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Hello. I've been visiting this site for over a year and saving for this PC for almost 2 years now. I'm 14 (just a little too young for jobs over here in AUS) so saving money took quite sometime. As you'll probably notice, some of the parts are not on the PCPP database, so I added them as a custom part and included prices. I could probably ramble on all day but I won't. Here's a run down of my parts and reason for choosing them.

CPU: Great little CPU. The cheapest I5 was 100 dollars more expensive, and for the games I'd be playing (BF3, BF4, etc) the difference wasn't enough. The 100 dollars saved went into a better GPU and other components. Besides, the i3 has a very good upgrade path, so I may just skip an I5 and go I7 should I need to upgrade.

CPU cooler: The i3 runs fairly cool and the stock cooler is fine. However I will probably replace this soon to get even better temps.

RAM: Fairly cheap, however it is good quality for the price. No heat spreader is fine. I chose 1 8gb stick over 2 4gb so that if i wanted to upgrade to 16gb in the future I'll just put another stick of this ram in.

SSD: Incredibly fast! Got it for 86 dollars, which is a bargain for 120gb ssds over here. The next SSD with similar speeds was over 100 dollars. This thing boots to windows straight from entering my password!

HDD: This or the western digital. Both were good options however I managed to get 5 dollars off when I purchased it with my keyboard.

GPU: The case had a length restriction of 266mm which cut down a lot of my options (card I wanted was 267mm, had to laugh at that) Eventually I chose this one. Short, 2 fans, great cooling. I don't know why, I thought I would get an Arkham Knight coupon but I guess I didn't (anyone know why?) Could have gone with the cheaper r9 280, which has more RAM and a wider memory bus, however it also runs hotter and consumes more power, which I didn't want in my case (haha, get it? in my case, like my PC case? No..? Okay..)

Case: I've always wanted to go Mini ITX due to family reasons (mother and father live in separate house) and I didn't want to lug around a mid tower. I can also take this over to a friends house when we want to have a LAN party. Great case. Quite a few subtle cable management spots (where front panel clips on, etc) which I believe I could've utilized more. Cables will always be a pain with ITX builds and mine is no exception. I later purchased a silverstone PP05 short cable kit to combat the cable clutter and poor airflow. Although the cable management still looks awful, please note I tried to push them out of the way of the intake fan, so it could feed air to the CPU and such.

PSU: Brillliant PSU. Silent fan, modular cables and bronze efficiency for 99 dollars? Count me in!
WORD OF WARNING: Unless you're a cable management god/godess, the cables are far too long for a mini itx case, especially the SG13! I have some pictures with the stock cables, and scroll along more for pictures with the PP05 short cable kit, which improved temps dramatically (10-20 degrees C at load, and down to 30 degrees C at idle for CPU)

OS: Got it for free through school. I prefer w7 over w8, so I chose w7. Will upgrade to w10 when I can.

Wireless adapter: Cheap, portable and fast. 10mbs with my internet, which is more than I need. Couldn't go with pcie adapter due to the form factor (mobo had only one slot for GPU)

Monitor: Brilliant monitor. Got it for 200 dollars down from 300 dollars due to a packaging error in store, they decided to give me a free upgrade! Stand is a little wobbly but that's only a problem if you jump on your keyboard or something equally ridiculous.

Case fan: Great Fan. Didn't come with ANY mounting hardware so I had to go to the hardware shop and get some myself. Was a little disappointed with that, however its practically silent and keeps the case cool.

Mouse: I always wanted this mouse, and I'm not disappointed. Great stabilizability, easy to use software. Comfortable!

Keyboard: I couldn't justify spending 100 dollars+ on a mechanical keyboard, so i went with the next best option. Keys are nice and clicky. The back lights aren't anything special especially on the shift/enter key, however I cannot complain. Got this on sale for 39 dollars!

Conclusion: I am incredibly happy with this build. It runs all the games I wanted on ultra (BF3 70 fps ultra on online, Goat sim maxed out is brilliant) I like FPS games and I look forward to purchasing and playing quite a few in the future. I have to admit I was incredibly satisfied when I could play Minecraft maxed out with constant 60 FPS (Vsync on) as I was coming from a laptop that could play it on minimum with 15 FPS at all times.

I'm open to constructive criticism, so fire away! Thank you for reading!

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Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice work, looks great. +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for Goat Simulator!

I always love it when I see people go ITX for their first builds. I was actually considering ITX for my own rig and then decided it'd be too hard to do, lol. Nice job on the build and thanks for the info about temperatures.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Have to admit I was worried about going ITX for my first build. It was difficult but now that I can take it around with ease, I love it!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Might have to go ITX for my next build. The Node 202 is looking really tempting :D

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't seen much on it. Might have to look it up!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Great start! Since you use a discrete GPU, I think you could have saved a bit more on the CPU and go with a well known Pentium G3258 instead of i3. But I do agree that saving on CPU to get a better GPU and balance your build was a good choice.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I could've gone down that route, however I didn't really want to mess with overclocking in a small build in a small case. Maybe in the future. Thanks!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Were you able to fit both the SSD and HDD in this case? Good work btw!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. SSD goes on the bottom left near the front, and the HDD sits above on a bracket that attaches to the frame. Thanks!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Mini ITX builds never really appealed to me. I think you just changed my mind +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers mate!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey great build +1,

Just wondering what are the size dimensions of that GPU? Im looking at doing a similar build with an SSD and HDD but have been told the GPU size can stop you using a 3.5" drive. Did you have any issues with putting the hard drive in?

Thanks

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I apologize for the late reply, I've been busy recently. The GPU is 193mm long. Nope! The only issue I had was that I put the HDD bracket in before the GPU. Even with a full length GPU, the HDD isnt blocked at all. The HDD sits on a bracket just above the front intake, meaning the GPU is well clear of it!

Lemme know if you have any more inquiries, I'm here to help!