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Sense mini PC

Premium mainstream mini computer with WiFi & Kodi Home Theater Software

Mini in size only this is a premium mainstream computer! We also install free Kodi Home Theater Software, the ultimate entertainment center, so you also have an HTPC, a Home Theater PC! This build with the included parts below is our current technology standard for a premium mainstream mini PC/Home Theater PC.

The Sense mini PC is designed for casual games (add a video card anytime to upgrade to a 3D gaming PC), streaming movies and video, music, photos, web browsing, social media and for work! Fast CPU, excellent integrated graphics, ample memory, feature rich motherboard, fast storage, WiFi, Bluetooth and a great looking mini case!

If you want to customize any part below, no problem, just contact us. All our PCs are shipped fully assembled with operating system pre-installed, unless you ask for a PC assembly project for a fun learning experience.

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Included parts in your Sense mini PC!

CPU processor chip

Intel Core i3-10105 Processor

4 cores, 8 threads, Processor Base Frequency 3.70 GHz, Max Turbo Frequency 4.40 GHz, 6 MB Intel Smart Cache, TDP 65 W, 14 nm
Multi-task at blazing speeds with this 10th Generation Intel Comet Lake architecture CPU!

You don't need to but you can anytime upgrade your CPU all the way up to an Intel Core i9 processor! See how we choose a CPU.

GPU Integrated graphics processor unit

Intel UHD Graphics 630

Graphics Base Frequency 350 MHz, Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency 1.10 GHz, Intel Quick Sync Video, Intel InTru 3D Technology, Intel Clear Video HD Technology.
Save the expense of a separate video card with advanced integrated Intel Graphics!

If you morph into a serious gamer you can upgrade anytime by adding a separate video card and then guess what you've got a gaming rig! See how we choose a video card.

Memory

8 GB (2x4 GB) Crucial by Micron 4GB DDR4-2666, CL 19, 1.2V, Non-ECC, Unbuffered DIMMs.

Two 4 GB memory sticks for 8 GB total. Runs in dual channel mode.
Run big files with large memory with high clock speeds and low latencies!

Enough memory but you can increase memory anytime you might need up to 32 GB! See how we choose memory.

Motherboard

MSi MPG B560I GAMING EDGE WIFI

Size & Chipset: Mini-ITX size motherboard with Intel B560 Chipset.
CPU support: Supports 11th & 10th Gen Intel Core, Pentium and Celeron processors for LGA 1200 socket.
Memory support: 2 DDR4 memory slots up to DDR4 3200(O.C.) MHz/ 2666 MHz, Non-ECC, Un-buffered DIMMs, dual channel, supporting up to 64 GB.
Expansion slots: 1 PCIe 3.0 (PCIe 4.0 with an 11th Gen Intel CPU) x16 slot running at x16 to add a video card if ever needed.
Display Ports: 1 DisplayPort version 1.4 supporting a max. resolution of 5120 x 3200 @ 60Hz, 1 HDMI port version 2.0b supporting a max. resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz. Supports up to 2 displays at the same time.
Storage support: 2 M.2 slots supports PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 SSDs (1 M.2 slot at PCIe 4.0 x4 with an 11th Gen Intel CPU). 4 SATA 6 Gb/s ports.
Internet/LAN support: 1 Realtek RTL8125B 2.5Gbps LAN Controller Ethernet with RJ45 jack port.
USB support: 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps port (1 Type-A port & 1 Type-C port at PC rear), 1 USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps port (1 at case front, 1 Type-C port optionally available by a header), 4 USB 2.0 ports (4 at case rear, 2 more optionally available by headers).
Audio support: 7.1 channel HD audio support by Realtek ALC897 Codec, 3 audio jacks at case rear.
WiFi and Bluetooth support: Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210, supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, supports 2.4/5/6 GHz bands up to 2.4 Gbps. Supports Bluetooth 5.2.
And more features! Wow!

This small rock solid feature rich motherboard is the foundation of your PC. See how we choose a motherboard.

SSD Solid state drive

Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500 GB M.2 PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3

Capacity 500 GB, sequential read up to 3,500 MB/s, sequential write up to 3,200 MB/s, random read (4KB, QD32) up to 480,000 IOPS, random write (4KB, QD32) up to 550,000 IOPS, random read (4KB, QD1) up to 19,000 IOPS, random write (4KB, QD1) up to 60,000 IOPS!

