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Jellyfish - Compact Gaming Rig

by ModernZelda



Date Published

Aug. 15, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.279 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


So even though this is my fourth built rig, it's only my first personal rig. I was working on one a while ago but decided to change the parts so I sold my unfinished rig to fund this one. I have to say, This was a truly frugal build. Most of this stuff is $20 or more under retail price. I decided to call it Jellyfish because I went with a Blue and Purple color scheme. I plan on improving the build over time by adding an SSD, better processor, and water cooling. I also plan on modding the case, the EVGA Hadron air extensively. If you see in the pictures, I removed the drive cage already (which is why my hard drive is duct taped onto the chassis ._. not permanent) and I purchased a noctua fan for my power supply. I haven't really done extensive tests because I still need to buy a monitor (I used my TV for setup) so while the build is done, I won't be able to truly enjoy gaming for another few weeks.

Please let me know if you have any questions about my rationale/parts or anything else! I'd be glad to help :D

Part Reviews


I've used this in multiple builds before and I have no complaints so far. It's a good processor and it's only $50 at my local Micro Center


Honestly it's not the best. I had to update the bios before installing Windows 10 which wasn't too much of a hassle but it was just another hoop to jump through. A lot of people have complained about the antennae being hard to connect, but I didn't have too much of a problem with it. I like the color scheme though. This is a black PCB instead of brown which I always like to see.


Nothing too special about it. It's just your standard DDR3-1600 RAM. I got it for a good price at my local Micro Center. My mobo isn't really good for OC but from what I understand this memory is really good for overclocking.


I specifically got this HD for the small form factor and the high rpm. I have no complaints so far.

Video Card

Great card. Works perfectly and the fans don't run unless it's under load. I got it for a lot cheaper than msrp because this was a "factory refurbished" version by EVGA. The disclaimer said it might have light dents or scratches, but it looks brand new to me! Since I got it refurbished it did not come with drivers or any power/video cables.


I absolutely LOVE this case. I really like the form factor and the clean design. I plan on heavily modding this case after a while. Some people say the PSU fan is loud but I haven't experienced that so far.

Operating System

Many people are on the fence about Windows 10 but I love it. I highly recommend. I bought it at my local Micro Center for $80 as an open box deal. It did not come with an installation disc so I created my own.

Case Fan

I love the color! These fans are definitely the loudest in my build but it's not an obnoxious spinning sound; it's more of a gentle hum.

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pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Nice budget build!! Just curious, did you get to replace the 40mm fan on your PSU with the noctua? +1

ModernZelda submitter 4 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

I haven't done that mod yet, but I bought the Noctua NF-A4x10 and the Scyth Mini Kaze Ultra and I plan on soldering the wires together then soldering the two fans to the psu. It shouldn't be too much of a hassle but I won't be doing it for a while.

pegotico 2 Builds 3 points 44 months ago

great!, just be very careful!!! Take all precautions...

JabberJay 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

Hi, gz on your build! Shouldn't you have bought the Z97 MoBo, the H can't do overclocking from what i know.

ModernZelda submitter 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I agree that the Z97 would have probably been a better choice for this build. There are ways to overclock but I don't really plan on oc'ing anyway. after a few months I may replace the mobo with the Z97 or even something better, but for now it will work just fine :)

JabberJay 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

Ok. You could either replace the MoBo or go for a locked i5 haswell. You have a good gpu &atm it's limited by the cpu/mobo combo.

Atron 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

You can actually overclock a pentium on an H81 H87 and H97 as well as the Z87 and Z97 you just dont get as fine control over the multipliers as with a Z series mobo

JabberJay 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I see, nice to know.

blasttank18 2 points 44 months ago

i love how the second most expensive part in your build is your case!

ModernZelda submitter 4 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

I was very price savvy in this build :3 I could have saved $10 by going with a 3.5" 1TB WD Blue Hard Drive but I liked the small form factor of the one I bought. My plan is to eventually have all the parts in this build replaced by an upgrade and use the other parts as backups/recycling/test benching.

blasttank18 1 point 44 months ago

Also how did you get the gpu refurbished from evga. And how much did you save

ModernZelda submitter 4 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

GPU is usually $200 and EVGA has a B-stock section on their website. Basically it's products that might have light dents or scratches but EVGA have tested them and made sure that they work. Mine didn't have any dents or scratches.

THE_SUPERWEIRDO 2 points 21 months ago

Nice build

Nicrocks1999 1 point 41 months ago

Did you need a video drive to install windows 10?

ModernZelda submitter 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

I do not understand your question.

sirkittylover 2 points 22 months ago

i think Nicrocks1999 means "do you need an optical drive to install windows 10

PretentiousNoob 1 point 37 months ago

Evga snob at its finest


ModernZelda submitter 4 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Hah XD it was honestly unintentional, minus the case. They were just the best deals at the time. I will say though, I am a fan of EVGA after this build :3

My only defense is that I don't have an EVGA motherboard or cooler XD but I would if I could XD

PretentiousNoob 1 point 36 months ago

Yeah and how's the case is it Evga certified or is it corsair peasant certified (and btw I'm not hating on corsair I LOVE corsair

ModernZelda submitter 4 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

What do you mean by that? :p

PretentiousNoob 2 points 36 months ago

I mean that Evga is masterrace

Tamasho 1 point 27 months ago

Amazing budget build! Cable management could be better I suppose...

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ModernZelda submitter 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Hahaha thanks for the upvote jipster. It's nothing too fancy but it's mine and I love it :D