Well this is my first (official) build. I work IT for a living and constantly repair computers, but this is my first actual build from the ground up! My laptop finally died on me, so I figured I'd just build something since I've always had the itch. Outside of work I usually just use my PC for media, so my needs were modest.
-CPU - Went with the pentium since it had a lot of good reviews for the price range, so far its perfect for what I need, no hiccups even when accessing all 4 drives at once.
-MB - Cheap, supports haswell, and had the perfect number of sata ports.
-Ram - Got it for free from a scrapped PC, will probably buy legit ram in the future if I ever upgrade.
-HDD/SSD - had the SSD in my laptop and it works great, speeds are quick, boot time is blazing. no complaints. all the hard drives were externals, now I got to scrap the enclosures, toss the cables, and everything is already connected!
-Case - Reaaaaaally like the mITX cases, and this one had a lot of good reviews. Airflow so far is great, and has plenty of room for HDD's.
-PS - definately wanted something modular with the tiny case, more than enough power for what i've got, and can't go wrong with corsair!
-OS - Also free from student alliance with microsoft. (I also secretly really like w8!)
-keyboard - no batteries is wonderful.
**added a higher wattage PSU incase I add any upgrades, I was able to return the cx430m for the cx600m, and actually will save a few extra $$ after the rebate!
|CPU||Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core||$70.00|
|Motherboard||MSI H81I Mini ITX LGA1150||$70.00|
|Memory||Samsung 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$0.00|
|Samsung 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$0.00|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM||$0.00|
|Case||Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower||$50.00|
|Power Supply||Corsair 600W ATX12V||$65.00|
|Optical Drive||LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer||$0.00|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit)||$0.00|
|Date Published||June 6, 2014|
|Date Built||June 1, 2014|