Description

A PC build for a relative of mine.

The advantage of living in Hong Kong is that, you gain access to some interesting parts from mainland China.

Aluminium cases always give people the impression of "high quality" and "expensive". Today we have a aluminium mATX/itx case that cost only 31-32 usd (250hkd). I had not expect much as it was manufactured by a chinese company that I had never heard of, plus being ridiculously inexpensive, yet I was pleasantly surprised. Made by a company called Jonsbo, the case looks really nice on the outside, yet once you touch it you will notice that the aluminium is actually a bit rough. It is extremely light, but not too flimsy. It comes with rubber feet and a dust filter. The manual is comprehensible with actual proper english (rare for cheap chinese stuff). It even comes with little pads for screws so that you wont scratch the metal finish. While the case does feel cheap compare to e.g. Lian Li products, this is perfectly fine considering the price. The overall package is simply amazing for 32USD.

The RAM is also pretty weird. One of the cheapest 8GB ddr4 I can find in local stores, yet for some reason it has a white PCB, golden dragons and a blue LED.

The case can actually fit a normal ATX PSU, but I figured that it would be pain inducing to manage the cables, so I opted an SFX one that granted the PC a lot more breathing room.

"Why would you buy an expensive CPU cooler for a budget PC?" you may ask. Well, primarily because it looks way cooler than intel stock cooler, secondly I want my family member to have a completely silent PC.

I also got a 12cm fan to introduce some otherwise non-existent airflow. It is extremely cheap in HK (44hkd) and it also came with neat rubber mounting to keep it as silent as advertised. Most importantly it's white so it matches the theme :o) I did accidentally installed it in the wrong orientation (as you can see in the pictures), fixed it later on.

Other than that, the i3 and SSD are quite basic for a normal speedy home PC. I did get the 500GB HDD from a random old PC so it costed nothing.

I did try to match the colors of different parts, even though there's no side window to begin with :o)

In the end a PC that is completely silent, good looking (internally and externally), cheap, and capable of booting windows within 12 seconds. I'm pretty happy with the result.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great cpu for casual users. Cheap, fast and efficient.

CPU Cooler

Way cooler than Intel stock one (no pun intended).

Motherboard

Nothing's wrong out of the box, good price for the features that you get.

Storage

Silver sticker matches my case, 10/10.

Case Fan

Sometimes the fan spins weirdly slow, could be BIOS problem but I did not have time to sought it out. Otherwise great for its price, with rubber mounting to keep it silent.

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Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

I have named your build the "Gold Nugget" +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job. Clean build.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice little cube :3

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet and simple, not too shabby.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Got the same case! high five

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are great looking cases.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. It's probably a speedy little home/office use PC plus cool and quiet. It's also a very interesting case, I don't think I've seen one like that before.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It's definitely a great case for it's price. It's built from aluminium, has a great build quality and looks. I know because I have one too.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Would have been cheaper to download some dedowated wam

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

cool... thanks for the info

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