Incredible PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD speed! Way faster boot up of your OS and loading of your main apps! If you want more storage you can always add more drives.

With movie streaming and USB flash drives a DVD player and writer is less important, so in this build we've dropped it to keep the price of this PC low and the PC smaller. By the way an external DVD drive can always be added anytime in the future.

See how we choose a hard drive and/or solid state drive.

Case

SilverStone SG13 Case

Mini-DTX / Mini-ITX motherboard and ATX PSU compatible case. Supports standard-length expansion cards (10.5 inches), supports 2.5” and 3.5” hard drives. Black, mesh front panel, steel body, oversized side and top vents with front panel side intake vents. Optional front 1 x 120mm/140mm fan slot compatible with radiator. 2 USB 3.0, 1 audio, 1 mic front ports, for case rear USB, ethernet and audio ports please see motherboard section.

Stay cool with a great looking case with room for future upgrades and so small it'll fit almost anywhere, and even reuse it in your next build! See how we choose a computer case.

See how we choose a computer case.

PSU Power supply

Thermaltake Smart White 500W SPD-0500P 80 Plus ATX 12V 2.3

500 Watts, 80 Plus certified efficiency, powerful single +12V rail for compatibility, 120 mm fan for excellent airflow at an exceptionally low noise level, high-quality components. Multiple connectors include 2 PCI-E 6+2 pin, 6 SATA, 4+4 pin CPU and more.

Power on with a quiet stable PSU with reserve power and spare connectors for future upgrades including an upgrade to a powerful video card!

See how we choose a PSU.

Pre-installed Operating System Choices

Choose an operating system OS that you want pre-installed on your PC from the choices below. To order the OS you want, before you click 'Add to Cart' for your PC select that OS from the drop down menu.

We recommend Linux Mint or Ubuntu, hey it drops the price of the PC for you and they're very cool! If you want any other Linux distro, for example Manjaro, Debian, CentOS or Fedora no problem just let us know we'll install that instead!

See how you save on a new PC with Linux and also how we choose the OS.

Recent updates to OS choices

October 5, 2021. Updated Ubuntu version to Ubuntu Desktop 20.04.3 LTS 64 bit, Long Term Support (LTS) release.

July 9, 2021. Updated Linux Mint version to Linux Mint 20.2 "Uma" MATE 64 bit, Long Term Support (LTS) release.

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Linux Mint 20.2 "Uma" MATE 64 bit Edition

Long Term Support (LTS) release, supported till 2025! Installed and installation DVD included! Includes Firefox browser, LibreOffice a full office suite, music and video players, and more free software packages you can imagine!

Or

Ubuntu Desktop 20.04.3 LTS 64 bit

Long Term Support (LTS) release, supported till April 2025! Installed and installation DVD included! Includes Firefox browser, LibreOffice a full office suite, music and video players, and more free software packages you can imagine!

Or

Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit

Installed and installation OEM DVD included. For when you're forced to have Windows for some reason. We don't recommend it, it's a hassle to install, and Microsoft forces you to open a Microsoft account to install it, which they then need to verify from a cell phone or email address and they even require your birth date as of our last install on writing this! If you choose this option be prepared to provide us all that info otherwise we can't install it. That's just one reason why we don't recommend Windows. We recommend Linux.

Or

Dual Boot Linux and Windows

It'll be the computer cost with Windows plus the cost of a second solid state drive plus $39 for the dual OS installation service. Most of you will be fine with just Linux in our view! If you need this option just contact us.

Due to fast changing technology, supply factors and dropping prices we may substitute a part for another we consider the same or better with no increase in price.

Recommended add-on products

Keyboard and mouse

Logitech Desktop MK120 Keyboard and Mouse Combo $24

Sleek, comfortable keyboard and high-definition optical mouse, USB connections.

Monitor

ASUS 21.5 inch LED LCD Monitor $139

Wide Screen TFT LCD with LED Backlight, full HD 1920 x 1080 max/native resolution, 5 ms response time, 250 cd/m2 brightness, DVI, HDMI, VGA inputs, black. See how we choose a monitor.

