I found this site while trying to figure out how to upgrade my desktop I use mainly to stream NFL games. That computer was just not cutting it anymore. I went back and forth on what I should do and kept looking coming back to mITX. It was different and I liked the idea of a smaller machine for what I needed. Then I decided that a Black and Blue themed Carolina Panthers build would totally kick ***. So that's what I did!
I did not want to spend a ton of money but did not have a set budget in mind. I looked for deals when I could, but once I start a project, I have no patience and want to finish it asap.
CPU- I originally was going to go with an i3-6100 but found a good deal on the i5-6500 on ebay and snatched it quick.
CPU Cooler - It matched in color what I was trying to do and had good reviews.
MOBO- I went back and forth for a few weeks on this one, and Im not sure what the deciding factor was on this one was, but since I'm not really going to OC, I like what this one brought to the table. Eventually I plan on utilizing that m2 socket for my OS.
RAM- Its blue, thats what I was going for. I went overboard and probably could have gotten by with 8gb, but I didn't want to.
Storage - I had the SSD from my old desktop and moved it over. I plan on adding a TB or two in the future.
Video Card - I just happened to see this deal on newegg and with the rebates I got, it came out to 110.99. Im not sure if I could have done better if anyone has any suggestions, feel free to comment.
Case - This case is sexy and well priced. No complaints here. edit - I feel I should mention that I removed the SSD platform and painted blue it to give it my own personal touch.
Power Supply - Another deal I found on newegg at the same time as my video card. It works for me.
Case Fan - Blue theme again.
Hope you guys like my build.