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Compact but capable 1440p gaming rig.

by Sergio_UKR

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9 Comments

Details

Date Published

Jan. 30, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 20, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.59GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

Description

Was tired of my MacBook Pro 2014 gaming performance and decided to build a rig for 1440p gaming.

Main priorities were:

  • Cost efficiency aka Bang for the buck! ;)

  • Quality of components

  • Size - mini ITX

  • Noise level

I was hunting for deals and even asked a friend to buy GPU in the USA while he was there over the X-mas period, to get the best value for money. )

At the end I paid 1050 pounds for the system and around 400 pounds for monitor (I have a TN version of ACER XB271HU) plus Razer stuff was a nice gift from a family.

System is practically inaudible and running at 4.8 GHz, although boots easily at 5.2 Ghz too (crashes under test benchmarks tho :))

p.s. I have never build a PC before, therefore my cable management is pretty lame.

Part Reviews

CPU

Felt like 7700k was an overkill for my needs. At 1440p resolution GPU is more often a bottleneck than a CPU. Runs smooth and cool, easily overclocks. What else do you need for a gaming PC? )

CPU Cooler

At first was leaning towards CM Hyper Evo 212X, but this piece of German equipment is much of a better quality and dead silent.

Motherboard

There are not too many Mini ITX motherboards on the market. This was on sale and with good reviews, therefore easy choice for me. No point of paying 50% more for Z270.

Memory

Nice speed, quality and design.

Storage

Mainstream choice. Could go for something cheaper, but decided not to risk. This thing is blazing fast!

Video Card

Very quiet and efficient card. Great for 1440p gaming.

Case

Amazing case. Even for a complete novice like me, assembly was a breeze.

Power Supply

Decided to try new G3 series from EVGA and wasn't disappointed. Very quiet and well made piece of machinery.

Case Fan

Looks good and relatively quiet, but took a lot of effort to fit into case, due to poor screws.

Monitor

TN version has worse colors, but at price point 250 pounds below IPS with all its problems it is a great gaming monitor.

Comments Sorted by:

Razorwing02 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

oh yes. not a cable in sight

marvelous

Maphisto86 1 point 4 months ago

How is the be quiet cooler working out for you so far? Can such a cheap and small air cooled unit cool a new i7 adequately?

Sergio_UKR submitter 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

yes it is a very good budget cooler. running my 7600k at 4.8Ghz all the time without any issues. idle temp is 30 C

Maphisto86 1 point 4 months ago

Thank you very much for your reply. It gives me some food for thought considering whether I should start my first build with an air cooler or an AIO liquid one.

rawrafa 1 point 4 months ago

does the room ever get hot when gaming?

gmcenroe 1 point 3 months ago

This is a very nice build. Your choice of components capable of 4K was very well engineered and the kind of cost effectiveness I am looking for. Have you done any benchmarking on this build that you might be able to share?

SHMOB 1 point 2 months ago

Do you need to upgrade motherboard bios before you plugin your 7th gen i5 CPU?

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Space_Rover 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

A 1080 would guarantee it.

Sergio_UKR submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

he he)