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If these cables were people, they would have all reached second base.
by mathfreak123
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Description

Shipping and tax was $35.71, so the total cost for this build is 259.45.

Around January, I put together my first modern machine, and that's when I learned about the mini-ITX standard. I really liked the smallness of it all, so I wanted to create a PC that was as reasonably small as possible for someone like me to put together. I started out picking parts for any build, but all the cases and PSUs were sized for the ATX form factor, which I felt were just way too large. I learned that there were a class of PSUs that were much smaller than ATX, such as the TFX PSUs, so that's where I went. This also introduced me to new options for cases as well; I found two that I would have liked: the Winsis Wi-02 and the Inwin BP655.300. I would have liked to grab the Winsis since it was smaller than the Inwin, but some of the reviews on Newegg dissuaded me from it (e.g. cases not machined within tolerance, components not fitting in the case). Following the wisdom among PC builders, I did not trust the bundled PSU that had an obscure brand name (brand is "Power Man" for anyone curious).

The HDD and RAM came from my first machine, which was formerly equipped with 16 GB of RAM (bought before RAM prices started picking up) and 2.5 TB worth of HDDs (all originally cannibalized from other machines).

I have not installed the operating system just yet, but I plan on using Linux Mint Debian Edition.

Part List
Details
Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle25.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load45.0° C
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Zeus [1 Build] 10 points 12 months ago

What are you doing with this PC? Forgive me if I missed it in the description.

 
 
mathfreak123 [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 12 months ago

This PC is a gift for someone who doesn't need anything more than something to websurf and watch YouTube videos. Because of the low requirements, I kept everything minimal.

 
 
PickItApart 3 points 12 months ago

I was wondering the same. It's small yeah, but fast and useful beyond a machine to play movies(wait no DVD drive)...no.

 
 
Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 8 points 12 months ago

Yes but: Who's on first?

 
 
XplosiveCows 7 points 12 months ago

What's on second?

 
 
Bigmotech 6 points 12 months ago

I don't know's on third.

 
 
DarkAddo [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

What about fouth?!?

EDIT: I mean home?!

 
 
godshawk 0 points 12 months ago

I said, I don't give a darn!

 
 
ArrowheadVenom 5 points 12 months ago

Naturally!

 
 
GMC_TheLegend [1 Build] 4 points 12 months ago

No Naturally is our pitcher

 
 
devianter [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Hi! I just build a htpc based on g3420 and asus h87i plus. may i ask you something? My hdmi port was working ok until i installed intel hd graphics driver. my screen started acting weird, black dots and a lot of artefacts everywhere on the screen it's not usable! if i change from aero to basic it becomes a little more stable but still, scrolling and doing stuff like that it becomes full of artefacts.. oh god, i installed all the drivers i could install, tried everything .. nothing. can't make it work. how's yours? and what do you think could it be? i can return it to amazon but i don't know if it's the mono (since hdmi without intel driver ( i guess onboard chip) works fine, maybe it is the CPU?) guys, please help me!

 
 
mathfreak123 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Oh Christ, sorry. I rarely log in to PCPartPicker unless I need to start researching for parts. That really sounds like a hardware issue. However, I wouldn't leave out a driver issue as a possibility. I would try to check by using a Linux live CD and checking if the Linux driver works fine (if it works fine, it's probably an issue with a driver rather than hardware).

 
 
devianter [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Amazon exchanged both motherboard and the cpu and it works fine now. But thanks for caring to reply ;)

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EngageTheSun [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

How is this cases airflow? Have you had any problems with noise? I'm thinking of doing this with a small server like PC for data storage and whatnot. Props on the build! +1

 
 
mathfreak123 [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 12 months ago

I haven't checked yet. I'll be installing the OS later today and checking the temperatures after.

Sadly, the only place where all the PSU's cables can be bunched up would be right where the case's exhaust fan is. The best exhaust would be through the PSU, I think.

 
 
mathfreak123 [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 12 months ago

Hi again! I just checked the temperatures of the processor. 45 C under full load after 15 minutes, and 25 C on idle. This all happened in a room that feels like it's around 15-16 C.

 
 
yourackdisciprine [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I'm glad I saw your post. I've been wanting to build a home theater pc and these are the kind of parts I've been looking to use. This build gave me a good starting point.

 
 
Eschaton [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Looks like a fairly capable little HTPC.

I just have one question - what are the temps on that CPU? I had the same cooler sitting on a 775 socket running a dual-core pentium D at 2.6 Ghz, and that sucker was burning up with the stock fan (I think it was hitting 54C just sitting around in on the desktop of lubuntu); I removed the fan and sat a 90mm case fan on top of the heatsink and it cooled right down to a more reasonable 40C.

I hope you're getting better performance out of that cooling solution.

 
 
mathfreak123 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Hi again! I just checked the temperatures of the processor. 45 C under full load after 15 minutes, and 25 C on idle. This all happened in a room that feels like it's around 15-16 C.

 
 
Eschaton [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

OK. I think the issue was that I wasn't able to fully seat the heatsink in my build, because the plastic feet for the fan unit were too large to fit into the screwholes on the mobo (it was a very old mobo).

Amazing that fully seating a heatsink makes that much difference, though.

 
 
mathfreak123 [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 12 months ago

That was actually quite a freaky part of the build. I didn't hear the heatsink click into the motherboard. I pushed harder, but I was wary about seeing the motherboard flex, so I just had to remove the heatsink completely and try again.

 
 
Eschaton [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Well I know for a fact that mine wasn't going to go through; I was working with an old board that I found in the electronics recycling center for my neighborhood and when I looked on the back of it, I could see that I had nearly pushed the CPU backplate clean off the board; adhesive was stretched between it and the PCB to an extent that it looked like a fabric sheet hanging between the two.

Amazingly, the board still booted sporadically after that, and I actually think the sporadic nature of the boot was due to a deep scratch that crossed several traces near the edge of the board (not done by me; that was how I found it).

 
 
mathfreak123 [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 12 months ago

I'll be checking the temperatures later today. I'll let you know when I get some numbers.

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epicpcgamer [1 Build] -1 points 12 months ago

I would use an A6-6600k for the processor, and 4 gbs of memory, as it looks like a low-end build.

 
 
Itroitnyah [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

whoa man, hit the "save" button under the reply box too many times?

 
 
epicpcgamer [1 Build] 0 points 12 months ago

Oh, Damn.