This is my first PCPartPicker posted builds. I decided to build a Mini-ITX gaming build for the living room since I had a couple of parts laying around the house.
CPU: Initially I was going to go with the Pentium G3258, a great choice for many, but the MicroCenter near me had the i3-4160 on sale for $100. It does beyond what I wish for it to do, games like Watch_Dogs benefit from the 2 hyper threading cores greatly.
CPU Cooler: I wanted something to push air our the back end of the case not towards the glass window, it was super cheap and from a brand I can trust.
Motherboard: This board has everything I needed, it's nothing to bad, but nothing to brag about. Brings USB 3.0 which was something I wanted.
Memory: The memory list as Corsair XMS3 8GB is wrong, it's actually 4GB XMS3 and 2GB of Lenovo Workstation memory for a total of 6GB, again nothing special.
Storage: I was going to use a 500GB 3.5 inch drive, but it decided to die on me and keep corrupting, so this hard drive will do okay for what I need it for. I took it from a netbook.
Case: I was going to buy a 110,120, or 130 from Coolermaster, but since this beauty came out I was in love with it. I can fit a bigger cooler, it fits where I needed to put it, and I wanted the PSU on the bottom hidden from the rest.
Graphics Card: It's something I bought 2 years ago from Best Buy, it was sitting in a box and no one wanted it. It plays every game at High/Ultra at 720p and some games at 1080p, all at 60FPS. It's a bit loud, but not enough to worry me.
Power Supply: This power supply had a 80+ rating and was $20, which was a great price, although it isn't modular it worked fine. I do recommend buying a modular power supply in these builds.
Networking: I wanted something to be compatible with any OS I would put on it, it isn't super fast on range. To give you an idea how fast this USB Adapter is the computer that is connected with it is right below the router by a floor, connected to the router I get a download of 110MBP/S and upload of 60MBP/S, this USB Adapter has a download of 13MBP/S and upload of 10MBP/S.
DVD Drive: It was $10 off and is perfect for our families computers that sometimes that need a dvd drive.
In terms of performance it runs all modern games fine, here are settings I used for these games: Watch_Dogs: 720p @ Medium = 60FPS Borderlands 2: 1366x768 @ Ultra = 60FPS Grid 2: 1080p @ High = 60FPS CS:GO : 1080p @ Medium = 45-60FPS (Depending by the map and explosions happening)
Problems: 1) The fan that came with the Thermaltake V1 ran at 100% with the motherboard connector, it would be fine for some but not for me, I purchased a fan controller for $3 and it ran at a fixed speed. 2) Hard drive died on me before using it and kept corrupting, however I had another. 3) The motherboard took almost 3 weeks to ship, thanks Amazon. 4) Using DVi to VGA creates problems below 1600x900, the whole screen goes to the left and wont go back no matter what. An HDMI connection takes care of this problem.