Linux workstation build, currently running Solus but I distrohop often. Upgraded from an HP netbook with i7-5500U because performance wasn't good enough.


  • Heat up your computer UNTIL IT MELTS DOWN before removing the CPU cooler. I learned it the hard way by breaking off a pin. Thankfully it still works.
  • Don't cheap out on the case and the power supply. I got a bad case and power supply, which not only reduced the aesthetics but also made it significantly more difficult to work with and manage.
  • Don't forget cooling equipment. Good airflow is very important for a healthy PC.

Linux support is phenomenal and I haven't had any issues at all so far.

Part Reviews


Definitely not a "fancy" motherboard, but it works fine with Linux.


  • Wifi doesn't work out of the box with Debian because the firmware is proprietary. It works out of the box for all other major distros.
  • MicroATX form factor means that airflow, performance and I/O are slightly decreased.
  • RGB control is available through the BIOS but there is only one RGB header, and it does not support ARGB.


Works fine, no problems. Enable XMP for extra performance.


You get what you pay for. The instructions are unclear, a lot of amenities found in nicer cases are missing, and it's very cramped and difficult to build in. I also had to replace the stock fan because it was noisy and didn't push any air.

If I could do this over I would build full ATX, because it has so much better airflow, better prices, and it's easier to build in. I don't think the smaller form factor is worth it.

Case Fan

Just one of these makes a big difference in the overall airflow of the case. Quiet, easy to install, very beautiful. The only complaint is the lack of RGB (actual RGB, not colored rubber pads, Noctua!)

Note: To install this fan you have to screw the screws in by pushing them in by force, because the hole in the case is not actually a screw hole (it's just a hole).

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  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

if what you mean by "heat up so it melts" is the cpu got ripped out by the cpu cooler when removing it i reccomend just rotating the cooler left and right while gently pulling on it. you never want to force it out, another option is to lift up the rentention arm while doing this if you can get access to it if it really doesn't want to go. You have a nice computer, just be careful with that cpu. especially if part of the pin is missing. id check the socket to see if the other half is stuck in there