Description

I built this PC to replace my parents' 7 year old laptop. That thing is so painful to use; I honestly have no clue how they've kept their sanity in spite of it. Anyway, my parents don't need much horsepower. On the other hand, I wanted using this computer to feel awesome - meaning snappy, quiet, and small. This computer was not really meant to be a budget build, but I also didn't want to overbuild. I also really want this build to last them a long time. So far, I'm very happy with how it turned out.

It boots in 12 seconds. The monitor looks amazing (albeit by my relatively low standards). I was torn between the G4400 and the i3 6100. The 6100 may have been the better choice for futureproofing, but I really think the G4400 will prove to be enough for them. We'll see. No issues with the mobo or RAM. The Noctua cooler is dead quiet, which is what I got it for. The case was bigger than I was expecting, but still looks great. It was definitely a bit of a challenge to build in, especially with this being my first build. I went with the Corsair PSU for the 7 year warranty vs. 3 with the optional bundled Integra. The mouse and keyboard are fine, although the mouse is much smaller than I was expecting. I'm definitely glad I went with wireless peripherals. Finally, installing the software was not nearly as painful as I'd been expecting, so that was nice.

Overall it was a fun experience. I definitely feel more prepared for when I do my personal build. Thank you to the PCPP community! I've learned a lot from looking at other peoples' builds. Please feel free to let me know if you think I should've or still should do something differently.

Part Reviews

CPU

Perfect for people that don't game and stick to using the internet, watching netflix/youtube, Microsoft Office, etc. Can't beat the price to performance and is very snappy.

CPU Cooler

Dead quiet. Some of the best packaging I've ever seen for any product. Includes everything you could need to use it. Perfect for SFF builds/low TDP CPUs.

Motherboard

Solid build quality. I wish it had a couple more bells and whistles like an Intel NIC, but it doesn't get much better at this size and price range.

EDIT: Turns out the RAM slot closest to the CPU is a bit loose. It's normally not an issue but it can cause the computer to lock up if bumped.

Memory

Cheapest RAM I could find and it works just fine. I'm running the H110 chipset so I can't comment on overclocking but at 2133 MHz it's perfectly fine.

Storage

Not the fastest SSD but excellent nonetheless. It's probably the best budget SSD on the market right now and is perfect for anyone that wants an SSD, but doesn't really care which one. It also has its own utility which you can download which is quite nice. Doesn't come with cloning software though.

Case

Very nice case but I can't give it a perfect score. The plastic clips are rather unnerving to unclip. The rubber feet come off somewhat easily which is annoying. The cable tie hoops are thin and shallow to the point of being nearly unusable. I also really, really don't like that the case doesn't come with a filter for the top vent. But these are all rather small complaints and overall it's a great case.

Power Supply

So far so good. I love the 7 year warranty. Hopefully I won't need to use it.

Monitor

Beautiful monitor. The colors look great. The thin bezels make everything look even better. The stand is definitely a bit flimsy but not to the point of being annoying or unusable. No other complaints.

Keyboard

The keyboard actually feels better than I was expecting. The unifying receiver works perfectly. The mice has a nice weight to it that makes it feel not so cheap. The mouse is tiny though, definitely a lot smaller than I was expecting. This could be a concern if you have a palm grip or not tiny hands or just plan to use it a lot. I would definitely not use this mouse for gaming.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice cheap build.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build for the rents!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I hope they'll like it as much as I do lol.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the build a lot. So +1

BUT 12 seconds for an SSD to boot win10?? Something's up with that...

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

He probably means from button press to log in screen. I count from when the Windows loading screen begins.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I meant from button to login. Takes mine about 2 seconds. 1st world problems, huh? ;)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I checked out which SSD you're using. Mine's just not nearly as fast as yours. That being said, I have seen others on PCPP who claimed 5-6 second boot times with the Trion 150. Definitely something to look into. But in the mean time I guess my parents will just have to suffer ;)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yeah I figured the Trion wasn't as fast, but I just didn't expect it to take as long as that. Then again, I just tested the boot time on my SP3 and got around 10 seconds too.

Regardless...I still love the build!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, yes you're correct, I mean to the login screen.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not the fastest SSD on the block, but you may be right. I think it might have to do with my startup programs. I'll check it out. Thanks!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I like these builds with Noctua CPU Coolers cooling a Pentium in a mITX case... those are just my favorite builds

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol it's complete overkill for this CPU. From a performance or cost perspective I realize that it doesn't make any sense. But given the form factor, my options were somewhat limited. I went with the Noctua because I knew it would be silent and also for the 6 year warranty.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but that 450W PSU is definitely overkill. You're probably not even using 100W.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You're definitely right. I thought about that, but the problem is that there are very few lower wattage SFX PSU's, and none have a 7 year warranty like Corsair's. I guess you could say I paid extra for the longer warranty and modularity.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking build man. How is the motherboard, I am thinking of choosing this over MSI H110I Pro.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks yo! The mobo's been great. Still no problems whatsoever. I just checked out the MSI board and on paper they seem nearly identical. I'd say just get whichever is cheaper, but if you're concerned with build quality this one's solid.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey nice build, just one thing that I noticed. You put the power supply face up. Was that an oversight? Because there's an intake hole at the bottom, so.. Yeah, otherwise I think you're forcing the power supply fan to spin higher than normal in order to get air. I ask because you had it face down at the beginning then turned it fan up afterwards.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

The pictures are not in the order they were taken. You're right, it was a mistake. I put everything together and then when I was about to close the chassis I realized the PSU was the wrong way so I had to undo a bunch of stuff and fix it. Just another noob mistake lol.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I just wanted to know where you bought the ram sticks from. I've been looking around, but I can only find the 16gb (8gb x2). :(

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like I got mine from Amazon, but I just checked and as you said they only appear to have 2x8 and 4x4 now :/ Sorry and good luck!