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Here's my cheap build for a neighbor, he just wanted something for internet use tho I still wanted to offer him a build with a semi-reasonable spec hence the 8gig ram and ssd.

I think it's all pretty self explanatory, 5150 is a nice budget quad core that's eminently capable for internet/general use/SOHO etc, 1080p youtube is no problem and even some low level gaming as per some yt vids. I was tempted to go with the 3850 as apparently that's still capable for his needs but as the 5150 is only $6 more than it I thought might as well go with the more "powerful" option :-D

Cheapest matx/mitx am1 mobo has hdmi out which I wanted so he has an easy hook up to his tv if he wants, only 2x sata3 ports and no usb3 header (only on the rear panel) but neither of those points are deal breakers imo, especially for the price :D

I wanted 8gig so he has plenty of ram for chrome/ff tabs and that's enough to allocate up to 2gig for the gpu portion if he ever wants to dabble in some light gaming, on reflection I kinda wish I'd spent the extra $2 on some lower latency ram but eh, I don't think that's super important for his use tbh.

A ssd to provide a fast booting machine and all round faster responding windows environment. 120gig is more than enough for what he needs tho the drive is a little older than I thought when I ordered it, but real world performance is close enough across most modern ssds these days so hopefully it won't turn out to be a complete dog coughv300cough, maybe I'll go for the trion100 next time?

Yeah I know I know I know it's never recommended to get a case with an included psu but given the minimal power draw nature of the build I figure the chance of the psu getting strained is effectively non-existent. I wanted a case a little smaller than the standard pc box and given that the cheapest [large] case w/ psu onsite is $35 once you take delivery into account I'm ok with the deal for the rosewill.

I've got an old unused win7 disc around so I'm gonna use that then get the win10 upgrade for him too.

For under $200 delivered I'm pretty happy with it, hopefully he will be too :D

edit. built this a week or so back, I've set the prices to what I paid at the time.

Neighbour is very happy with it so far.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 7 points

Not everybody needs a Porsche, sometimes an Escort is just fine.

  • 47 months ago
  • 4 points

Very true :D

Calling it an Escort is very generous tho imo, I was thinking more like this - https://www.google.com/search?q=reliant+robin

:D

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

If it falls over on his desk then we'll call it a Robin. ;)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

or a Logan...

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

the slug bugs though bro

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont mind not getting a Porsche or an Escort

But i def would like a AE86 any day ;)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think you would have to worry about the power requirements for this system, so I think you have been a good neighbor!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope one day I have a neighbor like you

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't actually pay for it, sorry if my wording was poor and gave that impression, I've changed a few things around to try and clear that up.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Never seen an AM1 build, very nice!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

this is such a great use of such low powered equipment!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfectly adequate for day to day browsing and far cheaper than an off the shelf box, gets my +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

So, it's equivalent to a Yugo 45.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

i wouldnt call it a POS exactly

it does the job pretty well for a 25W APU

certain models of the AM1 board can be powered from a notebook AC adapter for even lower wattage

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the title was a little tongue in cheek, I was trying to preempt any of the pic snobbery I see around online but thankfully there doesn't seem to be any of that here :-D

That's interesting about the laptop power thing, I might have to look into that if I do another am1 build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I would not mind a Honda s600.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually it the Honda S660

because of the engine cc being 660 for kei cars

it look cute but it pretty expensive in my country

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh the Honda s600 is the old version in the picture on my profile. The Honda s660 is the new version. This is actually being sold in japan for around 2, 000 dollars.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

wow that is cheap

i need a car badly but it freaking expensive where i live

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah they are expensive. But that's because they're so rare this very similar to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL gullwing coupe or convertible these cars are so expensive because there were only 3,258 of them built so they go well over a million at an auction.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

how i wished i was born in japan

the cars here may not be affordable at first but as long you work for it

you can get a decent car even that is second hand because Japanese love their cars and take good care of it.

I been a long time fan of the Toyota AE86 and the Nissan Fairlady S30. Here thou any cars which are over 30 to 40 years of age are pile of scrap metals.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Great cost-effective build .. I did the same MB and proc for a very good m-itx OpenElec box, with 4 GB memory and 120GB SSD ... very pleased with the AM1 platform for this application..

You do not need an F-350 with the towing package if all you are doing is weekly grocery shopping ... Escort does just fine :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Too bad you didn't do any bench mark testing. I would have loved to have known what bench marks it was hitting.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Seems nice. For such a low price. I have a question, since it is amd card where do the graphics come from? Don't u have to buy a graphics card? I thought AMD didnt have on board video?

Good job again.

Reply when possible.

Have a nice day :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

A bunch of amd chips have built in graphics, tho they usually call them "apu" instead of "cpu", including this 5150 so you don't need a gpu card, gaming performance isn't very good of course but it's a $50 combined cpu/gpu at the end of the day.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah, I totally understand. Thanks for the reply man.

I really appreciate the info.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

NP man :D

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah! This would work great for that kind of stuff. It could also play some low-end video games too.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Chrome eats ram tho? I've got 4gig and am usually running a high ram usage when I've got multiple tabs open so I figured 8 was a safer bet. Dual channel doesn't really make any difference for most users and the am1 platform is single channel too so it's definitely not doing anything for performance.

Thanks very much for your kind words about the build, it's very gratifying.