This is a build meant to ride out the GPUpocalypse until I can buy a GTX 1060 or higher at a decent price. I wanted to use an AMD chip due to the lower price and to avoid Intel and their security flaws. I picked the case because I wanted something low profile and with an early-2000's look about it. I splurged for 16GB of RAM because of the needs of the iGPU. I did a lot of research and settled on an NVMe Western Digital SSD for the OS and a 1 TB drive for mass storage. I picked the 650 watt power supply for future upgrades and to make sure everything will get powered since I'm not sure of the accuracy of PCPP's wattage calculator. I wanted a DVD writer and for the price you can't really go wrong there. Simple WIFI card. Picked up a display monitor from Walmart because I heard AOC was a good brand and I wanted the first display to be IPS. Got a cheap backlit mechanical keyboard. And cheap speakers from Walmart.
Overall I think the only thing I could have done better is picking out faster RAM. I went with Crucial because I've bought RAM from them before without issue. It doesn't seem to play nicely when overclocked, though. I might just not have enough airflow in the case, though. It crashes after long play sessions when overclocked to 2933MHz. Still more testing to be done.
Edit: 05/24/2018: I installed two new case fans, went with Raijintek Boreas because they looked similar to the stock case fans. Also had to buy some PWM splitters because the motherboard only has 3 case fan headers. One new intake in the front and one exhaust up top. Haven't tested it under load yet, but idle temps on the CPU are dipping just under 30 degrees now. It's essentially room temperature now. I also did a little prettying up, like turning the CPU fan a bit so the wire was out of the way and the AMD logo was up top. Moved a couple SATA connectors around. And I fixed the disk activity header. (I had messed up previously and got the positive and negative wrong. So it wouldn't light up at all.)
Edit: 06/22/2018: Managed to get a stable memory overclock of 2933 by disabling AMD Cool & Quiet in the bios settings. With that on, the system would periodically crash with a memory error. Also, finally got the rebate check for the motherboard, so I dropped $20 off the purchase price on that. Still waiting on the rebate for the power supply, though.
Edit: 08/08/2018: I finally bit the bullet and purchased a video card. Went with the Sapphire Nitro+ RX 580. Still waiting on a rebate from EVGA for the power supply, thinking it might not ever come now. But I did get one from Asrock. They sent me a check. Apparently EVGA was trying to send a prepaid card. They need to take a note out of Asrock's book. Total cost of everything came out to around $1400. Still room for improvement. I'll wait for Ryzen 3xxx before I upgrade the CPU to something more substantial now that I have dedicated graphics. Will probably then retire the 2400g to a small form factor build in the future. The more immediate upgrade is a better monitor to make use of the RX 580.
Edit: 8/26/18: The Sapphire card was causing a black screen crash requiring a hard reset to fix. I suspect something in the card was getting too hot since the crash happened consistently around the 75c mark. I have returned the card, waiting for a refund, and I bought the Asrock RX 580 card to replace it. Not only does this card use less power, it is also lighter and doesn't sag as much is the system. Will post pics of it next time I get the chance.
Edit: 11/21/2018: Last upgrade for a while, at least until Ryzen 3k is released. I replaced the stock cooler with the Cryorig H7. Damn was this hard to get on. System idles around 35c now and maxed out at 70c under load.
Edit: 12/9/2018: Because of how difficult it was to get the Cryorig H7 on, I went ahead and bought the IC Graphite 40x40 cooling pad to use instead of thermal paste. I wound up needing to take the whole motherboard out of the case to ensure I could get the pad on properly, but I like the results. Max temp under a BOINC-induced load is 68 degrees Celsius whereas with my previous poor application of thermal paste I was getting 75c under load. The thermal paste had created a bit of a valley on the lid of the processor because as I was installing it, it had wiggled around a lot. The Cryorig H7 is an amazing cooler, but a pain in the butt to install.
Edit: 1/5/2020: I've finally upgraded to a 6 core processor. I bought the 3600X on sale and I scored a good deal on the Cryorig H7 Quad Lumi on eBay. The cooler is MUCH easier to install than the regular H7. I switched back to thermal paste, Arctic MX-4.
I don't know if it's any faster than the Samsung Evo sticks, but it's lightning fast regardless. I'm sure I would miss it if I had to go back to using an HDD for booting. It can get toasty at around 60c sometimes, so make sure your case has ample airflow.
Back in the day I would dream of having a terabyte hard drive. For $40, though? Am I dreaming? It's a hard drive. Use it for storage and games. Western Digital hasn't failed me yet.
Cases that aren't jet black or covered in RGB are hard to find it seems. This thing was something simple and that's all I needed. I do wish there was a little more headroom for fans in the top and the manual is a little vague sometimes, but overall I would buy from Raijintek again in the future.
Works great and is so silent I don't even know if it's on sometimes. -1 star because my rebate never arrived.
It reads and burns CDs and DVDs. It's also very loud and the drive tray doesn't close when you press on it, you have to press the button. But overall, I barely use it so it's cool. It's one of those things were I could have done without, but then I would have regretted it later.
Wireless Network Adapter
TP-Link never fail me. Back in the day I bought one of their cards to put in my Windows XP machine and it served me well for many years. So they were my go to for this build. So far so good.