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I had an extra CPU left over from a previous upgrade just kicking around and decided to build a PC for my father in law. I recently transferred my PC into a Coolermaster N400 case and wanted to try out a micro ATX build in it's smaller brother, the N200 case. This PC will be used for internet access mainly and will not be used for gaming in any capacity. Because of this I wanted to simply the part list and cost as much as possible.

CPU & Cooler - I upgraded to an FX-8350 a few years back and had this CPU kicking around. I built a similar system for my father back in 2011 using the same CPU and used the Hyper 212 EVO on it as well and was impressed with the performance and near silent operation during most tasks. PWM fan means the system can adjust the fan speed based on CPU load. Cooler also includes brackets to mount an additional fan in the future if desired. CPU cooler was 25 after rebate.

Motherboard - I chose the mother board based on price and build in video with VGA, DVI & HDMI output. I found out after the fact that it didn't have an internal USB 3 header (if I had made the part list on here first it would have been identified). To maintain some usability of the USB 3 port on the front of the case I bought a USB 3 to USB 2 adapter and am using it as a standard USB port. I also didn't pay enough attention to the fact that it only has one chassis fan header, a second would have been appreciated. Board only has SATA 3g ports as well, not a big deal for what the PC will be used for but 6g ports would have been appreciated. Mother board was 55 bucks.

RAM - Used some old ram that I had lying around, not actually the one selected in the part list but used some basic ram just as a place holder.

Storage - Used a budget SSD with 240GB storage for the OS and added a basic WD Blue 1TB drive for storage. Probably unnecessary based on my father in law's need, but for the price its not bad. It was about 60 bucks for the SSD and 50 bucks for the HD.

Case - So far I like this case for simple builds and it was only 40 bucks after rebate.. Part of the reason for this build was to evaluate the potential of using this case in a future build for myself. The cable management on the side panel is a little tight, but you can make it work if you're creative. 5.25" External bay is always nice, I know a lot of people don't include optical drives in builds anymore but I still like to have one. The 3.5" external bay isn't being used in this build, but the 2.5" drive mounts under it is being utilized for the SSD. The case support a 240mm front radiator but if you go that route this bay needs to be removed and you lose those two mounting options. There is a HD cage at the bottom of the case which holds 2 3.5" drives and 1 2.5" drive. It has two mounting locations to allow for radiator clearance or power supply cable clearance if needed. I'm utilizing this cage for 1 3.5" HD. I would have utilized if for the SSD as well, but the orientation of the SSD is rotated 90 degrees, unfortunately the SATA power cable would not reach both drives at the same time because of this. This might not be an issue with different power supplies. Case includes two 120mm fans, one intake and one exhaust. Both include 3 pin fan to 4 pin molex adapters with pass through..

Power Supply - So this is a really budget friendly power supply if you aren't building a gaming machine. It was 25 bucks after rebate and it pretty much gives you everything you need for a simple PC build. Two SATA power cables with 2 connectors each. One 4 pin molex power cable with 2 connectors each, and an 8 pin power cable for a video card. I wish there was more space between the SATA power connectors or more per cable. That is pretty much my only complaint. If I were building a gaming rig I'd go for at least a 600 watt power supply.

Optical drive - DVD RW drive, got it for 13 bucks. Nuf said.

Installed windows 7 initially and did the free upgrade to windows 10. So far everything runs great.

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  • 44 months ago
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+1 for the Phenom x4 and the N200.

  • 44 months ago
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Nicely done.

  • 44 months ago
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Great, that's how PC PARTS should be PICKED lol

  • 44 months ago
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I'm still running on that cpu...haha still runs great, but planning to upgrade soon to get more current.

  • 44 months ago
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great to see "old tech" still being put to use. That x4 still rocks the place

  • 44 months ago
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Thanks for all the positive feedback guys. I'm thinking of posting up pics and specs for my FX-8350 and N400 build. So far though I really like this case for mATX builds. The N400 is great for my current system, but I think if I were building a new gaming system from scratch I'd go with the N200 with a 240mm radiator in the front!

  • 44 months ago
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Nice and clean setup. Way to recycle. Phenom IIs still can do a lot. I use mine to Plex and stream XB1 games.

Couple of suggestions: - Move the 3.5 hdd up to the top and remove the lower drive cage (if possible) or - Move the front fan up to the middle.

The cage is blocking flow and considering it has to pull extra hard to get through the front grill anyway you are not supplying your CPU with any air. If you can remove the cage then it the case gets even cleaner.

  • To go even more next level get a PWM fan (get a splitter if you don't have any PWM headers on MB to split of of CPU header) for the front fan so that it will speed up with CPU heat levels that way you can always be whisper quiet and get more air in when you need it.
  • 44 months ago
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Hey, thanks for the suggestion. I totally agree about moving the fan up. I was thinking about doing that after I took the pictures. I'll probably leave the drive cage because he wants to move the HD from his old system over to this one as well. I like your idea about the fan splitter as well, bit I don't have any 120mm PWM fans lying around. Might after my next build and I'll upgrade him at that time, lol. I really enjoy handing down old PC parts to those who can continue enjoying them after I'm done.

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