I built this PC for the in laws, and I wanted to make sure that it would be fairly future proof. They do not use their PC for more than emails, classic Windows games, some simple Excel work, and internet use. I know that some of the parts are overkill, but I wanted to make sure that they have a fast boot drive, and enough to get by for their light PC use. I'm sure that I could have built this for much less, but, as I said, I wanted this to be as future proof as possible.
I did not get any pictures with the side on because this is going to be a Christmas present. One thing that I did want to note is the cable management is very tricky as I had to push down the back plate after I zip tied everything. Also, the front panel connectors should not be installed the way that I installed them. I had to push the motherboard on to the connectors, then I had to push the motherboard down in order to install the motherboard standoff screws. This PC is not going to be taken apart again, and is almost never going to be moved, so I was comfortable with doing this.
Overall, I am very impressed with this build, and I would not change anything!
Edit: I have added:
- HCI Memtest (I know that I did not go to 400%, but I think this is good enough)
- M.2 Crystal Disk Mark speeds
- Segate HDD Crystal Disk Mark speeds
- Prime95 CPU stress test (In-place large FFTs) for 15 minutes
I hope that these tests help!
This is a great CPU/GPU combination, and it is super easy to overclock! The included CPU cooler is also great for light overclocking, and very easy to install. I would highly recommend this CPU to anyone.
This motherboard is a great deal, and offered exactly what I needed for my build. The only thing I did not like about the motherboard is there is only 1 system fan header when I think there should be at least 2. If you are looking to build a simple micro ATX build, then I would recommend this motherboard each and every time. Also, the BIOS interface is very intuitive, and extremely simple to use!
This RAM does the job, and it VERY inexpensive compared to other DDR4-3000 8 GB sticks at only $58. Even though my motherboard did not list this RAM in the QVL, it still worked great when set to 3000 speed. I would recommend this RAM if you are creating a simple build, and are not looking to spend much on RAM.
This hard drive is EXTREMELY fast, and worth every penny. I would recommend this M.2 drive to anyone who is looking for a fast, simple boot drive on a budget.
I have never had any issues with Seagate, and this drive is no different. It formatted without any issues, and got a read/write speed of > 200 mb/s which is a bonus if you ask me! I would recommend this hard drive to anyone looking for a reliable mechanical drive.
This case is what it is - a budget micro ATX case. I do love the fact that there are 4 USB ports (2 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0) which is part of the reason that I bought this case. The only problem that I have with the case is the fact that the cable management routing is under the motherboard which makes it useless when trying to rout the USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and HD Audio cables. I had to shove the motherboard down onto the cables in order to get the screws installed into the standoffs. Just beware that the cable management is not exactly the easiest to work with. With that being said, I do love this little case, and all of the extras that come with it!
This is a simple power supply without any extras, or frills. I used this PSU in a micro ATX build for my in laws, and there were not a lot of components that I needed for the build, so this PSU worked perfectly! I would recommend this PSU to anyone who is creating a build with very few parts as there are not a lot of extras as far as module cables (only 4 extra after the motherboard, and CPU power cords).
This is a simple, and inexpensive CD/DVD drive that gets the job done! I was able to burn CD's and DVD's without any issues as well as read them. I would recommend this drive to anyone who is looking for a budget CD/DVD burner.
Great 1080p budget monitor! The speakers are a little quite, but what do you expect with built-in speakers? The bezels are barely there, and the monitor is very sharp, and clear. The menu is extremely easy to navigate, and use. I would recommend this monitor to anyone who is looking for a budget 1080p monitor that is very crisp, and clear.
If you are looking for an inexpensive keyboard/mouse combination, then I would recommend this to anyone! It is a great membrane keyboard for practically nothing!
Does exactly what it should, and worked for my needs. I would recommend this for anyone who needs a short fan splitter.