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This build was cobbled together from Lila Mark One and some parts I had lying around. The motherboard is left over from my main desktop and some bad decision making, which is why it's so stupidly gutsy compared to the rest of the build. The case, PSU, and GPU are from Lila, the SSD is a leftover, and the CPU and RAM are new.
Memory sticks weren't purchased individually - what I did was buy a 2x8 set and mix it up with the 2x4 set from my own desktop, giving both systems 12 GB.
Lila Mk2 will be used for typical computer tasks (work, browsing, etc) and some occasional light gaming. Friend is happy with it, says it performs much better than the Core 2 Duo box he had before. I expect that the Athlon will last him another good 3-4 years, but even if not, AM4 has a good upgrade path. EDIT: Operating system is Fedora Linux.
The was my first time installing one of the lever-action AMD coolers, and it was a joy. I don't know why this isn't a more common mechanism - it's just so much easier and more convenient. On the other hand, the fan is loud and overall kind of terrible, so not all is good here. Plus, the Vector's case design can't be helping with airflow.
The motherboard is diminutive, even for the already small PDS Vector CQ case. This made assembly easy because of all the empty space, although I had to reroute the cables so that they could reach the board. Good thing there isn't a window anywhere, because as with most OEM cases, there are no compartments to hide the cables - it looks terrible.
The Vector's PCIe slots are raised, blocking the HDMI port on the GPU. Worst design. But fortunately, the DVI and VGA ports are fine, and that's okay for now since the monitor accepts DVI and VGA.
Once it was all put together, I went into the BIOS, disabled the LED strip on the motherboard, and set the fan profile to "Quiet". This helped reduce noise while idling, but the CPU fan is still whiny under load.
The value proposition of this little guy is unfortunately harmed by the loud stock cooler, which is okay when idling but whines like a clogged laptop fan under sustained load. If you're willing to put up with the noise, and you really don't need more performance, then it might make sense to use this over Ryzen. Otherwise, you should just save up for the R3 1200 (or upcoming 2200). For your troubles, you'll get yourself a better CPU and a better cooler.
EDIT: With murmurs of upcoming Zen-based Athlons, most notably the Athlon 200GE, I've decided to dock yet another star.
It definitely doesn't make sense for the build it's being used in, but that doesn't make it bad - just overqualified for the job. :P
I had some teething problems with it initially, but after a BIOS reflash, it's been decent. I suspect, however, that if we had more and better ITX options for AM4, I might not recommend it as readily. Worth mentioning is that it only has a 4-pin power connector, and its VRMs aren't that great, so you won't be overclocking much.
Performs "well enough" for most people, I think, and easily better than the old 5400 RPM hard drive it replaces. Mind you, I bought this before the NAND shortages, so I got it for a reasonable price. I wouldn't recommend it for over $50.
One of the few low-profile cards with acceptable levels of performance. Nowadays, it's beaten out by newer models, but it can still hold its own, maintaining a steady 30+ FPS for the most part.
It still stands out as a viable budget option if you can get it (or another 750 Ti model) used, as it often goes for much less than the RX 460/560 and GTX 1050 (Ti).
It's SeaSonic, it's 80+ Bronze, and it hasn't gone boom yet. On the downside, it's non-modular and looks ugly.