This build was just a small computer I could use to watch Netflix, YouTube and Twitch and also check e-mails.. but who am I kidding I just wanted to build another computer. Have a main rig gaming with a 770 so there was no gaming in mind. It is the critter since people seem to really like the "beast" as a name..!
Things to come are some cable extensions so I can do some proper cable management.
I was astonished at the length of the Basiq's cables. Did my best for now , and waiting for them to ship in.
CPU- I went with the G3220 as I have only built one Intel system before this one and decided it was a good time to check out how their low end CPUs perform. It handles 1080p playback great and if I ever decide to sell this or give it away tossing in a 750ti or an equivalent would turn this into a pretty good gamer.
Cooler- Stock quieter than I remembered so I'm fine with it for now!
Motherboard- This was on clearance for 35 dollars so this system was cheaper than the bundled APU they were offering at Microcenter. Works great booted straight up and the BIOS seems straight forward although I have no need to tweak in the BIOS.
RAM- Bought the 4gb kit and one of the sticks was DOA went back to Microcenter and they had no more so they gave me 2 2gb single sticks for the same price. Works fine now.
SSD- Never bought from PNY, so when I saw it on sale I went for it 120gb will be more than enough since I stream most of my media. And wow it is blazing fast from dead to start screen in about 11 seconds.
Case- Wanted something smaller form factor, this was a good choice I have 2 Quiet Edition Purple LED corsair fans in there that give it some nice flare and make it a very quiet system.
PSU- Antec and a decent price, The only problem I have with this PSU is the cables are the shortest cables I have ever seen on a production PSU, other than that it is very quiet and I trust the company.
OS- I love windows 8.1 I may be in the minority but I never cared about the start button, it feels much faster and is a cleaner overall experience for everyday E-mail and general productivity.
|CPU||Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core||$49.99|
|Motherboard||MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150||$35.96|
|Memory||Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600||$52.99||Micro Center|
|Storage||PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" SSD||$64.99||Amazon|
|Case||Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower||$44.99||Mwave|
|Power Supply||Antec 350W ATX12V||$29.98||OutletPC|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$0.00|
|Date Published||May 1, 2014|
|Date Built||April 26, 2014|