I’ll keep this straight to the point. Built for the workplace. I had a budget for about $1,400 for two new computers (along with Windows 10 & Microsoft Office 2016) and $1,000 for the scanner so that’s $2,400 total. The budget spent for two office computers and a good new scanner was $2,100.79. We re-purposed the monitors and mouse.
After six years later from our previous HP desktops, the hard drives were showing with age majorly and it took about 2 minutes to boot completely and 5 minutes to settle down and allow the applications to load up instead of freezing up. Even load up with the browsers were slow and delaying to a point it could take a few minutes to print out a paper.
There were no major hardware problems with the previous desktops except that the hard drive was slowing down majorly plus the previous i7-3820, 12GB of RAM and 2TB in RAID was never fully utilized in the workplace. We don’t do any video content as we only manage the bills, work with a lot of papers and currently scanning them as images to reduce the paper clutter.
Hence it was time for an upgrade for two computers. For this main build’s purpose is for the everyday uses with Microsoft Office (Word and Excel everyday), eBridge, to manage the bills, communicate with other businesses/clients and of course to scan papers. Everything is backed up from the 2TB external hard drive. And this offers additional upgrades if necessary. This build itself cost $412.78.
We did need a new scanner for this computer but with a budget of $1,000 which was purchased under this amount. I researched and found Canon’s DR-M140 portable scanner which works great for our electronic scanning needs. It’ll be nice to not just have one person scanning but now two of us have the capability to do this.
Photo numbers 1-7 is the final result. Photo numbers 8-115 is the building process or end result.
|CPU-Z||CPU Single Thread||CPU Multi Thread|
|i3-8100 @ 3.6GHz||435||1,676|
|Crystal Disk Mark 6||Read [MB/s]||Write [MB/s]|
|All||5, 1GiB||C: 16% (38/232 GiB)|
|UserBenchmark Performance Results||Gaming||Desktop||Workstation|
|Details||Surfboard, 17%||Battleship, 71%||Speed boat, 41%|
|PCMark Benchmark||Score||Essentials||Productivity||Digital Content Creation||Details|
|PCMark 10||3,481||8,086||5,904||2,400||PCMark 10 Result|
Coffee Lake’s 8th generation i3, amazing to see this become a quad-core. No longer the good old 2 core with hyperthreading like it’s 4th, 6th and 7th gen siblings. Feels like the old i5s these days since the Coffee Lake and Kaby Lake Pentiums replaced those particular i3s. It’s the same base GHz we had before but this is a decent processor to have in case we need Photoshop Elements down the road. Plus it helps to have a processor paired with a decent RAM for speedy responses and multi-tasks and obviously that SSD makes a huge difference for boot times and loading up applications quickly.
So the 8th generation i3 could have been a tad overkill but I think it’s better for the primary business computer to handle those constant everyday common tasks between office applications, scanning images and even using eBridge every day. And we do have some heavy-duty printers too.
Offers the necessary features we needed in a tight budget. The HDMI and DisplayPort will certainly be required from this particular motherboard since there are two monitors. It’s also great to have because the six-year-old dedicated graphics card didn’t go beyond 1080p and it’s nice to have upgraded hardware in general. The DisplayPort must be version 1.2 for the integrated graphics to be as high as 4096x2304 @ 60Hz. While HDMI must be version 1.4 and be set as high as 4096x2160 @ 30Hz.
The layout seems thought out well, doesn’t interfere with installations and its connections. And I had no issues installing the motherboard which worked out great. An important tidbit to remember with this MOBO: to support DDR4 @ 2666MHz it must be an i5 or an i7 processor.
The only minor issue I had was the incapability to rearrange the Boot Order for the storage. Yes, I did make sure that the Optical, SSD and HDD were detected and they were. Some error with Gigabyte’s H310M-A’s F1 BIOS but installation for Windows 10 was still a success without the need to double check between rearranging the Boot Order.
I did update the F1 BIOS to F3 which does officially allow the Boot Order and Boot Override and this should have been there in the first place. Also seems the I/O ports are more cooperative with some device detection though this was not a problem for this computer but much so for the other.
