See my full sized rig here https://pcpartpicker.com/b/LHsJ7P
Before building this baby I was trying to come up with a solution to play videos and some basic games in the bedroom with my projection setup. I tried Apple TV (previous model) and Chromecast but was not happy with either. Chromecast was slow and apple tv felt limited. I then tried building a Raspberry Pi Version 2, but it could not even handle some of my favorite SNES games without lagging. I the bought an Asus Vivo Mini UN42-M023M and I was actually pretty happy. I spent hours getting it setup and was rocking all my favorite MAME and snes games with no problem. Then next day I came home to use it unfortunately the tiny msata drive had actuall completely failed to the point where it was not even visible in the bios on the mini pc or on any other computer using a usb adaptor.
At this point it was decided that if it was going to be done right I had to do it myself. I initially put this together in a Antec ISK 600 case and although it worked the GPU would quickly climb up to 99 C. I decided to go with the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX so that I could get much better airflow and cable management. At the same time that I bought the upgraded case I also bought more fans, some lighting and sleeved cables.
I am very happy with how it turned out. The aesthetics are beautiful and perfomance is snappy for gaming or anything else I throw at it. The only difficulty I had was finding a good spot to put the lighting, but in the end it worked out. If you look closely you can see the IR receiver peeking out of one of rubber grommet cable management holes. I mounted the remote for the lighting on the back of the case using some velcro.
Tell me what you think!
Price to performance ratio is all there. I picked this because I wanted something with very solid on board graphics. CPU OC'd to 3.6 and GPU is OC'd at 940mhz. I haven't actually tried to push it more than that. I am overall pleased with the performance and I can even run modern games like Project Cars and MGSV at lower setting getting good framerates.
Fits nicely in the case and keeps my pc nice and cool.
For the price you get quite a bit. I am a big fan of MSI boards because they really give you a lot for your money. 4k support, plenty of usb ports, dvi, hdmi, displayport, bluetooth, wireless ac, m.2. If I would have been more patient, I probably would have spent the extra money for the A88XI Version of this, but I wanted to buy all the parts and build in the same day. I Only wish the M.2 port was not in use so that I may put a nice PCIE drive in eventually.
This is my third set of this ram. Load up the XMP profile in the BIOS and it'll immediately clock itself to 2400. Great ram and it always works.
Nothing too special about this drive. It is not the fastest, but the price was right. 526.1 read 376.5 write.
What a good budget storage drive should be. I was initially thrown off by the low profile. 206.0 read 196.4 write
It can handle everything I throw at it and the look fits with my theme.
What a great case to work in! Looks great, has plenty of room for cable management and tons of options when it comes to cooling.
It's an Antec. It works beautifully like it should and I have more than enough power for anything I could ever fit in this case.