It worked first time

24 Oct 2014
A first for any computer I've built - if this is the future I'll take the lack of drama any day.

Goal: a laptop replacement for my wife, for work and casual gaming.

CPU: Intel Core i3-10100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For £74.39)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Evo 43.1 CFM CPU Cooler (Purchased For £18.00)
Motherboard: ASRock H410M-HDV/M.2 Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard (Purchased For £68.48)
Memory: Patriot Viper Steel 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (Purchased For £56.76)
Storage: Crucial BX500 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased in 2019 For £45.00)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4 GB TUF GAMING OC Video Card (Purchased For £179.99)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (Purchased For £35.47)
Power Supply: be quiet! Pure Power 11 CM 400 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For £59.99)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter (Purchased For £11.99)
Custom: SanDisk Ultra 16 GB USB Flash Drive USB 3.0 up to 100 MB/s - Black (Purchased For £3.99)
Total: £554.06

The motherboard is better designed than the 4th gen one in my last build. Easy cable routing and nothing covered by anything else.

The semi-modular PSU was disappointing, I needed 3 of the 4 modular cables so could have saved £10 and bought the non-modular version.

The case would benefit from acoustic foam inside. Apparently I'm "fussy" so that's not happening.

CPU stays at 55C on Prime95 so I'm satisfied. No need to take off the cooler and redo the thermal paste, which was my nightmare from last time (took 3 attempts plus lapping to get it seated well).

No photos necessary, it's a black box with nothing of interest to see inside.

It works. She's happy, I'm happy ;)
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