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Hello! I have a main PC that I use for gaming on desk, but I wanted to create a computer that would be good for playing games on a couch and watching movies in 4K. After carelessly spending $1700 on my last build, I wanted to try to get the price to performance ratio. Using an Intel chip, while also being small enough to carry around the house. I know this isn't an HTPC case, but it will serve it's job as a Home Theater PC.

CPU: I decided to get a i5-2300 because they are low power to counter the high power 580 and I didn't want a 2 core i3 or Pentium. After looking on eBay I found that you can pick these up used and tested for around 70 to 80 USD.

CPU COOLER: Cheap and low profile while being decently quiet under stress. (I also like the AMD style reference CPU coolers.)

MOTHERBOARD: Cheapest mini ITX case I could find. I don't need any special features.

RAM: Cheapest RAM with heat sink and wanted it to go with the blue layout. (Plan on upgrading to 16 GB in the future for newer titles and to take advantage of Dual Channel speeds.

SSD: Didn't need blazing fast speeds, just got a knockoff SSD to help Windows boot up faster.

HDD: Good for games and big software

Video Card: Able to best offer someone on a BRAND NEW Zotac GTX 580 for 82 dollars shipped.

Case: Wanted a White case, and it was cheap.

PSU: Got it used off eBay for 30

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Custom: USB 3.0 to 2.0 MoBo didn't have slot for 3.0.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

New profile pic? Why?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm rotating through the characters of The Prince Bride.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

What's next? Andre?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

We shall see :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

inconceivable!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the SSD

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheapest SSD I could find. Plastic on it is similiar in quality to a McDonalds' toy.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the use of the 580 lol, I still have windforce one here I use as a tester card and its still going strong :P Cute system I love White, even though those SSDs are cheap I use to have one that's still going in a friends rig haha

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

how much did this cost you in total because total for me in only £56 but thats obviously not the complete build total

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

just under 400 usd for total system.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl and leds!