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Spectator

by Eltech

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65 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 3, 2016

Date Built

Oct. 29, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.3GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

37.0° C

Description

  • This PC is called Spectator. It’s for my Aunt. The build alone cost $274.13. The purpose is very simple: Netflix, surf the internet, email, and to work on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. I also installed some light games: Monopoly, Scrabble, and Jewel Quest.

  • I been majorly late to build this. Most of the parts were purchased near May between June. I couldn't find a day to build it with my mother for her to learn so another time for a different build. Also, I had a 4-day delay with requiring one converter cable.

  • Photos #1-8 are the final result. Photos #9-150 is the building process. One photo is blurry, my apology.


Benchmarks

CPU-Z CPU Single Thread CPU Multi Thread
Intel® Pentium® G4400 @ 3.3GHz 1,676 3,304
Crystal Disk Mark 5 Read [MB/s] Write [MB/s]
All 5, 1GiB C: 23% (25/111GiB)
Seq Q32T1 561.1 384.9
4K Q32T1 314.7 306.4
Seq 538.1 384.2
4K 31.27 122.3

Wattage Estimates

Purpose Min. Wattage Max Wattage
Netflix 14w 24w
PC is OFF but Plugged in Outlet 0.7w 0.9w
Powering PC ON 6w 25w
Simple Games 14w 32w
Surfing the Internet 15w 22w
Prime95: 1 Hour test and all passed 36w 42w

My two cents:

CPU

Intel Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor

  • Plenty of speed and power for what this build is meant to be. Handles the everyday task well. This Skylake is a smaller die and lower wattage than its Haswell family and I love it. I’m certain this will please my aunt for not having a slow-poke processor and its ideal for her purpose without breaking the piggy bank.

CPU Cooler

Rosewill RCX-Z775-LP 33.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

  • The height is under 2 inches tall and sounds a little better than an Intel stockfan. Did I truly need to install this CPU fan? Not really but I decided to change it at the last minute and made it easier to manage wires around this particular CPU cooler.

Motherboard

ASRock H110M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard

  • The BIOS is P1.20. This version for Skylake feels sturdy and it’s not too expensive. The layout and its connectors is actually great for small-form builds! You can easily tuck wires to the side with ease, even with the 3.0 USB connector it’s near the edge of the MOBO. Do keep in mind though, there’s only 1 of each connector for fans: the CPU and 1 Case Fan.
  • Now I didn’t need the only CHASSIS_FAN available but I also needed a 2.0 USB Male to 3.0 USB Female cable convertor for the additional 2.0 USB. Something to note for others if have this motherboard and the Antec ISK 110 case.
  • This is probably the oddest complaint I will ever mention. Or maybe not if something else doesn’t replace this experience. I had a difficult time of installing the I/O Shield. WHAT?! Yes I honestly needed 25 minutes to fully secure an I/O Shield with this Antec case. I’m so embarrassed but I’m not going to lie either…
  • Another important difficulty to mention. Working with the WiFi, I highly suggest finding the right size of tools to uninstall from the motherboard before connecting wires and antennas. That is when you’re ready to install the wires into the I/O Shield and connecting the wires onto the WiFi mini-express. Otherwise, you will wrestle with the WiFi tremendously. It took me about 1.5 hours of many wrestle attempts and to find the appropriate sizes for wrenches and a flat-head.
  • I used the following tools but these sizes were as close as I could get: A 1.4mm Flathead to uninstall the WiFi from the MOBO. A 5/16 Wrench to hold still the large stationary nut that is behind the I/O Shield. Lastly, an 8mm Wrench to slowly turn in the nut to secure the antenna connectors within the I/O Shield. If working with the Antec ISK 110 VESA case, you may need the case near an edge of a table to fully secure the nut clockwise.

Memory

(2x) Team Elite Plus 1x4GB DDR4-2133 Memory

  • I normally purchase a single channel 8GB of RAM but I notice most were expensive. Than when I did saw a good deal for a single 8GB of DDR4 RAM, I stopped ordering it and switched back to these two 4GBs of RAM. I know the dual channel kits are a little more expensive but I don’t see a need for 16GB of RAM with her intended purposes. I had no issues installing them and they work great!

