I just moved to the US and set out to build a PC. Probably the biggest thing I missed from back home was my gaming tower, but obviously there was no way to safely bring it over. I already have way too much luggage with my camera gear, so it was never gonna happen. I did manage to salvage my HDDs and mouse at least.
I do a ton of gaming and a ton of photo editing and a bit of video editing too. Since I'm still looking for work and renting here, I thought I'd hold off, but in truth I was gonna get a PC anyway and prices were pretty good. Gives me something to do in evenings so I don't spend all my money on beer.
Just quickly, two parts aren't quite right: I got the Xeon E3-1230 V3 which isn't listed on here yet, and the GA-H87N LGA1150 mobo for it. But essentially that's correct.
This is the first time I've gone AMD on a GPU but the Never Settle bundle is really good - well it will be if the rumours about Watchdogs and whatnot being on there are true. Also, their higher end cards seemed to have more 'small' variants, which I needed for the SG05. Under 10" only.
So. Great case. Wow! Tiny compared to bigger computers, and with barely any limitations in truth. There are some things you gotta work within. Limited PSU, since 450w is about the biggest you'll get for it. Still, a great PSU and it runs steady so far with no trouble. Obviously, a smaller GPU. Just about any GTX760 would fit, some 770s and a couple of the 7970s did from my research. No experience with XFX but it's working well so far.
Only 2 ram slots but I never go above 16gb anyway. No room for Crossfire or SLI anyway, but often I feel like that's a kind of unnecessary step, better to wait out a decent upgrade of another sort.
The build was pretty hard. Getting the GPU in, even at 9.3", was pretty tricky. The hardest part comes in the PSU and HDD cage, since they both sit directly above the mobo. I basically had both half installed and just connected everything up, tried to keep it clean and then shoved it all in. The 3.5" cage was the hardest as there were tons of cords in by then. I might experiment with an all SSD computer in the future, but until then... had to jam it in. Felt rough. Then I realised there was no room to put the cables in it, so I had to take it back out, plug it in and just jam it in again. Would have been okay without a GPU at this point, but no luck there - not sure I'd get it back in if I took it out.
Cables actually turned out better than I thought. Nice wide stream of air through the middle. I kind of tucked most of the small cables in to the side of the case by using the big mobo cable to push it all back.
GPU keeps cool, never above 70 and mostly sits at 65 under load. Not sure about CPU but it's locked, so there you go. I don't overclock but I might give it a go with the GPU if I need it this time.
If you have any questions let me know. I had a great time building it. it was tricky but worth it. I think SFF is the way to go now. Lugging big cases around with little to no benefit for most people is not worth it. Being able to travel with this will save me a lot of money over the next couple of years.
Got the Dell U3011 for just over $600 refurb during a sale. Wow! What a monitor. Brilliant. Had the 24" which I loved, but moving from a dual monitor setup, I wasn't sure what to get. Nearly tried the 29" super wide since it was basically a dual monitor on one, but I realised I could get this for less, with more screen real estate and better resolution really. And it pays off. Amazing for photo work. Not really small though haha.
Windows 8 is also really nice. Metro takes a little to get used to but works fine, and it starts lightning fast.
edit: Sorry, nearly forgot pics! You can see them with descriptions at http://imgur.com/a/uUQWz. Most of the pics are just pointing out cables, and the last is a size comparison with an iPad 2. Not the best thing but it worked I guess!
|CPU||Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core||$224.48||SuperBiiz|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155||$104.98||SuperBiiz|
|Memory||Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600||$149.99||Microcenter|
|Video Card||XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB||$313.50||B&H|
|Case||Silverstone SG05W-LITE Mini ITX Tower||$39.99||Newegg|
|Power Supply||Silverstone 450W SFX12V||$67.20||Amazon|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)||$97.98||OutletPC|
|Monitor||Dell U3011 30.0"||$628.00|
|Custom||Corsair 128GB SSD - Force something something||(Purchased)|
|Corsair 120GB SSD - Performance something something|
|WD 2TB Green||(Purchased)|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.3GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||925MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||-|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||-|