Aristotle

by Chris W Posted on: 5/24/2021

Build Description

I purpose built this PC for my two kids so that they could each have a computer/work station to do general homework and classes on zoom. The PC needed to be small, low key yet look good and clean, and fit into the bookshelf between their desk. I thought it would be a nice touch for the PC to be able to play games on the TV so I installed NES, Super NES, and N64 emulators on it with several games for each emulation. Everything is directly wired up to the PC including the TV. Because of their ages, I didn't want any wires to be seen since the room is also their play area. In the near future, I will put a multiseat software on the PC to complete the build out.

Favorite Feature

my favorite features are the PC is small, low key, clean, and fits into the book shelf without looking out of place. I love the fact that it is directly wired up to the TV so games could be played from the computer which is 18 or more feet away and diagonally across the room from the TV.

Parts contained in build

Intel Core i7-10700 Comet Lake 2.9GHz Eight-Core LGA 1200 Boxed Processor
Intel Core i7-10700 Comet Lake 2.9GHz Eight-Core LGA 1200 Boxed Processor
Qty: 1 $249.99
Excellent CPU. When I upgraded my main PC to the core i9 10900; I put the core i7 10700 into the kids' PC replacing the original core i3 10100
asrock H470m-ITX
Qty: 1 $119.00
Excellent mobo. lots of USB ports in the back.
geforce gt 720
Qty: 1 $0.00
Harvested the graphics card from my old dell XPS 8700. it works well for what it need it to do
G.Skill Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 PC4-24000 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-3000C16D-16GISB - Black/Red
G.Skill Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 PC4-24000 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-3000C16D-16GISB - Black/Red
Qty: 1 $60.00
I run this in both my main PC and the kids' PC...I want to say the ram was $60
KABIOU ZZAW A1 ITX Computer Case
Qty: 1 $96.63
Found this on Amazon. It is a quality HTPC case
FSP Flex ATX 500W
Qty: 1 $100.00
Bought it "used" on ebay so I can upgrade the graphics card from the GT 720 to something else if need be
Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile CPU Cooler
Qty: 1 $49.99
Does surprisingly well on the core i7 10700 as long as you keep the PL1 and PL2 on auto (stock)
PNY CS900 240 GB SSD
Qty: 2 $30.00
One SSD stores the Games and related material, and the other SSD is used for general storage
samsung 970 evo plus 250 GB
Qty: 1 $48.00
Running only the OS got it on a sale from amazon
Noctua NF-A9x14 PWM
Qty: 1 $16.00
Top Mounted exhaust fan. Does the job extremely well