SSDs

A-Data Premier SP550 120GB & Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB

  • The ADATA SP 550 120GB boots 3~4 seconds and loads Windows 10 about 4~6 seconds. Underload temps can be 34°C for the ADATA SP 550 and 29°C for the Kingston V300. I repurposed my V300 SSD to be a backup storage. In case the 80GB~ wasn’t enough than she has another additional amount for saving more files and photos though she will most likely not need much.

Case

Antec ISK 110 VESA Mini ITX Desktop Case w/90W Power Supply

  • Wow, this case is cute and fun! Plentiful 2.0 USB ports in the front. The best part is they already give the power supply and the brick power adapter with this combo. I was able to snatch a good deal and been very pleased about the decision.
  • I also think the case was easy to open and close but this could vary for others. You unscrew 4 screws at the back of the case and push up each panel with your thumb. It should pop out and you’re ready install hardware! (I did easily make the side panels fly away a couple of times, oops…) You can definitely install two 2.5” of storage into this case, just uninstall the bracket that holds them in place and reinstall the bracket with the SSDs or 2.5” HDDs when finished.
  • I will admit that it's a very tight case when working with cramped, bulky wires. Not impossible to install a motherboard but I made it difficult for about 45 minutes by thinking that I had to reinstall all the cables. In a sense, I had to organize the wires by pulling them back, super tight. It took me a while to actually fit the motherboard inside the case. I would definitely work with this case again if I ever have the opportunity.

Peripheral

Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Mini Keyboard w/Touchpad

  • Mostly similar to the Wireless Logitech K400 with some adjustments of the layout. I seem to forget this one tidbit of info about these keyboards: you’ll need to replace the double AA batteries that come with it. Every single time I have purchased these particular keyboards, they leave them ON which kills off the free alkaline batteries! The main point is, it's great for the couch or bedroom entertainment when watching movies or TV shows.

Fire Extinguisher

First Alert Home1 Multi-Purpose Home Fire Extinguisher

  • Always better to be prepared than not being prepared at all. Thankfully, I never had to use it! It's also a must have because I like red. Wait, no, it's for safety measures.

Personal Notes

  • I certainly enjoyed building this Mini ITX Desktop. I hope she’ll enjoy its uses and serve her well, as much as I enjoyed building it.
  • I'll correct anything that I miss typed or if I forgot something later on. Please feel free to leave any questions, comments or constructive criticism.

Comments Sorted by:

RhettRO55 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

You didnt include the final photos of the build!! SHAME!! But no seriously, I give anyone that successfully plans and builds in anything remotely close to a set-top sized ITX box major kudos! Well done!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Some of my photos are still loading as we speak. I didn't know I would get comments so soon. Sorry about that.

I do wish I could of shown the mount and stand results but I need the rest of the contents remain within the sealed bag and box. I need to ship it. My time is short since I have two more computers I need to finish before November 11th.

Thank you for your comments and your praise. I appreciate it.

chubble123123 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Great game choices :)

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Thanks! They can be addicting at times.

MannyPCs 2 points 13 months ago

Great job Eltech. another great build from you :)

What camera do you use to take these snappy photos?

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you so much Manny, I appreciate your lovely comments.

What camera do you use to take these snappy photos?

I use a D5100 Nikon camrea.

MannyPCs 2 points 13 months ago

Your welcome :)

Nikon makes very good cameras that's for sure, and canon is pretty good too

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I totally agree. Nikon and Canon have the best cameras.

ShriyansM 2 points 13 months ago

Photos have loaded. Great job, and your aunt has a great * niece *!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

I somehow missed two, so I'll have to add them later on. Thank you for your support. I appreciate it. I'm actually her niece. ;)

ShriyansM 2 points 13 months ago

Oh my bad. Hopefully you weren't offended! :/

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Hey, no worries. No offense taken. :)

AnyOtherWay 2 points 13 months ago

Photos #1-8 are the final result. Photos # 9-148 is the building process. One photo is blurry, my apology.

