I've been a longtime builder of computers. I have not built a large number of systems as i tend to over extend their usefulness past my desired experience for gaming. My previous build was right around$600 built over 8 years ago and had most things updated up until 2 years ago; all the while using my personal longtime favorite intel processor thus far and currently still in use and going strong for over 8 years: Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q6600 (8M Cache, 2.40 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)

Though my bottleneck came in at the motherboard selection for the LGA775 socket, which maxes out at DDR3 and 16gb of Ram at similar prices to newer chipsets and sockets. My current build, which has many parts too old to list, will make for a nice back up gamer and media computer.

Starting with the case, Thermaltake offers an amazingly customizeable small case that can accomodate full size power supplies. I have never built a mini ITX before, but i wanted something new and open for future customization.

I actually really like my current inexpensive ATX Mid Tower i purchased in 2008, which provided great ventilation and lots of disc drive supports and front arrangements which i have utilized over the years: ARK PA04 Black/Silver

For the Motherboard i went with the respectable EVGA. While the reviews suggest that Bios updating is a must with this Z71 chipset mobo, i wasn't put off by this one bit. EVGA Z170 Stinger Mini ITX:

The specifications on this mini ITX board speak for themselves. Though one complaint by most shoppers is the lack of built in Wifi. I enjoy myself a wired Ethernet connection at all times. I am particularly glad they included 6 USB 3.0 and even 2 USB 2.0 ports. This allows for many various external disc drive options. I don't intend on adding any other storage or disc devices to the case as to cut down on wire clutter.

Though i did not include this in the build, i particularly enjoy the Buffalo Drives including: MiniStation™ Extreme NFC MediaStation™ 16x Desktop BDXL Blu-Ray™ Writer ray-writer

Buffalo offers durable and robust products. While size can be an issue for some, my preference is that of toughness and longevity for storage drives even when travel is concerned.

Also, not shown in this build is a cleaned up Rocketfish 550 Watt ATX psu. This was originally purchased at Best Buy 5 years ago when my mid tower case original chinese power supply blew up. Luckily nothing was damaged. The Rocketfish has functioned flawlessly since the day i bought it. It's quiet and has a chrome finish with a blue led.


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  • 44 months ago
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Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

  • 38 months ago
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Yes, everyone knows that you have the same case.

  • 31 months ago
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Does the GPU get enough fresh air from the outside? Does the case restrict airflow to the external facing fan? I'm looking to build with the same GPU and case.

  • 31 months ago
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Large frontal fan moves plenty of air for the case. it is high volume and slower speed large fan, so it does not make much noise. The GPU gets plenty of fresh air from the side of the case and it's directed out the rear of the case with the GPU card plastic shroud. The interior and cpu stays nice and cool even with the quiet stock cpu fan and heatsink which doubles as an air director for the chipset and memory.