Building this for my friend who's waiting for Polaris/Pascal to release. Light gaming until those launch then some pretty good gaming performance after we get the GPU.
Parts CPU Intel Core i5 4460 - What is there really to say? Great part, 4 beefy cores, good for gaming and somehow with the integrated graphics can run GTA5 at 1080p on the lowest setting. Will hold this build over nicely until a Polaris or Pascal GPU can be picked up. Now I'm under no allusions that this is going to be a bleeding edge rig but this is a great work horse CPU that'll last for a couple years
Cooler: Cryorig C7 - Looks sexy, that Silver black and white? Yeah, noice. Non overclocking CPU plus nice big fan ensures cool quite and good looking operation
Motherboard: Asus H81I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 - So I feel like if any of this build is contentious it's the MOBO here. I mean it's H81 so no overclocking to be found which is fine but ultimately this has the features we're looking for at price that keeps the base of this build under $600. I wish it was black and white but were not gonna see it anyway... moving on
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory - This is another call to save some money, I have these lying around from my last build and they work well. No sense buying more RAM with a big ole heatspreader when this is gonna do the job just fine
Storage: OCZ Trion 240GB and Seagate Barracuda 1TB - OCZ is a great price on a 240GB SSD and you really cant go wrong with a Seagate Barracuda for the money. SSD for the OS and some games and a HDD for general storage. Honestly we were thinking about getting the SSD later but after reading some case reviews the second spot for a drive seems like a pain in the *** to get too so we got both now
GPU: Theoretical - So we were thinking about an R9 380 seems to have good specs for the price, DX12 compatibility and all that jazz. The problem is I just cant in good conscious recommend it to a friend knowing the 14nm chips are launching in about 2 months. Even the lower end Polaris should be offering performance gains over the current gen mid range cards so we're holding off for now
Case: Silverstone Sugo SG13B-Q Mini ITX Tower Case - Harley wants a ITX build, he gets one. Straight up though this is an attractive case with some decent features and even though we have to get a fan for it should have relatively small footprint on his desk with some good airflow.
PSU: Corsair CX 600W 80+: This one is easy, semi modular to reduce cable clutter in a tiny case and I trust Corsair to make a PSU. 600W for the head room to add a beefy GPU when they launch. I know were being promised these huge jumps in performance per watt but I dont believe it until I see it. So we're going with some headroom
OS: Windows 10 - DX12 support and it's windows.
Extras: One measly fan - Corsair fan for airflow
Thats the parts list.
Onto the build itself. Was surprisingly easy to work in the case at first. We encountered some problems the 140mm fan while it fit didnt after we tried to add the hard drive mount and the other drive mount being on the bottom of the case is useable but weird and if I didnt pre wire SATA and power would have been a real pain. All in all aside from some cable management complaints the work space is tight but doable. Other than some hiccups on with the fan this build went well and has a good amount of room for adding a GPU when the new chips come out