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Mini-ITX basic desktop build. Meant to be able to just toss in an SSD and a decent GPU in the future.

A lot of these parts I just had laying around, which is why some of them don't make sense (like the RAM, and excessive hard drive for this cheaper build). The mobo is a bit overkill, but it had to be mini-itx with built in AC wifi, because I don't like USB wifi solutions, and I need to be able to use the one PCIe slot for a GPU in the future. There's one cheaper ASRock board that fits this, but I have had too many bad experiences with cheap ASRock boards in the past, and I don't want to go down that road again. I've used this particular mobo before and I loved it, so I bought it again.

Will probably toss an SSD and throw in a GPU later. For now it works great, and is in a nice small form factor that only takes up about 1 square foot of desk space.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Noice! :D

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it. How was that case to work with? Also, I had been considering an ASRock board for my build; what troubles have you had?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is honestly great for the price. It's bordering on just about the smallest case that you can buy for a standard form factor desktop. I have really no complaints about it, especially considering the price. The USB 3.0 front ports are great on such a low price case, it's very sturdy and feels well built, and everything fits quite well. It will even be able to fit a decent sized graphics card which is awesome.

As for ASRock boards, don't get me wrong, they do make some good mobos. With that said, my experience with the lower end ASRock boards are quite terrible. It seems there's always some ASRock board that undercuts the competition with any specific chipset/feature list, but they always end up failing me. I've bought something like 9 ASRock motherboards in total, pretty much all of them the are boards that are the cheapest for some particular chipset. Out of those 9 boards, I have literally had 7 fail. I have just come to the conclusion that they cut corners to get their prices so low on some of their motherboards, and it shows in their longevity. Thus, I will never buy an ASRock board for me, or any of my builds for anyone else ever again. I've said "one more time" too many times when it comes to cheap ASRock boards. The $20 savings I generally get is never worth it.