Description

I wanted to turn my old cheap server into something more usable, and ended up nearly replacing every single part to create a tiny server + gaming PC in set-top-box form. I had the 980 ti as a retired card, so this was a great opportunity to give it some more life. I plan to hook this box up to the living room TV to use for gaming (both modern and likely old console emulation), as well as to run game servers for friends. I haven't yet decided if I want to run windows 10 (leveraging the excellent Windows Subsystem for Linux for remote administration) or just go straight linux and run games through Steam's Proton or in-home streaming, but I love that both of those options exist. And with a 1 TB M.2 SSD I have room to dual boot if I can't decide.

I definitely had a lot of trouble getting the parts to all cooperate, going through multiple itx motherboard/ram combinations, but finally found that the MSI B450I worked with some ram I already had kicking around. The MSI motherboard I got was NOT ryzen 3000 ready, so I needed to pick up a cheap Ryzen 3 2200g ($60) to run the bios update.

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  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! I know you already purchased the 2200g for BIOS flashing purposes, but if you or anyone else is in the same position just contact AMD and they will send you on loan (free of charge) a "boot kit" which contains either an A6-9500 or Athlon 200GE CPU that you can use to get your BIOS updated.

https://www.amd.com/en/support/kb/faq/pa-100#faq-Short-Term-Processor-Loan-Boot-Kit

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

This build, like all the other Node 202 builds impresses me every time, and high end builds like this prove that MITX cases are the best!

The only problem is the Node 202 has very few cooler options for ryzen in particular. Sorry to hear that B450 board was giving you issues, but at least it all worked out in the end.

+1 for that controller and that sleek case choice.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

How are temps with the stock cooler? I have a very similar build that I'm going to use for light gaming for a month while away from home then put it straight to hosting modded Minecarft servers and modded Ark: Survival Evolved servers. How has hosting worked out for your build?