My Aunt approached me to build her a Desktop PC to replace her old Dell. This PC would be used for general web surfing, Microsoft Office, and music streaming. Her requirements were:
• Small form factor to fit in a corner of the living room
• Fast (Anything was faster than her old Dell)
• Acrylic side panel to avoid damage
With Black Friday approaching. I told her, give me $500 and I'll run circles around that dusty old dell. There were many ways to go about this build, this was my way.
Total Build Price: $499.88
This build was Intel preferred. the 8100 is a great choice for a budget build and provides 4 physical cores in this 8th generation series. Only gripe is the Intel Stock cooler. I didn't want to spend the extra on a cooler, but man this cooler needs an upgrade.
As a H310 board, it is fairly limited in expansion such as only 2 dimm slots, limited rear I/O ports, and only 1 PCI-Express slot. However, this will get the job done if you are not planning on upgrading and are on a tight budget.
Love the sleek look and performance has been fine. Runs at the expected speed
The star of this build. This part was chosen since I wanted to deliver the most speed within the budget. Great part. looks good too.
A little tight to work in. But don't let that deter you, this case looks really good and I love the small form factor. Cooler Master was very innovative with the modularity of this case.
Works fine. Black cables are a huge plus. Not modular, but what can you expect at this price point.
Wireless Network Adapter
This was the big surprise for me. This card works great with my Gigabyte Mobo. I was able to get 100mb down which is the max my ISP provides. Bluetooth also is a huge cherry on top.
Works and is fairly silent at lower speeds. I would not put these fans if high air flow was critical. The case I chose has very good ventilation, so I just needed fans to move the air current.
Works like a charm. I was able to connect this to the single fan header on my motherboard. The splitter also comes with a 3m adhesive strip which stuck nicely to the case.
+50 fps with RGB on. They work fine with the 6 configurable colors provided by RGB Fusion on the Gigabyte Board