Description

So my mom has been using a Dell desktop computer that's over 10 years old, which has become slightly outdated (booting and running slowly, low storage, OS on hard drive, etc).

I decided to build her new desktop computer that: is small enough to fit on her limited office desk area; boots quickly; has plenty of storage space; capable of light gaming; and has sufficient power to stream videos, run Microsoft Office, upload and download files (and all of the multitasking activities).

And.. it turned out great!

She likes how small and compact it is, and it is much noticeably faster than her previous computer. Windows 10 was a slight change from her older version of Windows, but she's pretty tech-savvy so it was no problem getting used to.

I decided to name the computer Kimbap (a variety of casual Korean-style sushi) due to the computer's compact form and because my mom is South Korean.

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU is an incredible value. I was skeptical before buying it, hoping to maybe get 60fps on Medium settings in League of Legends. The R8 integrated graphics on this quad core processor run League at around 170 frames on Very High settings. This CPU also comes with an air cooler, making this an incredible $80.00 package of CPU, CPU cooler, and 'Graphics Card'. I haven't tried it yet, but I am willing to bet this thing can run Apex, Fortnite, Wolfenstein Youngblood at 60 fps medium settings no problem. Highly recommended!

Motherboard

Nice and cheap mini itx motherboard, easy to build on. Plenty of ports and has an M.2 heatsink.

Memory

Great RAM, love the TUF gaming asthetic. Overclocked to 3200 easily.

Storage

Very nice M.2 drive. I've purchased the Samsung 970 Evo in the past, this drive is cheaper and boots windows just as quick, though the read and write speeds are not quite as fast. Also highly recommended!

Case

Love this case, for a mini case it has so much space and the airflow is great. One of the cheaper mini cases with room for a 5 inch optical drive, which was a must for this build. Came with a 140mm silent fan, and rubber stoppers for mounting and noise/vibration dampening. Overall excellent case, big fan of fractal design.

Power Supply

One of the only parts of the build that I had some issues with, right on startup there is some coil whine, silent otherwise. Other than that, works great and maybe for my mom the audible starting of the computer is a plus....

Optical Drive

Looks great and works great too!

Case Fan

Silent, good air, very smooth fan!

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you need to update the BIOS?

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

oakemilam please come back I also want to know if you had to update the BIOS

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you mind sharing what video card was in the system for some of the pictures.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh! It's a super old graphics card that my roommate gave me, he wasn't using it. It's an AMD Radeon HD 6570.

In the final build, I ended up removing that graphics card because the fan was too loud. Also the Radeon R8 integrated graphics performs better than this card (according to Novabench Benchmark Tests).

AMD 109-c24697-00

http://scusatrading.com/hpradeonhd65701gbpci-eddr3amdvideographicscardhp6570637997-001.aspx

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all, great build; but I have a question. I have been trying to figure out if I am able to fit an M.2 drive on my motherboard in this case, which has the M.2 slot on the bottom of it. However, the M.2 drive has a heat sink and I do not think it will be able to fit. How much space is between the motherboard and the bottom of the case? Is it larger than 10 mm?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, it might be too tight of a fit... There really isn't much clearance between the motherboard and the bottom of the case, (i.e. the standoff screws for the motherboard are pretty short). If I had to guess, the space is closer to ~7-8mm? You could try to find taller standoff screws to give you more space under the motherboard. In techy-terminology, a "longer male-female threaded standoff screw"- try googling that.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I looked at that already, but I found that if I used taller standoffs it probably would misalign the IO Shield. Thanks for the information, though.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah right, yeah that's true, I didn't think about that...

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Do you have to update bios on the motherboard for the 2200G to work? Or is it supported out of the box?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! It works just fine, just need to do the normal bios updates.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty good personal pc