Hello everyone. Here is another project I have been working on for the past month to give to a family member who is in need of a desktop. She does not require a lot of horsepower, most will be used for storing her photos from her gardening hobbies and web browsing. So I delved into my PC Parts garage, found spare parts that I donated and bought any remaining parts that were needed.
Photos do not do justice as i'm using a mobile camera. LED lighting is more vibrant in real life. Some photos are also taken with the tempered glass panel on hence has reflections.
-Intel Core i3-4170
-Deepcool Captain 120 Liquid CPU Cooler (Didn't use in my personal build, CHECK OUT SHINY CHARIZARD MEGA EDITION)
-Seasonic G-series 450w PSU (Myold PSU before I upgraded for the GTX 980 Ti)
-Nvidia GTX 645 (Found laying around in an old dell PC of mine)
-MSI H97 Gaming 3 (Came with the Xeon Bundle I used for my main rig)
-Kingston HyperX Fury Red 8GB (Came with the Xeon Bundle I used for my main rig)
-Kingston HyperX Savage 120GB SSD
-TP-Link Wireless card
-In Win 805 Black/Red ATX Case
-Deepcool RGB Led Lighting
Although she does not require a powerful PC, I decided to go this route with her build as she does enjoy eye candy in all her belongings. Hence I decided to go for an In Win Case YET AGAIN! and this case is extremely simple to build in, has a lot of modding potential and worked extremely well with what I had in mind.
This hefty i3 is one powerful dual core CPU. It has more then enough horsepower for almost any basic consumer tasks and even moderate gaming.
This was lying around gathering dust. So might as well use it to give some eye candy to the build and also keep that i3 FROSTY COLD, even though it is extremely overkill for it.
Came with the Xeon Bundle, the motherboard is pretty solid from first impression. First time using an MSI motherboard, has good layout for all its ports (SATA, GPU, Fan headers). Also has an impressive red/black theme to it.
Came with the Xeon Bundle, the aluminium heat spreader looks gorgeous in red, simple to install and fits the theme real good.
As she already has an external hard drive with over 2TB of storage for her photos, I decided to just get an SSD with 120GB storage for faster speeds where she can then work on arranging her photos before moving them back into her external hard drive. It'll also help with a few applications she uses. Storage should not be a big issue for what she uses it for.
A nifty little card with some extra added MSI red/black touches that I done to it using vinyl.
Rock solid as always with any Seasonic.
ONE WORD, GORGEOUS, If you have any questions about the case potential, shoot me a PM. (Case is lighter then my In Win 901!!!).
Deepcool RGB Lighting:
It works, but not as good in colour saturation and quality as the Bitfenix alchemy or other more expensive lighting systems out there. But they came cheap and in a pair (you can get 4 of these for the price of 1 Bitfenix alchemy)
The stock In Win Fans and Bitfenix Spectre Pro ensures near silent operation. The pump is also relately quiet when cooling an i3 only hahahahah.
As she wanted more eyecandy in the build, I decided to add some custom modifications (both simple and complex) to the Power Supply, Graphics Card, and Cable covering Shroud.
The Shroud required me to hand cut a piece of 3mm acrylic 8.5cm by 27.5cm and using carbon fibre vinyl, spent several hours cutting out each individual segments of a tribal Yveltal (pokemon). Opaque Tracing Paper was used to give the clear acrylic a masked white behind the Yveltal. An LED Strip is installed behind to give it ambient glow.
Final Thoughts and Evaluation
In my personaly opinion, I think the visual aesthetics of the parts worked alright. The Led from deepcool was much much dimmer then I thought, however it'll do for her tastes anyhow. If I could go back and change anything, It would be getting another pair of LED strips to add to the Yveltal Shroud. Otherwise I am pleased with the end result.
ANY QUESTIONS/QUERIES/COMMENTS POST BELOW.
Thank you and catch you all later!
Very powerful cores, good for the average everyday user.
The aesthetics of this cooler is by far the best out there. Sturdy plastic construction, very flexible tubing, very high quality Deepcool fans as usual and solid quality radiator. However the fittings connecting the tubes to the water block is not the safest from potential leaks. The acrylic tubing seems to be fitted on using glue.
Cooling performance is decent, as it beats most top down 92-120mm ITX coolers. However not as good when compared to tower heatsinks with single/dual/triple 120mm/140mm coolers.
A rock solid motherboard with more then enough features for the gamer/average user. Comes with adequately placed out System fan headers, 2 CPU fan headers for AIO liquid coolers, plenty of SATA ports and plenty of PCI-E expansion slots.
BIOS is easy and smooth to use, however the post image used by MSI is not appealing. A simple MSI logo would have been much better than a full blown image.
Good looking RAM with an all aluminium heat spreader.
Very sturdy and aesthetically pleasing. However the performance is not as fast as stated.
By far one of the best looking mid towers out there. Only quality aluminium and tempered glass is used throughout the entire case (Not counting the dust filter, hard drive caddies).
Very good build quality, excellent features with space for 2x140mm,3x120mm fans (with HDD cage removed). More then ample room for cable management with plenty of routing holes that are all smoothed out. 3x SSD sleds on the back of the motherboard tray and 1x in the front compartment, can house 2x 3.5inch HDD/or 2.5inch SSD in caddies. Ample power supply room for even the longest power supplies and can fit ATX/E-ATX motherboards. Can fit almost any graphics card, no matter how long or tall. Plenty of room for watercooling enthusiasts.
Rock solid performance with a good variety of cables for all situations and semi modular makes it a plus. This power supply has more then enough juice to run any single GPU system (gtx 970/980 paired with an i7).
Wireless Network Adapter
Good connectivity, simple to install and plug n play feature without the need for drivers. Powered by a Qualcomm Atheros wireless chip.