This build began with my brother's necessity for a reliable, high quality, quiet build for his work at TIME magazine. When he had initial idea of a mac mini his sibling had an alternate agenda. This is the product of his brother's machinations.
Since a mac mini was one of the main contenders, I tried to formulate a build that accomplished everything a mac did meanwhile adding the better specs of a quality pc: 14nm, DDR4, Mini ITX, LGA 1151, SHDD. Centered around power efficiency, low heat dissipation, low db, and high quality I thought this computer addressed the major concerns of a young professional who still liked to play games at 1080p.
My opinion of the main components is high. AMD did an excellent job with it's Polaris architecture. I have a 390x so I know what it is to live in the Sahara and the Rx 470 is not an open-door oven. The Sapphire Nitro is low power, high quality, and quiet. The TDP of the card is 110 W. Other components had other advantages. The i5-6500 CPU worked perfectly just as expected. The SHDD significantly sped up boot times. The 250D had the nice Corsair premium feel while succeeding in many other crucial departments. The MSI H170I I recommend highly for its high build quality enhanced by features like more pcie lanes for the gpu (compared to lesser chipsets), built-in bluetooth, built-in wifi, up to 32 gb's of ddr4 ram, and "guaranteed" Windows 10 compatibility -- which is especially critical for my brother who'd like to not deal with windows software issues. Feel free to take a look at my individual component reviews for more information.
Overall, I think the build fits a young professional like my brother well. Heat was especially a concern since he lives in an apartment building along with power consumption. I haven't yet received a distress signal indicating the need for computer wisdom so I assume all is well.
I look forward to your comments.
A nice 14nm efficient and well-performing Intel Cpu that does mostly everything you need. Fine for gaming and great for anything simple.
Great Mini ITX Motherboard. Looks great and comes with a ton of nice features. Installation was easy and the bios seemed straightforward. Nice job MSI.
It's RAM. I can't see any difference between it and DDR3. I suppose power efficiency is better. Nevertheless a good and recommended product.
For a good quality budget build I'd recommend a SHDD like this one from Seagate. Decreased boot times are a nice plus. Probably will need another at some point.
AMD did a great job with its new Polaris architecture. This card is described as having a TDP of 225 watts howevers it never comes close to using that. I checked full system power draw while playing intensive games at 1440p and the computer never drew more than 220 watts. This is a premium, well-built, and silent card that performs well at a good price point. I recommend it.
The 250D is a cute little case with good looks and good design. In my opinion it's a little to expensive however I would still recommend it. It also is reasonably friendly to large cards (except you must remove the cd drive bay for 8'' plus cards).
Nice Corsair product for a low-power system. In a smaller case the semi-modular design can be somewhat annoying. But features like a five year warranty and black threaded cables make up for that. Good PSU.