This computer is primarily for Music editing and Gaming, but also for Blender, Video-editing, and homework. Hello all! This is my first ever build and i am aware that i may have made some mistakes. Please, feedback is always welcome. :)
The criteria for this build was that it needs to be very quiet and as small as possible. This is because i have not allot of room under my desk and my sound travels well in my house, so it needs to be quiet as not to wake anyone up during midnight music making sessions :D I am aware that not everyone likes reading blocks of text so i have listed everything out as-well. Build was quite easy once i had learned about parts and compatibility stuff.
Criteria 1. Quiet 2. Silent (ish) 3. Small 4. Not hurt my wallet. 5. Fast enough for... Music and Games (simultaneously) Blender (Rendering) and Games (Simultaneously) Video editing ... and of-course Reddit.
CPU Yes, I like this, 4 cores at 3.1Ghz. Not exacly an I7 but definitely feels like one when multitasking.
CPU Cooler A little scary to install, and doesn't feel tight enough on the board, but oh well, it hasn't overheated yet so i guess so far so good. A little too loud when under load but its bearable while i look for a quiet tower cooler (Any recommendations are welcome)
Mobo Needed ITX and SATA3. This was the cheapest i could find, I would have liked RAID, but its not a deal breaker. It powers up so i guess its good. RAM I was originally planning to add an 8GB stick to make 12GB but 4GB actually seems like enough, i haven't noticed any problems so far, so i'm not getting more just yet quite yet. Also, i don't think i would be able to tell the difference between 1333Mhz and 2800Mhz so i just got the cheapest i could find.
SSD/HHD I like my SSD, 0-8.1 in less than 10 seconds, makes me happy. 128GB is enough for programs, and a few games i play the most, but i do use another 160GB HDD from my dads old PC for extra games space and Videos/Photos/Music.
GPU eBay £70. Cant complain, and since my last GPU was Intel laptop integrated GMA stuff, it feels like a TITAN Z. Plays all games i own on ultra, at around 60 fps, except BF3, which runs on high at the moment. Its a dual fan type so stays quiet like the rest of the system.
PSU Wanted Quietness, and modularness. I cant hear it at all and its not exploded yet so im assuming all is good. The 80+ Gold is nice too. I got 550 Watts because 450 was only £5 cheaper and being able to replace my GPU with a R9 295X2 or something if i won the lottery would be nice.
Case Eh, There's no perfect ITX Cases on the market. This is the best available. Its small and has an ok layout. Its got a very nice exterior and sits perfectly under the table legs :D
OS Windows 8.1 is actually not bad. Its a delight to use and once you have had a nose around in the settings, the start screen and charms stay out the way. I do find myself using the start screen sometimes, but usually only to find something or launch a program, i don't spend much time there, but its not a horrible place when i do. + being a student means i can get 8.1 pro £20 cheaper than 7 Home Premium.
Don't think there's anything i've missed. Computer is fast and works perfectly, so much faster than my Pentium laptop and would definitely build again. Cable management is harder than i expected. In the photos, you may notice that the computer is sat upon a broken laptop scree. This is actually a precisely engineered cooling pad which lifts the desktop off the carpet, allowing the PSU to breathe.
EDIT! thank you all in the comments! you've been so helpful in telling me what upgrades and stuff will work or not, thankyou¬