New Build Request: For non-technical, non-gamer users who want a small form factor pc


I need some help putting together a list of components for a small form factor PC. I haven't built one from scratch and want to make sure I dont waste the users time.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: next week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping: Absolute max of $650

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet browsing, 4k youtube video watching, light photo editing, music editing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: completely new system

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 10

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any, just need to be reputable (Newegg, Amazon, Tigerdirect...)

Location: Need to buy all parts online.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 4k (parts need to smoothly accept 4k res)

Additional Comments: Looking to build a computer using a case like this. I can't tell if its micro or mini atx. I hope you can help. Lenovo Computer Sample, see the case

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: This is a new build for non-technical, non-gamer users who want a small form factor pc, which i don't have much experience building.

Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. None
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  2. buy a NUC, one of the new kabylake brix from gigabyte for instance.
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock B250M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($77.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Team Dark 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: PNY CS1311 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Best Buy)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1500 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($42.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($41.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $374.81
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-16 12:25 EDT-0400
  4. An Intel NUC or one of the OEM copies will do the job as well. If your objective is to get the overall footprint as small as possible.
  5. Woah, this is probably the quickest batch of responses I've ever received on a forum. Let me take a look at your suggestions. Thanks!!!
  6. Does anyone have personal use experience with an intel NUC? The user wants to have seamless 4k video streaming and playback from the device. I think a NUC might be a good option for him.
  7. or use an M350 box and Pico PSU, and a mini itx board, not going to be silent though. You need HDMI 2.0 for output.
  8. 13thmonkey said:
    buy a NUC, one of the new kabylake brix from gigabyte for instance.

    I think we are going with most of Sadam04's suggestions because there may be a need for upgrades in the future. The user would have to buy a new NUC in the future if he needed a beefier system.
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