This is a follow-up build after the Skylake Failure. I reused as many components as I could.
The computer is for general office work. The computer needs to run three monitors, be reasonably fast, and work. Windows 7 was specified, as was an adjustable height monitor stand to minimize neck strain.
CPU: The I5-4590 was chosen due to price and integrated graphics. I ran into a surprise with the integrated graphics.
MB: I've used this in the past, it needed m.2 support.
RAM: also used in the past with success.
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO m.2. Fast and reasonably priced for 250 GB.
PSU: Modular. This PSU was bigger than the SFX I was used to using, but I wanted to keep the price down.
Monitors :Got these because of the sale, and integrated speakers.
OS: Win7 was specified, and Pro was the only 7 still sold.
Monitor Stand: Monmount monitor stand is versatile, heavy, and stable.
I ran into some issues with the integrated graphics. The CPU or the MB would allow two of the HDMI, DVI, or DP ports but not all three. However, if I plugged one of the monitors into the VGA port, they would all run. I wasted $13 on a DP to HDMI cable trying to get all three to work with the better output. Since this will run only office applications, this is more of an annoyance than a deal breaker. If I had to, I do have a Radeon 7500 card I could throw in to get another DVI to work. As it is, this saves power, wiring, and complexity.
Let me know what you think.
Asus is turning into my "Go To" manufacturer for motherboards and monitors. 5 Stars! This MB is great. Mini-ITX, with 2080 m.2 support. I've used this motherboard in my last two builds.
Cheap and reliable. This gets the job done.
This is the key to a clean looking case. Its reliable, and fast.
Excellent case, quiet, and good airflow.
I've been using Silverstone PSU's quite a bit. They are always a little on the expensive side, but they get the job done, and they do it quietly. This is ATX not SFX size. It didn't matter for my last build, but it made the job a bit harder.
Windows 7 is still better than 8 or 10 in my opinion. Just don't mix Windows 7 with Skylake.
These things are huge! The office has a mix of sub 23" monitors, and this is huge by comparison. Using three of these on a monitor stand makes a really impressive video wall.