Strictly meant to be a lean, mean, portable gaming frag machine with a lot of speed and the ability to go anywhere, as well as being affordable and practical for other purposes as well.
$600 total from Black Friday sales.
Very good build. Reliably known SSD, and very balanced system. I enjoyed viewing your pictures, you put in a lot of work I can tell in making the build nice and clean looking.
Thanks! Cable management with this case is definitely difficult. Longer wires end up being better because you can route them around the frame.
Very sleek. I really like the way it looks!
Tiny and tidy. :)
Exactly! Haha. And quite a powerhouse at only 15lbs.
Looks really nice, how is the cooling on the system with such tight spaces?
It's actually really good. I mounted the PSU upside down to blow air out of the case, the GPU I bought vents air directly out of the case as well, so really the CPU is the only thing that's generating heat inside, and it's a new dual core, so it does pretty well for running a stock cooler.
I'd have loved to have seen this kitted out with Z77 and a 3570K... but this is a pretty great build nonetheless.
Look at my Romeo Build if you want to see a Z77E + 3770K :D
Great build! :D
needs more pics! :)
i am planning to make a similar build but with a better processor and weaker gpu because i can upgrade that later.... anyways please tell me what you think :) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rmxz
all the parts are from amazon.
My main concern is heat. It's a small box and there's very little room for cooling inside.
heat isn't much of an issue to me as i use my netbook daily and type on its keyboard while its at 65c-78c so anything under 65c should be good enough for me xD
It's a good build but keep in mind that the 1155 architecture only has one year of life left. Next year is the tock, and in 2014 you'll have to buy a new mobo if you want to support the latest processor architecture.
hmm..... i also read they are putting the specs for ddr4.....
do you think it'd be worth it to wait for a while? i'm not in much of a hurry.
and of course waiting, i could save some more money to put into a better build..... i'm just tired of my ps3 games costing the price of a new heatsink for each one :/
I like The Build i am looking at something simmilar For A Steam Box to go in beside my ps3, wii u etc.. And hdmi into my 58 inch tv. For a HTPC/Steam Big picture gaming box. The new console of choice! I plan to run a 3770k i am getting from intel retail edge in mine, and I am just considering if i want the 520 series 180 gig ssd, or if i will just splurge and grab a 512 gig ssd, I plan to go all ssd for my Steam box.
get 2 180gb in raid 0....... should be interesting :)
Just be careful about heat build up. Those quad cores run really hot.
nice build! I'm considering the same case to use for a build dedicated to media and some gaming. but I'm concerned about power supply clearance. how are you managing the cables on the other side where the little fan is located?
I am considering using your rig, (same CPU's and MoBo and Video Card). Do you think you can give me some benchmarks?
I get pretty good scores across the board. I can tell you that I can turn everything on high for basically every game and get 30+ fps except for Metro and the other heavy hitters.
nice build but why not a his ghz edition 7870 for 199.99 . atleast now, it might not have been avalable back when this was built
Hows the RAM?
It's great. Why do you ask?
Really cheap atm compared to others; RAM really exploded lately in terms of price, not sure why?
Could have gone with a 830 for a bit less, and probably better than the Vertex 4
Yeah, my biggest regret for this system is that I bought the hard drive before I saw a 256gb drive on sale afterward. I'll probably add a second drive down the road.
The Vertex 4 is actually better in that its faster and is just as reliable with the Marvell controller.
Probably would have chose another case but still a good build overall.
He wanted it to be mobile
What case would you have picked?
I would have picked the bitfenix prodigy personally. Its slightly bigger but comes with handles. But this little machine looks like a great all rounder.
That was the case that I initially planned to use. However, it's MUCH bigger and just the case weighs more than this entire rig does. The CM120 is under 8 pounds out of the box whereas the Prodigy weighs over 17, and is just too large to practically haul around like I wanted. As is the case with all components clocks in at just a hair under 16 pounds, which is damned impressive considering some gaming laptops hit the 12 pound mark with their power brick included.
I didn't realize it weighed that much... 16 pounds barely a dumbell. Good Job!