Description

So what do you do when you are poor, but you need to do some work, study and of course play some video games? You grab your last money and go to the nearest computer store for parts. I got a plan for 450€ budget PC. It must be very small, because I don’t have enough room for large case. So let’s stick with Mini-ITX form factor. I decided to get all new components, except GPU. Today is Mai 2016, AMD R9 400 series haven’t officially announced yet, GTX 1000 series quite expensive, affordable GTX 900 series sucks with 128 bit memory bus. So GPU will be used and from local hand2hand market. Maybe R9 200 series or gtx 600 series. So this what I got:

CPU: i3-6100 I think it’s good „brain” for my future box. It can handle GTX 950, 960, 970. Two powerful cores (same as in i5 and i7 cpu), good for gaming, internet surfing and office work. Low TDP.

Motherboard: Lady and gentleman’s, I present you a MSI H110i PRO cheapest Mini-ITX DDR4 MoBo you can get in my country! It works good for me. In Mini-ITX form factor you need PCI-e lines for GPU and PCI-e m.2 SSD…basically all of the chipsets can handle that, so no big difference H110 or Z170. Maybe it’s not the best quality MoBo…but it works. Still I was very careful with that during assembling.

CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 Works well and quiet. Got it for my birthday :).

RAM: Kingston Savage 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory CL13 one stick in case I want to add another stick in the future.

SSD: Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB 2.5" Cheap. My PC boots fast and not doing any noisy cracking. So thank you Kingston!

Case: Thermaltake Core V1 Good case. Small. I3 is very cool CPU, so 200mm stock fan in case can provide good airflow to cool the CPU radiator (when my CPU temp is lower than 35 C° cpu fan stays calm) so I can surf in internet with 0 dB from CPU cooler. 200mm fan Is quiet I can’t hear it from 2m distance. The glass in the top case panel is easy schrachable so be careful with it. Cheers to Thermaltake engineers you deserve your money.

PSU: Enermax TRIATHLOR 550W 80+ Bronze SM I know not budget enough, but hey there was “silence” written on it so don’t judge me :). Plus, 42A in 12V lane and my GPU loves it.

GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB TF It was hard to get cheap and good used GPU. All others were better in buying so basically I failed to buy r9 270 for 65€ or r9 270x for 70€, GTX 660 for 70€. And I ended up with GTX 760 for 80€. This card is quiet!!! In Witcher 3 it's not getting warmer than 75 C°. I preferred ASUS, but now i will stick with MSI. You will say “Hey moron it’s very good deal”, but the guy who sold it to me wasn’t the first owner and there wasn’t any warranty on this card either accessories with it. I wanted <50EUR card and in September upgrade to something better. Decided to get GTX 760 to close GPU question for this year.

Case fan: 2x NB X-1 15.3 CFM 80mm Fan Nosiest little thing in my rig. I have only MoBo connectors for case fan and cpu fan. So this two fans were connected through molex. I can hear them on 2m distance but it’s not that bad…maybe 3/5 stars :).

OP: Win10 Pro. The only one OP system for Skylake. If you want Win7 be ready for Indian rain dance. Cons: no “Please install Win10”.

Wi-Fi: TP-Link TL-WN822N Not working properly with Win10. Sometimes loses connection. It would be a shame If something will fork up your 150 Mbit/s internet yeah TP-link? Release this Win10 driver already!!!

So basically a 100€ over the budget. It makes me cry and happy for Witcher 3 FPS! So this is it! My first build. Please feel free to criticize in comments. I will be thankful for your thoughts. I apologize for my English!

Part Reviews

CPU

Low TDP, can hadle low and middle GPU-s.

Motherboard

Worth it! Was pleasure work with it.

Storage

Not fastest SSD, but still good.

Video Card

Quiet, not warming up my house. Working.

Case

Good case. I recommend it!

Wireless Network Adapter

Not working with Win10.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

That cable management though

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I will add more pictures to prove it's awful.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the other pics it is quite a nice build

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Its very hard to put an exact fixed budget on a PC build these days. Things change so rapidly. +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, agree! All said "don't rush wait for Zen and Kabby Lake it will bring prices down". Now they are announced in 2017 and prices still the same.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

That 760 is a great card

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to ask if you're German based on your spelling of May!

Nice little build.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Being a student is hard,it sucks to build witha a strict budget anyway nice build fam and where are you from/?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

From Estonia. Or like we call ourselves "E-stonia" because of fast IT developement :). We are not so good, but we trying. :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm I know eurasia or slavic countries have advanced in IT field heck even better than other so called first world countries hows ur internet btw?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure if it's true. We have a lack of specialists. There is a good ones, but it's not much compared with other EU. We have 150 mbit/s unlimited internet and we pay 20€ for it (/3 people).

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build man, but I wonder this, how did you connect the fans since MoBo has 1 SysFan header, I wonder if you used a fan hub or connected directly to PSU and, which one is connected to where of course. Thanks in advance.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I think i could make better cable management (It's awful). I used fan hub (without fan speed control). Hub directly connected with PSU. Friend of mine putted together water cooling system and some hubs were not used so he give one of them to me.