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Compact Gaming PC

by obsideo



Date Published

Nov. 14, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 24, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

51.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.216 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C


A Friend came to me asking about PC pricing. His specific request, be able to run Skyrim on max settings at 1080p. After asking some more questions; storage space, system responsiveness, size, network setup, peripherals required, room setup, if the system would be used for video editing, opinion of OC, and finally budget. His budget was $1k, I built him this for $900. The closest comparable machine I've been able to find at the cheapest was about $1400. I'd say he got a pretty good deal.

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Soules56 2 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

I can dig it, even if I don't like the keyboard, good news couch PC gamers is that the lapdog is coming out soon, +1

obsideo submitter 7 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

I'm sorry that I didn't go into more detail on the specifics. Like myself, he's traditionally a console gamer converted to PC. We have trouble letting go of the controller. He has an Xbone controller that he games with. He wanted a cheap, lightweight, all in one keyboard for general navigation. This thing would be horrible to use for gaming.

Soules56 2 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Its all good I use my controller for driving still

den0saur 1 point 41 months ago

Driving on gamepad fo lyfe.

Jhobbster 1 Build 2 points 41 months ago

Wow love that case good build... Besides the fact that I had that psu once and it literally blew up with a popping sound and my gpu started smoking so lost both. Replace that power supply ASAP. +1

obsideo submitter 7 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

EVGA has very good warranty support, from experience. They are on a list of component manufacturers that I would trust. Since, I have not used this particular model before, I will tell my buddy to be careful with it. I will also handle any warranty support for him; business policy.

Jhobbster 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Sounds good!

ElJuego1977 7 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Did you set the MB LED's to pulse,on, or off? I did a build with the same board and was curious if your friend liked them. I picked an CM Elite 130 and am going to do a build with it very soon also.

obsideo submitter 7 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Nice specific question. I had set it to steady on, so there wouldn't be any confusion with the system in a sleep state. I had told my buddy that the LED could be turned off or set on pulse, as he has set it up on his bedroom TV. He said it was fine as is. It is only somewhat noticeable. Most cases don't allow much visibility from internal lighting. You can see it a bit from the right side case vents, and likely the left too with no video card. You could enhance the light if you were to put a reflective sicker on the case floor. Just mind the motherboard standoffs.

To me the LED is a bonus that i don't really focus on. This is the second time I've used this board. It has some great added features for its price, and as an ITX. Some of these you don't see on less than a $150 Z rated board.

ElJuego1977 7 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Aluminum foil tape, brilliant! I liked them but the LED's did seem dim when reflecting on flat black steel and that would help them "pop".

I agree on the price vs features note too. Especially when using a clock locked chip.

wwbt14 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Check my pc. I have nearly the same specs for around the same price

wwbt14 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Actually cheaper. And a better cpu

Eltech 20 Builds 3 points 41 months ago

Please say something towards the OP that you liked about the build or offer constructive criticism. Saying your build is better then OP's does not add much value, and sounds a tad bragging much.

Keep in mind that OP has included an OS, optical and keyboard even though there's no PCI WiFi but this MOBO automatically gives an A/C WiFi. Unlike yours, does not include the OS, optical and keyboard/mouse.

Plus: So you two are almost about the same with price wise. If try to make it about the same amount of parts and peripherals. Plus some people prefer compact with a single GPU over the mid-tower or full tower's additional space to add in more storage, and GPU.

wwbt14 1 Build 2 points 41 months ago

Oh now I feel bad. Sorry op! I meant more that he could have saved money in some places.

Eltech 20 Builds 2 points 41 months ago
It is alright. I only meant to offer helpful or supportive feedback. So no worries. :)
wwbt14 1 Build 2 points 41 months ago

Thanks for calling me out, sometimes I need it :)

obsideo submitter 7 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Thank you. Very well stated.

obsideo submitter 7 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

A few added notes to what Eltech already stated. I could've built this cheaper with much the same specs, but with less trusted component brands.

The memory I chose was manufacturer optimized for the lower voltage of an Intel CPU, 1.5V vs. 1.65V for AMD.

A hybrid drive does have some noticeable performance benefit a standard HDD. 5 sec boot time to Windows 10 as an example.

Gigabyte's integrated WiFi uses an Intel AC 7260 half-mPCIe card, which has WiFi AC, and also includes Bluetooth. I have one of these in a standard PCIe card. http://ark.intel.com/products/75439/Intel-Dual-Band-Wireless-AC-7260

The mainboard also has a dedicated USB DAC port. My friend is an audiophile. http://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia/term/60626/usb-dac

This reply is not meant anything against you. I'm merely explaining my thought process, and particular choices.

wwbt14 1 Build 2 points 41 months ago

Thank you very much for the explanation my good sir!

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obsideo submitter 7 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

I can agree with you there. I have just a GTX 750 slightly overworking for me, but still very competently.

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