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$450 Super-Saver ITX Hypercube

by pedroakimbo

200
93 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 18, 2016

Date Built

July 15, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

41.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

MANY THANKS FOR THE FEATURE! ALL YOUR POSITIVE COMMENTS MEAN A LOT TO ME!

Inspired by a couple of great deals on previously-owned components, I decided to make a budget gaming build just for fun. I'll probably end up selling it on Craigslist for a bit of profit, but if I break even that's cool too. I just like the ritual of gathering parts, building, testing and gaming.

I purchased both the CPU and GPU used for $80 and $150 respectively. The mobo was $75 new from Newegg. The case, PSU, HDD, RAM and case fans were purchased new from Jet.com which allowed me to avoid tax and get free shipping all while saving an extra $30 using a helpful new customer code. When the dust settled I had only spent $457. Not bad for a very capable gaming PC in a cute little chassis.

It games quite well. I've only tested DOOM and GTAV and both run really well despite the obvious i3 bottleneck and get well over 60 fps when the framerate is unlocked. I've seen several videos that demonstrate how using VSync can reduce the bottleneck in more demanding CPU-heavy games since the components never have to target anything higher than 60 fps.

Everything works without a hitch and I must say that this case is crazy-easy to work in. Even with a non-modular PSU, I had no trouble with cable management. I'll probably get the "Snow" white colored version next time I go mini ITX.

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Eltech 14 Builds 20 points 9 months ago
Kitty included for overclocking and remains clean for the next 20 years.
Plus one for this budget build. Great work!
TechyinAZ 13 Builds 4 points 9 months ago

Kitty overclocking FTW! No FPS boost, but you do get a latency cut. :P

Eltech 14 Builds 6 points 9 months ago
Indeed! And it helps with screen tearing. ;)
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death9251 1 point 8 months ago

LOL!

FigKing 1 Build 8 points 9 months ago

+1 for cute cat.

Matthewtina2015 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Can you enlighten me on where the cat is? I don't see it. Probably blind

cwuzzell 1 point 9 months ago

picture 11, on the right

Matthewtina2015 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks

Derp

Philldog123 1 point 9 months ago

Literally... Same.

tbhpcbuilder 2 Builds 5 points 9 months ago

I'm using an i3-6100 with a 970 and I must say that this combo is probably one of the best budget combos right now. The craigslist market is flooded with $190 GTX 970s and a lot of people could get into PC gaming with the budget of $500.

Although the bottleneck is true, I don't think it's severe enough for anybody to care at 1080p. I do plan on upgrading to an i5-6500 though.

+1 for an awesome budget build and quality components.

rhali8 2 Builds 3 points 9 months ago

Nice cat! What CP is it? :P

The pokemon go jokes are real

As for the build itself, amazing work. Nice and clean, and I love that case. Just a heads up, there is no bottlenecking going despite what other users are saying. The i3 6100 + GTX 970 is an excellent combo, especially for that price.

You have my +1 :)

JacobGunther12 2 points 9 months ago

+1, great gaming build for the price! Wow! What a deal! Like what eeem1214, the CPU and GPU might bottleneck.

Kreuzer 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl and leds!

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I just took a look at it, and it looks amazing! I +1ed it :)

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Very very cool sir. Looks like you put a lot of work in and it payed off.

aaron.hossain75 2 points 9 months ago

Monster fan lol nice build.

ATXON 2 points 9 months ago

Dope build +1

RaspberryPiFan 10 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

$400 for me got an R7 370 and G3258. Great job on budgeting.

Cosmo_Canyon 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

his price list over 600 dollars

RaspberryPiFan 10 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

He got everything for cheaper, he didn't adjust the part list.

Cosmo_Canyon 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

used parts

The.Geeked. 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

+1 for Cat

Minky7 3 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Great build, great budget, cute little fans!

TotalMacho 2 points 9 months ago

this build makes me feel good! :)

Pcjulian12343 2 points 9 months ago

+1 for the mini itx case ;)

efin_jay 3 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

+1 for the cat. are you going to water cool???

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

I don't plan to but it could be done. Theres space to mount a 120mm rad inside behind the giant intake fan for a push-pull configuration.

efin_jay 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

nice

ThatOneGuySawyer 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Tiny board but amazing implementation of the whole computer. I want to do one of these builds that is tiny and ultra affordable but still powerful enough to run most things on Medium to high. I like what you did and want to copy it some day.

Tuchulu 2 points 9 months ago

This is awesome. Hope we can see your snow white mini ITX case soon

abattlescar 2 points 9 months ago

+1 for the massive fan, have you measured it yet? This might be the next innovation in pc parts.

