Took me about a month of research to settle on this set. I have never assemble a complete build before so there was some learning curve throughout the process. It took me over 8 hours to compete the build because I ran into different difficulties with this small case.
The graphic card did not fit in with this already small sized PSU so I had to take off the metal bracket that hold the PSU in place to create more room. The biggest difficult with this build is how all these wires get into the way so I have to assemble parts in a particular order to make it work. Also, it is important to get a maximum 140mm in depth PSU at least if you are planning to go with a big GPU, since mine just barely fit the case with it.
I made some attempts for cable management but looks like its too tight to do anything good with it. This PC runs silently unless when I run games like bioshock infinite with it.
So far I am extremely happy with this build. Please leave any comment regarding the build! I will be overclocking the gpu and cpu over this week and post the result.
So far, my GPU is fortunately voltage unlocked and I am able to run at best 1250/1550 so far. The fan does get pretty loud thou.
edit: Looks like I am only able to overclock my cpu upt o 4.3 ghz so far!
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$214.99||Amazon|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$19.99||Newegg|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155|
|Memory||Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$82.99||Newegg|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" SSD|
|Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$102.99||Amazon|
|Video Card||Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB|
|Case||Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower||$69.99||NCIX US|
|Power Supply||Silverstone 550W ATX12V / EPS12V||$105.98||Newegg|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit)||$95.99||Adorama|
|Monitor||Asus VS248H-P 24.0"||$169.99||Amazon|
|Keyboard||Corsair Vengeance K90||$133.00||Mechanical Keyboards|
|Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|