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Hey! thanks for looking at my build! I posted this as mostly a hate sponge, knowing that you guys are very picky (more like pcpartpicky lol) and I cinda wanted to post a hate sponge with my mistake so others can be warned away from what I did. anyways, I am a 14 year old male, I am going into high school, and instead of buying a laptop to take to school and back, I decided to build my self a more powerful and less expensive desktop to take and use one of my schools provided monitors. I have been building computers for about 3 years now, and I have never built a Mini Itx or micro atx build, so I thought I would try it out. here are the parts I chose and my reasoning for them.

cpu: Intel Core i5-3350P. wanted a cheep quad core intel cpu that6 did not suck power like a demon. I also did not want or need the integrated graphics, so the 3350p fit the bill.

motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI. Needed to be cheep, lga 1155, mini itx, not total crap. I chose the hzz version because I was not planning on overclocking, especially with such a small case. The wifi was a massive plus, just worked out great. plus, It matched the all black./grey color scheme.

gpu: EVGA GeForce GTX 650. this was my biggest concern in the build, I wanted something that was low power consumption, and cool and quite and would work for gaming and programs like autocad and stuff. I was thinking the 660, but the 650 had such an attractive price point, I could not resist. I seriously could not been happier! unlike most peoples thoughts, the 650 is a great entry level gaming card as well as a auto cad beast. plus it was only 100$

hdd: Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200. simple, ok performance, inexpensive at my local microcenter.

ram: took a gamble and went ddr3 1333mhz, don't really see any difference between 1333 and 1600 or 1866, I am not using integrated graphics, so a tad slower clock rate is not too bad.

case: corsair cooler master elite 120. absolutely hate this case. cable management is a *****, airflow is confusing at best, disk drive sticks out and looks so ugly I removed it from the build. I am very dissapionted, I have enjoyed my other coolermaster cases like the haf 932 and storm.

power supply: corsair 430m. I went partially modular, thinking it would free up some room in the case. I was wrong, I used all but one cable anyways, so kinda a waste. other that that, It was cheep and the internet seems to think it is pretty reliable. thanks corsair.

OS. I have arch linux on there dual booted with windows 8. so sew me I kinda like windows 8 and the metro interface is really not to bad once you get used to it. go ahead. light the torches and sharpen the pickaxes. I am ready to defend myself with my faster boot times and built in anti virus, so I don't get infected with a virus on my way to installing bit defender and malwarebytes, plus I have Linux for all my "important" work.

finally: feel free to comment and rate and ask questions, please don't be a jerk and do this "I would have built this: www.Iamadouche.nettt!! it is a 1000 times better." nobody appreciates that. sorry for the low rez pics. they came from my low res camera, which I don't have the cash to replace right now.

Comments

  • 75 months ago
  • 8 points

+1 just for Arch :D

  • 75 months ago
  • 4 points

my favorite flavor of linux :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Arch Linux? With such a nice machine, install Gentoo ;)

Srsly, nice build, and I run Arch too :D

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Agree :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 6 points

Now change this build to "the upvote sponge" lol

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

lol. mabye I will.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Hate sponge? This is a great build for the price!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I don't have the balls to build in a case that size :D

Nice GPU choice! Yep I think the PSU is good for this build, it's not brilliant but still 100 times better than those generic ones. Good job. Should have got 1600Mhz RAM though. 430W Would be plenty even for a GTX 660. About the case: It's a good thing you tried and still looks ok for a Mini-ITX case that size but since there are a lot of cables floating around just keep RealTemp and other software open when underload to check temps :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like it for the price. The 7850 would have been a better choice for only $30 extra but I am sure you can play everything on medium or high with few problems. http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7850-vs-GeForce-GTX-650

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I have several 7850's running in other rigs, but the consume a lot more power, are generally louder, wile giving only about an extra 10fps at best. plus I wanted to keep the price as close to 600$ as possible.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a nice budget build. You might want to add a SSD sometime soon though. Want resolution are you gaming on? I feel like 1gb of vRam might not be enough especially with the new gen games coming out soon.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I am planing on a basic caching ssd setup in the near future. I have been waiting to try that out for a wile, I go out and spend 400$ on the best lga 2011 board (asus rampage IV extreme) and the chip-set doesn't support ssd caching :P anyways, I am finally on the x77 chip-set which supports ssd caching. right now I am running on 720p with all my games on medium getting 50-70fps

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice! Once your ready for more power you should get a 770 or even SLI that bad boy. Your performance would skyrocket! :D

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

his motherboard can't sli

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

dem 770's look niiiiiccee. I think that will be my next computer part purchased

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Its definitly worth it. Check this out - http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2013/05/31/nvidia-geforce-gtx-770-2gb-review/3

91 frames in BF3 with only one card! Some YouTube videos show even more frames with the card.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

wow. awsome.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Well with that case, I can't possible give you anything but a thumbs up.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Where'd you get windows 8 for $40?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

The only thing I can think of is the upgrade promotion when Windows 8 just came out, it was $39.99.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

thats it! picked up a few copies then for use later.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah dammit, why didn't I think to do that.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

its OEM

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't be too angry at cooler master for airflow issues with a case that size, but nice build!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I definitely don't envy you working in that case though.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that case that bad? I was thinking about use it for a small factor PC.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

This seems like it would be a pain to drag to school and back. Nice build +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this post is old, but do you think the Elite 120 is really that bad? I was thinking of using it and it seemed in reviews to be a pretty good case... do you think it might be better if you weren't using it for a portable box? Or should I try to find a different one (the CM mini 210 looks like a good option for a low-end HTPC but it's out of production).

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

It is ok, if you dont want to use a DVD drive, because the DVD drive sticks out of the an inch. It has some nice features, but cooling is mediocre, and cable managment is pretty bad if you dont have a fully modular PSU.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

EAT MAH HATE U NERDY NOOOOOOOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jk.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, a Linux machine, you don't see that often. More specifically, a Linux machine that isn't running some descendant of Debian.

+1

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  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Really?, Really?! this was posted like 6+ months ago. do you honestly think that 1. It matters anymore, and 2. The case was released recently. Long after I built this!