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The Bookkeepers Boss

by Scrounger

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16 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 12, 2016

Date Built

Feb. 7, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

Description

This is a follow-up build after the Skylake Failure. I reused as many components as I could.

The computer is for general office work. The computer needs to run three monitors, be reasonably fast, and work. Windows 7 was specified, as was an adjustable height monitor stand to minimize neck strain.

CPU: The I5-4590 was chosen due to price and integrated graphics. I ran into a surprise with the integrated graphics.

MB: I've used this in the past, it needed m.2 support.

RAM: also used in the past with success.

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO m.2. Fast and reasonably priced for 250 GB.

PSU: Modular. This PSU was bigger than the SFX I was used to using, but I wanted to keep the price down.

Monitors :Got these because of the sale, and integrated speakers.

OS: Win7 was specified, and Pro was the only 7 still sold.

Monitor Stand: Monmount monitor stand is versatile, heavy, and stable.

I ran into some issues with the integrated graphics. The CPU or the MB would allow two of the HDMI, DVI, or DP ports but not all three. However, if I plugged one of the monitors into the VGA port, they would all run. I wasted $13 on a DP to HDMI cable trying to get all three to work with the better output. Since this will run only office applications, this is more of an annoyance than a deal breaker. If I had to, I do have a Radeon 7500 card I could throw in to get another DVI to work. As it is, this saves power, wiring, and complexity.

Let me know what you think.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Asus is turning into my "Go To" manufacturer for motherboards and monitors. 5 Stars! This MB is great. Mini-ITX, with 2080 m.2 support. I've used this motherboard in my last two builds.

Memory

Cheap and reliable. This gets the job done.

Storage

This is the key to a clean looking case. Its reliable, and fast.

Case

Excellent case, quiet, and good airflow.

Power Supply

I've been using Silverstone PSU's quite a bit. They are always a little on the expensive side, but they get the job done, and they do it quietly. This is ATX not SFX size. It didn't matter for my last build, but it made the job a bit harder.

Operating System

Windows 7 is still better than 8 or 10 in my opinion. Just don't mix Windows 7 with Skylake.

Monitor

These things are huge! The office has a mix of sub 23" monitors, and this is huge by comparison. Using three of these on a monitor stand makes a really impressive video wall.

Comments Sorted by:

hatemylife 2 points 22 months ago

Can you turn the keft and right screens in more or is that as far as the mount can turn them?

Scrounger submitter 4 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Yes, but there comes a point where the screens will overbalance, and tip forward. This can also occur backward if the screens are set back too far. This wouldn't be a concern if the mount was bolted to the table (and it includes hardware to do so), but I've learned long ago that in that office, nothing is constant except change.

I think the mount would be acceptable for gaming, if you are looking for an immersive environment where the side screens give you peripheral vision, if thats the reason behind the question.

tomtomj2 8 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Look at that sexy calculator you've got on that desk! Totally awesome! Oh and the computer too, that's awesome too :P

Very nice office setup and build +1

Scrounger submitter 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I'll admit I was too lazy to move the calculator out of the shots. The thing weighs more than the computer I built...really! Thanks!

DS4130 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Nice box and lovely calculator! Standard issue with integrated or discrete cards not allowing 3 HDMI/DVI outputs, your not the only one who's wasted money on a DP cable (and maybe an adapter too) :)

Scrounger submitter 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Thank you! You're right, I think I now have every adapter available.

numbersthatidontcareabout 1 point 34 months ago

Dope. 1+

Scrounger submitter 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Thanks

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Looks good! It is a bummer you can't run all three monitors on the IGPU.

If you still want to run digital on that 3rd monitor instead of using VGA, then buying something like a GT 710 will fix that. You can have two monitors on the GPU and one monitor on the IGPU and they will play nicely. Or you can do all three on the GPU.

Scrounger submitter 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I really considered plugging in the vintage Radeon 7500 that I recovered from on of my old computers. On paper, it is slightly less powerful then integrated graphics, but it will give me the additional DVI port that I need. If the VGA monitor starts looking bad, I'll do it.

Scrounger submitter 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I did find another slightly annoying issue. When using the monitor stand with cable management, really long cables are needed. Routing everything through the stand eats up 5-6 feet of cable length. I was prepared with 15' HDMI cables, but caught off guard with the power cables and VGA connection.

texasmayne 4 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Where's the ssd?

Edit: I went to another build and saw that it is on the bottom of the mobo

Scrounger submitter 4 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

That's the place! Sorry, I didn't pick up the camera until the motherboard was already mounted.

milksj 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I'm thinking of picking these same monitors up. Could you give me a quick run down on what your honest opinion of them is (colors, value, complications, overall picture quality)?

Scrounger submitter 4 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

There is only one complication. If you run three of them, you'll need a video card, not integrated graphics. On integrated graphics, one monitor gets dim and flickers. I think integrated graphics shows it limitation when driving three monitors. This is not the fault of the monitors, just a side note.

Other than that, I am happy with the monitors. The value is incredible for what are the largest monitors in the office, color and resolution is great for office applications. The screens are big anough to clearly see the conent from anywhere in the room. The Boss even uses this setup to run conferences instead of using the projector and screen.

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Scrounger submitter 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Thanks for the compliments!

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