A compact computer to serve as a HTPC and play Euro Truck Simulator 2.
Excellent cable management and pictures!
I agree, the cable management is great and I always enjoying seeing builds with i3's. A lot of people tend to underestimate them way too quickly. I think they're just as good as the i5's and the fx cpus.
I agree i would like to see FX builds over i3 and i5 builds because of the price/preformance, but in the case of the this build and other itx builds, its hard to find a good or and itx board for the fx chipset.
Going a bit off topic here but I'm guessing the reason there's not many small form factors for amd motherboards is because of the heat it'd generate and the few micro atx ones they have are older chipsets and probably couldn't handle the heat let alone any attempts at overclocking. Not trying to bash amd or anything like that as I'd love to get a 270x for my build if the budget allows it as amd make really great cards.
Anyway, back on topic the itx boards are really making a come back, being taken a lot more seriously and looking a whole lot better too but I'd go with an atx as I'd want a bit more room to work with. Either way this is a really great build and it's amazing how these builds are getting smaller yet still pack so much power like the bigger form factors.
Hard to find? More like impossible, because AM3+ ITX boards don't physically exist.
There are some (emphasize some) am3 motherboards that support older FX chips, not on the Vishera architecture but the old Zambezi FX chips like the FX 4100, FX 6100, and the FX 8120.
Smart of you to mention that Bulldozer CPUs are technically pin-compatible with AM3, and are supported by some AM3 boards; however, ITX boards would technically only be capable of handling the FX-4100 and FX-6100. A 125W TDP is out of the reach of ITX boards, which would already struggle with VRM longevity under the 95W of triple module CPUs. The Asus M4A88T-I, for example, does not support first-generation FX.
Surely sad for consumers, but a smart move from an electrical and customer support perspective, since cramming a northbridge, southbridge, a decent 125W+ capable VRM, as well as their heatsinks into 17 x 17cm board is generally not a good idea.
My first choice for this build was the AMD platform, I chose the motherboard GA-F2A88XN-WIFI, but I could not find an interesting processor, then I switched to Intel.
I agree! i3 is very underrated, I believe that this processor can support a GTX970 easily.
I've seen people use an i3/970 combo on htpcs along with gaming pcs and I haven't heard anyone say the i3 affecting the graphics card performance in any way. I've read reviews that say the hyper-threading adds (or mimics) two virtual cores making windows detect 4 cores instead of the two physical cores which is really neat and helps when multi-tasking. I'm still saving up for parts but I'm definitely gonna go with an i3 as I won't be doing much except for college work, microsoft office, and playing mostly older games (fallout 3, oblivion etc.) and to me there's no benefits to gain from overclocking in my situation.
Anyway, enjoy that pc it's a really beautiful build.
I advise the i5 or higher when used two or more graphics cards (SLI/Crossfire), but to use one, not worth a more expensive processor that the i3, especially here in Brazil, where an i5 costs double the price of a i3 .
I don't play any games or use programs that would require two graphics cards and most of the games I do play at the most requires a dual core processor like some of the really older pentiums and the least is a single core processor, really older and retro games so using two cards would be kinda pointless to me. The last AAA game I recently played was Bioshock Infinite other than that I just stick to older games as most of the newer stuff revolves around multiplayer and I don't care too much for that.
Wow, those are great pictures! I really love the Elite 130.
Really nice rig. Two thumbs up!
Why didn't you include the graphics card?
It's listed under custom.
Oh, sorry about that! :P
I could not get my graphics card, perhaps because this is old, in the list of the site, then added as custom. ;)
Very impressed with the cable management here. Top notch photos too. +1
Thanks! It took me a long time to get this configuration, but can still improve!
Nice build. I like ETS2 are you planning on getting ATS?
For sure! I am anxious for this game, I follow each SCS posting on twitter and facebook.
I really hope that was a spare 500GB drive and you didn't buy it. You could get 1tb for $10 more. Other than that great build. +1
In the first version of this build, I had installed an HD 2TB, but bought a SSD and turned into an external hard drive.
Install windows on the SSD ASAP. You won't regret it.
Is already done , and it was very good!
This is almost identical to my build! When I first saw the box photos I thought for second that I posted early, lol. (My rig is finished, but I want to wait a month before I post, so I can give a good review of all the components.)
Very well done, great photos and cable management. I hope it is working as well as mine! I'll be posting mine at the end of the month, so you can see your evil twin, lol. +1
Thanks and I'm anxious to see your build!
Well, here it is...
Yours looks a lot cleaner, but I love my lil' baby!
kudos for ETS2!
That is some great cable management. I'm jealous!
I read some reviews and seen some tests on hardware site before considering the OCZ PSU, enjoyed the good product meets my expectations and the price was very attractive.