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I built this as a more budget friendly 1080p gaming pc that could also handle running applications like handbrake. I first considered an Alienware Alpha for my purposes but with limited cooling options I figured that an Alpha would not do as well with handbrake. I used an Alienware Alpha for a few weeks and I was underwhelemed and I wanted something small but also upgrade-able. It is powerful enough to handle modern games at medium to high settings and with the noctua cooler it stays much cooler than the Alpha. I decided to go with an S series CPU to help with keeping temps down in this small case and because I was able to get one for a great price. The Nocuta cooler is a bit of a tight fit but works very well

CPU - Intel Core i5-4590S This is a great lower TDP i5 and I was able to get it for under $150. It should provide plenty of power for gaming and converting video files

Motherboard - ASRock H97M-ITX This is a very solid H97 board that I have used several times. It offers a great feature set for the price and includes wifi. With no plans to overclock this was a perfect option.

Memory - Corsair Vengence LP With the noctua cooler having low profile memory is a MUST. The components barely fit but work great.

SSD - Samsung 850 EVO I usually use the 840 Evo when I can get it on sale and I was able to get this 250GB 850 EVO for $94 on newegg. Its a great, very fast SSD

Graphics Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB This is the area that I had a hard time deciding on. I really wanted to get a GTX 970 but could not justify the extra cost for the in-frequent gaming that I actually have time for. When the 960s with 4GB came out I decided to give it a shot. Depending on the game the extra 2GB makes a difference; I also got a steal on this card and so far I am very happy with it. AMD was never an option as most of their cards would not play well with the 500 watt PSU that comes with the Hadron case

Overall I am very happy with how this build came together. It was not the easiest case to build in but was very do-able. The hardest part was clipping the fans onto the noctua cooler; it was very frustrating for someone with large hands such as myself. Cable management is not the best in this case but it was better than most of the review I have read

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  • 61 months ago
  • 4 points

Being 100% honest, I thought that said my little hard on. LOL

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

good... i wasn't the only one...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

exactly! that is most definitely what I thought when I first heard of the EVGA Hadron

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

how's the performance of EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB ? i am still undecided between 960 and 970. I'm not a hardcore gaming btw. thanks

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

If you have the dough go for the 970,but if you want a card with solid detail and runs pretty cool then get a 960.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

This I would like to know also...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a very nice build indeed. Very aesthetically pleasing.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like this case and your wood floors...

Is the PSU loud? And do you need a blower GPU? those are my worries with this case.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

PSU is not bad at all. I heard reports of it being loud but really the top 2 120mm fans are louder. I may replace them with something quieter down the road

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I went with a non blower style GPU and it seems to be fine so far

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the 960 with 4GBs treating you? Is there ANYWAY you can PLEASE perform ANY benchmarks????? lol. I've searched EVERYWHERE and no one has done so yet....Nice build btw. I love small builds! Cable management is pretty good too!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 For the nice wood floor and keeping it under 900$. And might i ask what the temps for the GPU are?