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This is my fourth build, and this time it was done for a buddy of mine who just got married. Had a budget of $1200 which we baaarely scraped by, and altogether with tax and shipping for all the parts, we got it for $1313 with a lot of help from the local Microcenter.

He's not a poweruser and the wife also wanted it to use for work write-ups.They're pretty lowkey people and they requested a couple things - that it not be flashy and loud in color or noise, and that it be small enough to put on a desk or hidden out of sight. All in all, it was a fantastic build and each time I build one I can see myself getting better and better.

The Corsair 200R was a dream to work in. Small enough to be unobtrusive and light, but big enough where I didn't feel cramped the entire time. Cable management was pretty minimalistic considering there's only a handful of tiedowns, but it worked well and didn't have any messes or unnecessary cables poking out.

This was my first build with any Gigabyte parts, but I absolutely love the Ultra Durable line from them. It had 3 fan headers on a mATX board, excellent layout, and right angled SATA ports. Definitely a fan. However, installing the Cooler Master T4 was a bit of a headache because of the style plate next to the socket. At first it looks like it will not let the cooler fit because of the clamp length. After toying with it, you can actually press down on the springs holding it in and pull it back ever so slightly to maneuver the clamp into position and move the plate back to it's comfortable position. I was actually able to get another bundle deal with the H170M UD mobo and CPU which made the price of the mobo only like $5 more than the cheaper Gigabyte H110M.

Again, the Samsung 850 Evo continues to impress me. I was able to get it about $15 off with a bundle deal and it smokes everything in that price point. With fast startup and hibernation enabled and tweaking the startup applications, I was able to get boot speeds under 8 seconds. Since most of their documents and photos will be handled by OneDrive and Google Drive/Photos, 250GB was a good size considering the price of HDD's are really low.

Microcenter was sold out of 550W power supplies and if he wanted to do any SLI down the road I wanted to make sure he had headroom to expand, so the Corsair 650 CXM was a great choice with a $20 mail in rebate.

Once the newlyweds get back from their honeymoon, I'll post his review of it and see how well he likes the performance of the Gigabyte 1070 G1.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

noice

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

You should try out the 212 EVO instead of the T4 next time ;) Nice build, I think you made a good choice adding a fan to this. The stock case fans looked like not quite enough.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thiiiis close to grabbing the 212 instead but wasn't sure it would have enough clearance once inside! Definitely will try one in my next build though.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Ohhh! didn't even think about that! Good Call.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't see $1300 worth o- Sees pic near end of 1070 Oh.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic build man! I'm planning a very similar one with a lot of those same parts. You're actually the first person I saw use that motherboard - I'm glad to hear you like it!

I was wondering if you had any problems with fitting that GPU on it though! Did it go into the first PCI slot? Cause the slot seems awfully close to the cooler

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually had no problem whatsoever fitting the GPU in there. No clearance issue, didn't have to jimmy anything. Perfect fit in the first PCI slot.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

why not get a hard drive?

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

Because SSDs are faster and more reliable than HDDs ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

but you still need a hard drive, and only 250 gigs for a work station? you might as well get a hdd

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

True, really should have a 1 TB HDD at least for all of his wife's documents. And his games.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

He'll probably end up getting a 1TB hdd down the road. I should have noted that the wife is a teacher, so most of all of her stuff is Google based and done on Drive.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

For now, he wanted to stick to a budget and the performance increase in using an SSD for the main drive is substantially better. I only wanted to commit so much extra to the wedding present. If he needs to expand later the door is certainly open.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get that ram for 42.99!!!!???

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a bundle deal at Microcenter if you were building a full system. Trust me I was sold the moment he said it! That was the coolest purchase ever.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

darn it is on a whole system? I am building a PC, and looking to buy only CPU/MOBO/SSD/HDD/CASE from there. I guess the ram wouldn't be bundled unless i buy a full pc?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you'll be good for the deal. I was really nice to the sales guy and gave him all the commission, so I'm sure that'll qualify plenty for the deal!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, i would suggest, to turn that top fan around and use it as an intake (consider getting one of those magnetic filters), or maybe even switch it to the bottom as an intake, so it will bring fresh air to the gpu. I always try to get positive pressure inside a case. If you use filtered intakes, you can keep a majority of the dust out of the case, which keeps temps lower.