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Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube (with Skylake i7, 8GB RAM, 2TB HDD, RX 460) $649.

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EDIT: Price just dropped to $649; $350 off MSRP!

My first time. Sorry if it's not a deal for everyone. It is for me asI couldn't resist and bought one. For mini-itx fans like me.... Lenovo has clearance on one of the Y710 Cube for $649 (MSRP $999).

I've been eyeing this for a long time, and have been examining it at the local Microsoft B/M store they have on demo. It looks really good in person, and is really study, and have a solid handle to lug it around (to LAN parties etc.)

1) Upgradeable: *Looks* like the chassis can be recycled in the future with newer mini-itx motherboard. I looked and compared the mini-itx screw holes layout with the motherboard in the pic and it all lines up. The IO plates looks replacement and standard too. --- this is what got me to pull the trigger to buy it! (that and the price was good).

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According to the manual you can swap the motherboard, swap, cpu, psu.

NO NVMe on the motherboard!

2) Specs:
Intel H110 mobo, i7 6700 (not K), 8GB RAM, 450 Watt PSU, AMD RX460 4GB, 2TB HDD

Could not build this for much cheaper with above specs.

Lenovo has other y710 cube config, but I just wanted the i7, motherboard, killer GigE and Wifi, and the chasis.

2-3 years down the line, will pull the motherboard and PSU, and upgrade all the internals, while keep the chassis. I normally do BYO, but like the chassis a lot for a mini-itx with sturdy handle; and the case can be recycle for a future BYO.

Current and typical BYO cost context:

mini-ITX motherboard (ASrock) + i7 6700 = $309.98
Price Reference: Microcenter, with $30 off bundle.

8GB DDR4 (Crucial) = $61.28
Price Reference: Amazon

2TB HDD (Seagate) = 66.99
Price Reference: Amazon

RX 460 $GB GDDR5 = $125.99
Price Reference: Amazon

450W PSU (EVGA) = $35.99
Price Reference: Amazon

= 600.23 w/o mini-itx case.

+ case:
A mini-itx case that can hold a full size PSU, and double-slot most full length GPU run from $36.99 (Cooler Master 130 -on sale) all the way up to $89.99 -- depending on your preference, etc.
Price Reference: microcenter, amazon, new egg.
= $637.22 to $690.22

Then price of the O/S, free if you're going with Linux, anywhere from $15(gray area market) - $100 (retail/OEM) for Windows 10.

POST PURCHASE NOTES:
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* h110 does not have NVMe M2. -- checked. I took it apart, remove the motherboard and looked underneath and put it back together. (See attached picture of the motherboard.)

* 8GB DDR4 2133 MHz RAM in 1stick. 1 free DIMM if that mattered. You can get a single 2133MHZ 8GB later to upgrade to 16 (if you don't care for matching), unless you want to go 32GB. I think you can call Lenovo and get a price quote for a single 8GB upgrade and see if it is cheaper than just buying a 16GB kit.

* Motherboard is easy to remove and put back. Very tempting to replace with an Asrock, Gigabit, Asus mini-itx z170/z270 motherboard that has NVMe port and re-use the i7 6700.

* IO headers are a bit non-standard, but it is also really simple, 1x 20pin standard USB 3.0 header, a header for front LED "Y" lights, and a header for power button and LED lights. Standard looking pins, so you can crimp your own adapter cable/wires to remap to replacement motherboard header pins. Doesn't look hard.

* NO room for AIO water cooling as far as I can tell in main bay. Might some room in the PSU compartment.

* GPU height clearance is a little too low. May not fit many high end GPUs. Did not fit my MSI GTX 1080 (See picture with the GTX 1080 sticking up too high). Barely fit my AMD RX 480 -- which I replaced the RX 460 with. the MSI 1080 is a really tall card now that I look at it; compared with past GPUs I have.

* Back IO faceplate is clamped in. Cannot be removed simply by hand. But it appears with pliers you can bend the some parts to remove the faceplate and out in a different one for a different motherboard.

* Behind the Front panel is a clip to hold a XBOX One wireless USB adapter. However, there is no USB extension cable included to use it; nor is there any USB 2.0 internal header available to connect to. I'm ordering a USB 3.0 20-pin Y splitter, then a 20-pin to USB 3.0 ports converter to accomplish this.

* There is room for 1 x native 2.5" HDD/SSD, and 2x 3.5" HDD/SSD.

