This build was completed for one purpose: stop relying on my girlfriend's 6 year old dual core laptop for Microsoft Office applications and media consumption.
With limited space in my entertainment center, I knew it would have to be a Mini-ITX build with low power consumption and heat output. At first it was planned to be an AM4 build, but shortly before the release of Ryzen I learned that they would have no integrated GPU, so that was out of the question. So the first step was to find a current generation Intel chip that has four threads..... we all know where this is going.
The Pentium G4560 was the most clear decision I have ever made in building PCs due to it's low cost, and high performance relative to it's bigger brother, the i3-7100. I had some issues finding one in stock, but after many weeks of waiting I had all my parts assembled.
I know the H110 chipset is not the preferred offering, but in Canada there is a difference of up to $40 for the cheapest B250 ITX motherboard, so I went with the AsRock motherboard as it was the cheapest, and I assumed because of this it would be the one most likely to have an up to date BIOS chip. Sure enough I received it in the mail, opened it up to find a big sticker saying it has 7th gen Intel support, and after opening the box, I found a Rev 7.00 Bios chip!
The PSU wasn't the easiest to find as not a lot of retailers sell the V2.0 300 Watt SFX PSU, but rather the V1.0, which is notorious for having a much louder fan, which was a hard pass on my part. I just have to say: damn, these things are tiny!
I got a great deal from B-Com on the SSD boot drive back in Fall, and have been using it in her laptop since then. Being SATA 2, the performance gain was not great as far as boot times went, but it was worth the $35. With SATA 3 though, she was finally able to experience lightning fast boot times, as well as decreased application load times.
The DVD drive was a given as she watches her DVDs frequently, and this case requires a slimline drive.
The ram was purchased from Kijiji BNIB in Feb, so I got a good deal in comparison to buying from a retailer. The case was purchased almost a year ago, and it was my starting point. As for the HDD, it was purchased from Kijiji as well from a guy that was given the drives from his company. The company was deploying work laptops into the field and up north they prefer solid state drives over mechanical drives due to the abuse the laptops will undergo. The drive has 0 hrs on it, so it was a great deal.
I have a Noctua 140mm case fan that I installed onto the back of my entertainment stand to allow cooling for the whole system. It might cool the CPU 1 or 2 degrees, but it is mostly there to provide air flow for the HDD, and the Motherboard. It is hooked up to a USB to 3 pin fan connector that I made, and it works quite nicely, and keeps the rpm low enough to create a bit of flow, while not adding any noise.
Overall this was a simple build that was made much easier by omitting a GPU. Cable management was not pretty due to the extra length on the front panel cables, but it all fit in the case, and that's what matters.