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The Conarama Chaos PC (Now she has to marry me)

by Sideclone

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18 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 6, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 5, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.808 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C

Description

This build was designed for moderate to high demand gaming as an anniversary present to my girlfriend. The parts list you are currently viewing is the result of over two months of evolution (whoops, it was a late gift); buying, trading, and selling parts as they come and go, eventually leaving me to settle upon this finalized list. Yes, I am aware that I could've bought Skylake and DDR4 products for almost the same price, but just hear me out.

My mission: After countless instances of hearing how awful her all-in-one HP computer is, I got myself around to casually asking her about what her dream PC replacement might entail. I received details including portability ("but not a laptop because I know how much better desktops are"), space saving, elegance, but yet cuteness. Case research was then my number one priority, but it didn't last long as I remembered an older 'NCIX tech tips' video I had watched a while back about the Raijintek Metis, a compact, sleek looking mini-ITX PC case. From that point, I went on to find parts based around her favorite color, red, but only to realize that I was limited to a small selection of parts, so black then had to suffice.

Product selection: I knew that she'd never have the need to overclock, so that ruled out Intel 'k' processors and 'Z' or OC capable motherboards. With the new release and high demand of the GTX 1060 and a few incorrectly shipped products later, I was able to get my hands on the 6Gb EVGA edition. The RAM, being involved in my online ordering nightmare, never made it to my house. I had ordered 8Gb of Kingston HyperX Fury, but never received compensation from the vendor for the screw-up, so I decided to drive down to Fry's anyways and pick up what looked like the cheapest RAM they had in stock, 8Gb of Corsair Vengeance Pro. 1Tb of data storage is pretty standard and she'll always be able to upgrade to an SSD later, and I already had a spare EVGA power supply from a previous build, leaving me with all necessary items for quite the surprise present for her.

Edit: SUCCESS! She absolutely loves it! +1 to the PC master race!

Part Reviews

CPU

Now an oldie, but still a goodie. It doesn't matter what anyone says about Haswell-E when promoting Skylake; it does the job and it does it very well. This processor might soon be a dinosaur, but it'll always be king of the dinosaurs.

CPU Cooler

Bought this cooler specifically because I wanted to see how it compared to my Hyper 212 EVO. I'm not disappointed. They're about equal when it comes to the ease of heat dissipation.

Motherboard

Countless hours of research went into finding a relatively cheap, yet durable and trustworthy ITX motherboard, and this board more than satisfies those qualifications. It also has excellent WIFI performance and is perfect for any non-OC processor.

Memory

They say that RAM is just RAM, but this in particular wasn't the cheapest priced. I was desperate when I made the purchase, but at least it's durable - not to mention its incredible speed and sleek heat spreader. Corsair honestly did blow the quality out of the water here. You really do get what you pay for.

Storage

Best 1Tb HDD on the market. Quick, durable, quiet - this is the quintessential hard drive.

Video Card

Brand new architecture, enthusiast level gaming, low temperatures, and quiet (sometimes off when not needed) cooling fan - all for a great price. EVGA is taking computer graphical performance to the next level.

Case

Cable management in such a tiny case with massive hands is most certainly not a con - I knew what I was signing up for. Anyways, the anodized aluminum looks spectacular and the overall structural rigidity feels solid. I might just customize the top plate in order to fit a low-profile fan to maximize airflow within the case. Well done, Raijintek.

Power Supply

Really nice PSU. Fully modular with flat cables eased cable management in the tiny mini-ITX Raijintek Metis case. Looks great and feels solid.

Comments Sorted by:

KingClue1 4 points 25 months ago

Tell us her reaction once she sees it!

ShriyansM 2 points 25 months ago

Good idea!!

Sideclone submitter 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

She loves it! I did a classic eye cover reveal and she was completely speechless! We then took a few moments to open it up and check everything out inside. Thanks for the support!

Lollava 3 points 25 months ago

You are the best bf ever lol

Sideclone submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Well thank you! Not only for the gift, but for transforming a PS4 player into the PC master race...

wimpSquad 2 Builds 3 points 25 months ago

+1 because engagement rings are overrated

+50 for good pics, good description and reviews, and sharing this journey with us. Awesome build!

Sideclone submitter 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

And +1 to you for your awesome feedback! Thanks!

ShriyansM 2 points 25 months ago

Would recommend to clean the cables up top, but it isn't looking bad. Love the case!

Sideclone submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Got it done! Thanks for the input!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Way to take care of your lady. Love the case. Just built one for my daughter to take to college in the blue variety. She loves hers as well.

Thumbs up.

Sideclone submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

It sure is nice to see the final beautiful product after a few tight squeezes of the hands! Thanks for the feedback!

SilverWolf149 2 points 25 months ago

Great build, glad your gf liked it. Now she totally definitely has to marry you. +1.

Sideclone submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks! Oh, I'm making that well known.. Lol

SilverWolf149 1 point 25 months ago

Good. She'll cave in eventually.

If you do get engaged then married, congrats. :).

Xavi3R 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

I hate to be that guy but can you post some gpu temps on idle and load? Have similar setup and I want to know before the gpu purchase. Thanks in advance.

Sideclone submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

No worries! We've yet to fully utilize the card, but from what we've seen; Idle sits at about 33C (It's a warm climate here) and our "not quite full load" sits around 65C. Keep in mind that the case that our 1060 is in is very small and limits airflow - probably a worst case scenario for airflow, actually. Even in circumstances as such, the single fan heat dissipation method as exhibited in the EVGA 1060 stands as a superior.

Xavi3R 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Kudos sir! If that card had that temps on the fully obstructed top of the Metis then I am ordering today! Thank you very much

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Sideclone submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks! With the Hyper T4, I get around 32C idle and 59C under full load with the i5-4690 at 3.5GHz (locked)