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  1. Drnrg

    Drnrg Member

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    6my parents/siblings machine is going down the toilet

    put together the following mini-itx build, any thoughts? trying to keep it below $1000 - main uses are video storage, interwebs and excel

    CPU i3-6100
    Mobo Gigabyte h170n-wifi (mini itx)
    Ram 16gb ddr4 kingston value 2133 dual kit
    SSD Intel M2 540 240g
    HDD WD Blue 4tb
    Case Thermaltake Black core
    PSU Antec High Current Gamer 620w
    Total $969
     
  2. BurningFeetMan

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    That's a lot of RAM... you could easy halve it to 8GB, maybe spend the saved money on a larger SSD.
     
  3. ics

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    +1 to less ram, you've also left out an operating system...
     
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    have windows 7 pro + upgrade to 10 from a decommissioned PC

    16gb isnt that much more than 8gb any more, more memory always seems to be better

    is that ssd any good?
     
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    Other general PSU advice that is a MUST;

    - PSU meets the power requirement of the system
    - Comes with a Lifetime/5 year warranty
    - Has modular cables
     
  7. Smokin Whale

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    I disagree. Those are nice to have on a high performance build, but they're not necessary on an interwebs and movies box for mum and dad...

    FYI most OEMs use FSP/Delta PSUs, failure rate is pretty low as they're designed for business environments where downtime = money. They're also smaller, so they run more efficiently.
     
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    PSU's are the one thing that I definitely re-use over & over, usually lasting years & years, so I always buy a decent one.
     
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    Yup, for what they are doing there will be no difference between 8 and 16g ram, save the money, and also save it on the PSU, it's overkill.
     
  10. Smokin Whale

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    I'd agree with you if this was for a performance build. Hell, their next PC in 5 years or so is probably going to be something tiny that will be powered by a simple 12v brick anyway.
     

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