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I needed (wanted) a more powerful machine, and so I put together a new setup for me, and my wife got the left over parts from my previous build. :)

I bought the case, motherboard, and CPU specifically for her computer, and then the rest of the parts were leftovers from my old desktop.

I went with the 5775C because I wanted to be able to have a CPU in her machine with good enough built in graphics so that if I ever needed to use the GPU elsewhere, I would be able to take it and not prevent her from playing an occasional game or two. She loves playing Sims 4 occasionally.

I wanted a case small enough that it could fit nicely under her desk without getting in the way of her crafting supplies, but also big enough to house the GTX 770 that I had that was not being used.

She requested to have something that would have a DVD drive in it as well. So, I had to pick from cases that would be small, fit a full sized GPU, and offered a DVD drive spot.

The Cooler Master Elite 130 was a great price and offered everything that we were looking for. It has a bit more room than what we absolutely needed, but that leaves room for a bit more expansion in the future if needed.

I have a server at home and it houses nearly 20TB of storage, so we really didn't need a ton of storage in this machine. I did have an extra 3TB drive being unused though, so we put that in there for all of her pictures and projects.

Assembling this build wasn't too difficult, but having a semi-modular PSU definitely helped a lot. I was able to put the SSD, HDD, and DVD drive all close enough that I was able to use one SATA connector and didn't have to use any extensions.

The CPU seems like it is a bit more warm than it would be in a bigger case or with a better cooler... but I was having a difficult time finding a good priced air cooler that would fit inside that small case and still clear those high heat spreaders on the memory. I may end up moving to a AIO liquid cooler in the future. Our computer room gets a little toasty at times...

My wife really loves how small this build is compared to how big her tower used to be before I switched her over to this. It is nice and quiet and has everything she needs and way more. She pretty much only uses her computer for Netflix, crafting software, and the occasional game.

I had a couple extra wireless NIC antennas, so I added those to the back instead of using the included one that came with the motherboard.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

i love how you found a use and had a solid reason for every peice in this build man. Awesome! i wish you luck in your netflix and chill endevours. hhaha! +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

I knew I would get a lot of crap for posting this build due to how it is a wee bit over powered for what it is going to be used for... but I probably only spent $300 on top of all my spare parts to build this. And it should last a long time and I shouldn't have to hear my wife complain about having a slow computer. That's worth the cost in parts all by itself. :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

most valid argument to one of these comments ive seen! happy wife happy life haha!

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

But can you play Netflix on ultra settings with anti-aliasing on and no motion blur?

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

Maybe at 240p breh. Netflix is poorly optimized. Need 5960X and 4x Titan X to run at 480p 30fps.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah, need to OC to 9001MHz for optimal performance. The problem is, at 2gbs Vram, 360p will fill that up way too fast.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points

Maybe. But Netflix doesn't support that rez, so there's that... 291 would still be pushing it, it may take about 1.4 gigs of RAM.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't forget, 4k with DSR of 8k resolution. :P

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Netflix 'n Chill

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Netflix and Chill?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice left-over parts, and a good build!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Never seen the CPU , is that the strongest Integrated graphics Intel offers? How does it compare to the new skylake Intel HD Graphics 530? Just curious I use external GPU would like to know.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It uses Iris Pro which is stronger

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, this chip has the best integrated graphics offered on an Intel chip. Iris Pro does a pretty great job. I haven't really been able to benchmark it too much yet, but before I upgraded to 8.1 it was scoring 7.1 in the Windows Experience Index for graphics.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

HD 530 are considerably weaker than Iris Pro 6200, think you've gotten mixed up on that one..

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes looked up the specs not much faster maybe 10-15% benchmarks in real world that is not much at all. So really nominal difference. Anywho beast of a HTPC CPU!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It has 128MB of L4 cache ;)

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Bruh, Just this for netflix? I guess nothing is too powerful for netflix!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

My wife used to game with me quite a bit, but since having more kids she hasn't played too much anymore. So yeah, pretty much just Netflix. I still have hope that someday she'll want to game again... so I had to make sure her rig would be up to par just in case she came around.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I need your budget lol. Nice build

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

dude you'll only get 1fps at 144p you need 4 titan xs, i7 6700k to get 15fps at 240p

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I know right? Haha!

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It's got an i7 and GTX 770 for Netflix. Of course it is! xD

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

A friend of mine built a system in that case a few weeks back. Sure was fun to build in. Great system you've got there!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I have built a few on micro ATX and full ATX, but I have always wanted to try an ITX build. It was crazy how much I had to plan out, in advance, where certain cables would go... I am used to having a lot more room.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for not being sarcastic, but why would you buy an i7 for Netflix machine? As for the iGPU, what about the GTX 770...

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I work for Intel and get a major discount on chips. So, when an i7 costs less than an AMD chip for me... why not get one? :) Also, I had that GTX 770 just being unused, so I decided to stick it in there while I've got it. When, or if, I ever take it out... then the Iris Pro graphics should be sufficient.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

... Hey man, I have some dreamspark access... Why don't we uh, make a trade?

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this computer here just for your wife? Because, if it is, it is too good to be just for Netflix... lol.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I like this chip a lot actually. I have to admit that I got it at a huge discount, so that played a lot into the decision to get it. However, the built in GPU is pretty impressive! I get the benefit of 4 cores and 8 threads with above 3Ghz and pretty decent graphics... and with really low power consumption and heat. I have seen others out there overclock this up to 4.1 or 4.2 without much effort. I don't need to do that for my wife's needs, of course, but if I ever take this cpu for a different build it is at least able to go up in the 4Ghz range. :

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