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

It comes pre-installed with the case. It's 400mm I believe. It pushes quite a bit of air.

jnanof 32 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Love the deal finder builds!!

destess 2 points 9 months ago

Great build, but just wondering; with all these new cards like the 480 and 1060, why choose a 900 series card?

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Simply put, I chose it based on the price. I had already gotten a good deal on an $80 i3-6100 and I put my sights on a graphics card for no more than $200 (tax and shipping included). An RX480 would've been hard to get my hands on considering its availability and would've cost more than $200 after tax and shipping. With the expectation of people liquidating their current builds to make way for the new cards, I figured a used 970 was the way to go. I just happened to be lucky enough to snag a used one from a Craigslist ad for $150. There was no way I could've stayed under $500 without using at least some used parts.

destess 1 point 9 months ago

ah, I didn't see that you got it for $150. Silly me. Very nice build, nice grab on that 970. :)

G_I_L 2 points 9 months ago

Featured build for the kitty. It's always the ones with pets or babies.

Or baby pets, or pet babies.

metakortex 2 points 9 months ago

Builds like these get my juices flowing. Somehow I don't like spending twice your build amount on watercooling kits.

Really intelligent choice of parts. It's what I would've done for my build. Speaking of which, these parts might be available in India for a decent price as well. You have certainly inspired me to make the decision of joining the PCMustardRace :)

gsaiz85 3 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Very nice. I just built a PC inside that same case. It has become one of my favorite m-itx cases. +1

ActuallyImJerome 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

I think you're supposed to remove that plastic on top of the window :P Not bad

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

leaving that for the next owner

cjsizemore19 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

nice cat

bperez1202 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

I absolutely love this build! Great job on the parts selection ;-)

Stereotypical_Whale 2 points 9 months ago

This entire build is very clever, getting those exhaust fans was also very smart, as long as they don't sound like jet engines.

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

They're not terribly loud, but definitely audible. As far as I can tell, the noise level stays consistent since the CPU and GPU never get hot enough to ramp up their fans very high.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 9 months ago

That's good, also thermaltake makes some of the best small form factor cases on the market.

JereMeow 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

omg the kitty! :D cute cat for a cute case! nice build! i was going to do a giant case build then i realized my budget and selected parts would fit in this awesome tiny case anyway! i was making final decisions by viewing other builds in this case and the cat totally sold me! do you have an instagram or blog with all your kitty pics? thanks!!!

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Sorry no blog and I don't Instagram cat photos. Glad you like the build tho!

CorrodedSanity 2 points 8 months ago

only thing im curious about is how it performs with the 2 cores apposed to a 4 core?

joelikespcs 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

the front case fan literally eats dust so remember to clean it see my pics

Unrelated@Popcorn 2 points 1 month ago

n1

TomatoeThePotato 2 points 9 days ago

How did the motherboard perform with the wifi? I am trying to get a MOBO that includes wifi because I'm on a strict budget.

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

Worked quite well if I remember correctly. If I ever do another budget ITX kabylake or skylake build, I'm using this mobo for sure.

TomatoeThePotato 1 point 6 days ago

Did the intena cause any trouble?

eeem1214 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

for the 970 the i3 is not a bottleneck for the games it may be a bottleneck from lack of cores

rhali8 2 Builds 3 points 9 months ago

There is no bottlenecking at all. If he is playing a CPU intensive game, his FPS won't be as high as a 6600K/6700K. That is the only performance decrease he will get when playing games.

DREWTHEONE 1 point 9 months ago

How much are you selling it for?

DREWTHEONE 1 point 9 months ago

Wow! Believe this or not but after seeing this build i decided to look for any deals on craiglist my area of San Diego and i found your build lol the irony!

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

It's a small world! Hit me up if you're interested, my asking price is flexible as you know!

DREWTHEONE 1 point 9 months ago

Yea i'll ask my cousin tomorrow since he's the one who might be interested. He's switching to pc gaming from console and his budget is around $500-$600 and this seems like a good overkill starting point with the 970, at least to me it does because i started pc gaming on a 750. Anyways i'll see what comes and keep you updated. Thanks

SenorPhil 1 point 9 months ago

yo i read this comment... could you keep us uhhh... updated? im interested on what happens now :3 lol

KB_TheDireWolf 5 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Damn you and your USD mate, this is 1,000 Canadian new......

Tuchulu 2 points 9 months ago

funny that's my family's monthly health insurance bill....

FACUNDO 12 Builds 1 point 9 months ago
yea yea yeaaah! Looks nice :-)

+1

TinyGeek 1 point 9 months ago

Would this run well for Warcraft? I genuinely ONLY play that game and I am keen to build a purpose built Warcraft machine...

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I would say this is overkill if all you play is Warcraft.

