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Sub $800 Kitchen appliance gaming PC

by sp3000



Date Published

Aug. 19, 2014

Date Built

Aug. 15, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

43.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C


Also posted this on r/buildapc, where I was introduced to this lovely site. Pcpartpicker probably saved me ~$100. Being patient over a couple weeks paid off.

My goal was a compact build around $800 that could play all games pretty easily. Lots of nice cases out there, but I went with the basic CM 120, which fit all my needs. The case can easily pass for a kitchen appliance of some sort so is likely not to get taken if my place gets robbed. A friend asked me what it was when the box was delivered and I told him it was like a microwave but it cools things instead of heating them. He just said "oh, cool" and didn't ask about it any further.

I picked up most of the parts on sale over the course of a few weeks. Only thing I'm questioning is the PNY SSD. It was recommended in one thread so I went and purchased it, then in another thread people said stay away from it. Works fine so far, it's my first SSD and windows 8.1 booting up in 8 seconds is pretty cool, especially since my dell 15z took around 5 minutes to boot Windows 7 with all the programs.

So far it's been running games without a hitch (as expected). No heat issues or anything. I live in a dusty area so I expect dust to be the biggest problem. Any suggestions for dealing with dust? I plan to cover the PC with some type of fabric when I'm not gaming.

Pardon the cable management, will be taking care of that shortly.

Comments Sorted by:

Veni.1 1 Build 9 points 55 months ago

Gaming with a beach view. +1

MonkeyKing1969 2 Builds 6 points 55 months ago

I have had a PNY SSD for a few months, and it works fine so far. You can always fine someone that has had a bad experience with something...even Space Shuttles blow up.

PlasmaStar42 4 points 51 months ago

Wait, nobody said anything about exploding SSD's! What am I getting myself into?

Brandino312 2 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

This comment is so true!

Apach3 3 Builds 5 points 55 months ago

i like your new toaster oven, but it's too bad it only has one heat setting (aka: locked CPU and chipset)

FPLachie 1 point 55 months ago

Ah I was thinking about getting that mobo, any good?? And great build :) +1

sp3000 submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Motherboard is fine so far. It was between this and the Gigabyte, which was $15 more. Only issue I had is the wifi connector on the motherboard is a pain to connect.. but it might be like that on all motherboards.

ITneto 1 point 55 months ago

Nice view! +1

istealunderwear 9 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Great build +1. Amazing view right there. nearly something i would kill for haha!

Iron_Hero_ 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

while your making toast,you can power up your pc xD

septiczz 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago


wallywintrow1972 1 point 55 months ago

Great build, I am an AMD fan personally, but I love the way you disguised your build, in fact I might steal the idea lol, very sleek :)+1

wallywintrow1972 1 point 55 months ago

On another note, could be and idea for custom cases, microwave cases, toaster oven cases etc...lol

CrazyCroak05 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

If i kept my PC in my fridge would my temps be lower?...

Kiyoshi_ 1 point 55 months ago

Yes; however you would have to deal with condensation every time you open the fridge, this could destroy your build.

CrazyCroak05 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

Oh yeah :P lol i should just build one into a mini fridge with a de-humidifier

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CrazyCroak05 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Yeah :P

DeltasEcho 1 point 55 months ago

Nice, what' screen, and what beach!? +1 for all the great prices

Rajenator 1 point 55 months ago

+1 nice build...using that case, myself! :)

ajpinton 11 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Nylon stockings as air filters may be good for you. I would set as many filtered fans as I could to pull air in (to filter the air) and this will build up air pressure inside the case to air does not seep in though the cracks but rather is pushed out though them. That is about the best I can think of to help with the dust issue.

Epic view on a side note.

JdoubleG 1 point 52 months ago

It does look like a microwave. Boss build tho

Deighan 2 points 50 months ago

I thought it was a microwave at first, but it's the microwave I was originally staring at.

Superbad120 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Your Build and mines is very similar the cpu, motherboard, and hard drive. Nice Build!

Bouncingbunny 1 point 44 months ago

Hey, I'm sorry to comment so late after you posted this. (Almost a year!), but how is the cooling on the CM 120?

Zig_Zag 1 point 43 months ago

Dude you can buy extra dust filters on internet

SourceSDK 1 point 40 months ago

Must be on the Central Coast?! ;D Looks too cold to be socal and too nice to be norcal... +1