Alright so I should start out saying that I went over this build over and over and over again, flipping from Mini-ITX and then to mid tower and back to mini-itx. The intention is to have a computer that runs off of our TV in the main room until the younger kids grown up and won't constantly be pulling on cables, etc. The kids homework is now starting to be online a lot and they are also getting to that age where the can understand games. We wanted to have the family computer in a high traffic area so the main room seemed to be a good fit. This build includes some existing components I had like the SSD from our old laptop, the O/S from the old laptop, mouse and one of my old video cards.
As far as the title of my build goes, well I started off with the vision of building something for quite a bit cheaper but when push came to shove I chose to spend a little extra.
CPU - Intel Core i5-4670k; In the end I knew I would want to overclock and I didn't see any need for a 4770k.
CPU Cooler - Corsair H60; I actually bought a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo but it blocked the video card slot completely and when I flipped it one of the RAM slots was blocked (my specific RAM height being the determining factor) At that point I decided to swap the cooler instead of the RAM. It fits quite tight the way it is mounted but should do the trick.
CPU Cooler Fan - SP120 High Performance; Pretty much bought based on a color theme and reputation.
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI; I'm a big Asus fan but none of their MB's in the mini-itx were to my liking (color theme) so I picked the Gigabyte board that had a USB 3.0 header and the option of WIFI.
Memory - Corsair Vengeance (2x4GB) 1600; Price was right, RAM is RAM
Case - Bitfenix Prodigy White Mini-ITX; This was probably the determining factor of the entire build. I was originally sold on the Cooler Master 130 Elite but decided my patience couldn't handle that. I was close to going to a mid tower in the white with blue theme but in the end wanted to keep small (ish). One thing that was important was the placement of the "front panel" buttons like Power, Reset, USB as the computer would be in a raised position and my wife would have to be able to reach everything. The case also needed to hold a full size ATX Power Supply as I already had my heart set on that.
Case Fans - Front 230mm fits like a glove, the blue LED was added at the end after caving to the request of my son. The 120mm follows the color theme and is a quiet edition and should move plenty of air.
Power Supply - Corsair AX650 Professional; My elite nature wouldn't let me stray from this power supply. I knew I wanted to stick with the Corsair AX series being a Tier 1 Power Supply and being fully modular was a must. Obviously I paid a premium for the wattage, etc but 650W is more then enough for this build and the quality is top notch (yes the cables are stiff)
HDD/SDD - The SDD came out of our old laptop which was rarely used and the 1TB drive is purely for storage and has been a reliable product for me in the past although it wasn't the Caviar Black that I'm used to and is the "new" model, BLACK.
Video Card - EVGA GTX 580 - This WILL be the first thing that gets replaced once I have the money for it. It has always run hot and loud. With that said, its still a great performing card so I'm not in a rush if the price isn't right.
Mouse - Razer Mamba; My old Mouse, works just fine and has great range
Keyboard - Microsoft 2000; The keyboard only and also seems to have great range. Wanted a cheap, functional keyboard and that's what I've got.
Monitor - 40" Samsung TV; Not the optimal option but until my kids grow up that will be how this computer is run/set up
The cable management leaves room for improvement and was frustrating but I am happy with the build nonetheless. I ended up selling my old laptop for $160, a fish tank and accessories for $450, my other GTX 580 for $160 and an old amp for $200 so this build really cost me next to nothing which is why the price went well above the expected $600.00 when I initially was planning this build.
|Date Published||April 21, 2014|