My first PC build. Using it for light gaming (fond of World of Tanks at the moment) and when it is otherwise idle, let it run BOINC for various projects (SETI, Rosetta, LHC, World Community Grid, Einstein). I like the small form factor of mini ITX so that was a basic starting point. Budget was a constraint, as this is my first build I wanted to keeps costs reasonable yet still get a decent level of performance. I also wanted to use current versions of hardware to take advantage of the latest technology available. Finally, since I intended to air cool, I wanted components that would run cool, even under load.
I had no significant issues with the build. First time powering on it did not post, but I re-seated the memory and tried again and all was well.
So far, it has performed well and I'm happy with the parts selected.
REVISED 03/25/2017 Added a 1TB HDD, salvaged from an old laptop. Added two 80mm fans to exhaust hot air.
REVISED 10/11/2017 Replaced Zotac GTX 1050 Ti Mini with Zotac GTX 1070 Mini graphics card. Replaced the 140mm and 120mm fans that came with the case with a Phanteks 200mm fan for fresh air intake.
REVISED 11/02/2017 Added 4TB HDD.
I settled on a Core i5-6400 CPU to get the 4 physical processing cores and a current Skylake processor. The 6400 stays cool with the stock Intel cooler, even running under 90% load 24x7.
The Gigabyte GA-Z170N-WIFI motherboard provided the current Z170 chipset and built-in WIFI and Bluetooth, which was a welcome bonus. Good I/O connectivity as well. Plenty of SATA ports. The USB3 header is awkwardly in the middle of the board. Only 1 case fan header.
I've used Crucial memory for several upgrades in the past and never had a problem so I chose 8GB of DDR4 for this build.
I knew I wanted an SSD as the primary drive so I went with the budget Kingston UV400 240 GB. Coming from spinning hard drives previously, this seems quite fast. No issues, and this system runs 24x7.
Rescued this hard drive from an old laptop which I upgraded to SSD. Still works fine for secondary storage.
Nice upgrade from the GTX 1050 Ti that was part of the original build. Runs at 72C under load 24x7. Fits nicely in the mini-ITX case.
The Corsair 250D case was easy to build in, comes with two fans, dust filters for front fan, PSU fan, and both side exhaust grates. It has a plexiglass view port on the top, 2xUSB 3.0, headphone, and mic on the front panel, and even a bay for a 5.25 inch drive. Power supply bay has rubber stands and there are also 2x2.5 and 2x3.5 drive caddies accessible from the back of the case. Everything is secured with thumb screws.
The Corsair 550W PSU is more than enough for this build. It came in at a fair price and supported GPU upgrade without a hiccup.
Great little fans. I picked up two to mount as exhaust on my Corsair 250D mini-ITX case. They come with build-in PWM splitters which was super handy as my motherboard only has one system fan header.
Surprised how much air this fan moves. I replaced the 140mm and 120mm stock fans with this single 200mm fan and my system is running noticeably cooler and quieter.
Price was right ($99) and gets the job done. Nice workhorse display.
I really like this keyboard. Fast response, very sensitive. I appreciate the compact size for my small workspace.
Nice portable, compact mouse.
These sound surprisingly good when I'm sitting at my workstation. Nice, deep, round bass. Sound drops off quickly as you move away from the speakers, so not exactly room-filling.