This is a work PC for my Mom, to use with Medical Coding and other basic tasks. It needed to be small, and had to have enough horsepower to run 3 monitors (own 1 at the moment, 2 more will be purchased at later dates). It basically had to be a tiny typewriter. And that's exactly what it is! :D Cause the gaming performance is atrocious. Like, barely 30FPS on BF4 on low atrocious (probably cause RAM speed)
Well anyway, I've built numerous systems before, but this was my first mini ITX System and it was quite a pleasure. Much easier than I thought it'd be. I took a photo of every single step I did along the way, and I mean every step. Minus loading windows and a few other small things. Hope you enjoy the photo gallery! :D
Build Time: 45 minutes w/o Windows Install
APU and Motherboard: Originally what I wanted to do was grab an X4 860k instead and tack on an extra GTX 760 I had laying around, however I got to take a joy ride to heaven (Microcenter) and pick up the A10 7700k for $90 and the Wifi Mobo for $50 in a bundle deal. Absolutely amazing steal. I wanted this mobo specifically since it has Wifi cause my moms office is out of reasonable Ethernet cable routing range, and the connectivity options were better than the GTX 760. The 760 has 2 DVI, 1 HDMI, and 1 VGA. The monitor of choice has a HDMI and DVI and VGA, but I wanted to avoid VGA cause obvious reasons. So, with the APU and the Motherboards connectors, we get two HDMI and one DVI. Perfect for three monitors. Both of these parts are great.
HOWEVER the stock heatsink is loud as not allowed word AND I HATE IT WITH AS MUCH BURNING HEAT AS AMD PROCESSORS GIVE OFF. Terrible stock heatsink. Needs replacing soon. Handles temps fine though, I think. Finding out CPU temps on this is kinda difficult.
RAM: Good budget RAM. I saw no reason to grab anything faster, or larger in capacity for a typewriter.
SSD: All of my moms work is stored in a cloud with her business, so she does very little local storage. Like not even 50GBs worth. So, I got a quick 120GB SSD. Great drive, and quick boots. Would buy again.
Case: I'm thoroughly surprised by this case, and fell a bit in love with it. $45, basically a metal box with infinite possibilities. Good PSU support and the only complaint I can think of is that it'd probably be difficult to squeeze an HDD in there.
PSU: This is now my go to budget power supply. For the price, this is an outstanding PSU. Feels like a brick, the cables are nice and transformable, and it has a great review on Jonnyguru.com with the high high score of 9.7, actually tying with my EVGA 1000P2 in Jonnyguru score. It was great to work with. If it was modular, it'd be even better.
Monitor: I've gotten this monitor for 2 other people excluding my mom. Imo, it's the best 1080p 60Hz monitor you can get. Period. Anything more is a waste of money, and anything less is just not up to par. IPS, good response time, good connectivity, and good size/pixel density. If you're gaming at or around the 60FPS mark, this is the monitor to get. If you can power 144hz, that's a different story.
Any questions/comments/critiques/recommendations are very appreciated! :D Thanks for reading!
For this price it's hard to beat an mITX case like this. In both size and capability.
Best budget PSU I've encountered.
Best 1080p/60Hz monitor hands down.