We had to do an Upgrade for a Business, so we thought we would give you a quick, simple overview of the build we did, including some information on the parts and purpose.
We were set with a budget, to keep it reasonable in cost, but still do a higher than budget PC job. There was also Towers used for the old gear, so slimming it down with DVD Player style Cases would save on space. The Silverstone Milo ML08 does the trick. It isn’t a bad case. There are some design that we don’t like, which includes the way you open and shut the case lids – they can be a bit fidgety.
Because the Case is smaller than other Tower cases, it requires a Motherboard (the Internal Body of the System that connects everything together) to be small. To get it small, we use the Information Technology eXtended or iTX form factor, normally 170 x 170mm.
We were looking to keep track with the budget, get reasonable performance and needs, we went with the Gigabyte B550I Aorus Pro AX. Supplies for iTX at the time were interestingly limited, and so we didn’t want to go fishing and separating items too much, so this fit nicely.
We got the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G CPU (Central Processing Unit – The Brains of the operation). It’s Base clock is 3.9GHz. (GHz is a measurement of clock speed. The clock speed tells you how many times a CPU cycles in a given period of time. In GHz, this would be cycles per second. A 1 GHz CPU would cycle 1,000,000,000 times every second.)
For Power, we went with a decent Wattage Size (for future proofing), 80 Gold Rating and Modular, to keep cabling easy. Corsair is a favourite brand of Power Supply, so the SF600 fits nicely with our needs.
To keep the CPU cool, we went with Cryorig. The C7 low-profile is real nice in terms of keeping cool, and being short since we are using a smaller case. The supplier didn’t have the standard C7, so we went with RGB instead, which gives it some flare haha.
For RAM (Random Access Memory – The Short Term Memory of the System), we went with trusty old Kingston and their Value RAM at 8GB. Not the hottest RAM out there, but it does the job and keeps costs low to keep on budget.
3 Office Computers requires Software to run with dedicated Graphics to get the best performance. The software isn’t too demanding, so we went for simple and got the Gigabyte GeForce GT 730 2GB.
From the image above, you can see that the Graphics Card (GPU or Graphics Processing Unit) is small and there is lots of room left. This makes it great for larger sized Cards that have 2, or even 3 fans. The ability to have more fuller sized GPU’s in such a case like this is pretty cool, especially since the ML08 has the ML08-H version, where the H stands for “Handle”. This can be a great little VR Build that can be moved around easily. Remember that the cooling is only passive, utilizing only the CPU Cooler and Fans that are built with the PSU and GPU, so watch the temperatures.
For Data Storage, we wanted to make sure the computer is zippy, and NVMe (NonVolatile Memory express – Storage that uses no moving parts like the old Hard Disk Drives are), is super fast.
We chose the Samsung 970 EVO Plus, and had to clone old Hard Disk Drives (HDD), which were 1TB, so we got the same size.
As for the Server PC, the Business already uses the Intel NUC, so it was only fitting to upgrade to a later model.
We got the Intel BNUC11TNHI50000, which has an 11th Gen Intel CPU.
Again, we went for the Kingston Value RAM at 8GB, only the smaller version called SODIMM (Small Outline Dual In-line Memory Module).
We also upgraded the M.2 SSD (Solid State Drive) to a bigger size, since the Database was getting bigger and started to eat up space. We also used the Samsung 970 EVO Pro 1TB.
It was a nice, simple upgrade that provides future proofing, including Windows 11 Ready.
We build all kinds of Custom PC’s for different purposes, with different styles and other needs.
Whether you just want a simple, easy, upgradable PC to fit a small budget, a Gaming PC, a Media Performance Editing PC, or even Business, we got you covered!