NOTICE: Keep in mind that this only has one SYS_FAN header so if your intention is to have more than one case fan then purchase a fan splitter or a fan hub or a fan controller. Remember the CPU_FAN is for the CPU cooler (air or liquid). And don't forget if install an M.2 SSD to M2M then the SATA3 3 is unavailable because the M2M socket and the SATA 3 3 connector shares bandwidth.
‣ The pros about this case:
1) It’s spacious. Yes, it may not look like it but Rosewill did better with this layout design versus some of their cheap cases. There’s enough space to tuck excess wires between hiding small wires.
2) Plenty of ways to cable manage. Depending on your motherboard of course, this case has many ways to cable manage. Do keep the bulky wires inside the case because the right side panel is flat. You may notice both left and right side panels are completely flat but I can assure there is few ways to manage wires.
3) Plenty of options with storage. Probably the most I have ever seen in such a small MicroATX case from Rosewill. You can install up to six storage drives three 2.5” and three 3.5” HDDs/SSDs. To be more specific you can install one 2.5” SSD or HDD underneath the 3.5” bay, one on the right panel and one to the bottom of the case. And three 3.5” HDDs go in the 3.5” bay.
‣ The cons about this case:
1) The first thing I saw right away was the warping behind the case, the PCI slots and even the Right Panel and a part of its frame was damaged. Easy to fix by pushing with your hands but this is not ideal nor a good first impression either.
2) The other problem I had was being unable to easily remove the right side panel. AKA where everything is tucked wires and behind the motherboard. There’s really no way to properly grip either panel to be honest here but for some reason the right side panel was the most difficult to remove. And I am kind of embarrassed as I didn’t save any of my recorded complaints while I attempted many times… as I quote myself trying to remove the front panel, “Wow… I can’t remove this * bleep *.” I laughed a lot since I’m no stranger of removing panels but this took me a while.
3) The obvious note here is not having a 120mm case fan at the front. So one will have to purchase a 120mm case fan or if one has an extra case fan laying around to have an intake fan. Notice: However, you can also install an 80mm or a 90mm case fan instead of a 120mm case fan.
My official first time to work on the newest 2017 model from Corsair’s CX versions. I am impressed. It’s small, it’s light weight and has the necessary cables you’ll need for an office computer or a starter gaming computer. Do keep in mind that the 450w only has one 2+6 pin PCIE cable while the 550w and 650w have two PCIE cables and one or two more SATA cables.
The appearance of keeping a black and gray logo helps give a neutral color, especially the black sleeved wires, and I’m assuming the wires are black too. I had no problems either with cable management despite it’s no modular. And no issues to report but the only problem I had here was the price... the price changes often but at the end of the day it was worth the purchase. * sad that it was $39.99 then the following day it went up an extra $5 *
I felt pretty slow with this build since I been more sore and tired then usual so I felt bad about that. However, I certainly enjoyed this and I am truly honored to finally build my first 8th generation computer too. It was worth the experience and the learning process all over again.
Notes about Canon DR-M140 Office Document Scanner: The most necessary component we needed along with this build and where it costed the most but managed to purchase the scanner for $821. It came with the necessary drives from DVDs and also includes a license eCopy Pro PDF 6 converter for 1 computer. I would say this portable office document scanner is the best and is Windows 10 compatible and has these drivers/software/utilities available online too. Personally the best 50 sheet office scanner in my opinion, you can scan papers, receipts, checks, even photos (though we don’t scan photos).
So if your office document scanner can’t be a $2,000 budget then this office document scanner is one of the best to purchase. The previous scanner cost a little over $2K and handles up to 100 sheets of paper but it’s work horse regardless how old the DR-4010C scanner is.
VLC Media Player: If you have VLC Media Player and it shows a black screen with sound then you most likely have version 3.0.3 which was released on June 29, 2018 or sadly it's just happening. To solve this issue go to Tools > Preferences > Input / Codecs. Under Codecs there's Hardware-accelerated decoding, from this select the drop-down that displays Automatic and change it to Disable. Click Save once you disabled the Hardware-accelerated decoding and close VLC Media Player. Start VLC Media player again and try to play a DVD movie and you should see the movie (etc.) with actual video playback.
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