Description

The aim is to use this for some light gaming and HTPC under Linux. The build was straight-forward apart from some small gotchas below. I am still testing it and will update with temps and performance. So far very happy! It can play SuperTuxKart at 4k (detail turned down to level 2). Might get a GFX card later on to beef that up.

My two rookie mistakes:

  • There's two possible orientations for the cooler and one will obscure the RAM slots. Guess which one I choose first? Getting the cooler back off to reposition it was nearly a problem - it would not budge. Some kind of vacuum formed between it and the CPU. In the end it needed twisting off and it was a bit of a battle.
  • The I/O panel shield had little metal prongs that obscured the displayport and HDMI ports, should have bent those back before I installed it. Had to undo the mobo in order to sort it out.

Other things to note:

  • You don't need to buy anything else, you have everything you need included in the boxes the components listed.
  • Note the rubbers for the PSU confused me: they go in the lines of four holes on the bottom plate of the case (see pic). The fat bit faces the PSU, the leg pushes through and secures once a slightly fatter bit goes through the hole...
  • It's easy to get cables caught in the case fan, watch for that on first switch-on.

Part Reviews

Case

This was easy to work with - removing all the panels make access a breeze. The thumbscrews felt a little fragile but apart from that top case!

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Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this handle screens with res up to 1440p? Looking to build a Linux dev box for all my dev training but only have the Acer X34P monitor

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm running two 4k monitors with almost the exact same setup with no problems.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

PepperNickel has confirmed already but yes it's fine for me attached to a single 4k TV - certainly no problem for dev work I would have thought.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

A little heavy on the power supply. Your build probably uses 120W if everything was overclocked and playing a game. Good choice on the RAM. I've even considered running 32GB because it's dropped so low in price

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to leave the door open to add a gfx card in future so left some headroom - might still be too much tho. So far I've had to turn down details on a couple of games at 4k but it's been ok for starters.