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Update 5/14/14

Motherboard (MSI B85I, $79.99) died on me earlier in the week. Bought an ASRock Z87E-ITX for $139.99 at Micro Center ($152.94 after tax).

Update 2/23/14

Installed 1TB 3.5" HDD as a secondary drive from an old build (9/10)

2/20/14

My goal was simple: stay under $800 (after taxes and shipping).

I originally built a relatively low-end HTPC last year (3/13) and decided to stick with the Mini-ITX form factor reusing my case (Cooler Master Elite 120) and optical drive (LG Blu-ray). I had a tough time finding the combination of parts to keep costs down but finally met my goal when I saw that Micro Center was selling the i5-4570 for $159.99 ($174.79 after tax).

I'm not much of a gamer but figured I'd throw in a video card and test the waters. Cable management is pretty difficult in such a small case although I like the fact that the Cooler Master can accommodate a 5.25" drive and a full-sized video card (11.6" in length). The cables are still a mess, regardless.

In the future I'd like to bump my total spending costs to $900 by using the money to buy a better case fan, CPU fan and heatsink.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Smart choice going b85 chipset on the motherboard. Its very good an under rated. +1

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  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice budget build!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, thanks for uploading. I'm about to start my first build, and want a good system in a mini ITX, but have been worried that I can't get good specs in such a small space. Your system is a good example of what I'd like to do.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

You get a +1 from me just for your dog alone!

Such dog Much cute wow

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

i would suggest you upgrade to the elite 130 in the future, the 120 is nice but that plate in the front really hurts in terms of airflow.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! i'll keep that in mind the next time i plan on upgrading

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

how was the case? :D

  • 70 months ago
  • -2 points

you need to get a hard drive as fast as possible

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

i have a few 1tb samsung spinpoint f3 drives (HD103SJ) that i might throw in there if i really do struggle for space

  • 70 months ago
  • -2 points

ok but I would recommend putting them in it soon so you don't have to waste precious space on the ssd

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

i only keep installed programs on my ssd. pictures, documents, and the like go into cloud storage.

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

ok

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

installed my old 1tb 3.5" hdd today as a secondary drive

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