Description

This build was really completed almost a year ago, but I have been tempted to continue upgrading it. I decided that eventually I need to consider it "completed".

I built my last PC more than 15 years ago, so this was more like my first build. Had to do a lot research as everything has changed in the last couple of years.

My goal was to build a compact gaming PC with better performance than my laptop within a budget of $1000 (Sans the monitor, as anyway I used to connect my laptop to a 60 inch HDTV). Also to be as future proof as much as possible.

I was able to get all the base components within 1-2 months with some discount (got the i7 CPU for the price of the i5), but ended spending more in components I didn't plan (i.e.: the modular Corsair RM850 PSU). I tried not to get carried away.

I was not aware that the Xigmatek Spirit case was not compatible with my components due to the height of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, but It fitted just right. Although the case is nice for the price (is metal), I'm planning on replacing the case for something nicer, but compact/portable Micro ATX cases are rare. Maybe I will go for a BitFenix Prodigy M (red?).

I realized too late that SLI is not worth it, otherwise I may have gone Mini ITX instead of Micro ATX (Coolest PC Cases are Mini ITX). Also, since this is also used by my kids, going Mini ITX would have helped with portability.

Additional wireless Keyboard/Mouse is used by my kids, just in case of "accidents".

Overall, I'm really happy with my custom PC that I sold my laptop and no longer use consoles. Hopefully I will finally get a monitor.

Sorry for the pictures quality. Will post some updated pictures later.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I... don't seem to recognise that skyrim mod you have as your Desktop background... Enlightenment please <3~

By the way, your cable management could be better, like some of the cables can be put to the back of the case instead of going over your graphics card. Especially with all those flat cables, it will reduce your airflow like a lot...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I do not know about that MOD either, got the wallpaper online. One reason I built this rig was to try MODs on Skyrim, but with already 300+ hours on the game I decided to take a rest from Skyrim (thus didn't MOD) and complete other games on my library.

The pictures are quite old, so the cables doesn't look so bad now. I removed some trays that don't really needed. I just uploaded a more recent picture, but certainly it can be improved :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I ask a question?
Where do you find that msi logo?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It was included with the MSI Z97M motherboard. I will try to salvage it if I replace the case.

Honestly, I was also tempted to get a MSI GPU just for the logo and color theme, but decided on the Gigabyte GPU because it's supposed to run cooler (cannot compare so not sure if true).

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

But the 212 is pretty awesome and you get almost the same performance for less money right?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The difference is practically negligible. You may get a couple degrees lower with a water cooler in extreme situations, but the main advantage is the "wow" factor. The 212 is a better value, however.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, a water cooler or beefier cooler is only really needed for the bigger CPUs that can be overclocked, like the 2011 i7s :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I was considering Water Cooling, but is too risky for first build (for now). Also, more expensive.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your comments. Not sure if the Cryorig H7 has better performance, but at least look nicer :)

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

A case is almost not even important when it comes to a somewhat limited budget build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

That, and also I was still undecided on the case, so bought something cheap (and on sale) so I can replace it without feeling guilty :P

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

In fact I'm surprised that this case has great airflow. I'm not expert but I can tell I do not have heating issues.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is not that bad, I mean, is sturdy. But yes, I feel you.

This is the more compact (less liters) case I could find sub $100 to my liking, since I spent more than planned on other components.

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