Lighting Fast And Stays Fast
Old-School Standard PC
- i3-9100, 8GB RAM, 500GB NVMe SSD, 2 fans = $667
- i3-9100, 16GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, 2 fans = $970
- i5-9600, 16GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, 3 fans = $1117
- i5-9600, 32GB RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD, 4 fans = $1353
- i9-9900, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, 4 fans = $1710
- i9-9900, 32GB RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD, 4 fans = $1937
3.6/3.1(4.6)/3.1(5.0)GHz Intel i3-9100/i5-9600/i9-9900 Coffee Lake Refresh CPU, 8/16/32GB DDR4-2666 RAM, 500GB/1/2TB NVMe SSD, 3 Year Warranty
CPU: 3.6/3.1(4.6)/3.1(5.0)GHz Intel i3-9100/i5-9600/i9-9900
Platform: Coffee Lake Refresh (9th gen)
OS: Compatible With All PC Operating Systems
PC Type: Mini-ITX Desktop PC
Size: 9.4" wide x 8.1" high x 14.9" deep (stackable large shoebox size)
RAM: 8/16/32GB DDR4-2666 RAM (highest non-overclock speed)
Storage: 500GB/1/2TB NVMe SSD
Optical: LG GH24NSC0B (24X DVD+R write-speed, read/write: CD-R/RW/DVD-R/-R/DL/-RW/+R/+R DL/+RW/RAM M-DISC, read: CD and DVD-ROM)
PSU: EVGA 500W Bronze (world's most reliable PSU for desktop PC)
Audio: 8-channel High Definition Audio
USB: 4x USB 3.0 (aka USB 3.1 gen 1), 4x USB 2
LAN: 1 Gigabit Realtek
This is our base-line oldschool PC, which means its larger and contains devices on the inside instead of outside. We believe it is the smartest configuration for an old-school standard PC build, based on a list of consumer objectives.
A Silver Bullet PC makes use of the vastly more powerful Intel Coffee Lake Refresh (9th gen) CPU platform. It is lightyears ahead of Sky Lake & Kaby Lake. More speed, more reliability, more convenience. This is Intel's 14nm technology in its most perfected condition at the low end of the price scale.
We make use of the undisputed most reliable motherboard brand. Any computer distributor with lots of experience will tell you that these motherboards are 5-to-1 more reliable than 2nd best. This is very important. Other brands are good at making one or two technologies reliable. A GPU for example. But a motherboard is unique in that many technologies must get along together. If you spend an hour combing through motherboard support forums you'll see post after post about how plugging in one thing conflicted with something else. But not with our motherboards.
We make use of ultra-reliable DDR4 memory modules from Crucial (40 years experience in computer memory). DDR4 memory is way faster than DDR3. This super speed memory is even faster if you select at least 16GB during checkout.
Intel's internal GPU is now quite advanced, helping us to squeeze even more value into the PC by omitting the 3rd party video card. Intel's iGPU produces 16 million vibrant colors and up to 4K resolution graphics over the HDMI connector. The vast majority of PC software titles will work just fine on Intel's iGPU, eliminating the need for a 3rd party GPU.
It is just fast enough to watch a Netflix movie in 4K right out of the box.
But for those that want to expand, we include one ultra high-speed 16 lane PCIe slot (version 3.0). Use it to add a full-height PCIe GPU of up to 11 inches (size matters in this department). This expansion option easily makes possible a variety of high-performance HD graphics options. The included 500w PSU is more than adequate to power a high-end 3rd party GPU (the motherboard only requires 150w). This 500w PSU is considered the most reliable PSU in the world, which is very important when considering the fact that a PSU is the most likely thing to go bad.
We include two M.2 connectors, one of which is capable of 4000MB/s transfers, which is the perfect connector to fully gain from some of the newer ultra fast SSD options. Keep in mind, the fastest speed of an NVMe card is only available from the SLC. Once it fills up the speed drops down to the continuous throughput rating of the card. This is why we source our NVMe drives from those with the fastest continuous throughput and/or the largest SLC. The other specifications don't matter, and are really there to fool the marketplace.
For those of you that require a hard drive, our accessories (see above) include some of the world's most reliable 4TB NAS drives. A NAS drive is designed to run endlessly 24/7 without wearing out. We are convinced that reliability is the most important feature in a hard drive. The NAS drive is connected to one of four SATA3 connectors. You can attach additional internal storage devices to the other three. These connectors operate at speeds of up to 6GB/s each. Intel provides a download for their RST tools, which include RAID, to perform advanced disk storage options such as striping (to speed up access), and mirroring (for data redundancy).
However, you cannot make use of the 2nd SATA3 connector because it is tied up by the 4000MB/s M.2 card, giving you a total of 3 SATA3 connections. NAS drives now go up to 16TB each, allowing total expansion to 16TBx3 + 4TBx1 = 52TB.
We include four USB 3.0 (aka USB 3.1 gen 1) ports. These are the de facto standard to connect your external devices, and are capable of up to 5GB/s, and can charge your smartphone. We do not include the cutting-edge USB 3.1 (aka USB 3.1 Gen 2), or Type-C. We decided these will not be user-centric until after all of the slated technologies come in the same port. That may be 3-4 years away yet.
During checkout you may choose to have no OS ("none"), Win7, or Win10 for us to preload and test. You may license it at any time.
We include a license to use the world's most advanced motherboard support program, inclusive of its own technical support hotline, and advanced IT grade software to manage devices, fans, drivers, and BIOS upgrades.