Description

At school, I was assigned to build 3 PCs with a budget of $1500 USD. Due to the small amount of power these machines actually needed, I was able to bring the cost down to $200 USD per system. If you are wondering, the HDDs were pulled from old scrap laptops lying around at the school.

Part Reviews

CPU

Cheap CPU, nice performance for light Ubuntu/Windows 10 instances. The included heatsink is an absolute pain to put on, and I needed to retry about 3 times (which requires almost breaking the mounting hardware) to successfully mount every time I built this system.

Motherboard

Really annoying motherboard, has a sticker stuck to back of CPU mount on every single board I recived, that leaves residue needing to be cleaned with isopropyl rubbing alcohol. It does work however (obviously), with a nice selection of ports, and an AMAZING price. Also Thank You! to MSI for not putting on an outdated printer port!

Case

Great overall case and airflow, but a bit overpriced. Love the VESA mount capabilities.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 6 points

Wow, a $200 PC that has a case with a not-crappy PSU included :D!

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Hmm... Since

1500-(200*3)=900

Wait... what exactly happened to the extra $900 budget? just curious. +1 on minimizing budget tho

I could have happily build them entry "gaming PCs" oh well
  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nothing happened to it. My teacher didn't quite know how expensive modern PC building was, and it's a small private school, with no need for anything to fancy. It can run light games like Minecraft on medium settings without to much problems because the integrated graphics are able to use the 8GB of RAM.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

So you kept the 900 nice m8 nice...... lucky

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

I like how the PC is small enough to just hook and hide behind the monitor. For a lightweight system, i really like it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

How did you convince your school to let you build computers for them? I want to build the school a better server so their cheap-a** VM clients don't lag like an underclocked Pentium II. I haven't pitched them the server yet but it is pretty expensive so I don't know if they will accept or not.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I go to a small private school where the kids have as much say as the teachers. In fact, I didn't even ask them, my teacher asked me.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow, okay. I wish public schools gave an eighth about the students.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Same here, went to one a couple years ago, and it was horrible. The only reason I can afford to goto private school is because I get a scholarship for doing tons of tech support for them.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah, I am currently in the process of rebuilding 3 computers, and building 3 more for my school.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I seriously love baby budget builds like this. Cookie points for Linux, too. I'd upvote more than once if it weren't against the rules.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

could you look at my amd build and see if i am at risk of bottle necking if you know what that is?\

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll PM you on that.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I like tiny.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Would this be a good build for web searching and office work?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, totally. It's nothing to powerful, which is why it is intended for stuff like this. You could even cut back on 4GB of RAM

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm scared of getting this case now because of that cable management

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

There really is no case that has good cable management in this form factor. This is the absolute best cable management possible in this case, because the cables are just so big compared to the case, whereas on an ATX case, they appear so small compared to it.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Just because you have a lot more components like WiFi dongle, DVD drive etc. making it more expensive.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea! How do you know me?

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah. Surprised you remembered me!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

There is an included VESA mount with the case.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 on the case. It's the only thing possibly hundreds of people will see about the units. Well worth the money if they are durable. Great look and size for a school. Easy to relocate if the need arises. Good choice.

I think that case may have some sort of lock receptacle on it. Use it.

In regards to the comment about the HDD's, these would make awesome diskless workstations / thin clients. Network boot an image for Windows RDP for Windows Terminal Server and you are done!

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