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The Critter
by Every1LoveEvery1
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Description

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.

Part Choices:

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.

Details
Date PublishedMay 1, 2014
Date BuiltApril 26, 2014
Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.0GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
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bradenfontaine [2 Builds] 4 points 2 months ago

i really like this! always a fan of small and cheap.

 
 
Every1LoveEvery1 [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 2 months ago

Yeah I already have a gaming rig and this was just for fun. If anyone in my family needs a computer I can always give them this and it will serve them just fine!

 
 
TooGood 2 points 2 months ago

Nice build. I agree with you about 8.1. :D

 
 
Every1LoveEvery1 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

Underrated in my opinion!

 
 
AgentTran 2 points 2 months ago

Looks like a good little build! Plus, you're right on the fact that if you pop in a 750ti, this thing will run games pretty well. Also, the SSD was a good add.

 
 
Every1LoveEvery1 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Yeah haven't had an OS on an ssd in awhile so it's a nice change !

Thanks!, yeah If I am going to be searching for a nice GPU sale

 
 
ITneto 1 point 2 months ago

Scary psu, is it good?

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 7 points 2 months ago

Antec is always good quality, even on their low-end models.

 
 
WhosYourBossNow 5 points 2 months ago

Very good. Has worked perfect in my dad's PC for a year.

 
 
Every1LoveEvery1 [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 2 months ago

Yeah I love Antec for PSUs, low or high end they usually are a great choice.

I put one of these in my sister's pc and it has been a few years and still running.

 
 
ITneto 4 points 2 months ago

Thanks for the info, I don't know where did I read they weren't good. Nice little build tho

 
 
pegotico 1 point 2 months ago

I haven't had good luck with antec mid end psu, last one is still working but the coil whine was just too much, so I just change to silverstone, very happy with it.

 
 
somedude56 1 point 2 months ago

Great little streaming box. You could also load up something like Hyperspin or GameEx and make it a rom box.

 
 
Every1LoveEvery1 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Those look pretty interesting thanks for the heads up !

 
 
pegotico 1 point 2 months ago

+1 , love the N200 case, nice job with cable management, it seems to be difficult on this case with a non modular. I think my next build might be with this case

 
 
Every1LoveEvery1 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Yeah it really is a great case, you can take out unwanted storage slots. And given longer PSU cables the management options in this case are not terrible at all.

 
 
bloodroses75 [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Cheap simple build and creative name as a play/joke on beast. +1

 
 
Every1LoveEvery1 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Yeah, I love building rigs like this!

And thanks!

 
 
devianter [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

should've gone with 3420 for 1600mhz but very nice build

 
 
MonkeyKing1969 [1 Build] 1 point 18 days ago

Very nice. I know the feeling of just wanting to build something...just because. I have a similar build in mind for an old case, and I'm planning to put a GTX 750ti in it. It will be a gift to my nephew, and we will build it together.