Update 9/4/2018 :
Added to the part list the two FD HP-14 fans and the FD HF-12 fan I had bought as a Christmas present for my father (hence the 0.00€ price) and added some (first 3) photos of the updated build! They are whisper quiet at low RPM and become audible only when they speed up. However, the stock cooler's fan is more annoying than all three fans going full speed... The reason I replaced the stock fans was their color (white) which didn't match the build's color scheme (blackish).
Removed bottom hard drive mount because it wasn't, isn't and is probably never going to be used.
Added FurMark GPU stress test screenshot after 30 minutes of full load on 1280x720 with 8x MSAA and the passively cooled GT 1030 reached a max. temperature of 82o C without dropping below 1632MHz on the core. Synthetic stress testing is probably the only way to reach such high temperatures on the GPU as prior to this test I had never seen anything above 80o C. It probably doesn't even reach 70o C but I haven't looked into it so far so I'm not sure.
Update 7/1/2018 :
Overclocked CPU to 3.5GHz @ 1.2V (did I win the silicon lottery?) and RAM to 2933MHz @ 1.2V with 15-17-17-35 timings. Max CPU temperature of 72 C with the stock cooler after three 4-hour runs of Prime95 with no crashes (4 hours in Small FTTs mode, 4 hours in blend mode and 4 hours with 2048Mb to 4096Mb FTTs ).
Added Cinebench R15 benchmark screenshot (Last picture) of the OC! Also added Cooler Master Devastator II mouse and keyboard with blue backlight and I finally moved the PC on a piece of furniture to prevent the PSU from sucking in dust, even though after 3 to 4 months of being on the carpet-like floor there was no dust on the bottom dust filter.
Update 30/10/2017 :
- Added Cinebench R15 benchmark screenshot on stock frequencies!
Original Description :
Hello everyone, I'm new in the PC building community since it's been about 9 months that I have began searching for computer parts and scrolling through the completed builds in PCPP. Some builds I've seen have truly gotten me hooked to the PC Master Race as many call it. I personally have a gaming laptop because I'm a university student but that's another story.
I have been discussing with my father about how much better desktop PCs are versus laptops. So I had him convinced to make the change! We made a listing on a website like eBay (we don't have eBay here in Greece) to sell his laptop, a Toshiba Satellite Pro C850-1EQ, and if someone were to buy it I would build a desktop to replace it. In the first couple of months no possible buyers called. Until 2 weeks ago one person called but wanted a lower price. We settled at 280 Euros (we had it listed at 300 Euros). So there was my chance to build a PC on my own!
The goal was to make a PC that would last for a couple of years no matter what software evolution brings.
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 : Since AMD had launched their Ryzen processors and I have read many reviews suggesting that there was nothing wrong with them, I decided that they were ideal for my father's needs (web browsing). I could have gotten away with a Ryzen 3 chip but Ryzen 5 was so tempting since their core count is equivalent to Intel's i7 processors. I used the stock cooler and some Arctic MX-4 thermal paste. It doesn't go above 68 C during Prime95 stress testing.
Gigabyte GT 1030 Silent : It was chosen because my father doesn't do anything graphically demanding (I have, however, played a couple of games on Low or Mid settings with steady 60FPS) and wanted the PC to be as silent as possible, so the passively cooled card was chosen.
ASRock AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac : Motherboard was chosen for the on-board WiFi and the Mini-ITX form factor. Would have liked a couple more fan headers that would have been able to drive non-PWM fans because only one of the headers is capable of DC control. A color neutral design would have been more than welcome...
Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 : I know that 8GB of RAM is useless for Web Browsing but who cares? It's meant to be future-proof. Also, because Ryzen loves fast RAM I might overclock the RAM in the future, so I picked the 3000MHz kit.
Be Quiet! Pure Power 10 CM 400W : A fully modular PSU was a must for this build but I settled with a semi modular due to cost. The result however was awesome since none of the cables are visible and it's whisper quiet. It certainly lives up to its brand's name.
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB : The SSD was a must for the quick boot times and the EVO was on sale so it was a no-brainer. No regrets for not going for a cheaper and smaller SSD since I wanted long-lasing problem-free performance.
Fractal Design Define Nano S : I was going for the Node 202 since size was the main reason for the Mini-ITX build but once the laptop was sold the Node 202 was out of stock and it would take 2 weeks to get my hands on it. In the meantime the Nano S was on sale and I went with it. No regrets here, excellent build quality and easy cable management. Not to mention it has 2 included fans. They are not PWM but they are silent at low RPM.
My cable management skills are certainly not the best since I'm a beginner but the size of the case and the length of the PSU cables are not very helpful either. Anyway, the main goal was to make them almost invisible when looking inside the case and I think I have accomplished that so I'm happy with it.
Sorry for the very bright photos but I'm no professional, I took them with my phone and the sun was too damn bright at that time. Some of them however are pretty good. Right?
I have truly enjoyed building this PC even though I have had some pretty rough times with the thermal paste and the CPU but in the end everything was fine. My father is very happy with his new PC and I have once again gained his trust on computer stuff. I might add some more fans and maybe replace the CPU cooler with one that is completely silent. I will add some benchmark results soon as well as some temps for the GPU.
Feel free to ask anything you want and comment on anything. Just be polite. I am willing to help if I can. Thanks for reading!!
P.S. : The parts where bought from many stores all around Greece but I used the Italian version of PCPP to find them since it had all of them.
Great processor with even better value for money. Doesn't go above 68 degrees Celsius during Prime 95 stress testing @ stock frequencies using the stock cooler and some Arctic MX-4 in an Mini-ITX case.
Update: Max CPU temperature is 72 C during during Prime 95 stress testing @ 3.5GHz with 1.2V core voltage (stock cooler, Arctic MX-4, Mini-ITX case).
Great product. Just don't freeze it, keep it in a cool and dry place instead and store it with the front end (where the paste comes out of) pointing down so that you won't have any moisture in it. Arctic support is pretty good I must admit.
Great board that has on-board WiFi. I would, however, have preferred a color neutral design and DC fan control to be supported on all case fan headers, not just one of the two. Other than that I have no complaints. The BIOS seems pretty easy to use.
It's RAM, I've had no problems with it so far. I haven't overclocked it yet though.
Update: I easily overclocked it to 2933MHz @ 1.2V with 15-17-17-35 timings on my Ryzen B350 motherboard! No crashes after three 4-hour runs of Prime95 (see the latest update of my build for more details).
Got it on sale. It's an SSD, it's fast and has enough space for a boot and application installation drive. No problems so far.
It's silent and gets the job done. It can even run some games on Low/Mid settings. I have run Saints Row IV on medium settings and had 60FPS. No complaints so far.
Looks good, has excellent build quality and easy cable management. Not to mention it has 2 included fans. They are not PWM but they are silent at low RPM.
Semi-modular PSU with great performance and price. It certainly lives up to its brand's name (it's very quiet). The only bad thing for me was the SATA power cable, 4 connectors on one SATA cable is kind of hard to manage and hide in a Mini-ITX case. No complaints other than that.
Could have been better but it's Windows...