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new desktop build

Postby b-man1 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:14 pm

I needed to replace my aging desktop (huge full size tower) with something more office space friendly and up-to-date as far as power. I was considering the Intel NUC options for quite a while, then found the mini-STX form factor. There are not a ton of choices for mini-STX, but the ASRock DeskMini 110 ended up being perfect for my needs:


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https://www.asrock.com/nettop/Intel/Des ... /index.asp

https://www.amazon.com/ASRock-DESKMINI- ... B01L3J1JFQ


The ASRock barebones gives you the mini-STX mobo, very nice case, power adapter, and wifi card/antennas for mobo.

I added:

  • Intel i7-7700 cpu
  • Samsung 960 EVO M.2 drive as primary (250GB)
  • Samsung 850 Pro SATA (256GB)...pulled from other system
  • Samsung 2TB SATA 2.5" HDD...pulled from other system...bulk storage and internal backup target
  • 16 GB Crucial DDR4 2400 (8x2)
  • Noctua Low-Profile Quiet CPU Cooler for Intel 115x Based Retail Cooling NH-L9I (VERY high quality low profile fan!)


This was a better fit for me than the NUC, as you can add whatever cpu you like, along with 3 total drives (1 x m.2 + 2 x 2.5"). Size is 5"x5"x3.2".

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