Pretty basic build this time around. This one is for my mom, who will use it for standard non-gaming applications (word processing, internet, etc.) That's why it's using the CPU's built-in GPU rather than a separate one. Nothing she does will require anything intensive enough to justify buying and installing a separate GPU.
The i5 is definitely overkill, but with the delta in price vs. performance I wanted to spend the extra $40 or so to ensure the system would be usable for her even longer. The stock heat-sink is very quiet at idle, and plenty sufficient for the typical load the system will be at. In the rare cases the CPU gets taken to 100%, it'll still be fine - just a bit louder. It wasn't worth the expense to throw in something beefier, especially since at idle the stock Intel cooler is so quiet.
I spent a bit more to achieve the form factor. This build could have been cheaper, but I wanted something that would be extremely quiet while idle, and also very small. I really like the slot-load slimline drives, so this was a good excuse to throw one in.
Overall I'd say the case is ok. The front panel wants to pop off on one side, so I had to rig it slightly by holding it in place with a rubber grommet, a washer, and a thumbscrew. Kind of annoying, but it barely stands out with the cover off. (And you'll never notice with the cover on.) I really wish the PSU was modular, but hey... it's 300W and SFX... what can you do. Cable management wasn't too bad, but I wish the case had more tie-down points for wire ties. Had to get creative using existing wire routing holes on the DVD/HDD tray to keep the PSU cables out of the way.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core||$189.99|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150||$114.99|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$79.99|
|Storage||Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" SSD||$139.99|
|Case||Silverstone SG06BB-LITE Mini ITX Desktop||$49.99|
|Power Supply||Silverstone 300W SFX12V||$68.86|
|Optical Drive||Silverstone SOD02B DVD/CD Writer||$69.60|
|Date Published||April 18, 2014|
|Date Built||April 18, 1014|