This build has been a long time coming (like 2 & 1/2 months), because I've been too lazy to upload the photos. This PC was built for my mum to replace her veeeeeeeeeery slow HP AIO based around an AMD A8-6500 APU iirc which was starting to lock up randomly and spin its fan at like 50k RPM all the time, despite being cleaned of dust and repasted.

Thus mum agreed to let me build her a new PC, with a budget of $750 including monitor. Do remember that this is Australian pricing, rather than US pricing where this is going to be like a $400 parts list and $750 would get you a 3700x system instead. I had originally planned on building a Ryzen 3 2200G system instead of an Intel system but the lack of decently priced ITX boards meant I abandoned that idea. It was always going to be an ITX system as mum wanted the smallest possible system within the other requirements.

This was probably the single easiest system I've ever built just because there were so few parts and so few cables to worry about, the windows install went through without a hitch and feels very nice and snappy. It is also a beautifully quiet system, being the second quietest system I've built after Blackwood, unlike my new rig upgrade, coming soonTM

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  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't you just love that case? I built a home network server with one and managed to cram in three 4TB WD RED harddrives plus an 2.5 in SSD boot drive. IT runs RHEL 7 because installing Windows is against my religion. :)

I'm sure you mum is very happy pleased with your efforts.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

It was much nicer to work with unlike its big brother, the elite 130 which was bad if you had a whole bunch of hardware stuffed in there.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This. Is. LIT.

The only change I would have made was using an M.2 SSD. Saves cables (and thus airflow) and frustration. Kingston has them in the same 480GB for about $55. Or at least in the US. I don't know about Australia. I feel bad for your inflation, that's just ridiculous (and we thought US-China import/export taxes were bad).