I built this machine for my school's EAST program today. We have had failing computers for years. Though the parts are subpar, this will breathe new life into the program. I plan on making five of these over the next few months for my school's EAST program.
The GPU was taken out of a broken school computer.
This computer will be used for mostly just web browsing and light programming work. Thoughts?
Amazing value for the price. It isn't an APU, but you really can't get much better at this price point.
Startup was a little rocky at first. The manual is severely lacking. The labels are hard to see, and the connections are not listed in the manual. Once I got it started up, though, it worked extremely well.
The SSD works fine, but the build quality is very, very poor. I was changing the SATA connector, and when I pulled it out (using the clip), the SATA pins broke bent and the jack tore off. I tried again, it refused to boot after that. I had a second one for my other new build, so I used that. I was much, much more careful, and it worked fine. You just have to be really careful with this SSD.
Love it. This was my first time using a FD case, and I will definitely buy from them again. Even for mATX, there are tons of cable management options. The build quality is great for $30, though I had one problem. The side panel bends very easily, and is hard to take off. Other than that, it was actually the best case I've worked in, and I have worked in a Air 540.
It's non-modular, which I don't like. But that aside, it is a very good PSU. 430W is enough to power my CPU and GPU, though the GPU isn't exactly high-end.