Description

The Wife asked for a PC she could use at the desk to do her college/uni studying on. her requirements were as small as possible and fast. - she has a laptop already but it wont be good for her to sit writing essays etc on the sofa - my work laptop is plugged into the desk constantly and it would have been annoying to swap them over daily.

Yes - I could have chosen a NUC or Gigabyte Brix etc but where is the fun in building then?

Part Reviews

CPU

Originally i was going to go for a G4400 but CCL had none in stock so spent a bit more to get something a bit better.

So far no issues at all with this and the stock cooler - CPU reached a peak of 61 degrees C running a standard IntelBurnIn test but was back down to idle temps within a minute or so - for a stock cooler i'm impressed

Motherboard

Having used an ASUS H97 board in my previous build this was almost a no brainer.

Looks like ASUS have cheaped out a bit compared to the last generation though.

There is no M2 slot or option for adding a laptop style wi-fi adapter - meaning i had to buy a USB one. If this had been for my gaming rig i would not have purchased as i plan to use M2 for boot drive next.

That said when i bought the H97 board it was around £20 more than this board so that probably figures.

Overall seems to be another solid ASUS product.

* EDIT As rightly pointed out on the comments on this build, the H110 is not the Skylake equivalent of the H97 i compare it against... as such i have amended my score to 5

Memory

Simply the cheapest RAM i could find at the time.

Storage

First WD SSD drive I have bought - PC bios time shows as 6.1s in Task Manager - The Wife is happy so i am happy.

Case

Very well made case as to be expected from Lian Li.

Reading reviews i thought i may have an issue with the front USB ports having USB A type headers and no where to route them through the rear - however it did come with a proper motherboard USB3.0 header

The only thing i found 'hard' with this case and the reason for 4 stars is the motherboard tray/IO cutout - while a great idea in principal, I ended up having to fit the IO shield to the motherboard and then place it in the case - a very awkward procedure to make sure i managed to pop IO shield in correctly all the way around.

Also the cage at the bottom of the case (which I did not use) could benefit from some cutouts under allowing you to mount the SSDs IN the cage rather than on top - would give slightly more room for GPU if using one.

Power Supply

So far so good, fully modular which helps in a tiny build like this. it also has an 'eco' mode which shuts the fan off when not needed - i did leave this on in this build though to help pull the hot air out.

* EDIT * I did try the Eco mode - off, it is amazing how much the exhaust helps this build, when the PSU fan was shut off idle temps were up around 45 degrees C

Custom

I have used TP-Link in the past and been impressed, as we are in rented accommodation i couldn't go drilling holes in walls and running CAT cables everywhere.

Windows reports full signal in the same room as a Vodafone Connect router so spot on.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Having used an ASUS H97 board in my previous build this was almost a no brainer. Looks like ASUS have cheaped out a bit compared to the last generation though.

I wouldn't compare the H97 with the H110. You should compare it with the H170 or newer H270 which would be the equivalent right now.. :) This do have m2 and wifi..... NIce little build!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be where i went wrong then haha. Thanks for the comment i will update my review :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Why didn't you just use the PCIe 16x slot with a wifi card?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Leaving the space in case she wants a GPU at a later date to play The SIMS :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not go for a g4560?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

No real reason other than the retailer had only the one i got in stock at the time haha.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the can of Coke a scale for how small the case is? Dang, that thing's tiny!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha it was indeed! fits perfectly on top of an Ikea Alex desk topper next to her monitor (AOC 24")

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Does it required a BIOS update?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Not for its current configuration it didnt hth :)

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Thx