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#02 - A budget PC for browsing web and watching online videos.

by iljapojev

6
26 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 6, 2015

Date Built

July 4, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

Description

This PC is meant only for web browsing, video watching and document editing. The indicated prices are the ones actually paid for this build. All parts were bought from Arvutitark (Tallinn, Estonia) - www.arvutitark.ee.

I was surprised how responsive this build is, probably thanks to an OCZ SSD (see pictures for speed test of SSD and HDD). Integrated video (Intel HD 4400) is fast enough even for smooth 4K video experience.

The BitFenix Neos is a good budget case. One problem was the HDD LED (which wasn't working). The cable management wasn't a struggle, partially due to the absence of a dedicated video card (means less cables) and use of a modular Corsair CX430M power supply. The case comes with only one exhaust fan on the back, therefore I decided to add another one on the front for air intake (to improve the airflow and to avoid negative pressure inside the case).

Part Reviews

CPU

Great choice for a budget yet fast PC for web browsing, video watching, document editing etc. Built in graphics (Intel HD 4400) is fast enough for those tasks and 4K video.

Motherboard

A good choice for a small PC. Supports M.2 SSDs. Very easy to setup. Nice design.

Storage

A very fast and affordable SSD. Installed it along with MSI H97M-G43 motherboard. Speeds in my case are read 550MB/s, write 420MB/s. Great!

Case

Very good budget case. A bit limited space for cable management so you better use a modular PSU. Otherwise the case is beautiful and black inside out (i had a black version). Tool free installation of 5.2 and 3.5 drives. Why 4 stars and not 5 - just because my HDD led wasn't working.

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ReVa 2 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

I gotta say, you really did a great job on tidying up the cables

iljapojev submitter 6 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Thanks!

FantasticFranco 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I actually learned from your pictured that I can add zip ties in between the holes that I never noticed on the same case. I'm gonna go back now to fix it even though I don't have a window.

iljapojev submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Glad that pictures are helpful!

AdaptionHD 1 point 22 months ago

I'm not trying to be rude but how is this build over kill? Just curiously

iljapojev submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Just for the internet and video it could have been a less powerful build with a Celeron processor (or an AMD based build) with a HDD (not SSD). But as I said, I want it to last, be responsive, and may be later to add a video card for some basic gaming.

AdaptionHD 1 point 22 months ago

Are you able to check out my system builds that are actually built yet

iljapojev submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

All I can see is a saved part list named "My Custom Build".

AdaptionHD 1 point 22 months ago

Check out my $700 one

iljapojev submitter 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

How you plan to use it? Gaming?

Feliks 1 point 21 months ago

How many gb is usable of your arc 100? Would you recommend this ssd? (It's $65 for me.)

iljapojev submitter 6 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Sorry, can't tell, as this build was for a friend and I don't have access to it now, can't check. But performance-wise it is totally ok.

Feliks 1 point 21 months ago

Okay. I ordered one used off of eBay, will it be fast & stuff when I put my Windows & a game or two on you think? (Sorry I'm new XD)

iljapojev submitter 6 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

I think it will be up to the task :)

encode 4 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Strangely, but your Neos got honeycomb vents on PCI slot covers. Usually, Neos comes with that ugly square holes...

davidnavratil 1 point 20 months ago

I like the photos, reviews and price list. Very helpful indeed!! DN

iljapojev submitter 6 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Thank you!

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iljapojev submitter 6 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

You are right, but I want it to last for several years with a possibility of an upgrade.