Entertainment monitor

ASUS 24 inch LED LCD Monitor $179

Widescreen, full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, LED backlight, 2ms GTG response time, 250 cd/m2 brightness or higher, HDMI, DVI, VGA inputs, black.

Speakers

Logitech Z200 Stereo Speakers $39

10 watts of peak power, rich, clear stereo for great acoustics and room-filling sound. 2 x 3.5 mm input jacks, headphone jack, power, volume and tone controls on right speaker. See how we choose computer speakers.

Entertainment speakers

CREATIVE INSPIRE T3300 2.1 Speaker System $59

5.5 Watts RMS per channel (2 channels), 16 Watts RMS subwoofer

WiFi adapter external USB

All builds include a wired Internet connector, and some builds also include WiFi or support for a WiFi module. Only get this if your build doesn't already have WiFi and you want WiFi in addition to the wired connector from an external USB WiFi adapter.

Edimax AC600 Wireless Dual-Band Mini USB Adapter EW-7811UTC $27

AC600 (Up to 433 Mbps at 5 GHz or 144 Mbps at 2.4 GHz) wireless speed, 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, dual band connections, USB 3.0. Linux driver installation instructions. We install it if you order it at the same time as a PC.

Or

Edimax AC1200 Wireless Dual-Band USB Adapter EW-7822UAC $49

AC1200 (Up to 867 Mbps at 5 GHz or 400 Mbps at 2.4 GHz) wireless speed, 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, dual band connections, USB 3.0. Linux driver installation instructions. We install it if you order it at the same time as a PC.

WiFi adapter internal PCI Express

All builds include a wired Internet connector, and some builds also include WiFi or support for a WiFi module. Only get this if your build doesn't already have WiFi and you want WiFi in addition to the wired connector from an internal PCI Express WiFi adapter.

TP-Link Archer TX3000E AX3000 Wi-Fi 6 Bluetooth 5.0 PCIe Adapter $67

Wi-Fi 6 Speed up to 2402 Mbps (5 GHz) + 574 Mbps (2.4 GHz), Intel Wi-Fi 6 chipset, 802.11ax/ac/n/a 5 GHz, 802.11ax/n/g/b 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0/4.2/4.0, two multi-directional antennas, WPA3 security, PCI Express.

Laptops, printers, webcams, or any other PC parts

Just contact us we'll make a recommendation for the right part at a low price!

Recent updates to Sense mini PC build

September 4, 2021. New build, enjoy! New CPU, GPU, motherboard, SSD!

October 23, 2020. New AMD build! New CPU, memory and motherboard!

September 10, 2019. With memory prices falling, increased memory size to 8 GB, future proofing!

June 23, 2019. New CPU, GPU, Memory, Motherboard, PSU and Case in a mini-ITX size build! A true mainstream computer in a mini build, with room for upgrades, at a lower price!

April 30, 2019. Brand new mini PC build using an Intel NUC kit, with added memory and an SSD. Faster, and now so small it can fit in the palm of your hand!

December 13, 2018. Upgraded SSD model while changed capacity to 250 GB to make PC more affordable.

August 3, 2018. Changed CPU to dual core, motherboard and memory, made PC more affordable.

April 5, 2018. Upgraded CPU and GPU to Intel Gemini Lake architecture, upgraded motherboard, memory, case.

January 15, 2018. Updated SSD to Crucial MX500.

March 24, 2017. Upgraded CPU and GPU to Intel Apollo Lake architecture, upgraded motherboard!

November 11, 2016. Updated SSD model.

August 24, 2016. Upgraded CPU and motherboard to Intel Braswell Refresh architecture with Intel HD Graphics 400. Changed memory to DDR3L SODIMM.

June 21, 2016. Upgraded SSD capacity.

April 6, 2016. Asus motherboard.

January 13, 2016. Increased SSD capacity and with even faster speeds! Changed case with a larger PSU!

December 1, 2015. New smaller case and PSU, a great size for a mini PC.

October 6, 2015. Changed motherboard. This one has a VGA port as well as HDMI.

September 30, 2015. Changed case, this one looks better, more durable potentially and the previous was in short supply!

September 9, 2015. Upgraded CPU to a quad core from a dual core with a corresponding motherboard that has more expansion capabilities.

