This was my first build and to add to it I had to do it on a mini ITX case and board. Thank goodness I did plenty of research and watched enough videos on Youtube to figure it out. These parts were specifically chosen in terms of cost-effectiveness vs. performance. All the prices you see are correct and the reasons why I bought them were because at the time they were a steal. The only issues I ran into was my RAM was never shipped and I had to buy a new pair.
I chose this CPU because I found the MoBos for the new generation are not that various and those that are present were either too expensive/not enough reviews. But i have had NO complaints with this board and it does it's job very well. The only issue was that it only came with one port for a case fan and with this case I needed two. No problem I went to my local TigerDirect.com store and bought a splitter for $3.
The 660 was perfectly in my price range and though I could have had an AMD with 3GB I opted not to solely because I've always played on Nvidia cards and they had NEVER failed on my before. No offense to those AMD lovers but it just is not my preference at this time.
I stole that PSU and Monitor LOL! (not really but I got really lucky on Amazon.com and Newegg.com)
The case: A WARNING about this case: it is a GREAT little case however you have to be prepared for the little room you have to work with and cable manage! I was able (with the help of my buddy) to stuff, tiewrap, velcro, etc. the cables on one side as much as I could to allow enough airflow throughout the case. YOU NEED A MODULAR POWER SUPPLY NO EXCUSES. Believe me it would not have been possible without one. There are a few funky little things like the power supply has to be screwed into a frame then into the case so you have to plug cables into the PSU first before you plug them into your parts. Also with this case and PSU i had to SQUEEZE that PSU in because the thick cables started blocking passage into the back of it's compartment. No problems though.
Lastly some of you are wondering what that cart is that the Computer is sitting on top of. I share the office with my Parents until I head to law school so they requested that the computer be able to be rolled in and out so that when they clean the office they can move it easily.
Thank you all for looking at my build! I named it Osceola because I went to FSU (go Noles!) If you have any questions do not hesitate to let me know!
EDIT: Most of the parts seem strangely paired because they will be REUSED in my next RIG! See the comments for some of my explanations!
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$209.99||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Asus P8H77-I Mini ITX LGA1155||$109.99|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$83.59||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" SSD||$99.99||(Purchased)|
|Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$52.68||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB||$149.99||(Purchased)|
|Case||BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower||$59.99||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||SeaSonic 650W ATX12V / EPS12V||$69.99||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer||$19.99||(Purchased)|
|Monitor||Acer G236HLBbd 23.0"||$109.99||(Purchased)|
|Keyboard||Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid||$82.98||(Purchased)|
|Custom||Syba CPU Stand with Wheels||$8.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||1046MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||6008MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||-|