Description

This machine is used for web browsing, watching movies, Minecraft, and occasionally TF2.

What may become FAQ:

Q: Why did you get a laptop HDD for a desktop build?

  • Ripped it out of an old laptop to use, because the WiFi in said laptop does not work. I wont fill up 320GB in a year.

APU - Good for what I use it for. I will be overclocking as soon as I get a better cooler. Everything that I play gets good fps as long as the settings arnt too high; Left 4 Dead 2, DOTA, TF2, Minecraft.

Motherboard : Easy BIOS. Easy overclocking. Did have an issue though. The computer started to not boot. An update to the BIOS solved this problem.

RAM - Did some research and found out that fast ram is what these CPU's like. 2133 will do the job, that is, when I get around to caring so much about performance.

WiFi Adapter - Does it's job, although not as well as I thought it would. It does have small issues with randomly cutting out.

Case - Virtually no cable management, but I got it to work. Stuffed the cables in the 5.25 drive bay. Cable management is not a place I wanted to skimp on, because airflow in any case is critical. The CPU runs 60C idle with the stock cooler.

Fans - They move air and light up. The fan that came with the case has been moved to the front as a small intake.

PSU - When I was looking at the other builds using this case, I made it a little challenge for myself to have the best looking build using it. The Modular version of this PSU made that a little bit easier.

OS - Meh. I liked the simplicity of running games and applications in Windows, but Linux is a LOT faster than any version of Windows I have ever used. When I plug something in, it just works. No updating drivers, no sitting there for 10 seconds just to get it to recognize the device. It just works.

Future Upgrades: Windows Partition - 1TB HDD or 128 SSD - Aftermarket CPU Cooler (Hyper 212 Evo) - A85 Chipset Motherboard (Asus)

Oh, and I'm one of "those guys" who use the old Dell 1280 x 1024 monitor and keyboard.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build for the money! Did you need an adapter for the laptop hdd?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. Standard SATA III. Although there was an adapter I had to pull out of it that made it usable for the laptop.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

so you didnt need a slimline sata adapter?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The Slimline SATA adapter transfers slimline (Micro-SATA) to SATA III. Since the HDD was already SATA III, no, I didn't need it.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty cool bro!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Starlana likes it! <3

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you update a BIOS? I can't find a tutorial on youtube...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo it will make contact with the side panel?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Having built in this case myself, I feel your pain on managing cables in the Spike. I had that PSU and chose not to use it last minute. But I can definitely see the error of my ways now! I'd say you succeeded in your goal of cleaner Spike build. +1

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

About 6.6 inches.

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