Description

I have a laptop that I played games on, which caused frustration due to overheating while playing on our TV. After a few months of trying to play for a short time and the laptop shutting down I decided to build this.

My requirements were: small, fast, built in wifi, not spend over $1,000.00, and not overheat!

CPU: I got the i5-3570k so that I can overclock in the future.

Motherboard: I went with this board for future overclocking/stability and it was all in the tiny mITX package

RAM: good reviews. I wasn't sure about the speed so I got 1600

SSD: SSD=awesome! Loads Windows 7 incredibly fast, game load times are also very quick.

Video Card: I danced around but I tried to stay within budget, so far I'm happy with my choice.

Case: I tried to get as small of a case as I could but with everything I wanted to stuff in it, the Cooler Master Elite 130 seemed the best fit for me.

Power Supply: I replaced my original Thermaltake TR2 600W power supply with the wonderful Corsair CX600M. The Thermaltake TR2 kept crashing the computer under medium to heavy graphics usage. The Corsair has done very well and I would highly recommend.

The inside is a little messy but it seems to have excellent airflow and stays cool even very close to a heat output.

Thanks for checking my build out!

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Overall very nice! But if you're already seeing red flags with that PSU, you should go ahead and get a better one. Sure, your computer restarted this time, but next time you might not be so lucky if a power surge passes to one of your components and causes damage. Here's a good guide that gets posted around here often: Tiered Power Supply List. Try to shoot for tier three or better if you can.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I will probably end up getting a Corsair CX600 to replace the current psu.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

XFX make goodamn psus, they aren't that expensive and their quality is higher. I would recommend a non-modular because of the quality. And the cable management can sitll look good

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

because of the quality? what?.......

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry I am not a native speaker, just saying that the xfx it's better in quality

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Cable management could use a bit of work, but pretty nice build. +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I just tried to get the cables mostly out of the way of the airflow. Since I'm going to be replacing the psu very soon I haven't spent too much time on the cable management, yet.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

of all the movies to use in the comparison. why roadhouse?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Mainly, our collection of bluray movies is very small and I wasn't paying attention to which one I picked up. Also it's roadhouse!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

i see i only have 1 blu-ray and it was a must have. rise of the planet of the apes

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

You mean you don't have the Lord of the Rings trilogy extended Blu-ray edition? Shame!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

no i bought the godfather 3-pack instead

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

nice and compact gaming rig for the TV, mission accomplished. +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Good build!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Looked like a pain to assemble. Very very clean build. +1