www.firestarterfablab.com Fire Starter Fab Lab is an up and coming fablab / makerspace / hackerspace in Warner Robins, Ga.
We needed some computers to run CAD and CAM programs for our 3D printers, cnc routers, cnc mill, cnc lathe, and cnc plasma.
Some of the deciding factors behind the build where to use a small form factor, while keeping a visually attractive case. We felt that a modern dual core is plenty of power for the programs being ran. We looked to the GA-H170N-WIFI for being feature packed in a compact size. The inbuilt AC wifi and bluetooth without using the single expansion port is fantastic. 16GB of ram is pretty overkill for the usage these machines should see, but I've never once wished I bought less ram in the past. The decision to go with only a smaller ssd for storage was with the prioritization of quick booting and application usage over massive storage. The machines aren't intended to store tons of data, they are intended to run a handful of core programs and to do that exceptionally. All of this at a value price!
Theses computers are currently being used and we couldn't be more pleased by the performance.
The value here really is amazing, with the low cost we will be adding more to our arsenal in the future!