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AIO Build for Dad

by rhandyrhoads

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My Dad has been using a Dell XPS A2010 for the past few years. Recently it's been getting slow and nothing we do has sped it up. We decided it was time for an upgrade. He really doesn't like wires and wanted an all-in-one so I thought up a part list and told him about it. The massive hard drive and the blu-ray player were things he wanted for some reason. He doesn't do anything too intensive so I think this should last him a while.

I have to say that building an AIO isn't as fun as building a desktop. There are a lot more wires, pretty much nothing is tool free, and nothing really clicks. The build took about 4 hours. I got the Arctic Silver, because I wasn't sure if there was pre-applied thermal paste. There was pre-applied but it was in a grid pattern that I can't imagine being good for the CPU so I applied the Arctic Silver. I figured out that the cooler doesn't require a backplate on the motherboard but you have to put additional standoffs in the chassis to install the cooler. One of the motherboard screws is missing but it's not very important since there isn't much weight on the motherboard.

Once everything was assembled I plugged everything in and booted up. By default the LVDS port (internal video) is disabled so I had to plug in the monitor from my main build to access BIOS and enable it. However there is no manual and this is not mentioned anywhere. We have Windows 8 installed but not set up since I didn't have enough time last night. I will upload more pictures when I can.

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canders 7 Builds 2 points 67 months ago

Thanks for posting. First all-in-one build I've seen.

rhandyrhoads submitter 5 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Same. There's not much help on the internet so I pretty much had to jump in by myself.

EDIT: Sorry triple post on comment.

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Ya the site is being a little screwy at the moment haha

Nice build I would be one happy camper with that!

rhandyrhoads submitter 5 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Hopefully my Dad shares the same opinion as you, because this was a pain to build.

perk0 1 point 67 months ago

For going in alone, it looks awesome! Nice job. It's cool to finally see one of these on here.

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DjArtifact 1 point 67 months ago

I love these things AIO builds, I might have to build one for the parents too.

rhandyrhoads submitter 5 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Nice. Remember look at the Intel catalog because a lot of thin mini itx motherboards aren't listed on here and you have to find them on amazon. Also a lot more chassis can be found in the catalog.

fnapoli 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

This is neat!

ilian11 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

First AIO build I've seen, nice! thanks for sharing

rhandyrhoads submitter 5 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Thank you.

IamApropos 3 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Great stuff I been looking forward to seeing this build!

LeMonarque 3 Builds 1 point 64 months ago

Awesome build! First custom AIO I've ever seen. And I thought mini ITX cases looked hard to build in...

I've just discovered that custom AIO is actually a thing lol, and I pretty much scrapped my plans to build my mom a small form factor office desktop now that I know you can choose your own parts for a combo monitor+chassis build... Is there anything that you found out whilst building that you couldn't find online?

Also, is it possible to use both a half mPCIe wifi adapter and an mSATA SSD at the same time in that motherboard?

rhandyrhoads submitter 5 Builds 1 point 63 months ago

While building I found out that if there is a hole for stand offs under the cpu, you want to put standoffs there unless you want to reapply thermal paste a lot. And yes the msata and half mpcie are the same connector but they have two since half mini pcie cards need to be screwed down at a different point than msata cards.

akano1 1 point 49 months ago

hi, I have the same problem with the LVDS port , but I cant find anywhere to enable, could you please tell me how you did it, Im using a ga-h87tn motherboard and the bios is aptio f5.

thanks

broome9000 1 Build -1 points 67 months ago

Great job, but maybe a cheap GPU could be considered. Well done though

rhandyrhoads submitter 5 Builds 2 points 67 months ago

Not possible to put a GPU in a DIY AIO. That's why i went for the 3225

Mattyice47 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

I see you.

broome9000 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

Oh ok

bugattikid2012 1 point 62 months ago

Why is it impossible? They really should make some AIO designs that have a thicker back part so you can add everything a desktop can hold. It still wouldn't be the best for gaming, as it'll have bad airflow, but they should make models that are thicker so it'll at least be possible to put one in.

rhandyrhoads submitter 5 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

It's a fairly new standard and not that many people will be buying them so it isn't worth it. It would be possible to cut a hole in the bottom and use a USB PCI-e riser if you'd be willing to sacrifice the bandwidth.

ravagex 0 points 67 months ago

For the same price you could have gotten an A10 cpu it has better graphics. Just the way I would have went.

rhandyrhoads submitter 5 Builds 3 points 67 months ago

Thin mini itx is currently limited to intel.

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