- Decided to go with Mini-ITX because of space efficiency.
What's up with the $0 items?
- Purchased the case, power supply, 3 case fans, and flat cables as a used bundle from eBay for a total of $134.99, so I just labeled the case as $134.99 and $0 for the power supply and 3 case fans (actual prices are around $70 for the case, $120 for the power supply, $16 for the JetFlo fan, and $6 each for the 2 SickleFlow fans).
- The old Intel 330 Series 120 GB SSD was the first SSD I purchased back in 2012 and the monitor is the one I have been hooking my laptop up to since 2014.
First time building a PC so I tried to be meticulous; took around 3 hours to assemble everything even though I had previously watched videos on how each component was to be attached. After manipulating the wires to hide most of them from view and help airflow, I screwed everything down tightly and pressed the power button...And a bootloop ensued. I opened up the case, began randomly touching stuff and found out my RAM was not snapped all the way down (got lucky as RAM was the first component I checked). Computer booted fine afterwards and I started breathing again.
Overclocks well, decent temperatures. Using this mainly for CAD & gaming, and since I do not run simulations or render images very often I decided to go with the i5 instead of the i7. Price was OK, purchased new from Jet for $206.02.
Only 1 mm higher than the stock Intel cooler, the C7 packs 4 6 mm heat pipes and a 92mm fan into a nice 62 g package with no overhang which allows for RAM modules with greater height dimensions. The fan draws 0.2 A and runs from 600-2500 RPM with a max noise level of 30.0 dbA. Price is very good as well, purchased new from Amazon for $29.99.
Excellent temperature reduction, easy to apply, non-conductive, and rapid curing. Great price, purchased new from Amazon for $7.23 as an add-on item.
Dual Intel WiFi RJ45 ports, 1 USB 3.0 Type-C port, 4 USB Type-A AC wireless + Bluetooth 4.2, 6 SATA 6 GB/s connectors, 2 SATA Express, DDR4 up to 3200 MHz, M.2 80mm slot, well designed BIOS interface, decent motherboard software, and ability to overclock all at a decent price point. Only downsides are no USB 3.1 and the SATA Express ports sitting 90 degrees to the motherboard may be difficult to connect to after securing the motherboard in some cases. Bargain price, purchased used from $108.16 from an eBay seller who only briefly used the motherboard for testing purposes.
Low-profile design and strong performance. Decent price, purchased new from Jet for $60.72.
Still going strong after 4 years; first SSD I purchased in 2012.
Hitachi's hard drive durability is excellent, I have not had a Hitachi hard drive fail on me yet (Seagate on the other hand...). Price was great, purchased refurbished from eBay.
Solid performance, effective 3 fan design, 2 4-pin GPU controlled fan headers, and cool LEDs (can be controlled by Asus Aura LED software, can be set to static, pulse, strobe, change with music, change with temperature, etc.). Price was alright, purchased new from eBay for $420.23.
Sturdy plastic + aluminum construction, although plastic near corners may crack if under larger stresses (e.g. from hard drop impact). Also, the placement of the power supply cable's female end may interfere with graphics card depending on graphics card size (quick fix is to pull the cable so that the female end sticks out of the case). Bargain price, purchased used as a bundle with power supply, case fans, and flat cables from eBay for a total of $134.99.
Silverstone PSUs usually have excellent reliability, I hope to use this PSU for at least a decade.
Cool blue LEDs, cheap price, and decent noise level (19 dbA). Uses M5 screws for securing to case.
Cool blue LEDs, 2 adapters for quiet (fixed 1600 RPM)/silent (fixed 1200 RPM) operation, good speed range (1200-2000 RPM). Uses M5 screws for securing to case.
Purchased 2 years ago (2014), decent monitor for a decent price.