This build is months overdue since I've been caught up in other tasks.
I will be using this as my main machine for university work, some gaming, occasional video editing and a little 3D modelling.
I think the GeForce GTX 660 is ok for my needs, I'm only going to be gaming sometimes. I looked at AMD Radeon 7870 but I couldn't find any blower design cards which is necessary for my chassis. My graphics card came with free assassins creed III.
Before people complain I know it's not an "EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB" rather it's a "PNY GeForce GTX 660 XLR8 2GB" Both are reference cards with the same specifications and warranty - also the prices are very similar with EVGA being £6 more. I did this so it ends up in the Graphics Card section and I could put temperature for it in.
I chose the Core i5 4570 since it's plenty fast and I'm not going to be overclocking in this build. The temperatures are OK. However during 100% load there's a 7°C difference between the coolest and hottest core. Why can't Intel move back to fluxless solder?
Everything works well, airflow is good and temperatures are good. I placed the CPU fan in reverse so that I get the wind tunnel effect going with the PSU fan.
There are some issues though, one being that this case is small, so small that it was difficult to assemble everything, plus cable routing is difficult.
The included AP141 fan is good but quite loud, I'm going to be searching for a replacement fan.
The machine is running Windows 8 Pro considering I have paid for it. I have also used Start8 by stardock since I can't stand the metro interface - I'd rather not see it ever again.
The overall WEI Score is 7.8
Unigine Heaven 4.0 Extreme Preset – 31.5 fps | Score: 793
Unigine Valley 1.0 Extreme Preset – 39.7 fps | Score: 1661
High resolution gallery http://imgur.com/a/UQe5C
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core||£161.99 GBP|
|Thermal Compound||Arctic Cooling MX4 4g||£4.46 GBP|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z87E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150||£139.99 GBP|
|Memory||Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||£36.99 GBP|
|Storage||Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" SSD||£76.94 GBP|
|Western Digital Scorpio Blue 120GB 2.5" 5400RPM||£20.00 GBP|
|Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM||£64.20 GBP|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB||£147.19 GBP|
|Case||Silverstone FT03B-MINI (Black) Mini ITX Tower||£84.31 GBP|
|Power Supply||Silverstone 450W SFX12V||£61.74 GBP|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit)||£14.99 GBP|
|Monitor||Dell U2212HM 21.5"||£139.00 GBP|
|Custom||Thermalright AXP-100 Heatsink||£40.20 GBP|
|Total (United Kingdom):||£992.00 GBP|
|Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.2GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||27.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||71.0° C|