I built this system to be used primarily for our Home Office but I also wanted it to be capable of running current games pretty well.
I built this rig with extra parts I had lying around, such as the Case, RAM, and the Clear Corsair Fans, and from parts that I picked up at a great discount through Craigslist and Offer UP. The only components I bought new is the CPU, Mobo, Power Supply and the Glaive RGB Mouse and even those were on sale when I purchased them.
My wife and I use it for creating and printing invoices and shipping labels as well as the occasional game of League of Legends and Fallout 4.
CPU/Motherboard: These two were bundled for $215 at Fry's during one of their weekly sales. I jumped on immediately because this deal was too good to pass up. I'll probably never overclock but I'm glad that I can if I choose to in the future. This budget Gigabyte board has a lot of features even for an entry level mobo. I like that it has lots of fan header and an RGB connector.
CPU Cooler: I've been using the Enermax ETS-T40 Fit for a while now. This cooler was on my 4771 and my 4790K build and it did pretty good job of keeping the processor cool under load. Running the chip at stock clocks and with an ambient temperature of 26.7C, my max CPU temp was 59.1C running Aida64 for an hour.
RAM: I received this set of RAM Sticks as a "Tip" from one of my clients. I guess they really liked their build. lol. Even though the set was brand new and sealed, one of the modules was defective but Kingston/HyperX replaced the entire set free of charge. This memory is pretty neat since I don't have to enable XMP for it to run at 2400MHz. I've seen these modules overclocked to 2666/3000MHz but I'm not going to be doing anything that calls for that kind performance.
I know the hardware is a bit overkill for what we're using it for but I guess it's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. And speaking of things that I may or may not need, I went ahead and made a custom. GPU brace for the monster of a card that is the Gaming X TRIO. The motherboard's PCIE slots aren't reinforced since this is the most basic and entry level Z370 Gigabyte has to offer so I figured it couldn't hurt to have a little support for that heavy @$$ GPU.
I recently added some RGB Lighting Strips inside the case and I'm currently on the hunt for a few RGB Fans to replace the red ones currently on the build.
I really enjoyed putting together this build since I've never worked with a compact Mid Tower case before. It taught me a thing or two about cable management when you don't have all the forgiving room of a Full Tower. I think it's has a clean and very simple look to it... especially when I turn off all the rgb lighting. Haha.
- I received some feedback about having my top fans mounted as intake. I have always built my systems this way (As many fans as case will allow as intake and 1 rear exhaust) and have had no issues with temperatures. But out of curiosity, I decided to monitor my temps with the fans in both configurations and found that having them as intake made for lower temperatures... about 1.1C difference. The CPU max temp was 59.1C when the fans were exhaust and only topped out at 58C when the fans were configured as intake. Lol. So while 1.1C isn't much of change, having my top fans as intake is cooler than having them as exhaust. Personally, I'm going to keep 4 intakes and 1 exhaust on this build, of course YMMV depending on the components that you use. -