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Earlier in the year, I had built a mining rig for my father-in-law as a science project, but when Ethereum started tanking, he started having second thoughts as the electricity costs started outpacing the yield and wanted to get rid of it.

At the same time he had been considering replacing an old 2011 iMac that had been on it's last legs, so I had the idea of cannibalizing some of the parts from the rig to build a system that he could use to replace his iMac. His main use would be photo editing, browsing and some light office usage. His main concern is that it would be compact, low-maintenance, but lightning quick.

The parts that were re-used from the rig was the Motherboard, power supply, Ram, GPU and case fans. I got all of the other parts from microcenter, and decided to go with the i7 since it was on sale, and pick up the CPU cooler, case, storage and keyboard.

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  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

dang your father in law must be proud of you, epic build for what you did with the parts +1

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! He seems to be enjoying the uptick in speed so far!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that case. Since you alteady had the mobo i understand why you went with i7 over ryzen 7. +1

I’d add some RAM though 16gb is the new minimum

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for looking! I thought 8G was a little light, and I had some spare gskill sticks which I’ve since installed, so this build now has 32G running at 3000Mhz.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Good components, but some additional cable management definitely won’t harm.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Noctua fans are just yucky but they're amazing. Great build dude!

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are after fast memory (as the OP states) a standard hdd would not be your first choice.

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