* Handle is really sturdy.

http://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/desk...90FL004SUS
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But why is this a hot deal? The product might be nice, but if it's MSRP, it's not exactly a hot deal (unless it's sold out everywhere).
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6th gen, not very upgradable and the price isn't really that good.
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But why is this a hot deal? The product might be nice, but if it's MSRP, it's not exactly a hot deal (unless it's sold out everywhere).
This particular SKU is on clearance as far as I know not MSRP. MSRP is $999.
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6th gen, not very upgradable and the price isn't really that good.
What do you mean not very upgradeable?
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What do you mean not very upgradeable?
It's a dead socket there isn't anything new coming out for it. But to be honest u shouldn't be upgrading within your socket unless u have a really crap cpu, like a pentium to a i5 or greater.
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But why is this a hot deal? The product might be nice, but if it's MSRP, it's not exactly a hot deal (unless it's sold out everywhere).
So you missed the part where he says MSRP is $999?

Deal isn't for me but $300 off is a hot deal nevertheless!
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It's a dead socket there isn't anything new coming out for it. But to be honest u shouldn't be upgrading within your socket unless u have a really crap cpu, like a pentium to a i5 or greater.
It uses socket LGA1151 which is current and supports 6th and 7th gen intel i3, i5, and i7 includes 7700k.

Is intel dropping LGA 1151 already?

Should still be good for up to 7700k.

Besides this i7 6700 isn't that much slower and less efficient than 7700, just missing h.265 hardware deciding.
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It uses socket LGA1151 which is current and supports 6th and 7th gen intel i3, i5, and i7 includes 7700k.

Is intel dropping LGA 1151 already?

Should still be good for up to 7700k.

Besides this i7 6700 isn't that much slower and less efficient than 7700, just missing h.265 hardware deciding.
Intel has only 1 time to my knowledge since releasing the I series has more then 2 product cycles on 1 socket.
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Actually I meant that there isn't much room in the case. You can't SLI, add a sound card or any card. Its only 2 sticks of ram. only 2 HD bays. No Me.V or whatever it is. can't really water cool, like a closed loop. These tiny boards by vendors like Lenovo, HP, whoever are usually bottom of the line. The MB is the backbone of the system. Having a shitty MB can make all your parts run crappy. IMO its better for gaming systems to have a better MB.

for 700$ you can find some gaming laptops on sale and they are way more portable.
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Actually I meant that there isn't much room in the case. You can't SLI, add a sound card or any card. Its only 2 sticks of ram. only 2 HD bays. No Me.V or whatever it is. can't really water cool, like a closed loop. These tiny boards by vendors like Lenovo, HP, whoever are usually bottom of the line. The MB is the backbone of the system. Having a shitty MB can make all your parts run crappy. IMO its better for gaming systems to have a better MB.

for 700$ you can find some gaming laptops on sale and they are way more portable.
That is more of debate for mini ITX versus ATX. there is a market for ITX and I am one of a fan. Of course you will have to sacrifice SLI/xfire. But many sli/xfire are a waste of resource we rather of a smaller footprint desktop than a full size. For those this config is quite attractive. Have $300 off put this build very close to BYO.

When mind arrive if warranty allows I intent to remove the mobo and see if there is nvme on the bottom. That is usually where other H110 itx boards host that socket.

It's rare to find oem selling pc of this form factor to use standard size itx motherboards and IO face plates.

Which means you can practically upgrade the mobo years later with a newer itx board.

$700 might buy a gaming laptop but won't be as powerful as a desktop and you willl definitely lose all upgradabilities.
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When mind arrive if warranty allows I intent to remove the mobo and see if there is nvme on the bottom. That is usually where other H110 itx boards host that socket.
Its not https://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/img/...ube-17.jpg
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Its not https://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/img/...ube-17.jpg
That does not show underside. On itx boards the nvme is under the board on the other side. So you would have to remove the motherboard flip it over and look for it. I am not putting a lot of hope into it though. Expecting it not to have one. But would be a pleasant hidden surprise.

H110 platforms appear to allow it. And I saw it on some h110 boards at micro center.

Might consider replacing it with a z170 board. Build a different system out of it and sell it or give it to my parents. Don't think I will it that is an option.
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Was recommending this to a colleague at work who was looking for a gaming system, and as I was getting the link to send, I saw the price drop to $649... making it $350 off MSRP of $999.

Already called Lenovo to get a price adjustment.
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Again, lack of m.2 slot kills this for me, otherwise seems like a solid system for the money if you're fine with the GPU choice (I'd rather pay up for 1060).
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