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17-yr-old's 1st Build. ITX The LuckyFunk

by Foolerer


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Date Published

Sept. 4, 2014

Date Built

Aug. 30, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.1 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.08 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.35 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C


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¬

Comments Sorted by:

ryan2pro 4 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

Nice build m8. I hope you win that lottery for the r9 295x2 but that 650ti is pretty nice for your build. GJ

jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

You could've gotten a better video card. Why not a 750?

Foolerer submitter 2 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

Ebay, £70. Much cheaper than a 750 at time of purchace :)

friedfacekkk 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

For what it is it looks great! I'd plan on upgrading the GPU in the future, but not now.

Foolerer submitter 2 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Yeh, I would love a 760/860 when released or something but i've no need for an upgrade at the moment :D

boofheadfred 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Nice build, but you would not be able to replace the GPU with a 295X2 due to the PSU.

bgiunt4 1 point 55 months ago

5th pic.. the weight of a cpu feels so good in the hand, eh?

Foolerer submitter 2 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

Yesh :D

Dude2233 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

That is a weird *** case man. Was it awkward to build with? And a 550W PSU? Scary.

Foolerer submitter 2 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

Cables are tight, but pleasant to build in once the psu was inside. A very tight build, bot totaly worth it :D

Dude2233 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Does the case it's self leave room for cable management?

Foolerer submitter 2 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

a little, but i do find myself needing more, its almost impossible to tell the 24 pin where to go, but you can wrap the other cables around it to give as much airflow as possible. Without cable management, i was getting cpu to 75 degrees, with cable management, now cant get past 65.

IronClutchWolf 1 point 55 months ago

He's only pulling 233 watts, if pcpartpicker's wattage estimate is right. He's fine wiht that tiny PSU, for now. He won't be able to get the R9 295x2 in the future, he'd have to get an 800W.

Foolerer submitter 2 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Well, possibly not that GPU then :D EDIT. just checked, 600ish watts for the R9 295X2... yeh...

Genarus 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

If you were my kid i would flipping proud of ya Good job on the build and for the price you got everything for very well done. I know everyone is telling what to upgrade with but for now if the rig gives you your bang for your buck that is all that matters atm. I am sure if you want a good build later you would just do a completly new build and different parts if you want to go exotic. This build can be upgraded but still would require part swap outs as other have said. All and all great build for the bang for your... pound? And good move on the tray for your case to sit on. Hope you enjoy it!

Ardeof 0 points 55 months ago

"RAM I was originally planning to add an 8GB stick to make 12GB"

You should stay to the same brand/module. Such as: 2 x 4Gb [Kingston DDR3-1333Mhz] or 3 x 4Gb [Kingston DDR3-1333Mhz]

Part of the reason is because different modules of RAM in a system can potentially cause blue screens/performance issues/crashes

Other things to look for is whether your motherboard supports dual/triple/quad channel configurations for RAM. With the "MSI H81I Mini ITX LGA1150" motherboard it supports dual channel, which means you could potentially increase performance of RAM.

The cost of Dual Channel is basically halving the RAM amount. I.e. 2x4gb of ram in a dual channel configuration would basically become 4gb of ram, with increased performance times.

The difference in performance of a dual channel configuration are somewhat negligible, depending on what you're doing/using. If cost/budgeting is of great importance, i'd simply avoid dual channel for now unless using only 4gb of RAM, and purchasing a second 4gb module, isn't an issue.

If Rendering/Transferring/Data Conversion speeds are of great importance, Dual Channel configuration would most certainly improve this PC at a fairly low cost amount.

LeOrange 2 points 55 months ago

Dual channeling does not cut the amount of your RAM in half. If you install 2 sticks of 4GB each on a Z97 board, for example, you will have 8 GB RAM running in dual-channel.

Ardeof 2 points 55 months ago

Er, correct. Sorry, my recent experience with Dual Channel was a result of bad ram matching and ended up cutting the ram amount in half (bad modules). I guess my brain decided to relate that to dual channel halving the RAM amount. Lol >_<

That or maybe i've been looking at Raid configurations too much recently XD

LeOrange 1 point 55 months ago

lol xD

Ardeof 1 point 55 months ago

With the amount of crap I distract myself with i'm surprised I can retain any information at all haha.

I'm looking forward to an AMD Build that i'll be doing hopefully somewhat soon. I'm still deciding on whether I should buy an 8350 or 9590.

I really enjoy the Xeons, but i'm curious about how AMD does in the processing world :P

LeOrange 1 point 55 months ago

I'd say get the 8350. I'm not sure all the extra power that the 9590 draws is worth it.

It would be nice to do a build with a Xeon. Especially one of those really good Xeons, like the E5's or E7's... multi-Xeon system perhaps? muahahahaha

tabascosauz 3 Builds 0 points 55 months ago

I think you're a bit confused when it comes to PSUs. No way is a 550W PSU of any kind going to be able to power a R9 295X2. You'd need at least a 850W of decent quality to power a Z97 system with that card. A lot of people prefer to settle for a 1000W Gold/Plat just to be safe.

Nice pick on the SG08; it is one hell of a beautiful case.

About the RAM, just buy a 8GB or 16GB kit in a few months. With DDR4 out, DDR3 prices are going to plummet. Combining different kits of different speeds/timings from different manufacturers is a pretty bad idea, and 12GB (doesn't matter if it's 2x4GB + 2x2GB or 1x4GB + 1x8GB), is an even worse idea because it confines your system to single channel. Don't try triple channel RAM either (3x4GB), as there hasn't been an Intel chipset AFAIK supporting triple channel RAM since X58. Doing so on H81, as with other boards, will also cause your RAM to run in single channel.

Foolerer submitter 2 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Thanks for the information, ill buy an 8GB kit then eventually then.

Foolerer submitter 2 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

I mean 16GB, More RAM the merrier :D

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