August 7, 2015. Updated SSD size to 128 GB! Changed case and PSU, more reserve power PSU.

July 31, 2015. New build with Intel's latest Braswell CPU architecture!

Order Info

Want something customized?

If you want to change any part(s) for a specific need, no problem, just contact us before you order, we'll customize it for you and tell you the low cost.

No sales tax outside California

No sales tax charged on shipments outside California.

Pay with a credit card or PayPal

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We use PayPal to process payments but it's not required to have a PayPal account, you can pay with any major credit card.

Shipping to USA and Canada

We ship all over the contiguous US by UPS ground and charge a reasonable flat shipping fee for each item to cover our shipping, handling and insurance expenses. To see a shipping cost add an item to the shopping cart. If you want shipment any other way, no problem, just let us know.

Other US non-contiguous states and territories please contact us for additional shipping costs since it costs more.

Canadian and other international buyers, as applicable, pay additional shipping, customs and taxes, please contact us.

We usually ship within three business days of your order, we build and test a new PC for you after your order is received, keeping your build current. You will be on your new computer before you know it!

Purchase orders from institutions

Educational institutions, non-profits, charitable organizations, NGOs, this is an ideal product for you. A great product at a great price! Just contact us, we would love to help your cause.

Need help on your order?

If you have any questions before ordering your PC just contact us.

Want to assemble your own PC for fun?

For more information on how to order this unique option we provide, click on PC assembly project. All other PC orders will be shipped fully assembled with the operating system installed.

Free tech support by email or phone

To help initial setup if you need any. Just contact us.

Warranty and return policy

We want you to be satisfied with your purchase, please see our warranty and return policy.

Linux interest and freedom from big tech articles!

Oct 8, 2021: Amazon Delivery Partners Rage Against the Machines: ‘We Were Treated Like Robots’ - Yahoo Finance
“They say work hard and make history, but Amazon is a culture of fear and anxiety.” - From the last line in that article.

Sep 10, 2021: Epic v. Apple ruling: Judge finds Apple's App Store restrictions violate antitrust law - Yahoo Finance
About time! - Kamil

Aug 28, 2021: Why You Suddenly Need To Delete Google Chrome - Forbes

FTC says Facebook has been a monopoly ‘since at least 2011’ in amended antitrust complaint - The Verge

Windows 11 Is Making It Absurdly Difficult to Change Browsers - GIZMODO
Don't these people at Microsoft behind this latest move know how to behave, it appears they never grow out of that mindset of cheap anti-competitive tricks, motivated by greed I guess or something else who knows, instead of just trying to do great stuff. Here try this instead Microsoft, create your browser, don't integrate it with Windows, make it available for download, market it like any other product, if it's any good people will use it, if not they won't. Don't force people to use it because you think you can get away with it. Weren't they told something similar by antitrust regulators sometime back, that article references that case, did they forget? - Kamil

What the Linux Mint developers have pulled off is nothing short of astounding - TechRepublic

Fired by Bot at Amazon: ‘It’s You Against the Machine’ - Bloomberg News
This is not good - Kamil

PC users are furious about the new Windows 11 design - Creative Bloq
Windows has been wanting to be Apple forever, constantly copying them, try and be original for a change, don't be afraid you're a big boy now, or maybe not lol - Kamil

Epic v. Apple fight: Billions at stake as judge determines fate of App Store - Yahoo!
Controlling and receiving a big cut of all apps on an iPhone by Apple is a joke, let's hope for a tech freedom verdict - Kamil

Google reportedly made it difficult for smartphone users to find privacy settings - The Verge

I looked at all the ways Microsoft Teams tracks users and my head is spinning - ZDNet

Microsoft just force restarted my Windows PC again to install more unwanted apps - The Verge

Disastrous Windows 10 update is reportedly breaking some PCs - TechRadar

With Edge, Microsoft’s forced Windows updates just sank to a new low - The Verge

A million students and counting have learned Linux - ZDNet

Linux Mint 20: Still the best Linux desktop despite one quirk - ZDNet

What Operating System Is the Best Choice for Software Engineers? - Interesting Engineering
Hint: From the article "GNU/Linux is, hands down, the most highly acclaimed operating system for software engineering."

Microsoft: we were wrong about open source - The Verge

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