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This build was one for my girlfriend. I picked out all the parts and I assisted in assembling it with her. She wanted something smallish form factor. She had her heart set on the Fractal Design Node 804, but there was none in stock at our local NCIX. This was my first mini ITX build (didn't realize the case supported micro ATX boards), so I wasn't use to the lack of fan headers. Had to go to Canada Computers and spring for a couple of molex fan adapters to run the rest of the case fans. Solid little machine though. She uses it for Final Fantasy XIV, and plays the game on maximum settings with no difficulty. In the pictures, the LED strip looks purple when in actuality it's blue.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Not bad at all. You may have been able to pick up a h87 motherboard for a bit less, but overall a very solid build. I usually prefer to stick with EVGA PSUs due to their superior cable quality, but that's personal preference.

Cheers!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment, :). I actually haven't had any personal experiences with EVGA PSU's. The three PSU's I've utilized are the HX850, aX860, and this CS550M. The girlfriend wanted a semi modular PSU, as she shudders to think of the idea of a non-modular PSU. She worked on my build with the aX860, and it was pleasant utilizing a fully modular PSU.

Once again, thanks for the input, :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh man, non-modular PSUs are the bane of my existence.
And I was actually a user of Corair PSUs myself until recently, when I bought an EVGA PSU on sale for a friend and realized what I was missing.

No problem, and have a good one!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Stoked to see so many great looking Air 240 builds! +1 for computer building teamwork!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you kindly. I certainly don't mind the 240. Only thing is it's louder than my H440, :p

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it louder because you have used molex fan adapters? Won't all the fans with adapters run full speed?

You could use an internal fan control, or fan splitters to have better control of the speed?

Anyway +1 for a nice build, hope your girlfriend enjoys it!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I will eventually snag a molex to fan adapter that has three fan adapters off the molex that are 7v. That would slow the fan speed down some. Currently the three fans are running max. She definitely does enjoy it

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

can i have your girlfriend? every girlfriend ive ever had has always thought computers are super nerdy and ive had to hide my love for computers deep within myself.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

And she virtually built this computer herself with guidance from me. I don't know if I could share, even though sharing is caring

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Your girlfriends liked nerds then. So that's a plus. ;)

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Even though it is actually blue, the white and purple combo always looks phenomenal. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you kindly

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice little build. And the GF can get a better CPU or GPU later should she feel the need.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. Could step up to the 4690/4790 non k. Unless I'm feeling generous and spring for a Maximus VII Gene and k series CPU

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that little case, I'm sure the construction went much easier with a modular PSU... but I'm sure now that you've seen where it goes, you've realized you could've saved a bit and gone non-modular and put that savings towards a better CPU/GPU.

Kudos for working with a mITX Mobo, you've clearly got more patience than I. I'm not bashing, it's a nice build for a good cause(can't go wrong making your lady happy), I just would've gone with the i5-4590 for a budget build CPU, and the 280x for the GPU. I would've gone with a H97 mobo just like you have. And the HDD is perfect.

It's just at this price point, a lot more could've been done. BUT, and yes that is a big all caps "BUT", when building a PC sometimes it comes down to what you want rather than what would've been best for the money. http://pcpartpicker.com/guide/Lvfrxr/budget-banger-series1000

Nice build, none the less.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate the constructive criticism. Sadly, prices up here for computer hardware is bananas compared to the US. I picked out a PC for a buddy of mine in New York City, and the computer that he put together new for $950 was spectacular. I wish we could do that up here. The mini ITX was certainly a bit of a challenge as I'm used to working on ATX layouts

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What did this rig run you for when converted to USD?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Via pcpartpicker, $1044.52 USD. But with Canadian pricing at NCIX for goods plus the 13% tax we have to pay, it came out to about $1,350 taxes in. Before tax it was roughly $1,200

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I'm new to building myself, and wanted to build a new pc with the best dollar per performance you can get. The processor and GPU here are exactly what I was planning on getting. So I will probably use this as a summary when buying the rest of the parts. I will be going with a different box though, as I don't have room for that in the alotted area in my desk for that. I don't know what modular means when it comes to PSU type, but I'm sure a quick google search will give me the answer. The search continues...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Fully modular is extremely nice, but semi-modular was a great experience as well. I'm eager to see how your build turns out

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How you like the stock fans? I have mine replaced on the front, so quiet now. I use Cougar fans (sale AR rebate is like $6)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The stock fans with the Noctua low noise adapters made the stock fans tolerable. I still would like to put in Noctua or BeQuiet fans in the system at some point

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

You know, you could have got a 256GB A-Data Premier Pro SP600 SSD for only $84.99 instead of that 120GB Samsung SSD for $96.98

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. However, I went with what they had in stock in-store at NCIX. I didn't purchase these parts from various vendors. All from one location

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Well that makes sense! Still an amazing build!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate the kind words, :)

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

One of my friends said it reminds them of an A/C unit. I can only imagine what the air 540 would be like