Description

My mom was in need of a new office computer, as her old one was showing its age (6 years old). Her requirements:

-Small ✓

-Fast boot time ✓ (5 seconds)

-Wifi ✓

-Able to run countless chrome tabs and the occasional more demanding program. ✓

~$500 ✓

Seems like a success to me!

Part Reviews

CPU

Works great for an office computer.

Motherboard

Impressed with the appearance and features on such an inexpensive motherboard. The CPU fan header is in the perfect spot for the Intel stock cooler, which made me happy. My only gripe was the ridiculously terrible I/O shield. I had to grapple with it for about 15 minutes to get the motherboard in, which is just too long.

Memory

Looks pretty good. RAM is RAM.

Storage

Would recommend M.2. No power or data cables needed! Windows boots in under 5 seconds which is plenty fast. Note that this is not a PCIe SSD, but SATA.

Case

Not amazing to work in. Side panels are very flimsy and came warped in the box.

I was able to get some cable management done but it was quite a pain. The holes to pass wires through are not in the best spots. There is also very little space to put cables through at the back, even with the bulged side panels. I think that the only reason I was able to make it work was not having the two 2.5" drive bays populated, which gave me some space to shove wires.

The included fan is decent. Quiet enough and has a sleeved cable.

For $40, you can't expect much, but having built in the far, far superior Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX which I got for $55, I was not at all impressed. Passable at best.

Power Supply

Very quiet. The only 2 cables that are hard-wired are a 20+4-pin ATX and 4+4-pin CPU, which you are going to use anyways. Hard to beat the price, especially for a low-spec build. And a very trustworthy brand as well.

Optical Drive

It's a DVD drive.

Operating System

Don't have much of a choice, do we? The bloatware that came upon install was just ridiculous.

Wireless Network Adapter

Works fine, don't expect more than 100 Mbps.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job helping your mother, if you can you can make it smaller with a htpc or mini itx

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I was initially planning on that, but I think it would have either increased the price or decreased upgradeability.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad for this price point, and you have the power head room, and space to drop in a GTX 1050 (or other low end card) to give it some graphics muscle if ever desired.

+1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. It is definitely upgradeable which is a plus.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you consider a motherboard with built-in wifi?

Nice work! +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I did consider it. However, I happened to have the wifi card already (from her old computer) so it worked out.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi. Quick question, the asus prime motherboard leaves enough clearance for the dvd drive? Thank you.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, plenty.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha. I guess that's true, but if you look at the cost of the whole PC, it's a $25 (~5%) increase for a ~15% increase in performance. Also since there's no dedicated GPU, the slightly improved graphics on the i3 is nice.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I know :) i wasn't giving hate or anything, it's just that people tend to not be too happy when people get i3's nowadays, i guess that must have settled?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Not sure, I haven't kept up with PC parts as much as I used to.