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Blue Flash

by Eltech

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17 Comments

Details

Date Published

Sept. 19, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 18, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

53.0° C

Description

  • 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. Also down the road, using QuickBooks and eBridge but the scanner is still to be decided.

  • The goal was to make it fast and satisfy our needs since we could not spend another $1,200 Desktop like last time. Our 4 year HP computers are currently overkill because we never fully utilize those i7 processors with 7000 Radeon series GPUs and 12GB of RAM. 2TBs total but neither one has ever come 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.

Time to proceed with my two cents:

CPU

Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor

  • This processor works very well for its intended purpose. Since Excel is used frequently it made sense to grab the i3 with an amazing deal. I’m so glad this was quickly snatched as “new” for $99.99. The temperatures for idle was 26°C and underload was 53°C.

CPU Cooler

Rosewill RCX-Z90-CP 62.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

  • 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.


Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-H81N Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard

  • The BIOS is F4 and had zero issues installing Windows 10. The BIOS has plenty of features and two BIOS, Classic Mode and Smart Tweak Mode. The layout is pretty decent though I wish the RAM slots were a little further away from the Optical Drive but I cannot grumble about it. Otherwise, very pleased with this motherboard because it was easy to connect all the connectors. One more thing to mention, it has one 6GB SATA which the SSD is running through and two 3GB SATAs which one is being used for the Optical Drive.

Memory - UPDATED @ 12/20/2016

Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 2x4GB DDR3-1600 Memory

  • 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.

SSD

Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

  • Wow! No matter how old this SSD is, it boots Windows 10 in 3 seconds and loads the rest in about 2~5 seconds. I would greatly recommend this SSD. The performance is outstanding but I’m also aware about the pricing could be high. If you ever find it $80 or below than you will not regret it.

Case

Inwin BP655.FH200B Mini ITX Desktop Case

  • 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.


PSU

FSP Group 300W 80+ Gold Certified TFX Power Supply

  • 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.


Optical Drive

Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer

  • This optical gets the job done. It is audible when you hear a DVD run but that is to be expected. It will be needed when we have to review scanned documents from DVDs.

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

  • 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.


WiFi USB Adapter

TP-Link TL-WN823N USB 2.0 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter

  • This WiFi has no problems at the moment since using the Realtek driver. TP-Link’s driver will not work properly and stops the WiFi connection because the Model # is Version 1.2: their drivers support Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1, Linux (kernel 2.6.18~3.10.10) and Mac OS X 10.7~10.10. NOT for Windows 10 since you need a Model # Version 2. However it’s not required to install the TP-Link driver, plug & play and it’s ready to go!

  • There is a beta driver of Ver:1.# model for Mac X OS 10.11. It isn’t official for a completed driver but they will finalize it when they do.


Case Fan - UPDATED @ 12/20/2016

Noctua NF-R8 redux-1800 PWM 31.4 CFM 80mm

  • The Rosewell case fan was replaced with the 80mm Noctua fan. It's set standard mode from the BIOS and it's very quiet. Much better than what the previous fan was and pulls plenty of air for intake.

Monitor

AOC e2050Swd 19.5" 60Hz Monitor

  • The monitor works and doing its purpose. Recommended settings for Luminance: set Contrast at 50 and Brightness at 20. Or in ECO Mode, set it in Text. The size is definitely small but not a problem and the resolution is 1600x900. Very responsive too which I’m impressed. This has no monitor speakers and you have to be seated in a certain angle, otherwise the brightness makes it difficult to see the screen (seems ideal for banks if you ask me).

Keyboard

Gear Head KB2500U Wired Slim Keyboard

  • This keyboard was on sale and surprisingly works well. The layout is standard with a numberpad. It’s good for an office and can raise it higher if need be. Keep in mind about the backspace is as small as the regular keys. It's easy to miss type with the index finger if you use it for the backspace key.

Mouse

Logitech M100 Wired Optical Mouse

  • This mouse is ideal for anyone who is right handed or left handed. It’s nothing too fancy but who can argue with a sweet deal? It is responsive and plentiful.

Speakers

Gear Head SP2000USLV 3W 2ch Speakers

  • Extremely surprised by how these speakers perform. It works really well, even better than monitor speakers. Can be very loud so the volume is set to 35. It also looks pretty cool and easy to set up which needs an audio jack and a USB port.

3.5 inch Bay Converter

SABRENT 3.5-Inch to SSD / 2.5-Inch HDD Bay Drives Converter (BK-HDDH)

  • Highly recommend this 3.5" bay converter if you have two SSDs or 2.5" HDDs (or both). However, knowing only an SSD is installed, it leaves room for one more 2.5" storage. This is easier to install any 2.5" storage when non is available.

Personal Notes

  • 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. The next purchase is to get an Office Scanner.

  • 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.

Comments Sorted by:

Amazian 3 points 15 months ago

Nice and plenty pictures as always as well as a well detailed description. +1

SR91 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Agreed, it's nice when people take the time to explain why they decided to build it, why they picked the parts, and so on. Give us a story to go along with the slideshow.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Aw... thank you, thank you.

SR91 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

You're welcome and thanks for taking the time to post everything and reply. It's much appreciated.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Of course! It's no problem. :)

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

I truly appreciate your support and lovely compliments. I'm happy to know that someone appreciates the details. :)

Xizt 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Sick build, it's refreshing to see a low budget computer once in a while.

+1

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Thank you so much! I'm glad it's refreshing to see something different, once in a blue moon.

Storm-cooled 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Now, if you want to be featured: fit 2 gtx titan XPs in SLI. With a 6950x.

+1

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Oh my. Am I allowed to modify for such a challenge? And thank you for the one!

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

An Eltech build!

Now, the question is...

Where is the "###"?

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Yes, another build. A very late posted one.

Now, the question is...

Where is the "###"?

I'm not sure. It could be in the closet.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Lmao

gugu96 18 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

if you need a lot of storage you can get rid of optical and get a tray for 4x2.5" (think ssd, less heat)

how do you like the power light? I use this case for htpc and the light is freaking anoying. I have to open the case soon to work inside so if I can I will replace the led for something less bright.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

if you need a lot of storage you can get rid of optical and get a tray for 4x2.5" (think ssd, less heat)

I sort of gave an idea when I briefly talked about the case. I was not as specific as you were but thank you for the confirmation. We will not need as much storage since this computer is not intended for storing, more so for working on spreadsheets, documents, eBridge and QuickBooks. We will upgrade the RAM to 8GB by the end of this year since right now we meet the bare minimum (in RAM) with QuickBooks. It's currently working for now.

how do you like the power light? I use this case for htpc and the light is freaking anoying. I have to open the case soon to work inside so if I can I will replace the led for something less bright.

My boss likes it, so far I haven't heard a complaint. If I ever do than I'll fix that as soon as possible. Though the way how it's currently laid out, we stare more at the screen than the computer.

I'm certain you will get yours resolved soon. Thankfully this case isn't so complex to tweak.

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

I missed this build of yours. Another quality labor of love. Thanks for sharing this.

Thumbs up.

Eltech submitter 17 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Hey, no worries Gooberdad. I'll have to check your builds too. Thank you for the lovely comments and your support. :)