Description

TL;DR Everything but the PSU/Case/and OS license was purchased on Amazon.

PSU/Case purchased from Newegg.

OS License purchased from eBay.

All prices shown include tax, shipping, and actual purchase price at the time of ordering.

Details:

This computer was built for my nephew. I will be mailing this out to him (across the country) this week. First build that I've ever really cared anything about aesthetics and value/budget came first then performance a close second. Possibly upgrade to a GTX1060 3GB (or similar) card in the future.

CPU - quad core octa thread APU with Radeon Vega 11 for basic rendering and casual APU gaming - this APU is great and I really like it in this build - HOWEVER it might be my last build with AMD for a while...again. I used to build and swear by AMD when I had my FX-8350 and loved it... then it croaked and took half of my rig with with. Long story short I gave AMD another go after using Intel for years and decided on the Ryzen 5 2400G. This unit was purchased via Amazon but came with some significant issues in the thermal compound from the factory. After contacting Amazon and making a complaint on the quality of the unit I received 30% back on my purchase price of $160.26 w/free shipping that brought me down to $112.18 after tax

ASUS mobo for aesthetics and quality functionality for price point

RAM - basic clean style dual channel ram with good cas and timing ADATA reliability

SSD - Kingston 120GB for OS and some essentials for $20.. of course the 256GB drive drops down to $30 right after I purchased this... oh well this will be a nice external drive in the near future after a sizeable 500GB Samsung 850 Evo (or similar) upgrade

Case - Cooler Master - MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower with acrylic side panel window and adequate space for routing cables and case management - also with stock exhaust fan keeping the build quiet and cool for the money

PSU - Non-modular power supply (oh well) it's a$20 Corsair 450W unit so I expect it to last for years - a lot of efforted cable management but overall it turned out well - w/$20 mail in rebate mastercard gift card

Wireless Adapter - Under $30 for small form factor 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with 802.11ac being the fastest of the wireless standards - also it's a PCI-E adapter with no ugly remote antenna - wireless networking is a must for this build because of the distance to the router and inability to run a dedicated lan cable - for reference my current home wi-fi subscription with XSinity is 65MBps/5MBps

Operating System - Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro 64-bit picked up a license key from ebay for $5.99 to my surprise it was real and no issues from it at all

AMIR TV LED Light Strip - Easy to install light strip. I opted out of the Asus AURA functionality to keep the IR remote on this unit. That did require some work on the motherboard I/O panel so I could route the USB powered remote receiver and LED strip. The janky hole covered up with electrical tape nicely and is hardly noticeable at first glace. Of course zooming in on it in a picture makes it quite obvious... The biggest downside is losing a USB slot but the two 3.0 usb slots on the p/o panel of the case makes up for the inconvenience

Part Reviews

CPU

This is a great performing APU for the money. Mine came dirty and I wasn’t able to use the stock thermal compound.. maybe using Artic MX-4 will turn out to be better in the long run.. -2 stars for hassle +1 for price adjustment from Amazon for the trouble and supplies. 4/5 but would have been 5/5.

Motherboard

This is an excellent motherboard! Everything works well and was/is super easy to setup! Search function is very helpful because some of the options do seem a bit buried.. only because there’s so many options! Asus AURA works with 4 pin LED. Great board and competitively priced.

Memory

Yeet. Ram that works fast and don’t look like azz.

Storage

$19.99 can’t really complain too much for this future external SSD. This is intended to hold over until more funds are saved up for a larger drive.

However in the meantime this thing actually performs well! I can boot to windows in about 20 seconds and nothing on my build is overclocked. Pretty snappy and seems to run pretty cool. My first Kingston drive and probably won’t be my last. :P

Oh and I’m being petty about the 4/5 because the 256GB dropped to $10 over this one while this one was still in the mail to me... kinda salty but whatever... bleh

Case

This case is bad*ss for a micro! Super easy to work with! Better cable management than my full size thermaltake case.. PSU harness removes which helped a LOT for routing cables on my non modular PSU

Overall very happy with this case and I was quite nervous about using it since I’ve never built in such a small case before.. it feels a lot bigger than it actually is

The acrylic side panel is a buzzkill though.. smudge and dust magnet like crazy bad - but I’m sure there’s a way to easily overcome that issue with enough patience

Power Supply

Corsair quality for $22 after mail in rebate Holds up well and seems to stay within continuous standards Perfect fit for my current build!

Operating System

I got this on eBay and went back to get another

The seller seems to have been banned or deleted their account... anyways this works great! :D... can’t believe this works.. hopefully it keeps working lol

Wireless Network Adapter

I pay for 65MBps/5MBps and am consistently getting +70MBps/+5MBps on this card. It makes the most of my XSinity Wi-Fi. $30 and hides well! I just wish the pci board wasn’t that emachine green.. oh well quality and function over aesthetics in this case! Hopefully when a GPU is added to this build it’ll hide the Wi-Fi card from the side panel view..

Custom

This is dope! A butt ton of colors with an IR remote! Super easy USB powered kit! I could have skipped the usb and used with my ASUS AURA but I decided the stand alone remote was too badass to pass up! Cheap and adds a nice flare and some character/life to the overall build!

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build. Thinking to do the same. fyi, delete comment about the $5.99 product you bought, it is easy to get your account banned here.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh snap deal

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

not going to get banned, but you can edit the windows part of your parts/description before Staff does it. It will save them some time, too!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I’ve done most of this site through my phone and haven’t been able to easily edit the listing yet even with desktop site required - hopefully I can get back around to it before staff does

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

I like the gray theme better.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

That’s why I went with the extra lights so it’s optional

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice build.

The lot of photos is something uncommon here on PCPP, lol.

As for the license, I'm sure you won't be "banned", but it is indeed frowned upon to use.

I'm sure, at that price, it wouldn't be a surprise if it became an "inactivated" license after an unknown amount of time.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I’ve used ones similar and got them from recycled licenses but I’ll remove it just in case

If it does become an issue then we’re no stranger to Linux distros :P

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice purchase price on that (REDACTED), how is this even possible?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I don’t even know if I can answer your question lol I’m not trying to get in trouble or intentionally promote something that may be against the rules... but if you try it for yourself all I can say is just to be careful and expect the worst in people..

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

That (REDACTED) you purchased is most likely illegal, your (REDACTED) might be deactivated