This is a pretty interesting little build.
My old roommate left me a TV in the living room, so I decide to build a small pc to make use of the TV.
Main objective is to build a small form factor pc to watch youtube and netflix, 24 hour download, and mild gaming (dota2, nba2k, worms, and KOF). It also works as a "external storage" for me and my new roommate.
I'm not in a hurry, so I keep waiting for second hand components. Everything is bought from local geeks except for the case. I also throw in a spare fan controller found in my room.
Overall I'm pretty impressed with what I got. I'll share some of my thoughts on the components below:
|Intel Core i3-3220||$70.00||Solid CPU. No problem running any game I play. Stock cooler kinda suck.|
|CM Hyper 212 Plus||$20.00||So much better than the stock cooler. Runs quiet.|
|Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX||$55.00||The build quality is great, but it only has one 6gb/s sata3 port, and one fan header. No big deal for me tho.|
|G.Skill Ripjaws Series (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333||$40.00||The heat spreader looks pretty cool and well made. Performance wise I can't really notice the difference between this 1333 ram and the 1600 ram for my gaming rig.|
|Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5900RPM||$50.00||This drive runs a little bit loud, but the performance is beyond by expectation.|
|XFX Radeon 6870||$100.00||The cooler is easy to remove for me to re apply the thermal paste. The cooler also uses PWM fans. The TV I got is 720p and I don't play those big titles on this machine, so a 6870 is enough. Runs a little bit hot (around 65 after a dota2 game with all setting maxed out.)|
|CM N200 MicroATX Mini Tower||$39.99||I like this case. The meshes looks awesome and it provides a lot of good features for cable routing. However it does not have the routing hole for the 8pin cpu power, and I have to route it under my graphic card.|
|Antec Basiq Plus 550W||$25.00||Well it works, and it's modular. The model seems solid according to internet so Im hoping it can serve me for a long time.|