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Second build - Living room PC

by snorlaxyzq



CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

900 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.05 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


This is a pretty interesting little build.

My old roommate left me a TV in the living room, so I decide to build a small pc to make use of the TV.

Main objective is to build a small form factor pc to watch youtube and netflix, 24 hour download, and mild gaming (dota2, nba2k, worms, and KOF). It also works as a "external storage" for me and my new roommate.

I'm not in a hurry, so I keep waiting for second hand components. Everything is bought from local geeks except for the case. I also throw in a spare fan controller found in my room.

Overall I'm pretty impressed with what I got. I'll share some of my thoughts on the components below:

Item Price Thought
Intel Core i3-3220 $70.00 Solid CPU. No problem running any game I play. Stock cooler kinda suck.
CM Hyper 212 Plus $20.00 So much better than the stock cooler. Runs quiet.
Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX $55.00 The build quality is great, but it only has one 6gb/s sata3 port, and one fan header. No big deal for me tho.
G.Skill Ripjaws Series (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 $40.00 The heat spreader looks pretty cool and well made. Performance wise I can't really notice the difference between this 1333 ram and the 1600 ram for my gaming rig.
Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5900RPM $50.00 This drive runs a little bit loud, but the performance is beyond by expectation.
XFX Radeon 6870 $100.00 The cooler is easy to remove for me to re apply the thermal paste. The cooler also uses PWM fans. The TV I got is 720p and I don't play those big titles on this machine, so a 6870 is enough. Runs a little bit hot (around 65 after a dota2 game with all setting maxed out.)
CM N200 MicroATX Mini Tower $39.99 I like this case. The meshes looks awesome and it provides a lot of good features for cable routing. However it does not have the routing hole for the 8pin cpu power, and I have to route it under my graphic card.
Antec Basiq Plus 550W $25.00 Well it works, and it's modular. The model seems solid according to internet so Im hoping it can serve me for a long time.

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l13199l 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

nice build for $400, dont see many builds this cheap

sketch24 9 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

It looks like you have cable extensions, but then you chose to plug in those extension into molex to PCI adapters. You need to avoid doing this and use the PCIE cables that came with your power supply. It is dangerous to use molex to PCIE adapters because the wiring may not be able to handle it and can short and/or burn. Use the PCIE cables.

snorlaxyzq submitter 1 Build 2 points 65 months ago

The psu I got is a second handed one, and it only came with 1 molex cable. That's why it is only $25. It is an old model(NEO HE) and I can't use the modular cable from my gaming rig because it doesn't fit. I was lucky that I managed to find another modular molex cable from a friend. :(

a_slow_descent 1 point 65 months ago

2k14 is on newegg for $26.50 so get it there. it is $30 everywhere else. I am looking forward to 10/1

jflieg 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Awesome build for the budget!

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