I quickly put together an AMD build that is isn't top of the line but hopefully will perform well for everyday tasks. I wanted to build a cheap and decent machine quickly. I was going to reuse a bunch of stuff I have leftover from other machines, but decided that purchasing everything new was better than trying to piece together parts for Gen1 and Gen2 mobile i7s and laptop RAM I have unused. The Mini-ITX motherboards that support the mobile processors cost a lot for the older tech.
For this machine I ordered everything from Amazon (which cost a little more because I only ordered items in stock and that could ship ASAP). I had ordered all of this on 5/5/2017 and had everything in on 5/7/2017. I still had a couple copies of Windows 10 pro that I decided to use, but I may throw a Linux variety on this in the future. I also have an new unused HP 27xw 27" monitor that I will be using.
Feel free to let me know your thoughts. I know I made some stupid choices, but oh well. I wanted to build a machine by the end of the weekend when I made the orders on a Friday so I was in a rush. I'm thinking about putting a low end graphics card in this so my kids can play some games, or use their elgato to do some streaming from consoles or their computers; but I don't know what they would need within reason.
So far it is serving my purposes and it was super cheap, so I can't complain. I just installed a non stock cooler today (5/20/2017) and am running the cpu at 4 GHz. It is nice to have the option to overclock and I rarely do so.
It is keeping my cpu almost as cool as it ran stock and not overclocked, so that is nice. Really the only reason I grabbed it the other day and it is in this system is because it was on sale for under $20 on amazon and i figured why not throw it in to overclock.
I really like this mobo. It has all of the features I wanted on the cheap with the exception of SATA III. The BIOS is simple to OC. Nice board.
They look nice and do the job, I think I was limited to 1866, but I really can't remember. I am used to my work machines having 16 GB or more, so I was a little worried about 8 but the price was right and it has worked out well.
This drive is a little wasted in this machine as it is SATA III, but it is cheap and as fast if not faster than kingston and crucial SSDs that I have. I actually like the way it looks too.
$40 is why I got this. I don't game but wanted to have the option to run a monitor outside the on board graphics. Plus, I wasn't sure how they would do with rendering in some apps. I haven't really tested anything on the on board graphics, but may do soon.
This isn't a bad case at all. I love it at the price and may buy a couple more for some mini ITX boards I have with mobile processors in them. I would not recommend getting the Cooler Master Hyper EVO 212 with this case. It just doesn't fit :) Oh well, I think with a small cutout on the side panel it will fit and barely stick out.
It powers everything fine. I didn't need a ton of power and there isn't anything valuable in the case if it does have issues. I like the looks of it and cables were nice.
I picked up 5 of these monitors for $99 a while back. They are great for everyday use, full 1080p and 27". The reason I built this machine is because I have one left that I couldn't find a use for. So no I have put it to use.