I laughed way to god damn hard when I read this, and then I had to find the blurry photo... And I didn't see any.

It's a good nough' build.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

I laughed way to god damn hard when I read this, and then I had to find the blurry photo... And I didn't see any.

It's a good nough' build.

lol I think it's one of my missing photos out of two or who knows. I'm not sure why two got skipped when I was loading so many earlier. I have around 557 photos at the moment so it'll take me some time to find the ones that went poof.

Thank you. :)

fn230 7 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Aw yes, an ISK 110 build. Love these mini computers.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

They are so much fun to work in. I wish I could build them consistently.

Amazian 2 points 13 months ago

Another build with a nice, detailed description and plenty of pictures. Love these small form factor builds you do. Great build! +1

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you so much Amazian! I greatly appreciate for having your supportive comments and compliments. :)

Mike2015 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

It's nice to see that you practice safe computer building and keep a fire extinguisher near by (picture 125).

Great build by the way. +1 from me.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you Mike! Yes, it's always best to be prepared.

Thank you for your support. I truly appreciate it!

auldae 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

No review of the fire extinguisher? I guess you (thankfully) didn't use it. Excellent build and use of case. Superb. +1

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

I made the review of the fire extinguisher. Just for you!

Thank you so much for your lovely comments and support. :)

nakaman 3 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

This case looks so much like the Inwin Chopin. I love it. +1

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Aw, thank you for your comments!

crookz_n_castlez 4 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

This should be featured, or at least I hope it does. Great build and Superb photos.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Aw. You're too kind. I don't think it will but having all your support makes it on the spotlight in its own way. Thank you for your kind words, I appreciate them.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

The description is very well written

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you. :)

joshzpants 3 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

I had a feeling that you posted this before I even looked at the username. As always, amazing job!

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Your feelings were correct. You are a wise seeker. I truly appreciate your support and lovely compliments. Thank you!

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

So tiny. Good job, El.

Thumbs up.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Thank you so much! I truly, appreciate your support!

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

More pictures please. Lol there are plenty. I looked through them all. Have a good night, El.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

lol I could do that but I may only try to search for two more. And thank you for checking them out, I know it can be long and tedious. You have a good night too!

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

It is fun to see the process of the build.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Thank you. I'm glad to know. :)

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 2 points 13 months ago
* Looks at build *

Cool, something different from the usual posts.

* Looks at submitter *

Dang, this is going to take a while.

And how many of your family members are somewhat using pcs? I wish my grandma could take some interest in it, but she barely has the patience to use a very basic mobile phone.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Yes, something different indeed. Sorry for a long description.

And how many of your family members are somewhat using pcs? I wish my grandma could take some interest in it, but she barely has the patience to use a very basic mobile phone.

I say the majority of my family will use computers. However, two of them would be the least amount of uses. Either for editing and making a document or only when to use the internet for communication, info, and Netflix. That would be my sister and grandma E.

Plus grandma E. struggles with an iPhone because she can only use a simple phone, such as a flip-phone for example. Sadly her previous flip-phone worn out or I think that's what happen. I could be wrong. She should probably switch back to a basic phone at least.

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Yes something different indeed. Sorry for a long description.

It was some kind of joke, don't worry we love your builds. The only issue is that (for me at least) interesting builds trigger this need to look through all the pictures and read all the description to be sure not to miss anything, so yeah, 150 pictures look scary at first, but it's worth it.

As for the case, I have a question (not sure if I already asked you or someone else using it, or if I just thought about it): do you think it would be possible to use the vesa mounting of the case to attach it to the back of a monitor with vesa mounting aswell? That would make something similar to an all-in-one, but selfmade, I think it would be awesome.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

It was some kind of joke, don't worry we love your builds. The only issue is that (for me at least) interesting builds trigger this need to look through all the pictures and read all the description to be sure not to miss anything, so yeah, 150 pictures look scary at first, but it's worth it.

