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CPU: Strong yet stable Core i5. I didn't want the hassle of dealing with an overclockable CPU for this console killer build, just something fast and stable out of the box.

MOTHERBOARD: The ASRock Z87E-ITX is quickly becoming my favorite motherboard for ITX Intel builds. I absolutely LOVE the fact that it has a mSata slot on the underside of the motherboard in relation to the half size mSata slot on the topside of the motherboard (2 for 1)! It also has support for 2400mhz ddr3, a USB 3.0 header, and wireless AC comes standard.

CASE: The Silverstone SG05 is a very versatile ITX case that can house a full size dual slot GPU up to 10"! It has a great following and is my favorite case to build in. The overall build of this system is VERY quiet at idle!

GPU: I wanted to go with the strongest mid range GPU I could find that was low power and would fit in this case nicely. Since I am partial to AMD GPUs for their power, efficiency and price point, I picked out the MSI R7 265 which has 2GB of GDDR5 memory and a 256 bit memory interface. At only 8.74" long this was the perfect card in my opinion to keep temps down yet still managing to outperform the likes of the Xbox One and PS4.

PSU: I went with the Silverstone 300W SFX PSU for this 250W build. This PSU has a quiet and cool feature that only spins the exhaust fan when temps get too high. I threw on a blue Techflex PSU sleeve kit and also used some white 550 paracord to accent with an additional color. It was my first attempt at sleeving which, overall I feel came out OK.

MEMORY: Kingston Fury HyperX 8GB 1866mhz DDR3 in 2x4GB sticks. Solid ram and right in my price range. Although I could bump up to 2400mhz DDR3 in the future.

STORAGE: I'm using a 32GB msata SSD for the OS mounted in the single full height mini PCIe slot on the underside of the motherboard. For media storage I went with a 120GB 2.5" SSD which sits just below the front 120mm chassis fan.

WIFI / BLUETOOTH ADAPTER: Stock wireless AC from ASRock!

OS: Windows 10 Technical Preview (solid and loving the new OS!)

For this $700 build (double the cost of a kinect-less Xbox One) I wanted to have a system that has a high upgrade factor yet would still outperform the best of the next gen consoles on the market. What I set out to do cost a little more than planned in the end but is a super performer and lacks nothing.

I wanted to really see what DirectX 12 has to offer in increasing the performance of AMD's GPUs (which some have stated a 400% increase in overall performance) so I went with the free version of Windows 10 tech preview and plan to ride along with it until consumer production.

Everything ended up fitting in the case once I removed the HDD cage and did some cable routing. Sleeved PSU cables can be very stiff and a pain to work with especially in an ITX build!

Overall I LOVE this PC and would recommend it to anyone wanting a budget $700 build that will beat up on the consoles of today. Thanks for taking the time to check out my console smasher!

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Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I like this build :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! +1 for your build as well!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like the build. It is similar to the one I use in my living room. I use the same case and I love it. Have fun! +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

i wouldve gotten a larger PSU. only 50w headroom on a non-modular 80+ bronze and at 55$? The sleeving is nice but in general not very good there. Otherwise solid build

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah I have a 500w modular silverstone on the way that I will be swapping out. I will be moving the sleeved 300w over to my white SG05 with a pentium G3258 water cooled and R7 260X. The 300w performs well with the current setup but as you stated I want a little more headroom.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

what sort of frames per second are you getting i have that hard drive and my laptop used to take 2 mins to boot and would lag now 5 years later its boots up in 30 seconds no lag. anyone that's thinking of getting an ssd is the best investment in an old machine

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I mostly play racing games and my son has me on Marvel disney infinity 2.0. I have all my games maxed out on high settings and I get a solid 60fps at 1080p! The ssd is the only way to go anymore for a quick loading and snappy system.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

If you just needed if for gaming you could have saved some serious cash by going with a G3528 and as another comment stated you could have found a better PSU for that price-point (or found a comparable one for less) but other than that the build looks great! +1 for small form factor budget builds!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Funny you mention that because I'm putting together a G3258 budget build in a white sugo SG05. All the parts for that build will be in by next week. It's also going to be water cooled and overclocked. To point out, I didn't do the best job hunting for bargains because I just recently found this site after purchasing the parts for the build you see here.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 nice pics. Even the cables and stock cooler match the build :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like this build with the color cordination. The only thing I personally would change is the GPU with a mini gtx 970, but that is just a personal preference.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree with your thoughts. I really didn't look at budget much. I was just thinking of how to get the highest performance in that case

  • 61 months ago
  • -2 points

AMD gpu power efficiency. Good one mate. Its only because it is a pretty weak gpu that it consumes not a lot of power.

But enough rant. Good build for the price point. If I were you, I would of bought a lower end i5 and a better gpu but I guess it isn't too bad

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I didn't want to jump to the R9 series as it's a $70 jump up from the R7 series in most cases and the 265 is the beefiest R7 there is. The R9 series also requires much more power than the R7 cards. This machine was built solely to play mainstream games at the same level or better than next gen consoles, which it does without missing a beat. People wanting to build something similar could easily play around with different CPU and GPU combos but this combo fits perfect for what I need it to do.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

The ps4 is limited to the software that the games are rendered in. You cannot adjust graphic settings in game with a ps4. 5Gb of vram is great to have on tap but not as useful if they aren't being put to use at max capacity. The gpu of the ps4 is similar to that of the radeon 7870 which just slightly edges out my card in graphical prowess but the 265 has higher memory clock and effective memory clock speeds. With my build having a better cpu, more dedicated system memory, It's still easily the winner while running directx 12!

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  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

i dont know what your smoking, but consoles are NOT more expensive than PCs

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for your insight. Looks like my next build will have to up its game to fend off those pesky consoles. I'm still extremely happy with the performance from this enthusiast itx build!