I wanted to build a SFF pc for my wife. My goals were quiet, attractive, performance, and expandability. She chose the white case, so I ran with it.
It runs nearly silently due to no HDD or discrete GPU. The CPU cooler is oriented a little funky (up), so I decided to steal a Corsair fan from another PC. My only complaint on the case is that the HDD audio cable is barely long enough to reach the bottom back corner of the MB.
The whole setup isn't 100% complete yet (never is, amiright?). It looks really nice sitting next to that white monitor. A quality white keyboard and optical drive haven't been easy to find. This will be enough storage for now, but there are five hard drive cages left over, so some type of RAID is a possibility. I also think I'll wait a while before trying to CrossFire a discrete GPU in. It seems that's not quite stable yet. Usage as an HTPC could also be in the cards.
I split bundle discounts evenly over the components included in each bundle. The MB was open box from MicroCenter, but once I showed up (after calling to confirm) it was the wrong model. So, the nice folks at MicroCenter offered a brand new MB of the model I was actually looking for at the open box price.
**I flipped the CPU cooler thanks to the PCPartPicker community. Pictures updated.
|CPU||AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core||$157.50||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing||$17.50||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+||$41.00||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Kingston Fury White Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866||$67.50||(Purchased)|
|Kingston Fury White Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866||$72.50||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" SSD||$105.00||(Purchased)|
|Case||Nanoxia NXDS4W MicroATX Mini Tower||$83.00||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||NZXT 550W ATX12V / EPS12V||$85.00||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Monitor||BenQ VW2235H 21.5"||$140.00||(Purchased)|
|Case Fan||Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition 37.9 CFM 120mm||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Date Published||June 24, 2014|