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First of all I just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed stumbling onto this site in recent months. I've been building computers since I was a teen (almost two decades now), and previously it was more difficult, more expensive, and at times a very lonely endeavor. Now however the experience has changed so much, becoming streamlined and with so many options. The icing on the cake was finding a supportive community here - it's really just great.

This build was for my cousin; his first foray into PC gaming. Previously he had only consoled gamed but I was finally able to convince him that the cost of entry into the PC world was worth it.

This was my first time building with Mini ITX; previously all of my machines had been ATX mid towers. I wanted to go that route for him due to my own comfort and the flexibility of the space, but he wanted a small form factor so that it could sit nicely in his living room discreetly with his receiver or sub woofer. As it was in a tight space, temperature and silence of the build were also going to be factors. I opted for the Fractal Design Node 304 as a great choice for those requirements. The GTX 960 was selected due to coolness and relative quietness at the price point. The system has a lot of options for upgrades down the road (CPU, GPU, SSD space).

I really didn't have any problems building. Start to finish was less than two hours and I was amazed with how easy it was despite a smaller form factor. Cable management was decent. His temps under load actually BEAT my current system despite being smaller and more constricted, probably due in part to the great stock cooling that comes with this case. I would highly recommend this as a budget gaming PC or mobile gaming solution.

Please let me know if you have comments or suggestions! Thanks for looking!

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points
How kind of you to build your cousin a PC gaming rig. I'm certain they appreciate it very much! +1
  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Well built!


-Maybe some cable management is in order :p


I'm sure your cousin is thrilled either way!

+1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Cousin, you are my cousin!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but get a better CPU as to beat console gaming, you'd need a quad core. If you can't afford a 200 quid Intel Core I5, try getting AMD as I can see you are trying a budget build. GTA V and other AAA games can't run on dual cores. An AMD FX-6300 is 10 quid cheaper yet has a hex core (6 cores) and 3.5GHz. Yes AMD isn't better than Intel, but for budget AMD would win. Sell the CPU and motherboard and replace them if your cousin plans on playing high resolution games. Nice build tho!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The 4170 is more capable than folks give it credit for with the hyper-threading. I definitely agree that the CPU is a component that will need to be updated in the future - but he will probably just stick with the 1150 form factor rather than sell the mobo and basically gut the build. Definitely an Intel guy myself but always appreciate the AMD input - thank you

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

PSU isn't wonderful, but the build and intent are great! I love sff builds.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Good choices all around. The 960 is solid w/ 120w so PSU and GPU R Good :)

Your cousin will enjoy this setup.

  • 47 months ago
  • -1 points

Should have gotten a 380 Nice Build! +1