Around Black Friday every year is my computer-building time, for the discounts of computer parts and the spare time I have during the holiday, and purely as a hobby. I did this gaming rig last year, which since has replaced the Xbox as my son’s main gaming machine.
This year was no different, and I built, for the first time, a mini-PC. The credit goes to a youtuber who gave me the idea and motivation for replicating what he has done, with slight modifications on the parts I chose:
- ASRock Mini-ITX Motherboard (B450 Gaming-ITX/AC, $85)
- AMD Ryzen 5 2400G CPU and stock cooler ($200)
- Teamgroup T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB) 3000MHz (PC4 24000) CL16 Desktop Memory Module (TLZRD416G3000HC16CDC01, $50)
- Goodisory A01 Aluminum Mini-ITX HTPC Desktop Computer Chassis (Red Aluminum, $55)
- 12V 10A Power Suppy, COOLM AC 100-240V to DC 12V 10A Switching Power Supply ($25)
- Crucial P2 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD Up to 2400 MB/s – (CT1000P2SSD8, $85)
- DC 12V 160W 24Pin Pico ATX Switch PSU Car Auto Mini ITX High Power Supply Module ($10)
The total for this build is about $300 out of pocket, since I have a spare Ryzen 5 2400G CPU already. This tiny thing was a success at first boot and is now installed with Windows 10 Pro.