TinyGeek 2 points 9 months ago

Im all about the nolag OVERKILL

Jacobo97 1 point 9 months ago

Might I ask how you connected the two rear fans? Doesn't the mobo only have 2 fan headers? One for the cpu and one for the large front fan?

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Yes, this mobo has only two fan headers (both PWM I believe), one for the CPU cooler and the other I used for the front case fan. Luckily the two rear 80mm fans came with molex adapters which I connected to the PSU's molex connectors.

VISALNAIR 1 point 9 months ago

hay how about if i use i5 6500 instead of i3 and the new rx 470 instead of 970... what do u think how it will perform also is the mob given above suitable for i5 6500 CPU ?

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

The mobo I chose will work with any of the consumer-grade Skylake i3, i5 and i7 processors, but does not have the ability to overclock the K variants. I'm not sure what the performance will be like with the combination you have in min, but probably pretty decent. If it were me and I wanted an RX 470 instead of a 480, I'd go with the slightly less expensive i5-6400. But to each his own.

VISALNAIR 1 point 9 months ago

I was hopping of building this ( http://in.pcpartpicker.com/user/VISALNAIR/saved/w2jYcf ) with RX 470 u think the mob will be suitable...?

Ender1337 1 point 9 months ago

I'm probably asking a stupid question, but I'm looking to copy this build with a few modifications. How's the networking capability? Is it wireless or wired?

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

It's got an ethernet port for wired support and 802.11 AC Wifi and Bluetooth as well. If you look at the top down shot of the motherboard you'll see two very thin wires coming from the wireless card routed around the CPU and going to the i/o shield where they screw in the antenna seen at the back of the case. Kinda tricky to plug those cables to the wireless card but totally doable.

Ender1337 1 point 9 months ago

Awesome, thanks for the reply ^ - ^

caiokn 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Awesome build! I'm looking to build something similar, but I wish Asrock went with an all black board design, those copper colored heatsinks make me feel the color scheme I had in mind would be kinda ruined.

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 8 months ago

Looks great! May your FPS be high and your temperatures be low.

Zoiona 1 point 7 months ago

Nice build! I'm thinking of building something similar :)

someta 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Old post, but I'm wondering how that MSI cooler do in the small case (eg does it kick out too much heat to the rest of the components)? I'm looking at the case with an RX 480 in it, but I haven't decided on a reference cooler (hotter GPU, rest of the components run cooler in theory), or a third party one (almost certainly a MSI one if I can get it to fit. It's 7mm longer than the 970 you have)... Speaking of which, how did that 970 fit in there? Do you really have to remove the drive cages as PCPP says? What I saw from Thermaltake was that the 200mm fan couldn't be used with long cards, but it didn't mention anything about drive cages, and they don't appear to be in the way, unless I've missed something...

I know it's weird to find a new comment on an old post, but I still get comments on my second build from time to time (and that was close to a year ago I think)...

Thanks. It's an awesome build :)

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Sorry for the late reply. Thanks for the compliment. I don't have this rig anymore. I sold it shortly after building it. The MSI card did really well in this case, probably due to the case's ventilation design and the dual 80mm exhaust fans I installed. The 970 fit just fine without any modification needed. If a card was too long, it wouldn't interfere with the fan, but it would prevent the front face (and built-in dust filter) from being put back on.

dann20201 1 point 6 months ago

Great build! Is it packed with some decent noise as well? Just curious because of a 200mm + 2 80mm's. I've heard the 80mm's are the nasty ones.

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

The 200 was pretty quiet, but yes, dual 80mm were definitely audible. IMHO worth it to keep temps low.

michaeldoll32001 1 point 6 months ago

I thought that the motherboard could only handle 2 fans, can the motherboard handle 3, or did you do some modifications?

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I used adapters included with the 80mm fans to connect them directly to the PSU.

TaufiqTX 1 point 4 months ago

Nice tiny build!

Squidhater3000 1 point 2 months ago

Can I get a link to this build so I could customize it a little bit?

Silent_Legend 0 points 4 months ago

Why wouldnt you buy a 1060 or 1070 for around the same price for more gddr5 ram

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

1070 for $150? Can't even get a 1060 at that price. And, at the time, the 1060 hadn't been released yet. Don't troll on me.

zskaik -2 points 9 months ago

Why does the title say "$450" if the total for the part list is $845.39??!

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Did you read my description? Regularly priced, this build would have been $650, but I got great deals on new and used parts.

DJHeroMasta 2 Builds -3 points 9 months ago

No 1060 :(

zionorbit -4 points 9 months ago

you should have waited for the 1060, just sayin

pedroakimbo submitter 1 Build 4 points 9 months ago

Not sure why. I wouldn't have been able to stay under $500. Budget was priority #1. Just sayin.

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