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SFF Gift For My Brother

by N7Shepard90



Date Published

Aug. 22, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.29 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.008 GHz


So the story goes that my younger brother was in need of a PC. A little back story; My brother Jason is a very hard worker, smart, funny looking, but great person. Being a contractor/ construction guy he didn't know much of computers other then how to use them. Give him an idea, some tools, some materials and hes building whatever you had as an idea and making it better. Anyways, I am a home owner and learning a lot of what it takes to being one... He has helped me build/ repair so much but most of all mainly improved on this home that I now live in. So I wanted to return the favor and build something for him.

So I came up with the idea of a Small Form Factor PC/ Home Theater PC for him. Something to were he could do the basics. Everything from Internet usage to watching something on Kodi and of course play some games! So in the end, I gave myself a budget of $600. Now to state for the record: at the time of this build it was before the release of the Ryzen 3 series. I would have loved to build a Ryzen build for my first build from the ground up. But this is what I had chosen to go with.

GTX 1050 Ti : Perfect for the price and what it can do. Easygoing. Quick little card that can handle an overclock nicely and some mainstream games.

Node 202 : One hell of a great case to build in for this style of PC. Ever since I saw it featured on an episode of Bitwit. I fell in love with this case. Found it to be a great for a first build. Simple, challenging via. cable management.

Also the Logitech MX800 wireless keyboard and mouse combo was a gift from me, hence why the price is $0

I do plan on overclocking both a CPU & GPU to see how much more I can gain from this set up for the fun of it. But for now he is pretty happy with it so far. From what he is use to, this computer is very fast for him. The last computer he had that was a passed down to from my father. Was a laptop(filled with bloatware and a nasty virus) that was still rocking Windows XP. So in the end the build was meaningful, simple, for the right price (I felt) but also down right fun! So you guys tell me, did I go wrong with building with using a FM2+ chipset, could I have done something else for the price range? Would love to hear the feed back.

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MightyAlFred 3 Builds 3 points 20 months ago

I think going with the FM2+ socket would've been easier to justify if you got some nice prices for these components. I've seen some deals because they're last get models, and at those prices it would've been another story.

Granted, an AM4 itx motherboard still costs probably around $100, I think you could've slipped a B350 and a ryzen 5 1400 for roughly 50$ more.

It's still a pretty good machine, and if he's satisfied with it, that's all that matters. Plus I always love some good itx build :)

N7Shepard90 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks for the feed back, ya after I built this and saw that there was only a BIOSTAR motherboard at the time. I wasn't to sure if I would have gone with a BIOSTAR. Never heard of them until now. Any good? Now at this time ASRock and GIGABYTE have a ITX motherboard I plan on doing a build with Ryzen for my girl next. Can't wait.

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I find mixed reports as for biostar's quality, but usually most of the complaints are about a fiddly and not so intuitive bios. Other than that seems pretty solid.

Are you going SFF again with the new build?

Marinho 3 points 20 months ago

I always have massive respect for budget builds and I really like your build. Building a PC is not all about buying the most expensive stuff, it's about buying what you need and it's not embarassing to have outdated components because you don't have alot of money, I myself have an i7 3770 that I recently bought for 160 dollars. This PC can run alot of games, that's for sure. Good luck with your future builds!

N7Shepard90 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Thanks for the feed back :)

ApocPony 4 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

+1 for beer!

N7Shepard90 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Lol thanks, always a must

LostElement 7 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

At this budget, I would've gone for a Pentium G4560 as you said you couldn't go with AM4.

The FM2+ is a garbage chip set with almost all of the motherboards have crap overclock capacity, not mention it uses DDR3 RAM. That CPU is also pretty bad with bad IPC and overclocking it makes little to no in difference in performance.

The Pentium G4560 would've absolutely crushed this processor. It's cheaper, faster, and more efficient. It uses the faster DDR4 RAM and since it's on the LGA 1151 socket, it has a much better upgrade path.

Maybe you can add an SSD later, but it's a pain to transfer windows from an HDD to an SSD

Overall, you could've done worth for the price because the only gripe I have is the FM2+ system. Still, it looks nice and clean. It will work for lighter tasks, so I hope he enjoys it!

bloodroses75 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

It's the same thing I would have suggested with the Pentium G4560 or G4600. Over 80% performance of the i3 for half the price; even has hyperthreading. The AMD X4 you have should be fine for the tasks needed, but has pretty much no upgrade path at this point.


LostElement 7 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

If you have an dedicated GPU, then there's no need for the G4600. The main difference between the 4560 and the 4600 is the much more powerful iGPU.

bloodroses75 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

100mhz clock difference as well. For $8 I'd say it's worth it.

LostElement 7 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Yeah, but that clock difference only gains you 1FPS in some circumstances.

bloodroses75 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Again, only $8. You can't even eat at McDonald's for that much anymore and not still be hungry... LOL

N7Shepard90 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks for the feed back, I have done a transfer from an HDD to SSD before. That was an interesting experience but I think knowing what I know now, it should be an easier task in the future. We have talked about adding an SSD just for key programs and the OP system. But we'll see.

Pentium G4560 sounds interesting. I'll have to look into that chip more. I have been reading lately up on Intel (Intel noob here lol) and I have been seeing the LGA 1151 socket seems to be the go to for a wide arrange of builds. Maybe besides doing up a Ryzen build for myself or my girl. Might just have to do up an Intel build.

Overall just as you said it will work for lighter tasks. And that's what I had in mind. He isn't a hardcore PC master race junkie. So light gaming, internet use, videos/ movies and shopping on Amazon. It will work for what he's doing. Thanks again :)