Description

A friend of mine needed a new PC to replace his old 2005 Athlon X2 PC. Built this pc in about 1-2 hours and it is FAST!!! Boot times are around 5-7 seconds (from push of button to login screen). And should last my friend a long time.

CPU: The Core i5 4160 was the perfect CPU for this build, it was very cheap (got it for around $109) and is really fast for basic browsing and emailing. A Pentium probably would of been better, however the i3 will last longer.

Mobo: This was a no brainer for me. Since my friend needed WIFI and I got it for $85. If I got a $20 PCIE wifi card and a B85/H81 board it would of cost the same as this H97 mobo. It performs great. BIOS is easy to use and the wifi works extremely well.

RAM: Vengeance LP was perfect for this build. I needed LP RAM for better airflow and cable management, and I already have used 3 sets of the same exact memory in other builds as well.

Case: I originally was considering buying the Elite 110. However that case was very small, and I was in no mood to try to build a pc in a case that small. The Elite 130 was a lot better, lots of more room than the elite 110 could of given me.

PSU: I was going to buy a seasonic PSU, however with mini itx a modular PSU is a must. So i got the CX430M. BTW...I know I have said countless times NOT to buy this PSU. However I mean that for high performance/gaming PCs. For small and low powered builds like this, this psu is fine.

Optical Drive: I actually forgot what optical drive I bought lol. But from what my parts lists say I got an asus one. But obviously i didn't. However it doesn't really matter. I just needed a optical drive that works well.

The cable management was a bit tough. But that's to be expected in such a small form factor. Plus, this PC wasn't meant to be looked at a ton, so I didn't do the cable management as well as I could have. So far I'm happy with how it performs.

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, nice parts! So as the title goes, office stuff I'm assuming. I'm certain your friend will appreciate your service for the computer that you put together. Thank you for sharing it! +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your comments.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great but im a tad unsure of the PSU, should work perfectly though

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Corsair is perfectly reliable, but it might be a tad overkill. Oh well super stable build!

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

At least they have the options to add in an HD and a decent video card down the road and not worry about a need of more wattage. (Well, like a GTX 750 between 960 or even the R9 280.) So yes it is a bit of an overhead but it's nice too for this possibility. That is IF the client was interested to add more parts down the road, but I have no idea.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

The world shall never know.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I know what you mean by the PSU. However the CX Corsair line is great for office PCs since they hardly use any power. Max wattage on the PC is around 85 watts. Then probably 15W at idle.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that's fine, I just have my head too deep in the gaming end of the spectrum. Nice office btw!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx!! It's in a bedroom so it's nothing fancy. :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

sleeping at the desk ay?;)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL, no my room is in another room. That office is just a converted bedroom.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

whats up with the soiled tissue? Have a little fun with it before giving it back to him ;)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

lol. I actually don't know why that paper towel is there.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I know not something you can fix by why would CoolerMaster put the mobo below the psu? seems like it would give some more room for cable management if the pus was on the bottom

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. That would be nice. But I guess that's how they designed it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, I knwo this is a little late but I just got this mobo in the mail and evertime i start the pc nothing happens. All the parts in this pc work including the psu, i made sure of that. Im thinking its my front panel connectors. I have tried setting them up in so many different configurations and It wont boot. So im wondering if you could somehow tell me or show me how to setup my front i/o D: any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! I'm actually using the same motherboard for a build I'm working on.