Description

This is my build for Gaming use, with the goal for it to be compact and to cost under £750, built with https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Pleuvior/. Parts were chosen with cost mainly in mind, while maintaining the size requirements for the case. Windows was bought from the Microsoft Insider Program.

Part Reviews

Memory

Great RAM, although is very expensive for the price (though this is largely a fault of the increasing prices in general). Reliable and good for this build.

Case

A compact case, good for smaller builds like this one. Does make for a snug fit, especially if you plan on having multiple hard drives (there was very little room)

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

good build

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Any reason why you chose that cpu cooler? Does it cool well?

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a good cooler but kinda overkill for a locked CPU

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi I'm the one who put this system and list together. I totally agree, the reason this cooler was picked was the how it is able to fit in the case and allow great cooling performance. It is very overkill for this cooler but the system recipient is looking to upgrade the CPU down the line.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. Even if you weren't upgrading it's not a bad choice if you're looking for almost silent operation

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep sure is! I tend to stick to Corsair for watercoolers and Be Quiet! for Air cooling on the cpu.

They are all brands I have worked with and I trust and believe in their quality.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU cooler was chosen because of its price to performance.

Yes, it is older but it has very quiet operation and cools very well. These days air coolers from Be Quiet are better for performance but often sound louder and are also big. That obviously wouldn't work for this build!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a Xeon e3-1245 V3 in a similar Silverstone case using a Corsair H55 to keep things cool. I found that, due to the low profile cooler requirement, long gaming or processing runs (video conversion or mining) would force the GPU to get hot and cycle that hot air to the CPU cooler then repeat until the GPU was throttling at about 81C and the CPU would stick around 64C. With the AIO the CPU doesn't recirculate hot air and the intake/rad combo stays below 50C almost all the time giving the GPU plenty of cool air to breath. I can run the same benchmarks, tests, or games with the GPU rarely breaking 75C and CPU reaching 52C with decently quiet fan speeds. For week long tasks or continuous mining it will protect the health of the build while the H55 can be used to hybrid cool the GPU if I go for a larger system in the future.

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  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks nice! Any reason for kaby lake over coffee lake?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately when this build was planned by me the Coffee Lake i5 8400 was not available. This lead me to picking the i5 7400 Kaby Lake CPU.

Obviously if the CPU was available it would have been used especially as it has two extra cores!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Dope--my next build is going to be a mini. (-_-)/

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for checking the build out!

Cool! Remember to take your time with tiny builds and my best tip is to connect the power button and so on before putting the Motherboard in as it is very hard to connect these after the motherboard installed in a small case. I speak from experience...

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

So it's better to connect some case parts to the Motherboard before putting it in? I'm definitely going to take my sweet time with it because of the size.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Definately, especially the front panel connectors. It is a royal pain to plug in after mounting the motherboard!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

as it turns out for me, it was actually much easier to put it in the case first. taking everything out to replace my cpu cooler was real bad though. i completed my mini build

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty neat!