Once upon a time, my wife and I purchased a multitude of DVDs. Then, after many years of enjoyment, the DVDs started to become scratched and scuffed. Their playback skipped, and we both started to fear for a future without entertainment. And thus was built Icarus: a quiet machine fallen into the depths of the basement, forever serving instances of Plex standard-def video for our sport.
The Athlon 200GE was my pick for this specifically because I would only be streaming non-HD footage. While the Ryzen 2200G would have provided future transcoding headroom, the Athlon does have a lower TDP and is perfect for my needs. It is paired with a Gigabyte A320M and an Arctic Passive for cool and quiet performance. At the time of this build, the motherboard did not come with BIOS version F23 that supports the Athlon 200GE. After a quick flash, everything did boot up correctly. Note that the board also has only 2 fan headers (1 for CPU and 1 for Chassis), but the BIOS lets you configure temperature sensors and fan curves.
The RAM is about as basic as it gets and runs at its rated 2400Mhz speed.
This is my first time using a Seagate hard drive in a build. I was originally looking at a Western Digital Red, but then saw the IronWolf. Both hard drives were highly rated with the occasional "I lost all my data!!!1!" review, so I went with the cheaper IronWolf.
The Kingston SSD makes for a good fast boot drive.
The PSU is nice, semi-modular, and extremely quiet. I've never had a problem with EVGA so why break the trend? This machine won't be using the full 500 watts now, but the extra headroom does open up the door for more possibilities in the future.
I really like Tesseract for this build, since it is a large case that has a good amount of drive bays while at the same time looking fairly decent. Note that the top 5.25" bay isn't actually usable, due to the front port cables. 1 of the included fans wouldn't spin out of the box so I picked up a cheap 3-pack from Amazon.
If you want something for gaming or video editing, this ain't it. But if you want something for web browsing and media playback and streaming... wowee! Does everything I need it to and doesn't break a sweat!
Paired with an Athlon 200GE. The fins are nice and solid. Installation is a bit of a pain, but if you follow Artic's guide videos everything works out.
Basic AM4 motherboard with an M.2 slot and a decent port selection, BIOS has a good amount of options and gives you full control over fan speed and temps. There are only 2 fan headers though... 1 for the CPU and 1 for the chassis.
Nice black color, as opposed to the silicon-green of other budget options.
Nice large case with room for cable management as well as a multitude of drives. Acrylic window gets scuffed and scratched, but that is because it is plastic and not tempered glass.
Cheapo case fans. They get loud at high rpms, but keep it low and you won't even know they are there.