Why spend my Monies? I needed a low power multi-tasker to run alongside my workstation. I wanted to cut my workstation from the internet and run just media production software (No Updates, No Viruses). This computer will act as a sandbox, play movies, do office tasks, etc. I think I'll do all of the messing around with this computer instead of risking my workstation to disaster.
Hardware Everyone here knows about the AMD 5350, so I won't retype what everybody has already written. I chose a single stick of ram because the case will have better airflow and since AM1 only supports single channel, it's a no brainer. I never really had a strict preference of storage so i just went with what's listed. Went with another Pico PSU but this time the adapter is 105 watts. Should be enough.....I Hope.
Case Ever built a computer just because the case was appealing? Neither have I until now. Probably the only thing that sets this PC apart from the rest. Love the front panel LCD. Gorgeous. Clear Acrylic. Beautiful. Small so that it can fit on my desk. 193 x 199 x 78mm(this isn't my smallest ITX case BTW). Hell Yeah. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner. Price wasn't too bad either.
-One gripe about this case is that the side panels are about 1.8mm thick so yeah, it'll bend like an iphone. The top and bottom panels are 3mm. the other gripe is either the standoffs are too tall or the back panel was cut wrong, hence the I/O shield is not present (that's twice already with the ITX cases...fuuuugh). I'll make it work.
OS and everything with it Oh M$ you're just like my ex-girlfriend. Alot of potential, but loves to backstab. If i find Cortana as useful as i think she is, I'll keep it. Other than that, Hello Linux. I work in the Networking IT field, got Win10 for Nada.
Future Plans I have this "XBOX Fader Mod" pcb that I got about 4-5yrs ago. It controls case led lighting. the cool thing about it is that it can fade leds on and off (slow breathing effect) when the system is off. Most likely to get a lower profile CPU cooler since there's about 4mm clearance from the top panel to the CPU cooler fan. Cool Beans.
-Installed Intel7260 Wifi Half Card. Link speed @430Mbps
-Kodi runs Perfect.
-Multitasking maybe a little hard on the the cpu, but it still manages, albeit a tad slower.
-Windows 10 installation is straight forward. Boots very quickly. I think it'll boot even faster if i turn the legacy boot off (I'm keeping it this way so i can still access bios without headache).
-Cortana is somewhat useful. I created some batch files so I can launch programs and files by voice.
-All Fans @ 50% and near silent. The spin-up drive is sometimes louder than the fans (I have concerns).