The aim of this build is to end up with a minimalist, power efficient machine for streaming video, surfing, basic office functions and light photo editing. I was interested to see how cheaply this could be done.
It's been some years since I bothered building a PC and I'm very happy with this. Everything in Win 10 absolutely flies and the on-board graphics have absolutely no problem outputting DVD and streamed video to my new HD Monitor. It's a perfect Netflix box. It's surprising how much can be done while spending so relatively little.
It's cheap and has decent graphics. Up to now I've used a Haswell Pentium and it's served me well. The only area where it occasionally stumbled was graphics, however the various reviews indicate that this baby should be slightly better in that respect.
A basic mobo, from a good make which has HDMI output. On the downside, pretty much any GPU covers up the PCIe slot. Doesn't matter to me but worth considering if you intend using discrete graphics.
It's RAM. It looks cool and it does RAM stuff.
For me, the perfect compromise between cost, capacity and speed. Probably the largest single performance boost there is. Boots the system in seconds.