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Office Computer

by Polsyr

Description

Wanted something quiet, reliable, and modern for work. I run a small trading business (including an online shop) and do a lot of work with MS Office.

I chose to go with a Skylake processor because I wanted something modern that will be on the market for some time. I chose the simple Pentium G4500 because that more than meets my computing needs, and I can always swap it for something with more punch if needed (for example an i3 6300 or i5 6500) without changing anything else. Now that I have been using this for 2 weeks, I am entirely happy with my choice of CPU. My previous computer (which cost a fortune when new) is a 3 year old laptop with i7 2637M and a SSD, and 4GB of RAM, connected to an external monitor. The new computer runs faster, cooler and quieter on each and every single task that I do.

I chose the B150 PC Mate MB because it meets my needs in all terms and will continue to meet them for the next 3 years.

The 1TB hard drive is a converted portable drive that I bought two years ago but never used.

Upon completing my build, software installation and updates, I ran a torture test, and after 60 hours of running, my CPU temperature was 49C (120F) and MB temp 31C (88F), with no errors. I am happy that during the entire test not even one fan ran at high speed. The system remained cool and quiet just the way I was hoping it would be.

Update: March 16, 2016: Added another 8 GB of RAMfor a total of 16 GB. Systems is more responsive when several applications are open, and seems to boot faster.

Part Reviews

CPU

Plus: good computing power for the money, great choice for office users such as myself, and runs cool under full load with the stock Intel cooler. Minus: can't find any.

Motherboard

Plus: as a business user, this gives me everything I need in terms of performance and expansion possibilities. Minus: there are 2 internal USB 2.0 connectors, both used to connect to 2 USB 2.0 ports in the front of the case. I want to add (in the 3.5" drive bay) a card reader, and that happens to use a USB 2.0 connector - so I have to give up one of my two USB 2.0 connectors in the case, add another USB 2.0 connector or make do with an external card reader.

Memory

No frills, good value for the money. As a business user, works fine for me.

Storage

Used as my boot drive, Windows 10 Home 64 Bit loads and is fully ready for use in under 15 seconds every time. Couldn't ask for more. Plus the M.2 format allows for a cleaner installation with less cables running around the case, therefore better airflow and improved cooling.

Storage

Decent performance for a mechanical hard drive, not very loud when running, but sounds like a little turbine spooling up when starting - which is not a bad thing.

Case

Plus: Good quality for the price, all metal edges folded nicely, decent space for cable management. Minus: The tool-less 5.25 external drive mounting system is fiddly and tinny.

Power Supply

Simple, straightforward and very quiet under light load. Good quality for the price.

Optical Drive

Works very well, but seems rather loud when it spools up.

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FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

a pentium better than an i7? holy crap, never getting a laptop!

lifeisonthewire 5 points 29 months ago

A Pentium G4500 is much more powerful than an i7-2637M. That i7 is 4 generations older than the Pentium. And ontop of that, the Pentium is a higher-wattage desktop CPU. The i7 is a low-wattage Laptop CPU.

Polsyr submitter 2 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

I can't really blame the processor alone, because the laptop's compact layout forces many compromises, especially in terms of packaging and cooling.

therevenga 2 points 29 months ago

Thinking of getting this cpu for my lil sister as a light gaming pc (She only plays Minecraft and Roblox :p) But im willing to change her mind and get her to play either LoL, CS:GO, Or Rust Legacy. Do you think this cpu is enough..? (Pairing with 8 gb of ram and an MSI R7 250)

CBCATX 2 points 29 months ago

Intel's iGPU from Haswell onward will rock face at Minecraft. LoL and CS:GO would appreciate a 750Ti, 950, or R7 series.

Polsyr submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I had not played games in a long time, but recently someone convinced me to spend my breaks with Kerbal Space Program and I found it is a great way to relax. I don't know how stressful this game is to the CPU and GPU but it works perfect on the highest settings - even without a dedicated graphics card. As far as I know, many games don't really utilize multicore processing that much, therefore the CPU by itself is not bad, but if you want higher graphics performance then you should combine it with a decent graphics card. I am very happy with this CPU for my office and limited gaming use.

ShainDaWolf 1 point 19 months ago

I think you should get one of my builds same price but a little cheaper and it's awesome

bzbigfoot 2 points 28 months ago

This the motherboard all black? Or brown with black accents?

Polsyr submitter 2 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

Your question made me open the case and bring a strong light to take some close up pictures, which I added so you can see them :) The board itself is either off-black or dark brown (I say it is dark brown, my coworker says it is off-black, I guess it depends on the lighting and the viewing angle), with brown printed circuit wiring, and some white printed circuit wiring between the RAM and CPU that is mostly hidden behind the CPU cooler. There are also some white stripes around the audio capacitors and connector (I assume to signify that the audio circuit is "isolated"). The heat sinks on the motherboard are black and look solid and of high quality. Now that I have been using this computer for over 2 months, I can definitely recommend this MB for office users like me. The software from MSI is good. But I have one complaint. I noticed that the sound tends to get "dirty" when I turn the volume up. Not sure whether it is from the MB, my cheap speakers (literally got them for about $7), or my badly grounded electric supply.

bzbigfoot 2 points 28 months ago

If you're looking at the motherboard without a flashlight on it does the board appear black? Btw thanks for the pics!

Polsyr submitter 2 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

I honestly can't say. Between the fact that my office window is north-facing and that all my lighting is LED based, the color definition is somewhat lost. To me it looks like a very dark shade of brown, yet my colleague insists that it is black. Sorry friend, can't help you with this one!

bzbigfoot 2 points 28 months ago

Thanks for all your help. You make the community of pc gaming a better place!

Polsyr submitter 2 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

Thank you for your kind words! Although I am not a gamer really - I exclusively use my computers for work and keeping in touch with friends and family, plus the occasional KSP hour :)

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Polsyr submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Hi. I don't have any complaints on the motherboard. It does what it is supposed to do without drama. The quality of the used components looks good. The software package provided by MSI works fine, but keeps trying to sneak in more "optional" stuff whenever I update the bios (already updated the bios 3 times). I guess I can complain that although I selected English as installation language, the software ignored that and went with the default language of the OS (which happens to be Polish). The computer runs cool and quiet. Feel free to ask anything. I am planning to build a computer for my wife in the next few weeks, and if I have a choice, I would pick MSI as a brand again. I used ASUS, Gigabyte and ASRock in the past and never had problems with any of them. The only hardware failures I ever experienced on self-built computers in the past were on a Quantum branded HD (back in the 90s, bad sectors after 3 years of use) and on NVidia graphics card (solder failure after 3 years of use, was fixed by baking the card). Also had a Seagate HD click on me a few weeks ago, and even though it was still working, I replaced it anyway.

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