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Cooler Master Desktop PC. Intel Core i3
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Description

This PC was built for everyday use, surfing the internet, word processing and replying to emails. The aims were...

  • to build a small pc
  • to still be a decent speed after 4 years.
  • Cost below £350
  • Quiet

The cable management was extremely fidgety because there was barely any space around the back of the case but I did the best job I could. I went for Intel over AMD because that's always been my preference. The HDD and DVD drive were both pre-owned.

Overall the build was quite easy and so far I have no complaints about any of the components.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.3GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle40.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
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Mattyice47 [1 Build] 5 points 17 months ago

Finally someone who doesnt think that building computers is only for gaming

 
 
construction [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Yeah, I've never seen the appeal in gaming myself. It should be perfect for what it's going to be used for.

 
 
skemble [18 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

It's so clean. Awesome pictures too. Great build!

 
 
construction [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Thank You, I was quite happy with it and so was the owner. But the cable management took about 2 hours.

 
 
skemble [18 Builds] 4 points 17 months ago

In my opinion it's always worth the extra time :)

 
 
edman545 [10 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

Very nice job with the cables. I would recommend an SSD as a next upgrade though if you really want some over-the-top non-gaming performance. Also, I like to use hyphens when discussing non-gaming builds.

 
 
construction [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you, I was really pleased with how the cables ended up. An SSD would probably push the budget a bit but It might need a bit of a boost in the future.

 
 
xSWATxBadkid [1 Build] 3 points 17 months ago

God I love that case. +1 just for that.

 
 
amFTW [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Amazing build. Very high quality components. Maybe a 840 Series 120gb? :)

 
 
construction [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you very much, I really wanted to add an SSD to it but the customer had a budget of £350 so it would have pushed it a bit.

 
 
amFTW [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Oh, I see. Still it's quite a nice system. :D

 
 
lost42 1 point 17 months ago

very nice alot cheaper than buying a labtop or a prebuilt desktop +1

 
 
construction [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Yes, custom built is always the way. :D

 
 
Djangosp2 [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

For your purposes, an A6 would have been plenty, and would have saved you quite a bit of money. Your system is still pretty good regardless.

 
 
construction [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Sorry, what do you mean by an A6? Thank you

 
 
FreeFireXI [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

The AMD Processor. Either work in my opinion, and it's fantastic how it is.

 
 
construction [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Yeah, I thought that was what you meant, I choose the Intel mostly for reliability

 
 
Djangosp2 [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

AMD processors do not have "reliability" issues. It is a common misconception due to Intel's popularity.

 
 
construction [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Yeah I've got one AMD PC which has lasted me 4 years and hasn't had a single problem, but I guess I am just an Intel person. I also like that 3 year warranty.

 
 
istealunderwear [8 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Perfect every day build for stuff, does what i meant to do. Nothing gone overboard i3 suits all the needs if not more. So Yeah if i needed a computer for email, surfing, word and that kinda stuff something like that would be ideal

So yeah great job, even the cable management is pretty neat, so yeah good job.

keep doing what you do.

 
 
construction [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Thank You very much :)

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

i must commend your valiant efforts on keeping the inside very clean. the Elite 120 is not a case that's known for good cable management, especially with a non-modular power supply. are you thinking about maybe throwing in an SSD sometime in the future?

 
 
construction [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

No I definitely wouldn't recommend this case for cable management it took a good 2 hours to get it that good and I'm still not completely happy with it. No, I can't really add an SSD as this built was for a client so it's going off as soon as I've installed windows. Sadly an SSD couldn't be squeezed out of the £350 budget. But at least she has a good PC to last her many years :)

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

ah, my bad, missed that minor detail of it being for a client. :P

yeah, to be honest, if i wanted something for longevity, an i3 would've been my choice as well... and i'm more or less an avid AMD supporter. :)

 
 
construction [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Yeah, there's nothing wrong with AMD, I guess mostly it's just down to preference

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

and there's nothing wrong with preference :)

 
 
Bartmanicus [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Awesome. I doubt I could do that good for $350, +1

 
 
construction [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Thank You :)

 
 
JRAtk94 1 point 17 months ago

Really sweet build, man.

Kudos on the cable management too - couldn't have been easy in a case with minimal routing options.

 
 
construction [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Thank You. Yeah, this case is horrible for cable management but it's looks great from the outside.

 
 
jazzymouse [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

This is a fantastic case. I'm thinking about doing a build in this for when I start studying at university again so I don't have to drag an ATX case back and forth.

Can you comment on how the airflow is in this?

+1 for a solid, reliable and clean looking build.

 
 
construction [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

Well the case its self looks brilliant from the outside. One bad point is that it only fits Mini-ITX motherboards. IT's very fidgety to work with and don't even think about putting in the PSU until everything else is finished. The airflow seems decent, air pulled in by the front 120mm straight through the HDD cage (that's why the HDD is at the bottom). You can add an extra fan on the other side of the HDD cage if you want to help bring the air through. Then that cold air goes over you motherboard and out through the PSU fan or the small 80mm fan on the side (might not be 80mm not sure). These to fans take the air straight out the case. So even though it's a very compact case it does deliver decent airflow considering it's size.

NB. I'm not sure if the mini fan is feeding to the CPU or drawing air out, I'll have to check.

Hope this helped. I'd give it 7/10

 
 
jazzymouse [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Just what I was looking for, cheers!

 
 
Mickado [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

I used the same case and I found cable management very tricky. Especially since all the sata ports were on the same side as the case fan and the motherboard power socket. You've done a really good job on the cable management, all things considered!

 
 
construction [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Yeah it took a while to get it this neat. It's a tough case to work with in that respect