8500 GT -- RIP - more on that later.
2 Gigs Geil DDRII 800
250 gig probably WD Caviar
Some mATX NForce 6100 board
300 watt Sparkle PSU that came with the case
mATX desktop case.

For the time, it was decent. I have prior experience with the 6100, and it's terrible; so the 8500 GT fit the bill there. I knew they'd just be doing school work (she goes to college) and watching Youtube and internetting on it, so I figured that'd last them a few years.
Now it's almost 2012, and that thing is starting to choke up. It's not that it's just going slow, whatever, it's actually dying. Like the screen is turning purple.
Now, their old place didn't have very good ventilation and had smokers. Think:
Five years+evaporated cooking oil+smoke+pet dander+no air flow in cramped case = DUST FROM HELL.

I'll admit; my skills were not as developed back then.

Of all of that, years of nasty thermal buildup, with fans that barely moved any air in/out of the case, only a lone Teapo (figures) capacitor in the PSU was leaking.
The 8500GT took it worst of all. The fan didn't just stop, it melted. Not the whole thing, just the housing for the coils. I have never seen that. I'll put up pictures later, it's a bit amusing. It was HOT. I'm going to run it sometime and put my temperature probe on it; I touched it, and it was like touching a frying pan on a stove.

Everything else: fine.

Other than that, it was still, kinda, trucking along. But, it's time for something new. I'm moving home in a few months (military over with), so we needed a typewriter that would be pretty future proof. Something that would still be playing Youtube 5+ years from now...on a $300 budget. We ended up with this:
AMD A8 3850 (integrated HD 6650D)
Gigabyte mATX FM1 board; A75M-D2H
8 Gigs of Kingston Blu DDR3 1600
Some Coolmax 300 watt PSU--only thing that would fit in the case. We had to get everything locally.
Same HDD
Same Case
A fan that actually moves air.

Why 8 gigs of RAM? 1 will go to video, and the other 7 will allow them to never need a swap file, which puts less strain on the HDD and speeds things up. And because DDR3 is dirt cheap right now.
It's quick and they're happy with it, and I showed them how to clean it out and told them to at least once a month. Their new house is really, really new, so no more Helldust, and no one is allowed to smoke in there. I'm hoping for a good five years before it starts to make weird noises or a capacitor in the new, cheap PSU goes off like a .22 round.

Barring freak accidents and the hard drive being old, how long do you think it will last them? Since it gets such light use, I'm going to say 5 years.

One thing--this is the first time I've ever worked with A-series APUs; and I found the heatsink to be a bit odd. It has a short, wide base, but tapers into a little tower with many, many thin fins. I've never seen a stock cooler like this; does this work better than the usual flat thing with fatter fins sticking up?
Edited by llamaboy - 12/27/11 at 1:29am
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The cooler will be fine, FM1 coolers are the same thing as AM3, AM3+. Basically the later AMD sockets, AM2+ tongue.gif.

I'm assuming your talking about a littleheatsink with a 60MM fan and like 2 little heatpipes?
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5 years shouldn't be a problem at all. I only used the air cooler on my 3650 for about a week before I picked up a H60 (for OCing). I didn't really notice much difference in it though, but it worked fine. Unless it's in a pool hall, the "no smoking" thing won't extend the life of the pc. The biggest thing is to get it off of the floor and try not to stick it in a corner or against a wall (where all the dust builds up). But of course we all do, so like you said cleaning is important. I don't know that I'd have them going inside the case to clean, much better chance of shorting or knocking something loose (really shorting the lifespan). I would just have them be sure and clean all sides and around it....
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Nope, this one's different. I was hoping it would be the one with the heatpipes, but instead this one is all aluminum. Here's a site with some pics (referred to as the 95 watt AMD heatsink)
http://scientiasblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/first-look-at-amd-and-intel-stock.html
I'm assuming it will be fine; I can't see them heating that thing up too much to cause the heat wash onto the motherboard to be a problem.

I told them to keep it up on the desk and keep everything away from any and all vents, so no putting stuff on top of it.

I'm also kinda regretting not running Dirt 3 or something on it, just to see how it did. Not that I had much time to play with it after it was done.
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Nope, this one's different. I was hoping it would be the one with the heatpipes, but instead this one is all aluminum. Here's a site with some pics (referred to as the 95 watt AMD heatsink)
http://scientiasblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/first-look-at-amd-and-intel-stock.html
I'm assuming it will be fine; I can't see them heating that thing up too much to cause the heat wash onto the motherboard to be a problem.
I told them to keep it up on the desk and keep everything away from any and all vents, so no putting stuff on top of it.
I'm also kinda regretting not running Dirt 3 or something on it, just to see how it did. Not that I had much time to play with it after it was done.

It does run pretty well, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxlQLzOCxEc
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Originally Posted by llamaboy View Post

Nope, this one's different. I was hoping it would be the one with the heatpipes, but instead this one is all aluminum. Here's a site with some pics (referred to as the 95 watt AMD heatsink)
http://scientiasblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/first-look-at-amd-and-intel-stock.html
I'm assuming it will be fine; I can't see them heating that thing up too much to cause the heat wash onto the motherboard to be a problem.
I told them to keep it up on the desk and keep everything away from any and all vents, so no putting stuff on top of it.
I'm also kinda regretting not running Dirt 3 or something on it, just to see how it did. Not that I had much time to play with it after it was done.

Yep, that's the same one that came with mine...
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