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I built this for my Mom. She has been using laptops only for about 13 years and recently started to work from home much more. I said I think we should tune up her aging ASUS N55 15" and build her a little desktop. She was a little hesitant until we got on PCPP and started to look at options and prices. I went through and made a list that I was confident in its ability to meet her needs. Then together we went through the list and adjusted to things she wanted and I made sure she got a small case she loved. We looked at some cases online and in person to help her see the differences. Well this is what we came up with. She has one free DIMM for 16GB more of RAM in the future and 3 free drive bays for more SSD's. She got her really big and fast Root SSD and we installed Win10 so she could use her programs. Well after a week of setting it up and making it hers she is amazed by how fast it is. Her jaw dropped when it rebooted in 10 seconds and launched iTunes in a few seconds instead of a few minutes. We set out to be fast, quiet and cool. while saving space for her apartment. How did we do?

P.S. This is my second build.

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the mini tower. Why one stick of 16gb ram?

  • 18 months ago
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My Mom thinks she will need 32 GB and this MOBO only has two slots. S we could have went two 8GB sticks and tossed them once it was time to upgrade or use 1 16GB stick now and install a second if needed down the road. This box already smokes her laptop so more RAM will not be needed very soon.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, you know your PC case is small when you can't even get the entire PSU to fit inside it. Jeez this thing is tiny. I love it!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha. Right? She calls it cute. I was happy because it is easy to build in. The fact that three sides are open makes getting your hands into it very easy.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Just curious, and I mean no disrespect by asking this, but why does she think she needs more than 16gb of memory? Seems without gaming and just browsing/media in mind, She would be perfect with just 16gb, heck maybe even 8gb would be fine for her needs.

This case is awesome. I've been contemplating building something with a small footprint. This might be the perfect "in-between" size.

Love it, great work. It's refreshing to see an RGB-less build on here.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you and that is not disrespectful at all. She uses lots of programs at all times. She just bounces around a lot. Plus she uses Chrome so that uses lots of resources. She will have like 10-15 windows open many different apps. Notes, photo editor, Adobe Acrobat, file explorer, and more. So I planned it out like this so if she gets more RAM she will not be wasting a set of 8GB sticks. Plus if she ever wants a GPU I can add a Fire Pro cars.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

this is cute. I might try to downgrade this under 1k for a home server. got any tips for building one?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Look for a deal on RAM and get a cheaper power supply. I built this like a tank for 10 years of support. Also consider a cheaper chipset MOBO. This:

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/22bwrH/asrock-h370m-itxac-mini-itx-lga1151-motherboard-h370m-itxac

Saves you about $60 right there. Spend the cash where you are happy with it. Oh and I would get a cheaper SSD. Even an HDD depending on what you want/need. Cheers.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a psu for $40 and the SSD would be a waste. i have 20+ tb of hard drives. I need this to run 24/7. Also i have a spare 8 gb ram stick that i'll use.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Here is just an idea of how to set one up. I did not know your current part inventory so I made a list of a complete build and you can swap as needed.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/dJV6xG

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I meant I already have the hard drives and the ram, thanks for the build

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool I thought that was what you were saying. I look forward to seeing your build when you are done. Cheers.