No worries. And I don't really try to pressure anyone when it comes seeing my photos and description. Technically I'm not the only one who has done it in the past and some were praised very highly for it. Some love the details, and some prefer less and that's understandable. That's why it's OK to skim or skip with my builds, I won't hold be offended. ;)

As for the case, I have a question (not sure if I already asked you or someone else using it, or if I just thought about it): do you think it would be possible to use the vesa mounting of the case to attach it to the back of a monitor with vesa mounting aswell? That would make something similar to an all-in-one, but selfmade, I think it would be awesome.

Yes, it is very possible to VESA mount at the back of the monitor. I believe this is why they gave the VESA mount which is a separate part but comes with some screws, (can't remember the size at the moment).

If you're talking about making a "self-made" VESA mount than the case is designed as such thankfully. I'm not sure if I answered your question but thank you for the question and your support. It's much appreciated.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

...I won't hold be offended. ;)

Correction: ...I won't be offended.

Potato_ 2 points 5 months ago

I'm all for documenting your builds, but 150 photos! That is above and beyond.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I do my best and thanks!

StephenSmithTech101 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

You think you uploaded enough pictures? But in all seriousness great build.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

I've done more then this, but I try my best to select the best ones and to show the step by step process if I can. I do make sure I place the final photos right from the beginning so people don't have to dig through the end.

And thank you so much! I truly appreciate your support.

StephenSmithTech101 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Yeah, May as well title the build "Spectator: how to build a HTPC"

Really nice build.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

lol I probably should. Thank you again!

StephenSmithTech101 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Welcome! Do you game on P.C? I'd im trying to make more friends with people who are into P.Cs?

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Yes, I certainly game on PC these days. I left the console life since the Wii. (My official last purchase of a console.) I have Steam, UPlay, Origins and Battlenet accounts. Particularly I game with other gamers in the weekends (Friday/Saturday or sometimes Sunday evenings).

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Sees number of pictures

dead

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

* calls 911 *

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

miraculously wakes up when 911 arrives

and btw where I live 911 is not the emergency number
Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I wouldn't have known about your location. I only know on what know. :)

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Ya my location is CLASSIFIED

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Good to hear.

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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Aw... thank you Ranger Talion! I truly appreciate your support. :)

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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you so much! I'm glad to know you like this computer! Yes, I actually had to figure out which way to layout, as odd as this sounds to be. I must've of changed my mind four times to "Lay the wire this way...?" - "No... lay it in-between?" - "No, no, no..."

Again, I truly appreciate your support RaspberryPi. :)

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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Once again Eltech... not enough pictures. You'll figure out how many you need to satisfy us eventually =P

Well darn. I'll try harder next time.

Fantastic little build as always. Easy +1

Thank you jipster.

Holly cow! 90W?! That's impressive. I see you wondered if it would be enough and monitored actual power draw (PCPP says your estimated build wattage is over 100W). It doesn't even come close. Did you run stress testing (prime 95) on the CPU? That might boost the watts.

Yes, I have a watt reader to see how it does if someone was using it for the everyday tasks. I can let you know how prime 95 might be later on. I wouldn't be surprised if something cookie occurs. When I have some free time tonight or tomorrow, I'll get back to your answer about that.

Thanks for posting another unique and well documented build!

You're most welcome. It's an honor and a pleasure. Thank you for your kind comments. :)

Somehow I lost two of my photos so I'll have to dig around and add them later on...

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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Sorry for a late response. I was pretty busy for a while and almost forgot to respond about this.

I did test Prime95 on this build. I was very surprised with the wattage being pulled out. It wasn't even close to 90w. Most highest it ever did was 42w, and lowest was 36w.

I tried all the tests but I kept them short for the sake of safety about heat temperatures. Though the custom run was 1 hour and 2 minutes which the CPU reached 48~50° C; I noticed it pulled out the most wattage versus the default ones for stress testing. I don't think this build will ever occur this way again but it was quite interesting to see the results.

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Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

You're too kind jipster. I'm only making sure I respond to your question.

I have not yet. I'll definitely check it out. Seeing through the photos it looks great and it's officially awesome to see your dream build on here. I'm glad my one became useful for once.