A computer that costs scarcely more than a new Win 10 Pro license – excellent. Yes, the processor is from 2014, but it should still have enough raw ‘oomph’ to do basic tasks. Don’t expect to do any gaming or anything on this, but for day-to-day use I expect that it should work fine, though if you decide it needs an upgrade the very first thing I’d do would be to slap a cheap SSD in there and clone the hard drive onto it (using a free tool like Macrium Reflect). Do note, however, the lack of Wifi; if you aren’t planning on running cable to it, be prepared to use a dongle.
I don’t see an HDMI port. Will this limit it’s graphics capability? Will it run a 2560 X 1440 monitor?
I upgraded recently to something close to this and it’s been a decent improvement in performance for Zoom calls over an old AMD Athlon. I agree with chiasticslide, you probably want to clone this over to an SSD, 250GB drives are now available for ~$30 or less these days, but after that it should make for a solid web browsing, Zoom, and Remote Desktop machine.
No fancy games, but old retro sprite-based games from the 90s should work fine.
I hope you’re trying to be /s there. This is a 2014-launched processor (that still sells for ~$100 by itself) with 8GB of ram with an OS license and a KB & mouse. All that alone is a pretty incredible deal for $149. This can do a LOT more than 8-bit sprites.
Hi there. It has DisplayPort which is comparable. Many manufacturers moved to DP because HDMI has a licensing fee for each unit. If your monitor doesn’t have DP, you can get an HDMI to DP adapter.
Here’s the specs for this graphics chip with this CPU:
These have DisplayPort ports; you’ll be able to connect to HDMI with an adapter.
Will this computer support Miracast (so that I can use a Miracast receiver that I already own)? Also does this computer support audio output over the DisplayPort interface (so that I can use a DP to HDMI adapter)?
There are people who turn these into budget gaming PC’s. I’ve seen people paint and mod them on reddit. Not everyone needs or wants a $2000 water cooled 8k gaming pc.
I’m typing this on my gaming pc, with an i7-3770, which is a 1 generation older than this i5. Runs just fine. Just keep in mind this is a small form factor PC, so you are limited with what you can do with it. But as others have said, for general use this is very solid.
Thoughts on how this would perform as a dedicated Plex media server? Seems reasonably spec’d out. Presumably would be processing video up to 4K directly on the Plex server.
Thanks. I had to do the adapter thing on my laptop to run it on my TV.
Me too – i7-3770k/GTX 1060 here. Still chugging along. The performance of the GT1030 is surprisingly higher than I expected. But you’re still looking at finding a GT 1030 or other low-profile, low-power card, which seem to be going for around $80-ish.
This would be overkill for a Plex server. It would run easily for years, IMHO.