- 25 months ago
Hello again PCPP community. I am building another PC again (I just can't get enough, it's an addiction)
I wanted to build a PC with value being not a priority. This is me just building a PC getting hardware that I want to get my hands on. I don't want to spend beyond 600$ and some of the parts are already purchased. After this build is done, I'll be giving this build to my grandmother as a late Christmas present and early birthday present. She need not worry about a new PC ever again.
Already had the CPU from when I upgraded my own PC. I was originally going to get a Celeron 3930, but then I remembered that I have this CPU lying around.
I wanted to build a miniITX system, so I went with this Silverstone case and I wanted to cram an AIO in it. I want to push the limits on what I could cram in for the budget, so, the Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 was the option. 43mm thick radiator should make a tight squeeze. 150% unnecessary for the locked 7500, but I want to have an AIO for experience sake. Experience is priceless, after all. I will be replacing the two fans with two RGB Static Pressure fans, if I can cram two fans in such a small case in such a thick AIO.
There wasn't a lot of miniITX boards that wowed me except for the B250i, so I went ahead and bought it. Glad I did because it's a high quality and beautiful board. Did a quick test to see if the motherboard receives power and when it lit up, I had my answer.
Fully modular PSU, the SeaSonic FOCUS. The PC will draw under 100 watts under load, so 550 watt PSU is stupid. But I don't want a CXM. Not that It's a bad PSU, not at all, but because I want something different. FOCUS is different and very high quality.
8gb of RAM in dual channel because it looks better and because since this PC will be using the iGPU, I want more RAM available since the iGPU will take about 1-2gb of RAM.
Lastly, a 128gb SSD. I didn't realize it was NVMe until I ordered it. I don't expect to see any speed differences over a SATA SSD. I can get a 500gb HDD for 10$, or simply reuse her current one. (Don't know if I want to do that)
Again, value isn't a concern. This is just me getting more experience in building PCs, to satiate my addiction, and to give my grandmother something that isn't slower than Congress. Her PC is a Pentium 4 (ouch). It takes 5-8 minutes to boot to desktop. Time to shave boot times down to 20 seconds. Really, I am just sharing what I am doing. I have a build log on LTT forums here if you wish for a look. I expect this build to be done in about a monthe or two. Cheers!