So here's another build I've parted together using used parts from popular secondhand apps and sites. This one turned out especially economical! All the parts I got used except for the SSD, which was incredibly cheap off Amazon.
It's not the flashiest or prettiest. But it holds its own beauty in its size. This was the smallest and hardest case to build in I've ever done. It also got a very modest Firestrike score of 6850 without overclocking the GPU, which has plenty of headroom to do so.
Thanks for checking it out! If you have any questions about how any of the parts fit in this case, feel free to ask! I'm on here a lot. :P
Great score and value for CPU that is 60 bucks! Still beats any processor for that price. Minus one star for no overclocking though. Intel likes to hold onto that multiplier for some reason. Probably worried it would invade other CPU's in their lineup of price per performance.
Picked this, the power supply and case up for $60 total. Which is why I labeled this as $40 dollars and split the price difference between them all.
Absolutely great features for $80. Wifi, M.2, can't get much better than that for the price... Well, you could get overclocking capabilities but that might be a bit much too ask.
It works! Picked mine up used for $50 so it survived the first owner well enough. Minus one star for a super flimsy heat spreader. I was afraid to press down on it to push it in, worried it might fall apart. Then again, this is low tier ram and the heat spreader is basically cosmetic only. The important part is that it's functional and doesn't look terrible.
Can't speak for long term usability but it works as fast as an SSD should. Speeds were brilliant and everything recognized. 240GB for $39 delivered the same day from Amazon is a no brainer.
This card fit perfectly in this case without much room to spare. Its built-in fan controller has it sit around 80 degrees which is acceptable but a little warm for my tastes. Quiet though! Which is probably what they were going for. Fan software allowed me to ramp up the fan profile a bit which also caused more noise, but reasonable fan speed allowed this card to sit around 65 degrees while gaming and the noise was low enough to be comfortable, especially with headphones.
Performed well too! Even at more than a few years old, this card is still able to play Battlegrounds, Fortnite, Wildlands, etc. For $60, I'd say that's a win.
The hardest case I've built in, for sure. Three stars sounds like a bad review, but the case performs brilliantly, doing everything a mini itx case should. Temps were good, grills directly in front of the GPU allowed plenty of airflow. The minus two stars is for simple common sense lacking.
The SSD and HDD mounting plate only allowed for one side mounting meaning that if the connector of the SSD is facing the wrong way depending on how it was built, your right angle SATA connector won't fit due to it sticking up instead of down.
The gap between the plate and power supply was just small enough to be impossibly aggravating to get the connectors in as well. The space between power supply and bracket made it too tight to fit the SSD in the slot closest to the PSU, instead forcing the user to mount it closer to the GPU, still not solving the issue with the SATA connector though.
The cables for the the USB 3.0 and front I/O were far longer than necessary as well as not black. I heat shrinked the I/O cables to make them match the rest of the build.
And while the case may support a 140mm up front, it will not when paired with a GPU that extends nearly the front of the case. It could, but it won't. the difference so small that the case fan holes needed only to be pushed over a few millimeters and it would have been perfect. However, I needed to substitute a 120mm fan instead.
This case seemed to plagued by measurements that were done in theory and not in practice. Still a great case, and for the size and airflow, I would definitely recommend it if you're willing to deal with quirks.
Splits the power to all the things. Didn't catch on fire, all black cables.
Inexpensive and cool looking. Somewhat low key as well which is nice.