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Put this together for my parents with parts that I could find in stock at Micro Center. Pretty much just used for web browsing and watching movies. They used to have an Intel Compute Stick, and while it was enough to get the job done (albeit very slowly), this is definitely a huge step up. I know that some of these parts may seem overkill for what they need, but I wanted to make sure that they have something good that will last a while, and again, it was what was in stock at Micro Center (and on sale).

First, I originally wanted to get a mini ITX case and motherboard, but decent SFF PSUs are more expensive than ATX PSUs. Also, it was hard to find a decent mini ITX case that is cheap. I saw that Micro Center had the Thermaltake Core V1 which is a mini ITX square like box, but upon seeing it at Micro Center, I realize that I misjudged the dimensions and it's just too wide and box like for my parents' desk. That's when I noticed the Thermaltake Versa H17 right next to it, slimmer, nicer to look at, and the same price at $44.99. Thankfully both of the cases support ATX PSUs, so I could just get a nice and cheap Thermaltake 500W unit.

Since I stepped up to micro ATX over mini ITX, I thought I could find a decent mATX B450 board since the plan was always to go with the 2200G ($60 at Micro Center, just can't be beaten). Well, none of the ones that I could find there had built in wifi support which was something that I wanted to have for sure, so I just stuck with the AORUS PRO WIFI that's listed here. For the price, it really is a nice looking motherboard with a decent helping of features, and as far as performance and VRMs, it's more than enough for my parents' 2200G.

As for the storage and memory, it was cheap and on sale, and it provides my parents with an extremely snappy browsing experience and practically instant boot times. In all, I was happy to put it together for them as all of these parts are something that I would probably use myself for a non gaming HTPC. Also made sure to manage the cables to the best of my ability, though a bit sad that I had to run the 24 pin through the PSU shroud cutout like that. Probably should've used the side cutout but eh, it's fine as there is no TG panel or anything.

This little side project that I always wanted to do for my parents just reminded me how much I love building systems. I'm so glad that I could put something nice together for them. They're so happy that they can actually have multiple tabs open and watch videos that load instantly. Now, maybe I'll fix that 24 pin when I dust it out next summer.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like a solid extreme web browser!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice👍🏾

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I always dig AMD APU builds. My personal htpc is also a 2200g in an inwin itx case (not a Chopin, but similar) with an ASRock x370 fatal1ty itx mobo. Perfect segway into my next question, your microcenter doesnt have the inwin Chopin in stock? They come with a built in PSU plenty powerful enough to even handle the 2400g. Again though nice clean build

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, I don't know how I missed that case, and yes, they do have them in stock. Thanks so much for mentioning it. I guess I can keep it in mind for a future project.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

There's always future projects lol