Description

I decided to build this PC originally as a Platform for KODI. I realised pretty quickly that it could be handy for other uses, such as playing CSGO with a housemate and as media and work storage for my university days.

Performs brilliantly in that which was intended, its never used to play anything that intensive, so there's no noticeable performance loss that I can see!

Some may ask why I chose a £90 motherboard with the Pentium, this was simply to avoid any complications that I might have with the chipset. It was worth spending the extra cheese on, and the inbuilt Wi-Fi was a big plus.

The SSD I know has serious controversy surrounding it, but it as worked snappily and flawlessly to date!

The video card I picked up from a friend for free in exchange for a Z97-A motherboard I had from a previous build.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask!

Part Reviews

CPU

Very cheap, very overclockable and performs perfectly in everything thrown at it.

CPU Cooler

Lives up to its name, totally inaudible.

Motherboard

Total oversight from me, due to the placement of the CPU socket on the motherboard, I had to mount the CPU cooler sideways so that it didn't interfere with the video card!

The only issue I had with the board was that one of the Wi-Fi antenna is loose, and flops around a bit, its not catastrophic and doesn't affect the Wi-Fi capabilities.... but its a little annoying.

Video Card

Loud under load, but I never really stress the card too much. So it is perfect for this build.

Case

Dead cheap for what you get. Dust filters, large 200mm fan, sleek looking case. Its large for an ITX build, but for the money, you can't get anything better.

Power Supply

I know there is controversy about this part also, but to date I can say it has worked perfectly.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build +1... I like how to chose to mount the CPU cooler looks aesthetically nicer unless you had space restrictions mounting it differently....Kodi!! can't live without her

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Its a really pretty heatsink! I know, ever since I set up Kodi my life has changed.. probably for the worse!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! That is hands down my favorite case...I completely changed my planned build to revolve around that case.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a great case, really keen to do some with Phanteks in the future!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

750 watts waste of money should have gone with a EVGA 550w supernova

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I had this power supply from a previous build, didn't see the value in spending more money!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done. Love the case!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

nice! how do you oc on this motherboard? i was using h97m anniversary and its 1 click away on the bios.

im checking out z itx boards for the same case you have :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I imagine its the same as yours! Just a couple of easy clicks on the core frequencies (+volts if youre into it)!

I really recommend the case, one thing i didnt realise it came with is a mounting tray for rads on the top with would make aios/custom loops alot easier!

Thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

What camera and lens did you use for this?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a pretty old Canon D1000, with a 18-55 mm lens. Sorry for the slow reply.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice. i've actually found that mounting the CPU cooler sideways (fan on bottom) cools the system more efficiently, and even gives residual cooling to the GPU.

You can tighten the WIFI antenna with the round end of a small (8mm?) wrench from the back of the case.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll give that a go! thanks.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

This rig should do pretty good at gaming, it wont run the AAA titles very well due to being a dual core but everything else should run smooth as butter. I would consider the GPU third/fourth tier and the CPU second tier, so this thing should do very well. Very good bang for your buck.

I have a G3258 rig with a HD6770, it handles games like a champ.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the dual core thing is a bit of an issue, but it's not really used for anything other than CS:GO. If it does require an upgrade it'll be a bit awkward though, as the cheapest 1150 chip is over £100 :((((

thanks for the comment

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

The G3258 is by far the best chip under about $150 on this socket, so upgrading can be a pain. The i3 you would want to get is about $160ish and by then why not just get the $180 i5. The G3258 is difficult to upgrade due to its quality and price.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Its amazing value, yes it is an issue. I'm not looking forward to the day when it doesn't perform :/ I don't place much value on i3s, simply because they're still dual cores despite the hyper threading. Do games that require a four cores work on i3s? (plus you can't overclock them)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Some do some don't, and even those that do will not preform as well as they would on a true quad core. There are also hacks to make most of the games that require quad cores to run on dual, granted you will take a performance hit. I feel the G3258 killed the relevance of the i3's for the 1150 socket. Aside of HTing and a higher officially supported memory speed (the Pentium is 1333MHz and the i3 is 1600MHz) the G3258 is better then the i3's on this socket, OCing the G3258 will make up for most any performance differences.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed, despite some minor discrepancies, this chip has been one of the best budget cpus for a long time. I hope intel produce a budget quad core to replace this little guy at the low end of the market!

  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points

bruh??? fix your cooler

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats wrong?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Fix it? I had to mount it this way so as to have clearance for the video card.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

huh thats weird, is that to do with the lay out of the mobo? the cooler in this looks pretty similar http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/YzccCJ

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah its the mob layout, the mobo in the build you linked has the socket much higher than the MSI board that I used. :)

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