Hello! This is the first build of my lovely girlfriend! It is a tiny Mini ITX PC which is a replacement of her old laptop. I finally convinced her to join the PC master race! I intended to use the Raijintek Metis case for myself, however she really liked it and... you cannot say no to that. I can proudly confirm that she completed the assembly on her own! The main application of the computer apart from being white and beautiful.......is for writing essays, playing CSGO, youtube and general browsing. The main goal of the build was to get as much performance within a certain budget and to keep the PC as tiny and as quite as possible.
CPU and Motherboard: The two potential candidates were i3 and unlocked Pentium. I decided to get a slightly more expensive z97 motherboard and the cheaper but unlocked Pentium. This will give me a lot of headroom for overclocking the CPU, rather then cheaper chipset mobo with an i3. Also the z97 board is a good investment because any high end i5 or i7 could be fitted later on. The Pentium chip is amazing for its price. It runs at 3.2 GHz stock and I managed to bench it at 4.7GHz. I will probably dial it down for every day tasks.
PSU: I bought the Seasonic on an amazing deal from Ebay auction. The unit was brand new in original packaging for only 40 pounds with delivery. The only drawback is that the cables are not modular however because of the short itx gpu card there is plenty of room for cables in the case. Although that it's rated power is way above the 250W consumption of the system, this means that it will run at about 50% load which results in highest efficiency.
GPU: The main reason for the GPU is because she liked it is the white shroud... also this MSI model has one of the largest heatsinks among the mini itx cards. It is driving a small resolution screen at the moment. Later on it is intended to push a 1080p, so given the workload it will suffice for the time being.
CPU cooler: After I setup my watercooled mini x99, I gave her the Scythe cooler. This cooler outperforms the stock Intel unit and because of the larger thermal capacity the fan can be kept at low RPM for low demanding loads. At the moment the CPU cooler takes air through the fan filter on the back of the case and exhausts the PSU. It is not ideal but the temperature of the CPU is in the 70C range even at 1.35v overclocked to 4.7GHz.
STORAGE: We added a Samsung 850 EVO recently. This was my old SSD which I had no use for after I purchased a Samsung SM951 256GB NVME M.2 for myself. The HDD is in the end of its life and it is mainly used as a slow archive drive.
LEDs: There are a couple of RGB strips with an IR receiver, of course they are fixed at pink or white mode always :|
Excellent CPU for £50! I OCed it to 4.7GHz stable at 1.35v on air cooling!
It is probably one of the best SFF coolers. However the mounting brackets are not perfect. It mounts easily on LGA2011(-3) however the LGA115* mounting kit is horrible. You have to be very patient and calm persona!
Excellent quality motherboard! Everything runs perfectly only two drawbacks: 1. There are only 2 fan headers. 2. The UEFI/BIOS is not my cuppa. I would personally prefer the layout of EVGA, ASUS even Gigabyte motherboards.