Description

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.

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Comments

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Cable management with this case is definitely difficult. Longer wires end up being better because you can route them around the frame.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Very sleek. I really like the way it looks!

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Tiny and tidy. :)

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly! Haha. And quite a powerhouse at only 15lbs.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks really nice, how is the cooling on the system with such tight spaces?

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd have loved to have seen this kitted out with Z77 and a 3570K... but this is a pretty great build nonetheless.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Look at my Romeo Build if you want to see a Z77E + 3770K :D http://pcpartpicker.com/b/BLO

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

My main concern is heat. It's a small box and there's very little room for cooling inside.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

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 :/

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

get 2 180gb in raid 0....... should be interesting :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Just be careful about heat build up. Those quad cores run really hot.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

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?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I am considering using your rig, (same CPU's and MoBo and Video Card). Do you think you can give me some benchmarks?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the RAM?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

It's great. Why do you ask?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Really cheap atm compared to others; RAM really exploded lately in terms of price, not sure why?

  • 87 months ago
  • 0 points

Could have gone with a 830 for a bit less, and probably better than the Vertex 4

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 87 months ago
  • 0 points

The Vertex 4 is actually better in that its faster and is just as reliable with the Marvell controller.

  • 87 months ago
  • 0 points

Probably would have chose another case but still a good build overall.

  • 87 months ago
  • 4 points

He wanted it to be mobile

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

What case would you have picked?

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't realize it weighed that much... 16 pounds barely a dumbell. Good Job!