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Light Gaming Build for Wife

by cilvre



Date Published

Sept. 17, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 11, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

50.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


Update: The SSD has already failed 2 weeks into having it. Just FYI if looking at OCZ drives. I'm returning for a refund and changing it with an ADATA Premier SP550 drive.

Original: I put this build together under strict requirements from my wife. She didn't really want a new computer but her old laptop was on its last leg, and if I was going to replace it, then it needed to fit what she wanted.

Case: She wanted something small that would fit nicely on her desk and be quiet, so I ended up going with the EVGA Hadron Air after showing her a ton of different cases that could have fit her description.

Mobo: She wanted wifi, and if I was going to build a mini itx build, I wanted it built-in. Hindsight, this motherboard has a bad layout and it made wiring difficult. Otherwise, it has nice settings for the bios.

GPU: I had this leftover from my last build, so I saved it for her. Luckily it fit in this case.

CPU: Knowing that I had a GPU already, i went with the 860K for fast performance at a cheaper cost by removing the onboard video from the chip. I can always change it out later should the machine be repurposed for something else.

Ram: Kept it high speed should the cpu change later on to a full APU.

CPU cooler: I had this leftover from my last build as well, cools well though I could only fit one fan on due to the cpu socket placement on this motherboard.

SSD: I picked this up on sale and it's surprisingly pretty fast. She doesn't need much storage as she streams all her media and saves photos online, but this will allow me to get her some games installed.

Monitor: This was also a requirement as she wanted a larger monitor that would fit nicely in her desk. I got it for a good price and it works really well.

I replaced the case fans on the EVGA as they were horrendously loud. The cougar fans are by far quieter and keep the machine cooler.

Comments Sorted by:

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

awesome !

polowog 2 points 37 months ago

Very nice looking build. Pretty cheap, too and considering you had that card left over that was really nice for you. Hope she enjoys the build!

LeMMingSlayeR 21 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Nice build! I am thinking something similar in the future for my wife. I love that case!

cilvre submitter 6 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

definitely consider a blower style cooler on the gpu if you go with this one, i wish it had a little more venting on the backside of the case to draw more fresh air into it. but otherwise its a great case for a small build that you want to keep out of the way

buttersian 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Good Build, and a lovely gesture for the Wife, I am also a fan of the EVGA Hadron Air and really enjoyed working on it.

Kevin1807 2 points 37 months ago

I have an EVGA hadron air build as well, and I was wondering if it ran fairly loud. This is because my Hadron Air build runs quite loud. Enough for me to feel a bit uncomfortable when using the computer. Is this the same case for you?


cilvre submitter 6 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

The stock 120mm fans at the top are terrible fans for this case. they create a lot of air turbulence due to their design and location which is why its so loud. Consider some noctua fans or cougar fans for sure to get the noise down, i personally went with cougar as you see in the item list and it is much quieter now.

Kevin1807 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks, i'll try it out, this will probably make me reconsider building a new pc.

Mike2015 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

I was thinking about building in this case myself but had reservations regarding the PSU. How loud is the fan that is on PSU? Also, some people state that the case does not have good ventilation, but your temperatures seem very good.

cilvre submitter 6 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

the psu fan is on a limiter from what I read, when you turn it on, its full speed for a second, then drops down to the set speed which is fairly quiet. The two 120's up top it comes with are not that good at all and you can hear the air turbulence inside. However, design wise, the case does bring air up from the bottom and through the top, across all components. My suggestion if you build in this case is to get a blower style gpu, as that would help temps better than what i have. I have relapped the gpu thermal paste earlier this year so my temps are a little bit better on it, but it does well enough.

Liam81 1 point 37 months ago

Nice description but you failed to tell us the most important thing..........

Is your wife happy with the build??

cilvre submitter 6 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

she's happy with its size and noise levels, but she hasn't had time to play anything on it :(

Liam81 2 points 37 months ago

Maybe soon she can have some time but on your end it is a WIN !!


Jäßßäwöçkëë 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Sup Cilvre long time bro......Ok so I purchased 2 OCZ SSD's back in Feb and haven't had any issues with either as of yet. They hum right along like little champs.... http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-internal-hard-drive-arc10025sat3240g

cilvre submitter 6 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

very nice, i have to update this build, the issues have grown and it seems the ocz i had was only part of the issue. The other is the motherboard, im waiting on a replacement for it now from newegg.

Jäßßäwöçkëë 3 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Ah ok..... Yeah those SSD's I got have been pretty awesome.... I only paid $50 each too. My PC stays on 24/7 but hers is on most days no issues on either so far.

Yeah I been kinda out of the loop the last few months ....been so busy with my Lawn care business and my kids activities I barely have time to game or do anything except catch a few NFL games on Sundays. I can't even remember the last time I was actually on here.

Anyway I'm about to catch some ZZZZ's....Good chatting with you bro. I'll try to jump back on more very soon. Oh and the wifes rig you put together looks nice!

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