Description

Another day, another build. Today we have a clean office setup for a client who will be working from home on occasion and didn't want to be slowed down.

I went with a clean non-overclockable i5 for snappy true quad core performance, 16 GB of RAM for the sake of filling the slots and $/GB (plus longevity of relevance), standard SSD/HDD combo and aftermarket cooler for keeping the machine quiet under any perceivable load the client will be having. No GPU due to not being a gaming machine, and a clean overall aesthetic with minimal RGB/flash.

Build experience was par for the course. Actually not a major fan of the case, but it had good value without being a tiny box and feels like a premium product outside and in and gives that "modern sleek" look without being gaudy. Will be delivering to customer shortly with a standard suite of software for all productivity needs. Enjoy the (potato) photos and best of luck in your builds! Another build coming soon! 6 yr olds first PC!

Part Reviews

CPU

Good value, great speed. Went Intel for iGPU and mITX from factor availability in Canada

CPU Cooler

Not needed, but always nice to keep the stock cooler off for cleanliness and audio reasons. Keeps the CPU ice cold but mounting plate was VERY tight to the rear M.2 slot, to the point I had to do a slide n' tuck to get it on properly. Keep in mind for mITX boards.

Motherboard

No need for the Z, and price to function and options is fairly great for this particular board. RGB if wanting to venture that direction in the future, onboard Bluetooth and A/C Wifi, dual M.2 slots for future expansion and a beautiful finish to match the rest of the build

Memory

Really enjoying Team products lately. Great price, amazing warranty/customer support and always works right away with XMP and is easy to tighten up even further. Plus, gorgeous finish on this series of DIMMs for Neutral builds.

Storage

Cheap, reliable, good warranty and more than fast enough for a user that never has had an SSD. Used many in the past with no issues and speed is commendable. Little clash with build colors but price was deciding factor here.

Storage

Standard, loud and proud. left a recovery partition on this as well in case SSD fails, and transfer speed is commendable compared to it's legacy brother.

Case

Not the first case you think of when thinking "small form" as it's size is nearly mATX. But it's modern look paired with great options for expansion. Cooling will always be an issue in this series, but that isn't a large concern with no GPU and and aftermarket cooler on a locked CPU. Plus cable management is thought out, but without a windows I wasn't planning on breaking my wrists for a few cleaner runs.

Power Supply

You know, silver rating isn't popular but this thing is just shy of gold when tested, has more than enough wattage for this build. One point off for no modularity PAIRED with a berg end... I would have left well enough alone if not for the berg. Fan always on, but can't hear it.

Operating System

Dat license tho... One day ye shall be cheap... one day

Monitor

Great panel, thin bezel. Amazed with the little speakers audio output. Just... driving me nuts but monitor won't "wake" from sleep no matter what I try (cable, peripherals, settings) and is driving me bonkers. -1 point

Keyboard

For wireless... actually wow. I was playing Warframe on my comp to test them while waiting on the SSD and case and was fairly impressed. They kept up with me just fine and no input lag to speak of, Fallout 4 on the other hand had input "misses" for extended presses (V for homestead building, etc) so one point there, but since he won't be gaming, this will work great.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Wouldn't an i7 be a better choice for something like that?

  • 27 months ago
  • 0 points

oddly enough, the i7 has a worse Intel HD chip in it - Intel HD 530. i5 has the Intel HD 630, so the i5 was the better option IMHO.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Bingo and thanks for looking :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Like an Intel i7-7700

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

The extra unneeded threads and poorer iGPU were the major reasons against the i7. Most business grade systems I build have no more than i3's, but customer requested an i5 so went best (locked) i5 for the $

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Because I noticed i7s work better for productivity due to the extra threads and hyperthreading

  • 27 months ago
  • 0 points

More threads = stuff gets done faster and/or more more efficiently

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Only if the threads are utilized. Many office level tasks don't have multi threading capability. If the end user were video/photo editing or using DX12 based graphical software or multithreaded workloads outside of office/cloud tasks, then I would have opted for the i7. Just because the bullets are in the gun doesn't mean they all can fire at once