Wanted a good processor and 32 gigs of ram, didn't need anything too expensive, big, or flashy.
A gamer friend talked me into the video card, don't regret it.
Noctua cooler installed post pics. It was ok-quiet with the stock cooler, but I was aiming for near silent and the Noctua definitely fits the bill. Also has additional 1 TB HDD that I had in a box that I installed for data storage.
Everything went together easily, running Ubuntu with no problems.
Actually there is a problem -- how much I enjoyed obsessing over parts and building the thing!

Part Reviews


quick and easy. done it's data crunching job well so far.

CPU Cooler

really quiet, easy to install, nice that it comes with paste, extra screws for thicker fan, low noise adapter, etc.


overall good inexpensive board, IO shield is flimsy and super shiny.
Had some trouble with one of the M2 slots, just used the other one.


nice to have 32 gigs, does the job, no complaints.


good, quick enough, inexpensive.

Video Card

easily drives two monitors, not really a gamer, so probably overkill but for just over $100 seemed better than the cheaper options. let's the cpu just calculate... A bit quirky with Ubuntu 18.04, works a treat with 19.04 no additional drivers or anything else necessary.


Great case, looks sweet, easy to build in, plenty of ways and places to mount fans. A little wide (wanted a smaller footprint) but that made it easier to build in for sure.

Case Fan

Wisper quiet, low rpm, but only on or off (3 pin connector, that's on me, didn't really understand at the time). not brown!

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same ssd and get boot in under 8 seconds 1+

  • 12 months ago
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yeah, fast!

  • 12 months ago
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Nice first build !!! I like the case

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! it's pretty slick for sure.

  • 11 months ago
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Do you have any fans in the front panel? If so, how are the temps in the case?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, I have one of the Noctua - NF-S12B redux-700 120mm fans on the front and one on the back. so far, max temps 50 degrees C, typically high 30s degrees C. I mostly crunch data on this thing rather than game so YMMV.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the power supply goin? I heard that the fan gets loud under load.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry, haven't looked in a bit, but the power supply hasn't made any real noise at all. but I'm not gaming on this thing so YMMV.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point