Description

The thought of an mITX build has been lingering for awhile so I figured why not?

As with most of my builds, I build, benchmark and then sell. I wanted to keep the budget moderately low while having a good balance of quality and performance. Originally I was going to go with an Athlon X4 750K + AMD 88x mITX board, but after working out the cost, the Core i3 + board ended up being pretty well the same price and I was able to purchase locally. The MSI H81i was supposed to be the motherboard, but was out of stock and I really didn't want to wait for shipping. Got the ASUS H87i-PLUS instead, brought the total cost up $40 but has PCI-E 3.0, more SATA 3.0 and other potentially useful features.

The case was very easy to work with. Reminds me of the Shuttle barebone PC's without all of the hassle. Considered the Bitfenix Prodigy but it didn't fit the budget and IMO is simply too big for an ITX case. In comparison to my 500R it is tiny (picture above).

Videocard came down to price, at $116 (after price beat) with performance nearly the same as a 260x ($155) it was a no brainer. Mantle would have been nice, but again it wouldn't have fit the budget.

If I decide not to sell the computer, I will use it as an HTPC/Steam box.

Benchmarks so far:

3dMark11 Default: P4594 Graphics score: 4654

Firestrike Default: 3371 Graphics score: 3745

Passmark: 2938 (Detailed scores in picture above)

Unigine 4.0, 1080P, Ultra, Extreme Tess, 8x MSAA: 436 (17.3 FPS avg)

Battlfield 4, High/Medium settings: 55-75 FPS in 64 man servers (various maps tested) Screenshot of exact settings above.

Crysis 3, No AA, 16x AA, Medium/High settings: 35-50 FPS single player, 55-65 in multiplayer

  • GTX 750: +75 Core, +250 Memory Results:

3dMark11: P4804 Graphics Score: 4930

Heaven 4.0 (Same settings as above): 450 (17.9 FPS avg)

Update #1: Have been tinkering with the GPU. It overclocks like a champ. Running +200 on core, +300 on memory. Boosts to 1400Mhz.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 4 points

Hey you use Austin Evan's build! How is the performance on it.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Performance seems good so far, going to run benchmarks shortly.

Who is Austin Evan?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

He's a big tech youtuber. He mad a video with a abuild with this almost exact same partlist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsyxM_j3Y4U

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

His build is similar to the one I was considering, X4 760k. Except his is mATX and has a little bit better videocard

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought the 750(ti) replaced the 650(ti)?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup they did, I believe the video card he used was the gtx 650ti boost edit on. Has a bit better performance, if I remember correctly.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! nice to see a more budget friendly intel build! Just wondering, Where do you sell your Computers? Ebay? or local? Also Do you make, lose or break even usually? Thanks I'm considering doing the same

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I sell locally on classified websites or through friends. Profit wise, it really depends on the build and the cost. If I get some wicked deals on parts by price matching or getting barely used parts, I make more money. Worst case scenario, I break even. On my last few builds I have made between $50 and $200ish.

Should I sell this build, I will put it up for between $700-$750. Locally these parts sell for around $690 + tax ($780). Add $50 on there for any place to put it together and my price seems like a steal.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

cool looking build,

but would you recommend the graphics card? I am doing a build very similar to this one and i wanted to know if the gpu is good.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Its not too bad actually. Performance is good for the price. If you have the budget for it, go with the r9 270 or better. What games do you play?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Chivalry medieval warfare, skyrim ( modded ), csgo, civ 5 , borderland s 2, dayzstandalone, I play pretty much most games out there. Lol. Thanks for the help!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I am thinking of almost an exact replica of this build, only with a different case and a 750ti. Should I go ahead?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not a bad build at all. What are you going to use it for?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Mild gaming, some CAD, some UDK. I already have a big desktop, this would be for travel.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't see it having any issues. However, I would recommend a better CPU cooler than stock. And ofcourse, an i5 would speed everything up more.

Edit: Didn't see that you were using a different case. Nvm comment about CPU cooler.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you like that video card/GPU? I'm interested in it.