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Minimalist, budget- friendly workstation for a friend.

by Bodom0511

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Date Published

Dec. 5, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 4, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.09 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

Description

A friend wanted a desktop workstation to use for leisure and work. He had a hard budget of $800 at his disposal for the project. Felt I did pretty well considering his wishlist of needs and wants. Took advantage of a lot of rebate offers and sales. $110 in total rebates. He can multitask for work when he needs to use Microsoft office extensively. He can take baby steps to ascend to the realm of PC gaming. It was all put together in an extremely minimalist form factor. It came out looking and performing great, especially in the space it is set up in. He's very pleased with the end result, as am I. Hope some of you are as well!

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ajpinton 11 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Good looking build you have there. What desk are you using?

Bodom0511 submitter 5 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

That's just a typical malm desk from ikea. $143 m. Can't go wrong. So much space.

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joshzpants 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

man that set up is so clean!

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

The rosewill CPU Cooler is not that bad in terms of aesthetics.

Bodom0511 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I could have used the stock cooler, temps honestly would have been the same. But the Rosewill runs much quieter and matches the red theme of the build components. I will say the quality of the clips that snap into the mobo were not the best. One actually popped out when I was connecting the wires to the wifi card... other than that small issue it's a good buy for the price I paid for it. The stock cooler I got with the i3, from jet.com, DID NOT HAVE A PLASTIC COVER OVER THE AREA WITH THE THERMAL PASTE. I was very mad about that, and was lucky I chose to buy the Rosewill cooler, otherwise I'd be in the middle of a return process for the CPU.

JheyoDELperu 1 point 29 months ago

praps.+1

breakerion 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Lovely desk setup and all black, money well invested and a chill spot he indeed have, I just get OCD with the sub-woofer on top instead of other place but not there :p anyways looks clean and sexy without throwing the thousand$, cheers!!

Bodom0511 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

My "OCD" is eased by the fact the sub woofer and pc cube make the desk look very symmetrical. :)

breakerion 2 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

Gotcha! on that, but is not the best/optimal for sound.

royhid 1 point 28 months ago

Looks great. Am going to use this as basis for my first ITX build. Using it for development (Android) and day to day normal use. I think it will surfice, i see reviews of the mobo where people complain about the wifi, has it been ok?

Bodom0511 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

I've used this mobo multiple times, and the wifi has been adequate every time. First build I used it the PC stood maybe 5 feet from the wireless router, so reception was awesome. This build the router is down a floor, and a wall and ceiling in between, probably about 10/15 from router. The connection has been steady and reliable. So I imagine something people must not take into account is the distance of their wifi signal and things that hinder reception, like plaster walls and other electronic devices that output signals on similar frequencies, like remotes or cordless phones. For day to day use I'm sure this wifi card will be more than fine for you, especially if the distance and obstructions are minimal to the router. If you ever consider gaming, in any case, I'd suggest a hard line. It would obviously be much more reliable than any wireless connection could be.

Solid case, solid cpu/ mobo combo. Great price/ performance ratio. Can't go wrong.

royhid 1 point 28 months ago

Thanks. No gaming, just development. Your reply is much appreciated, thanks.

royhid 1 point 28 months ago

Hi, just one more question, how come you used 1 8gb instead of 2 4gb or memory?

Bodom0511 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

Since budget was important for this build, I went with a single 8gb stick to allow for cheap upgrade to 16gb dual channel set up later, instead of having to rebuy an entire new pair.

register929 1 point 28 months ago

I'm planning on getting the same case, but I'm sceptical about the hard drive mounting, is it easy? And would you recommend it?

Bodom0511 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

It's incredibly easy, both drive mounts are removable via a single thumb screw and both require the typical 4 screws to secure it onto the bracket. If you need an itx motherboard case that is very easy to work in and takes up a small amount of space, this is a great choice, especially at its price point. It also has room for a single fan liquid cooler and has a windowed panel for aesthetics.

register929 1 point 28 months ago

Hmm, thanks for replying, but I have another question. How is cable management?

Bodom0511 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

There's plenty of space at the bottom of the case for cables. In between the psu and front fan there is a large open area, as well as plenty of room song both sides of the psu. This build used a modular PSU, which made it very neat and orderly, however, I have also built in this case with a 750 Watt non-modular PSU. There was enough room on the bottom to fit all the cables.

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PolarBearsHD 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Nice build! Even though this isn't completely relevant to the whole "PC Aspect" of this website, subwoofers aren't supposed to be on the table. Usually they're put on the ground. Sorry, it's me just being nit-picky. Great build, anyways!

Bodom0511 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Downstairs tenants are complainers about noise.

PolarBearsHD 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Oh okay, well, nice build anyways!

Kreuzer 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl and leds!

Bodom0511 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Its a very easy case to mod in/on.

ParkourPig2014 1 point 28 months ago

Does the blue backlighting ever hurt your eyes or would you still take it over a white backlit keyboard? I'm trying to decide on a white backlit for when I get my setup built or just go with a white backlit. Is there much of a difference?

Bodom0511 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Instead of a white backlight or a white backlight, how about a white backlight instead? Lol

No, the blue backlighting is not annoying for my eyes, nor has any color. If it's in the budget, stretching to get a keyboard that has rgb backlighting or brightness adjustment levels might be something you'd want to consider if you have light senesitivity issues or can't decide on a single color.

Bodom0511 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I actually just saw this keyboard's rgb version for sale for the same Price as the non rgb versions. This is a good budget keyboard for $40.

tacocrusher9000 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

I'm looking into the same cpu and gpu how are you liking them?

Bodom0511 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

i swear by the 6100. Its a great cpu. The 460 is doing well, my friend says. If you are going to be playing games at 1080p at reasonable graphics settings, the 460 will do you fine, good bang for buck. However, if you're gunna try and play more intensive games at higher settings, id stretch for a better gpu.

tacocrusher9000 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

have you tried running anything on just the 6100 integrated graphics?

Bodom0511 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

update: The integrated graphics on the 6100 runs Age of Empires II HD (Steam version) no problem

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