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Following the success I had building my gaming rig, I decided to replace the not so old but oh so cheap PC I used for web browsing/downloading etc. It was a low end Intel Pentium with a couple of gigs of RAM, so it struggled with multitasking. Aside from adding another stick of RAM, it had ZERO upgrade options - so it had to go.

Initially I wasn't going to spend so much, considering I don't need a GPU, since integrated graphics are good enough for what I needed, but then again I thought I might as well build a machine that looked nice, and gave me the option to turn it into a gaming rig in the future if I ever decided to. Buy cheap Buy twice is my motto!

I decided early on that I wanted to go mATX, space is at a premium and I didn't want some huge monster getting in the way. I like the look of the 350D - it looks smart and has a nice big window. It was expensive, but I decided I must have it - after all its what you see first. I also liked the fact that the power/reset buttons were on the front rather than on the top/side as with some cases.

Next up was the CPU/Mobo decision - I know I could've saved money by going for a different chipset, I don't really need the overclocking capabilities of a Z87, but again - it gives me the option down the line. I chose the Gryphon because I really like the look of the TUF boards with the armour, and I have the Sabertooth in my gaming rig and I haven't had any problems with it. Same reason I went with a top tier i5. I doubt I'd utilize an i7, and in any case, I have one in my gaming rig, so if the need does arise, I can always use that machine instead.

The Corsair RM550 was chosen because I like the low profile flat cables that come with it. They're also all black, so not too many multi-coloured wires on show (which drives me crazy!) 550 watts is overkill, I know, but again it gives me the option of adding a GPU if I wish, and with such a small power draw, the fan does not even spin, so it's deadly silent.

2 AF140 intakes were added, and to keep the colours matching, I sprayed the rings yellow. I'm not really happy with the way they came out, but they're good enough that I wont have to redo them. I replaced the stock fan on the H75 with an SP120 Quiet Edition, and sprayed the ring to match.

The Corsair H75 comes with 2 fans for a push/pull configuration, but since there is not a lot of heat going through the case, or a huge OC, I decided to just install one. I was kinda put off with Corsair here that they don't supply short screws with the kit so you can just have the one fan - I had to raid my collection and find some suitable ones in order to mount the rad straight to the back of the case.

For storage, I went with a 250GB SSD as a boot drive, and a 4TB mechanical drive. I like the green drives, they're quiet and since it's only for media storage, it doesn't have to be 7200RPM. The first one was dead on arrival, so it was RMA'd. The second one works fine and that was the only issue I had putting this PC together.

Thanks.

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build. You don't see too many yellow themed builds, but it rooks really nice.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

thankyou

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

THAT HAS GOT TO BE THE CLEANEST AND BEST LOOKING BUILD I HAVE EVER SEEN HATS OFF TO YOU SIR. That was damn expensive when you don't even have a graphics card though!

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

One thing I like about the build is that it looks so clean and sharp. There is literally no better looking PC I have ever seen without a custom water cooling loop.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the color combo.

Great Build +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

So beautiful, I'm in the process of a yellow themed build too.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you spray paint the colour rings on the Corsair fan?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait, this is for web browsing and downloading?!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

where is the HDD ? i noticed you took out the cages for it on this build and your other build so i was wondering where you exactly put you HHD's and how you mounted them wherever they are

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

all of my mechanical drives are mounted via ORICO AC52535-1S Adaptors inside the 5.25 bays. The adaptor inside this build needs slight modification though, as the bay cover does not sit flush with the front of the case now because the HDD is slightly too far forward.

The SSD's are just sitting behind the mobo trays, they're not mounted in any way.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

This is probably my favorite build posted on this website. So clean and simple. Even with a GPU this thing would look just as pretty. +100000000000

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Wheres the cables :p

but seriously kudos to you good job on the cable management

  • 69 months ago
  • 0 points

an evga gtx 750 ti will look awesome there. if u get that card u will get the maximum price/performance if u need a graphic card :D. congratulations and i hope in the future u get a better build

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I dont need a GPU in this as I've already built myself a gaming rig, 4770k, 16GB RAM, SLI 780's - its on here too if you check out my profile

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

ok bro i will check it out

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  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

my other machine has SLI 780's in it. I don't need a GPU for this build. With that said, I have built this rig with the option to add a GPU if I need/want to down the line.

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