Let me introduce the Blue Flash. The build alone costed $491.05 but the part list shows the total amount. This will change again but I asked permission to share about this build. The purpose is extremely simple, majority is to use Excel & Word and QuickBooks. The goal was to make it fast and satisfy our needs since we could not spend another $1,200 Desktop like last time.
8/27/18: Originally our 6 year old HP computers were overkill because we never fully utilize those i7 processors with 7000 Radeon series GPUs and 12GBs of RAM. 2TBs total but neither one came close to saving 150GB of storage. In the end, I was able to provide a computer that pleases my boss and manager which makes me very happy.
Photos # 1-4 is the final result. Photos # 5-85 is the building and setup process. Keep in mind most of these parts were purchased in 2014 at the end of the year. Built in January 2015 but officially working and in use for this year. In short summary, the funds were in need for something else so the OS and software was postponed for a while.
|CPU-Z||CPU Single Thread||CPU Multi Thread|
|i3-4150 @ 3.5GHz||299||918|
Originally I would not have used this but I was troubleshooting the computer for not powering ON properly nor displaying a boot. I did many reinstallations, straighten wires, the CPU fan would only run for 2 seconds than suddenly stop. So I replaced the stockfan with the RCX-Z90-CP, it repeated the same problem. When I replaced the PSU, the CPU cooler worked and had a successful boot.
I did not bother reinstalling the stockfan since I would have to uninstall the CPU Cooler and the CPU and clean them. Happily, it works and gets the job done. Of course, there are other options available since this version is not seen often: RCX-Z775-LP and RCX-Z300.
Added in another 4GB of RAM so now the integrated graphics is set at 512MB. I also re-routed the cables very tightly so there was room for the 2x4GB of RAM. In between the DIMM Slot and the SATA4’s connector used to be bulky wires.
NOTE: Eventually a GT 1030 will be added in.
Oh my, I’m mentioning this case again? Actually this build was my first time to truly experience this Inwin Mini ITX Desktop Case. This was the very reason why I loved working in it too. It’s so easy and not too complicated to format the layout, though that can vary upon the PSU’s cable lengths and if you include an Optical Drive.
There was no manual but also not necessary once get into it. I will admit, when I first worked in this case, I was nervous. Especially when discovering the Power Man IP-S200FF1-0 H 200w PSU was a dud. The PSU was replaced but causing a delay in the building process.
I highly recommend this case for those who might want a Desktop ITX case. It’s big as a 14 inch laptop yet compact enough for any office or home computer. Option to opt out the optical drive and convert the 5.25” as another storage unit, a 5.25” bay converter for 3.5”/2.5". Another option is to grab a 3.5” bay converter for 2.5” SSDs/HDDs.
Since the PSU that came with the case was not working, it was replaced with this TFX FSP 300w. It’s a very good PSU, no heat issues and exhausts well but the cables are 7 between 8 inches long. The one little thing that hinders is not being able to dual-channel RAM because the SATA4 connector which powers the Optical is to long.
I would suggest this PSU as an option but I'm highly aware of its price and short cables. If anyone is wondering why the TFX Seasonic wasn't purchased, it was not available at the time. I would recommend the Seasonic 300w version for certain.
No major issues whatsoever with Windows 10 and it gets the job done. And I did not need to update the BIOS to F5. I do not care for the interface because it’s a fusion of Windows 7 + Windows 8. Nor do I care for Microsoft Edge since certain websites are not compatibility yet. Of course this is also true for past web browsers but made sure Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox are available.
You can skip this paragraph if known this. Internet Explorer is there, it’s in the C: Drive (wherever your OS is) > Program Files(x86) Folder > Internet Explorer Folder > Double left-click iexplore application. Pin it to taskbar or create a shortcut than all set to go.
I’m thankful for being allowed to build this computer and seeing it function with speedy results. This build was the very reason why I liked this Inwin case.
Thank you for reading! Please feel free to leave any comments, questions or constructive criticism. I’ll update anything if I forgot to mention something or any grammar/spelling errors.