My cousin was tired of having to use his brother's crappy Macbook Pro to play PC games. He was mainly a PS3 gamer, but he just can't get enough of strategy games, which are mainly only available on PC. After suffering another 8 months of using the Macbook Pro, he finally caved. I drew up this list a week ago, and then started grabbing parts over the weekend. I completed the build a couple days later once I got all the parts together.
His bedroom is fairly small, so a good miniITX build was naturally the best fit for that environment. This was my first foray into building a small-form factor PC, so I was glad to to have the opportunity to gain some experience with them.
Added on July 8th, 2014
Upgraded the Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Ghz Edition to an ASUS Radeon HD R9 270. Significant increase in performance was gained.
|CPU||Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core||$138.99 CAD|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-H61N-USB3 Mini ITX LGA1155||$74.48||SuperBiiz|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333||$46.99||Newegg|
|Video Card||Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB DirectCU II||$153.98||Newegg|
|Case||Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower||$29.99||Newegg|
|Power Supply||Antec 450W ATX12V||$34.99||Amazon|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$0.00 CAD|
|Wireless Network Adapter||TP-Link TL-WN723N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0||$12.49||Adorama|
|Mouse||Zalman ZM-M400 Wired Optical||$14.98||OutletPC|
|Speakers||Cyber Acoustics CA-3090 10W 2.1ch||$24.99||Amazon|
|Custom||iCan Letter illuminated keyboard - Black||$15.99 CAD|
|Acer P206HL bmd 20" Widescreen LED Monitor||$79.99 CAD|
|TekNmotion Yapster Gaming Headset - Analog||$14.99 CAD|
|Total (Canada):||$249.96 CAD|
|Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.3GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|