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Birthday Build - The mini fridge

by ctmuck

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30 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 18, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.28GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

Goal: - My wife loves to play Sims 4 and has been struggling to sort of play it on a 13" macbook for some time. I built this for her birthday and it handles Sims very well. - The plan is to add an RX 460 or 470 as soon as she needs more power Update: I found a GTX 960 used online

CPU - The intel HD 530 Graphics are surprisingly powerful. I was slightly worried that until she had a graphics card, playing sims was going to be difficult. I was so happy to be proven wrong. I can even turn the settings up a little ways! Still not the end goal, but with her birthday being right around the corner and me wanting to wait and see what happens with the new AMD series of graphics cards, this was a relief.

MB - Motherboard does it's job like a professional accountant: consistent and unnoticed. (Ha! sorry accountants)

Memory - Works great. Only White RAM I could find.

Storage - Good boot times. No issues.

Case - I love the look of this case and the way it turned out. The instruction book useless sheet of paper offered absolutely no help or guidance in how to orient the cabling which resulted in me, as an amateur, making an awful cable mess the first time only to start over just to make it look nice. But at the end of the day, I can't complain. the case is extremely quiet.

Power Supply - beautiful box/manual. Excellent Power Supply. Good price. I'm impressed with EVGA.

Wireless thingy - brings the interwebs to the white box very good.

Keyboard - I like this a lot more than the logitech K400 I put with my build. I'm very jealous of this one now.

Not Listed bc already owned - some 1080p monitor - OEM windows 10 pro

Result She loves this computer! She's a very busy person but has for the most part stopped watching tv and only plays on this except of course for when she is watching Netflix on one screen and playing games on the other! She has logged dozens of hours since July 30th.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great for mid range Builds. Intel HD 530 Graphics are surprisingly powerful. Stock Cooler is surprisingly quiet.

Motherboard

Great price point, but I was disappointed in the way the headers fit into the included backplate. I like my motherboard ethernet, usb, and other ports to actually be flush with the back plate and back side of case, but these left some space which makes it feel a little bit scary when plugging things in to them.

Memory

Fast and pretty with no issues

Storage

Great performance for its price range.

Storage

Second one I've bought and used. Both work great

Case

Fantastic case. Aesthetically pleasing. 4 stars instead of 5 because they neglected to give any help in the form of suggestions on how to wire or set up your case. Had to learn from trial and error. I wired and re wired my PC 3 times for I got it how I wanted it.

Power Supply

Beautiful packaging. Nice cables. High quality and helpful manual. Great power supply according to Johnny Guru.

Wireless Network Adapter

Does its job flawlessly, makes a few concerning creaky noises whenever moved quickly or squeezed lightly.

Keyboard

Fantastic Keyboard mouse combination for those of us who can't justify spending hundreds of dollars on these. Great for work or play.

Comments Sorted by:

Zman123 2 Builds 4 points 23 months ago

Most builders strive to make their PC's look like a mini fridge... +1 for this awesome build, hope you can get a graphics card soon. The GTX 1070, GTX 1060, and RX 480 are all great options

ctmuck submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Ha thanks! Yeah one of those are the plan!

I'm sort of hoping that having a real machine will gateway her into playing better games and actually needing a graphics card.

zion_89 3 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Good stuff deserves my +1 so here you go :D

ctmuck submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks!

odwillia 2 points 23 months ago

Looks good. This will make a great gift.

ctmuck submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks!

Mainman24 2 points 23 months ago

Very clean!

Bexy 5 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

love to put that case in my partners Bar as a media system lol

ctmuck submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I just checked out your Builds and..... woah! They're incredible! Kind of inspired me to make add some more light to this. Any recommendations?

Bexy 5 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks I enjoyed building them. I use some RGB LED Strips with remote control you can generally pick them up cheap

emiral_88 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

That is an adorable story! I'm sure your wife will love her new PC. Yes, the case does look like a fridge, but overall I think this is a great build. +1

ctmuck submitter 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

If you like adorable, you love the inside. One of these panels is going to have a really sappy but timeless note on the inside (like its her card)

And I actually funded this build completely with extra hours at work and by selling some of my own things. So it's going to explain how much like this computer, I would do anything for her and that no matter what situation we are in we will always find away:)

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 23 months ago
Ohhh... Looks so clean and attractive. ;)

+1

Mr_Twabfish 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Just wondering... I think you left some vinyl wrap on the inside of the case window

Maybe you take it off later so that you feel like the build is all new again?

ctmuck submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Yeah, I want my wife to get to peel it off when she unwraps the present. So she gets the new experience

Mr_Twabfish 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Ah. A good idea

Tuchulu 1 point 23 months ago

How's the noise from the stock fan?

ctmuck submitter 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Practically silent! Surprised me actually

BladeRunner531 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Good budget build, though it wouldn't have hurt very much to wait to throw in a RX 480, 470 or 460 to just make everything look smoother and better. Plus Chrome likes a graphics card to help run the browser tabs to help them load faster and minimalize stuttering in videos.

ctmuck submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Wow didn't know that about chrome! Yeah that's what's in the plan for it. Although I have been pleasantly surprised by the performance of the Intel hd 530

tbhpcbuilder 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Very nice fridge. The HD 530 from an i3-6100 is also very amazing. I'm able to play League of Legends maxed out @ 1080p never dipping below the refresh rate. I think that I might build a portable PC using only integrated graphics form an i3!

ctmuck submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Yeah 530 is blowing my expectations away!

Design1stcode2nd 5 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

First time seeing this case, I think it looks great, you should mod up a fridge handle and glue it on the front.

ctmuck submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Ha! Funny idea. I'll see what the wife wants to do with it.

Klooney9mm 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Great looking build man overall looks clean with the exception of the few cables at the bottom.

Only part I personally am a bit iffy about is the Intel Stock Cooler. Would highly recommend getting the CRYORIG C7 which is only around $30 USD i think and would make the computer look much better, quieter and cooler (literally). Would also help if you plan to keep using the HD graphics for a little longer.

ctmuck submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I was on this fence about this for a while as well. I was actually surprise, but I don't think the volume of the entire computer under load is breaking 20db. However, you have a point for longevity of the CPU for sure. Plus a nice white C7 could look dope in this (especially since I added LEDS not in the pictures yet).

Also, I rewired it again! (Third time now haha) It's about as clean as possible now. I'll upload the new pics and take down the old.

JoshKuslock 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Why no 6600K?

ctmuck submitter 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

The 6600K is barely faster without overclocking and since I am using the stock cooler, overclocking would not really be an option. Also the 6600K does not come with a stock cooler so I would have had to buy a CPU Cooler. In an effort to keep it around $750 (after putting in the used GTX 960 that I have since installed), this was the right CPU for the job. The price difference at the time betweent he 6500 and the 6600K was about $40. Then after adding a 212 Evo, at the minimum or something better that, I would be about $70 over cost.

Another side note is, I earned all of this computer using nothing but overtime hours in a little under a month and a half, so 750 was truly all that could be drummed up :)

Hope this answers your question :)

JoshKuslock 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Makes sense boss

Grumpy_the_Grump 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

yes, that's a mini fridge alright

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