It's been almost six years
since I last built a new system with help from the TR forum, but thanks to the generosity of the Tech Report and Fractal, I'm picking up a new Fractal Design Nano S
. I honestly don't need a new system since wife + baby + townhome have removed all time and incentives for A-list computer gaming, and the existing i5-2500K box (no overclock) is still running great with an MSI 460GTX Cyclone (don't laugh) that was a TR photography contest prize, I dunno, seven years ago?
The timing of this prize is particularly good since AMD finally released a CPU series worth buying. Not planning to replace the i5, but we do have a Dell Optiplex 780 (Win10/C2Q 9450) running as our HTPC at the moment, and I wouldn't mind updating...just because. Newegg has a combo deal
on the Ryzen 5 1400 with an MSI B350M mATX and 2x8GB of G.SKILL RAM for $334. I have a spare PSU and would move the existing drives over to the new system.
Any thoughts or suggestions? We have a 10mo baby in this house and bulk diaper purchases are a regular event, I can only do this by using onboard graphics and keeping the total price as low as possible. Cool and quiet are high priorities, given the HTPC application. I don't need fast, but if I do this, I want to see how the cheapest Ryzen compares to the hardware I'm already using.