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First Build - Moderate mITX

by fastfish343

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27 Comments

Details

Date Published

Jan. 26, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 13, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.366 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

Description

After having a few laptop and all-in-one computers, I decided to tryout building my on PC which would allow in to pick the parts I wanted and stay under the $1000 price range. Some of the things I was looking to for in a PC are:

-small footprint to fit on my desk

-some photo and video editing

-light gaming

-under $1000, update: with rebates and discounts this build was initially under $1000, but now is over $1000 with some slight upgrades

CPU: Ordinarily I was planning on getting the i7 6700 lock CPU, but there was a Microcenter sold out of this CPU and only had the i7 6700k unlocked CPU. So, I just picked up the unlocked CPU. I chose the i7 to help with the video editing that I sometimes do.

CPU Cooler: I didn't want to keep the Intel cooler that came with the locked i7 6700, so I was planning to replace it with the C7 cooler. Since I get the 6700k, which doesn't come with a cooler, it worked out.

Motherboard: The Gigabyte B150N Phoenix is one of the more higher priced mITX B150 boards, but I thought the orange LEDs were cool. I wasn't planning to overclock the CPU, so I figured a B150 board would work fine. However, I did give up the ability to configure hard drives in a RAID configuration with this motherboard.

Memory: I was thinking about getting one stick of 16 GB to have a memory slot open for another 16 GB later on, but I decided just to go with two 8 GB because I found more deals for two 8 GB then one 16 GB.

Update: Working with large video files, I found that I needed extra memory. Two 16 GB RAM stick works perfect.

Storage: Windows OS and programs are on a 256 SSD. My photos are stored on a 1 TB Western Digiatl, and my videos are stored on a 2 TB Toshiba.

Video Card: I settled on the GTX 1050ti to say under the $200 price with RGB lighting, but really wanted a 1060 6 GB with RGB lighting.

Update: After being able to save some money, I was able to buy at GTX1060 gpu and repurpose the GTX 1050 ti for another PC.

Case: The Corsair 250D is a great case, but not perfect. I wasn't going for a super small form, so I think the 250D is the perfect size for me.

Power Supply: To keep cost down, I was going to go with a 500W power supply, but I found a great deal for this 600W corsair power supply on Newegg. A modular power supply would have really cleaned up the wire in the case.

Update: I decided to use the 600W psu for another pc build and bought a new lower watt semi-modular psu.

All and all I am pleased with this build. The build can out to be less than $1000 after discounts and reusing a few parts I already had.

Comments Sorted by:

crookz_n_castlez 6 Builds 10 points 27 months ago

Uhh do you do stock images for a living? Those are some of the best photos I've seen! I don't even care about the build, I just love looking at the photos!

fastfish343 submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Thanks for your kind words! I am an amateur photography.

crookz_n_castlez 6 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

You did a awesome job! The image is crisp and the lighting is perfect. If you told me you were a professional, I would not doubt that at all.

mlach 4 Builds 3 points 27 months ago

Any more pics of the final build?

fastfish343 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Thanks for you interest in my build. Sorry for the lack of pictures. I just uploaded some more.

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Alright, now we're talking!

Dizzlepop12 6 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Why did you choose the 1050 Ti over the RX 470? For 20 dollars more, you get quite a performance benefit.

fastfish343 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I'm not too familiar with the Radeon video cards, but I wanted to stick with Nvidia because I thought it would work better with Adobe Premiere Pro. Compatibility with Premiere probably won't make a big difference in the end. I'm not sure.

BEEFJERKEY 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

it proboly would not make a differnce compatibilty wise and besides for light gaming the 1050 ti is the card i would choose also, so over all i would say you chose the right gpu

fastfish343 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Good to know. Thanks!

GreenTeaZ 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Yeah, the fine line you tread as a creator with Radeon is while there is good performance per dollar with the Radeon cards, OpenCL acceleration in things like Premiere Pro and After Effects is shaky iirc.

SilverWolf149 1 point 27 months ago

Really great pictures. Hope this serves you well. +1.

amthatasplogstik 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I feel like you should have gotten a Z170 motherboard because you do have an unlocked CPU so unless you intend to upgrade later, I feel that the K is wasted.

fastfish343 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

You are right the unlocked CPU is kinda of a waste, but the store ran out of locked ones so I picked up the unlock i7 on sale.

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RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Realllllly needs some more pics, this being your first build and a relatively new user with a post of practically nothing but glamour shots and what looks mostly stock photos, it kinda tosses up some red flags.

fastfish343 submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Thanks for the suggest. I just got the chance to upload some more pictures.

RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Fantastic! Now its looking like a post! Very nicely done!

fastfish343 submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Thanks for the advise, and this is a great community! :)

Jäßßäwöçkëë 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Can we get completed build pics pls!

fastfish343 submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Thanks for your interest in my build. I just uploaded some more.

JheyoDELperu 1 point 26 months ago

amazing build.. amazing pic's... lovely.. +1 ofcours

Tymen 1 point 26 months ago

Why the CPU cooler? Awesome pictures btw; which camera are you using?

fastfish343 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I was going to get a locked CPU and didn't like the look of the stock Intel fan, but then I got a good price on a unlocked CPU and needed a CPU cooler b/c the unlock CPU didn't come with a cooler. It was more about aesthetics.

I use a Canon 60D. I'd love to upgrade to a newer camera, but my 60D is still working perfectly fine.

Tymen 1 point 26 months ago

Okay thanks!

Bodom0511 5 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

awesome build man, looks great! I've built a few itx cubes myself, I love em. Great color scheme, it all matched so well, even the colored psu cables didn't look bad, it all meshed.

Datmurican 1 point 21 months ago

Why does every one not look at there est. watts it's a 250 watt consumption rate with a 600 watt power supply unless you going to spend even more money on gpus in sli go low and save money

fastfish343 submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Hi, I bought this 600 watt power supply because it had a $20 mail-in rebate. With the mail-in rebate the price came to $49.99. I probably could have looked for a better deal.