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It's finally built! Definitely an upgrade from the Intel Atom netbook I had.

CPU: I chose this because at the time this was the best I could afford and has a great upgrade path. Later I'll throw in an i5-6500 to make it a REAL gaming machine.

Mobo: Has built in wifi and bluetooth, USB 3.0, USB C, and HDMI ports. Don't plan to overclock anytime soon so an H170 chipset was sufficient.

RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 with a CAS of 14, decent for cheap and matches my other components.

Hard drive: I figured it would be really cool to give SSDs a try and the mobo had an M.2 slot. First SSD ever. Oh my god is it fast! Everything loads within seconds instead of minutes! Later I'll probably throw in one of those PCIe X4 ones, once overheating problems are taken care of... For now, 250GB is quite a bit to work with compared to my netbook with a regular HDD of 160GB.

Case: It looked cool, had a handle, and was small-ish. Pain in the butt for cable management due to the size, but having an M.2 instead of a 2.5in SSD gets rid of some of the management issues. Especially with the fully-modular PSU.

PSU: Fits the case, is of the same brand as the case, and supplies 500W of powah to my computer. Planning ahead a bit for a GPU with the high wattage...

So... my first build went pretty well.

Will update with pics eventually... didn't take any while I was assembling it though...

Thoughts? Questions? Rants?

Edit: Read a lot of reviews on the PSU I got that said it had coil whine and/or fan grinding noises... guess I didn't get lucky cause I've got both, but once my earbuds are in it matters not! So... huzzah?

Plays Subnautica on recommended and everything else older on high to ultra. Even got a glitchy game to work on it! Audiosurf 2 is awesome! :D

Part Reviews

Storage

First SSD ever, it's so fast! 20 seconds to load Windows 10 versus the 2 minutes for Windows 7 on a conventional spinning drive. I can't wait to try out one of those PCIe X4 drives down the road. Also lovin the form factor. It's so tiny! :D

Case

Pros: Sturdy, light, and fairly easy to move around.

Cons: The handle is made of plastic and the grip kind of digs into my hand while carrying.

For a first case, this was probably not the best to start off with, due to tight cable management, but it has room for a graphics card down the road and is fairly portable.

Power Supply

Pros: Great power supply, easy install, and looks great!

Cons: Has fan grinding noise when gaming and every so often there's a bit of coil whine...

Not bad for my first psu. :)

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the primary use of the desktop? You didn't get any graphics card?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I use it for gaming and studying, although it can't play some of the newer titles. It plays Robocraft, Subnautica, and Distance with graphics turned up, which is a lot better than what I had before. And as for graphics card, I'll throw one in later once I have the funds for a good one. I only had about $500 to work with, give or take, and I wanted something portable and fast.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Can that case fit most standard-sized graphics cards (R9 380, GTX 960)? Or would you need to get a slim profile kind?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

As long as it's only 2 slots wide, so to speak, this case'll fit anything. It's about 4 inches wide and the upper compartment is large enough for 13 inch graphics cards. So yeah. :)

Edit: That's standard size right...? Still noobish here... eh heh...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, we were all newbs at one time, so no worries about that. :)

The case holds mini-ITX motherboards, has 3.4" of clearance, so it'll probably have to hold 'mini-ITX-sized' GPUs. Still not sure though.

That case comes with a handle which is pretty cool. Is it very sturdy? Definitely easy to move around?

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah, the handle's pretty sturdy, though made of plastic, and the grip is pretty good too. The computer is very easy to move around and fairly light. Usually pack around a monitor with it, thankfully also very light. :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

These cases utilize PCIe risers that rotate the GPU in order to orient a full sized gpu within the tiny case.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Didn't know about that. Thanks