EDIT: Thanks to the below comments, I upgraded this build slightly by switching out the case fan with a Noctua fan, and by buying PSU extension cables so that I could route the PSU cables correctly. Forgot to take updated pictures, so just trust me when I say the PSU cables run along the back of the case correctly now!
ORIGINAL POST: For my first PC build, I wanted to put together a great replacement for my grandparents' & parents' HP laptop that they were using as a makeshift desktop. The old setup consisted of an HP laptop with a dead battery, hooked up to a VGA-1080p 24" monitor sitting on a wooden slab to give the monitor some height. I don't have pictures of the old setup, but it wasn't great. While it was serviceable for my family's needs I wanted them to have a computer that was actually good to use and didn't hinder them in any way shape or form.
This PC is very much intentionally overkill for my family's needs since I wanted to be able to use it to run some party games as well, and have multiple user accounts that might do different, more intensive things on it. Also, with this being my first build, I wanted to prove that a home-built PC is more reliable than store-bought to my family. Hopefully the build stands the test of time now and validates that.
1) I did not realize that the CPU cooler that comes with the 3400G would block the installation path for one of my RAM modules. I had to take the CPU cooler back off, which took a decent amount of force since I had no idea thermal paste was so sticky! During that process the backplate used to mount the cooler fell off the motherboard, which gave me a panic attack thinking I broke the motherboard entirely. Fortunately that worked just fine.
2) The power cables that come with the SF 450W are too short for the H200 case. I was able to make it work by working the cables through the most direct cut-out [until I bought extensions], but they only just barely fit. The SF 450W is definitely meant for use in smaller cases – keep that in mind when picking out parts!
3) I overpaid for quite a few of these parts due to the timing of the build and needing a new computer ASAP at the time. A similar build should be much more affordable if buying at a good time, or getting a cheaper & smaller case.
The best 3rd-gen Ryzen chip with integrated graphics. Keep in mind that this is using a different CPU architecture than the Ryzen 3600 and higher chips, so if you plan on using this as just a CPU your performance won't be as good. But if you want/need the integrated graphics, this is the best it gets!
Used for my first build, and it's worked like a charm so far. The feature set was exactly what I was looking for: Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5, and 4K 60 FPS output via HDMI and DisplayPort. All the other features are exactly what you'd expect from a Mini-ITX motherboard, so I can't complain.
Solid RAM, performs at the advertised speed, and performs well based on my UserBenchmark run.
Entry-level NVMe drives available at SATA-level prices means you can't really go wrong with this drive. I do wish it was offered in larger capacities, but if all you need is 500GB, then this is likely the best entry-level SSD you can get. Also comes with WD's awesome SSD software that makes it easy to monitor the health of the drive.
Frankly, this was a pleasure to build in as a first-time builder. The case cutouts are thoughtfully positioned and help a lot with cable management. The whole thing also feels very high quality.
I've knocked it down a star for two reasons:
1) The case comes with two fans (I've only been using one since my motherboard only has 1 case fan header though), but these fans are really damn loud if they need to spin up. If you want a quieter PC, be ready to get a replacement fan(s) along with this case.
2) This is a massive Mini-ITX case, so big that I had to spend extra on PSU extension cables to route the power cables correctly along the back of the case. Keep this in mind when you pick a PSU for the case, or start looking at smaller cases if you want to avoid that problem.
Insanely high quality PSU for systems not needing a lot of wattage. The only real complaint is that the including wires are on the short side – when I put together my build in an NZXT H200 case, the PSU cables were too short to be connected along the back-end of the case. I had to use a cut out in the case to have a more direct path between the motherboard & the PSU, but it was very tight.
If you're thinking of using this PSU with a larger Mini-ITX case, be wary. But in a small form factor this is probably the best PSU you can get.
At the time of building, this was the cheapest 4K monitor I could find on the market. It's been excellent for my needs, but I can't say too much beyond that. The lack of HDR support is actually ideal for me, since Windows 10 support of HDR content throughout the OS is bad. At this time the best solution seems to be just getting a monitor without HDR.
If you want to read a better review, you should look at Rtings.com: https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/lg/27ud58-b
Starting with the cons, this isn't the best looking monitor arm. Cable management is a little bit poor as you have to rely on using zip ties to hold the cables against the arm. However, the arm feels very high-quality & durable, and feels reliable to put a decent monitor on. I went with this arm mainly because of the monitor arm breakdown I read here, which may be a helpful reference for anyone reading this: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-monitor-arms/
Does the job as a TPM – although I only got this part because the GIGABYTE website for my motherboard indicated that the TPM slot would only accept this particular TPM. Proprietary vendor lock-in is something I would rather avoid.