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The Family Room "Budget Build"

by demoman993



Date Published

April 23, 2014

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Alright so I should start out saying that I went over this build over and over and over again, flipping from Mini-ITX and then to mid tower and back to mini-itx. The intention is to have a computer that runs off of our TV in the main room until the younger kids grown up and won't constantly be pulling on cables, etc. The kids homework is now starting to be online a lot and they are also getting to that age where the can understand games. We wanted to have the family computer in a high traffic area so the main room seemed to be a good fit. This build includes some existing components I had like the SSD from our old laptop, the O/S from the old laptop, mouse and one of my old video cards.

As far as the title of my build goes, well I started off with the vision of building something for quite a bit cheaper but when push came to shove I chose to spend a little extra.

CPU - Intel Core i5-4670k; In the end I knew I would want to overclock and I didn't see any need for a 4770k.

CPU Cooler - Corsair H60; I actually bought a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo but it blocked the video card slot completely and when I flipped it one of the RAM slots was blocked (my specific RAM height being the determining factor) At that point I decided to swap the cooler instead of the RAM. It fits quite tight the way it is mounted but should do the trick.

CPU Cooler Fan - SP120 High Performance; Pretty much bought based on a color theme and reputation.

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI; I'm a big Asus fan but none of their MB's in the mini-itx were to my liking (color theme) so I picked the Gigabyte board that had a USB 3.0 header and the option of WIFI.

Memory - Corsair Vengeance (2x4GB) 1600; Price was right, RAM is RAM

Case - Bitfenix Prodigy White Mini-ITX; This was probably the determining factor of the entire build. I was originally sold on the Cooler Master 130 Elite but decided my patience couldn't handle that. I was close to going to a mid tower in the white with blue theme but in the end wanted to keep small (ish). One thing that was important was the placement of the "front panel" buttons like Power, Reset, USB as the computer would be in a raised position and my wife would have to be able to reach everything. The case also needed to hold a full size ATX Power Supply as I already had my heart set on that.

Case Fans - Front 230mm fits like a glove, the blue LED was added at the end after caving to the request of my son. The 120mm follows the color theme and is a quiet edition and should move plenty of air.

Power Supply - Corsair AX650 Professional; My elite nature wouldn't let me stray from this power supply. I knew I wanted to stick with the Corsair AX series being a Tier 1 Power Supply and being fully modular was a must. Obviously I paid a premium for the wattage, etc but 650W is more then enough for this build and the quality is top notch (yes the cables are stiff)

HDD/SDD - The SDD came out of our old laptop which was rarely used and the 1TB drive is purely for storage and has been a reliable product for me in the past although it wasn't the Caviar Black that I'm used to and is the "new" model, BLACK.

Video Card - EVGA GTX 580 - This WILL be the first thing that gets replaced once I have the money for it. It has always run hot and loud. With that said, its still a great performing card so I'm not in a rush if the price isn't right.

Mouse - Razer Mamba; My old Mouse, works just fine and has great range

Keyboard - Microsoft 2000; The keyboard only and also seems to have great range. Wanted a cheap, functional keyboard and that's what I've got.

Monitor - 40" Samsung TV; Not the optimal option but until my kids grow up that will be how this computer is run/set up

Final Thoughts-

The cable management leaves room for improvement and was frustrating but I am happy with the build nonetheless. I ended up selling my old laptop for $160, a fish tank and accessories for $450, my other GTX 580 for $160 and an old amp for $200 so this build really cost me next to nothing which is why the price went well above the expected $600.00 when I initially was planning this build.

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Apach3 3 Builds 24 points 43 months ago

your fish appear to be liquid-cooled. have you ever considered overclocking them?

demoman993 submitter 2 Builds 10 points 43 months ago

Yes the fish are liquid cooled. I am still looking into some safe voltages to overclock although if they produce any more fry the they do already I will need a full tower to contain them :)

Apach3 3 Builds 5 points 43 months ago

i wish you good luck with finding those safe voltages. you don't want to have fish and chips in the event of overheating.

SmooveMonkey 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Is there no way you could look into an integrated water cooling solution with your PC and fish tank? ;)

I really like those Bitfenix Prodigy cases. Yours is looking very smart next to that TV.

demoman993 submitter 2 Builds 4 points 43 months ago

That's a wonderful idea!! If I could pull that off there would be no need for a heater in the aquarium. It's a win-win situation. That would be worth a rename on the build.

LimpCurve 1 point 43 months ago

You had to ruin those scale racking jokes didn't you! -_- And for the rest of you, these are worse than the CNN Student News puns. You people make me slick... 0_0

tmladd 1 point 43 months ago

Hahahahaha that made me laugh so hard. CNN student news puns are the worst. DANGIT CARL AZUS. YA DUN GOOFED.

masrawy_remix 4 points 43 months ago

wait for series800 from nvidia. much better with wither power consumption and noise. get the 870. same power as this with less price.

derpypuncake101 1 point 26 months ago

you mean the 970 hue hue hue

masrawy_remix 1 point 26 months ago

Well that was 17 months ago so lol :D

Arit911 2 points 43 months ago

it looks so small compared to the tv!

cooperred 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Nice aquarium you guys have there...

coolguy562 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

How did you get the OS from the laptop to the this computer I need to do this!

demoman993 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I was expecting to buy a new o/s but as soon as I started up I just had to reinstall, enter the info and it was up and running fairly quickly.

coolguy562 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Info as in the product key?

demoman993 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago


coolguy562 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Oh my laptop didn't come with a product key

xx116xx 3 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

I would wait for nvidia's 800 series, but if you are in need of something sooner than a 770 would look great in here. +1

Retroman 1 point 43 months ago

That is a sweet build! I'd agree with you that the GPU should be your first upgrade for the gaming side of things but still its a radical rig for the home theater aspect +1

infinitemerald 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

GTX 580... for ya know, light web browsing... lol, jk man. This is a fantastic build for the price, even if it was just a family build; this can easily qualify as a medium-tier gaming rig!

+1 Keep up the great work.

DeniseNY 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Very clean and cute build. And thanks for all the fish!

thunderdan602 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

This is a nice little build. Dem cables though. Lol

dsegura90 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

dat fishtank tho