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Compact 1080p gaming build

by El_Nic

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12 Comments

Details

Date Published

Jan. 3, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 5, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.58GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

Description

Hello! This build's purpose is to play recent games at 1080p. It has to fit in a limited space in my desk, so it uses Mini-ITX form factor, and the budget is around 800€. Last time I built a PC was in 2007 and I was totally out of the loop, but I managed thanks to the recommendation from /r/buildapc subreddit and discord channel, and by browsing other builds on pcpartpicker.

Overall, I'm very satisfied with this PC. No heating issues, very low noise, great performance. Still have to experiment, but I managed to play World of Warcraft, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and the DOOM demo at maximum detail with zero issues.

Part Reviews

CPU

I do not intend to overclock, so a 6600k didn't make much sense, and a 6600 didn't seem worth 40€ more than the 6500. Stock cooler is fine.

Motherboard

This motherboard has a lot of features for its price: integrated Wi-Fi, M.2 slot on the backside, B150 chipset, cool orange LEDs. Wi-Fi antenna has a magnetic base, pretty useful.

Memory

Only one 8GB stick to fit in the budget, might add one more in the future.

Storage

I went for an M.2 SSD: the less cables around the case, the better, and the price was the same as the 2,5-Inch version.

Video Card

For playing at 1080p, this card is great. The maximum GPU lenght allowed by the case is 267 mm, and this one fits perfectly with 223 mm while still being a full-sized GPU. Has semi-passive cooling, so fans won't spin until the card temperature gets too high.

Case

The limiting factor in the choice was a maximum width of 265 mm, since the case has to fit in a tight space. The SG13B is 222 mm wide, fits full-size graphic cards and has a mesh front panel. Other cases like the Cooler Master Elite 120 or 130 were interesting, but this one was smaller and more compact. It's a bit cramped inside, so cable management is almost impossible, unless custom-length cables are used.

Power Supply

This PSU is fully modular and comes at a good price. It's also 140 mm deep (instead of the usual 150/160 mm), so it leaves space for the upper drive cage in the case. I got a bit disappointed with it, though: the 20-pin connector doesn't plug all the way on the PSU for about 1,5 mm. Moreover, the fan gets noisy if pointed down (as in pictures, I wanted it to blow warm air outside of the case), but I had no issues with it when I pointed it up.

Case Fan

The case can also fit a 140 mm fan, but then there's no space for the upper drive cage, needed for mounting a 3,5" HDD. I got a 120 mm one since I might mount my old HDD in the future, the difference in airflow is negligible. This fan blows air inside the case.

Comments Sorted by:

floobison 2 points 10 months ago

would you recomend the power supply to someone on a budget?

El_Nic submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Hi! I bought the PSU about one year ago, so I'm not up-to-date with the most recent products, but back then it was small and fully modular PSU for a cheap price compared to other similar products. As I said, the fan got noisy when turned upside down (maybe I got a defective fan? Couldn't be bothered to return the PSU), but apart from that it's still working fine with no issues.

ThatOneBudgetGuy 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

that card can do 1440 as well. i have the 3gb and i hooked it up to my dad's 1440p 24 inch asus moniter, and it ran every game at a rock steady 50-60 fps. the highest was doom, at 80 fps.

El_Nic submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks for the information, might consider upgrading my monitor in the future.

anas99 1 point 20 months ago

What about the CPU temperature?

El_Nic submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

While playing the games listed above, I haven't seen the CPU going past 50 °C. Haven't run any specific stress test.

SidSK 1 point 19 months ago

What a perfect fit! Nice build, well done!

El_Nic submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks :D

isidoros52 1 point 8 months ago

I am building a pc and and I am thinking of using the same PSU as you. Does it still work fine after 2 years?

El_Nic submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Yes, everything is still working fine.

One78 0 points 21 months ago

This is awesome! Love the small size!

El_Nic submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks!