Description

I wanted a small upgrade-able PC to use with my pen display tablet ( XP-Pen 15.6 Pro ). I use the old Adobe CS6 Suite so it didn't need to be super powerful. I also wanted to be able to throw it in a backpack, or bring it in my personal Item bag, when I travel. I was on a pretty tight budget with this build but I managed to get everything I wanted. At home this sits behind the headrest on our sofa giving me a very comfortable place to do my design work.

Should I decide I need a graphics card in the future there is enough room in the case for that as well as a more traditional power supply. The whole thing weighs in at just over 6 lbs (2.8 kg), the case itself is pretty heavy so I may switch to something lighter in the future if it become an issue.

I'm very happy with the ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac motherboard. The fact that it has 2 fan headers is amazing! I'm not really into led's but it has a connection for that as well. I haven't and don't plan to do any gaming on this PC. With only one case fan exhausting air it sits between 34°C and 41°C during typical usage. I may need to add another case fan in the future but I'm not particularly worried at the moment.

Part Reviews

CPU

What's not to like about this entry level APU. It's quad core and has integrated graphics. It will handle most everyday tasks without a problem. If your on a budget I believe this is the best bang for the buck.

Motherboard

This thing has a ton USB ports. I wold have liked to see more usb-C but beggers can't be choosers. I chose this board over the MSI because of that USB-C port and the two fan headers.

Memory

I was looking for a cheap kit from a known brand to add to my mini-ITX build. This fit the bill at just $20 or so more than the 8 GB kit.

Storage

I've had this for a few years now. The only reason I'm using it in a new build is because I ran out of money. It still works, it's tiny, and it's lightweight so it gets five stars. In the future I would like to have a minimum 1 TB SSD but this thing should do for now.

Storage

I'm still so surprised how small SD storage has gotten. This was only $15 or so more than the 120 GB version so I snatched it up. I have a separate 120 GB SSD for my file storage.

Operating System

I've heard a lot of bad things about this OS but so far so good. It runs my old programs so far without any problems. I hope it continues to do well. I only gave it 4 stars because I'm not certain it will continue to be great.

Case Fan

So far I'm really pleased with this little fan. It's my only case fan at the moment and it's doing a great job. I can't hear it unless I have my ear to it, so it gets a five star rating.

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How is win10 for 9 $

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I would love to see some pictures of the inside though. Compared to many builds on PCPP I find this one to be quite intriguing, hopefully it gets a feature.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

"The most beautiful thing I've ever seen! It's a ba-na-nana, next to an sffpc!!"

Sorry, couldn't help myself. I'm on the fence about purchasing one of those XP-PEN Artist 15.6 Pro drawing tablets. How do you like it? Anything negative that sticks out? Did you order from China recently and any delays with shipping?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It's great! It's really improved my workflow! I'm a freelance graphic designer that works mainly in vector. I completed a mascot for a client last night in 3hrs. The same project would have taken me a few days if I was using a mouse. I had a Wacom bamboo for years, but that hand-eye disconnect really killed my productivity. Wait until it goes on sale, I bought around Black Friday and I saved around $100.

It's a bit larger than I would like. It's like 17.5" x 11". I have a 17" Laptop w/ bag and it doesn't fit in the backpack. So I have to buy a new bag which kind of sucks. I also would like to buy a case for it. I'm currently located in Germany and options are limited. If I had a do-over, I think I would go down to the 13.3" just for the portability. I don't think I would mind giving up the little bit of screen real-estate because both screens have the same resolution.

I honestly would try contacting their customer support a see what the shipping estimates are right now.

I'm pretty mobile with my setup sometimes I work in my home office but most times I'm on the couch, or in the workshop, or even at the kitchen table. Every time I switch my location I have to recalibrate the screen because of my hand-eye angle change. It takes like all of 5 seconds to do but I feel like I should mention this. I'm also worried about how long this USB-C port is going to function. The connection feels kind of flimsy but It works. I'm pretty handy with a soldering iron, and I do have a rework station so I'm not going to stress about it.