No idea what they're putting in the upcoming Steambox, but reading about it made me want to build my own. This sits in my living room, so the build had to be quiet and small to start, plus my wife didn't want a glowing LED box with transparent side panels and jagged edges, so I picked the Define Mini. The Antec liquid cooler was a last minute purchase at best buy as the original cooler I ordered was 5mm too big.
As you can tell by the wire management this is my first build. So far, it surpasses what I wanted in terms of performance.
I'm thinking of overclocking at some point. Think this build can handle it?
Also the total bill of material came out to $1277.00, which was well below the $1,300.00 I had budgeted for the project. The mobo also came with Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite... so win there for sure. Also if you have a Microcenter near you, I can't recommend them enough. I got that hard drive that lists for over $200 for $80.00 on special, the CPU was over $100 cheaper than anywhere else online.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$328.98||NCIX US|
|CPU Cooler||Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid|
|Thermal Compound||Arctic Silver Arctic Alumina Premium Ceramic Polysynthetic 1.75g||$3.99||Newegg|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z77 Professional-M Micro ATX LGA1155|
|Memory||G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866||$84.99||Newegg|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD||$255.46||Amazon|
|Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB|
|Case||Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Mini Tower||$99.99||NCIX US|
|Power Supply||Corsair 600W ATX12V||$97.60||Amazon|
|Optical Drive||Pioneer BDR-208DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer||$97.40||Amazon|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)||$97.48||OutletPC|
|Case Fan||Cooler Master R4-S2S-124K-GP 44.7 CFM 120mm||$15.54||Amazon|
|Custom||Microsoft Xbox Controller||$49.00|
|Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|