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So my mother is a secretary for a church, and they're running some Celeron d / 1 GB ram / chipset GPU setup that can barely run Windows 10. Doing anything takes way longer than necessary, most of the USB2.0 ports are fried (one trustee insists that his seagate backup plus is functioning, but it is nowhere to be found and the power button is on so... nice try buddy) and it was definitely due for an upgrade. Originally they were looking at computers on Best Buy until my mother told them about me and how I "build custom computers in my free time" (while true, not all the time, but I am flattered nonetheless) For $420 I was able to produce an office desktop that gave some of the $700 desktops they were looking at a run for their money - namely, saving $300, and an SSD for responsive use right out of the gate.

Choosing the parts list went as such ; i3 or Ryzen 3, both have solid iGPUs and processing power, but Ryzen saves $20. I chose the cheapest reputably-branded motherboard I could find (although if you get this case, be sure to get one with two fan headers, I chose the board with a different case in mind, and didn't account for the 2 chassis fans in the Focus G mini when we bought that) 8 GB of RAM should be more than plenty for light workloads this PC will be used for. I asked the trustees if they wanted a 1 TB hard drive or the faster 250 GB SSD, they wanted the SSD (which makes sense, their current system only uses 1/3 of it's 250 GB hard drive) I originally planned on a plain budget case like a Rosewill FBM series, but my mother liked the bright fans and the window on the Focus G Mini so we splurged on that. For the PSU I just know the CXM scores well on Jonnyguru, and the optical drive I have used several times in the past with no issues at all, it's become my go-to ODD.

Assembly went smooth as butter. Only hiccups were the CPU fan ; the AMD logo on the fan needs to be on the side opposite the RAM, otherwise you can't place a DIMM in slot 0. The CX450M only comes with one SATA power cable, so I had to have it hanging out to bridge the gap between the SSD and the ODD. Driver software was a snap and it was all done in under 2 hours from start to finish.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

It's cheap and it works. It's pretty bare bones as far as B450 boards go. Only one fan header for case fans. But it does exactly what you need it to do.

Storage

Crucial MX series are my go-to these days. Cheap and wicked fast! This machine goes from power button to desktop in 10 seconds!

Case

Nothing feels particularly cheap about this case, I'd definitely recommend it as a starter case for new builders looking to build their first. It's got a nice side panel window, two nice looking fans on the front, good airflow, and easy to build in. Unless you need high end heatsinks, custom water cooling loops, bulky video cards, or 5 internal drives, this case will be just fine for you, assuming you have a good MATX / ITX board picked out.

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a quick comment .…

Photo #17 …. the rear I/ O looks to me like it is slightly "off". Some f the ports don't look like they are exposed enough..... Or am I not seeing that correct ?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

You got any problems with video cards drivers on windows 10? I have the same mobo/ram combo and Ryzen 5 2400g and its constant blue screen, freeze and driver’s problems. I think the RAM timings are the source.

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/ThePacha/saved/sv8yXL

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Weird. I've yet to have any issues -- did you memtest86 it? Try just one stick?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glF6cVuSynI According to paul it is its drivers fault, have made sure all of them are up to date.

AMD drivers here: https://www.amd.com/en/support

Though you probably already did that.....

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea thx. The problem was the ram, changed for G.SKILL Flare X Series 16GB all the problems disappear.

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