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This is my very first computer build. I took a lot of time thinking about what I would want and if I needed to overclock or not. It's basically going to be my everyday computer but going with some gaming and video editing so it's perfect of the two worlds.

At the end of the day I said I'm not going to overclock but I still wanted something like an i7 and here we are now.

I did my best in terms of cable management I think.

Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3

It's an i7 without integrated graphics for $100 less. You can't beat that price at all.

Cooler Master Hyper 212X

Can't say much about this CPU cooler, it works and I picked it because of the price and the fan wasn't transparent at all like the 212 EVO which I didn't like. I might have went overboard with this as I'm not overclocking but it's better to be safe than sorry.

Arctic Silver 5

It's the best thermal paste from the reviews.

ASRock B85-ITX

This motherboard was something I had to think about for a while. I was thinking would I need to overclock in the near future or not and I probably won't need to so I got this cheap but reliable motherboard. It comes with everything you need but you do need a fan hub like I did since there's only one chassis fan port.

Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1333

Before you say anything about the price. I had this in my old HP desktop back in 2010 or something and I didn't really need to buy ram. So YAYY to saving money lol.

Samsung 850 EVO 250GB

Insanely fast boot time. I still have 200GB left so maybe I should've gotten the smaller size but it's always better to go bigger am I right?

Western Digital Black Series 1TB

I got this used but it still had 3 years left on warranty so you can't complain. It's not too loud, I think my case fans are louder than it.

EVGA GTX 760 2GB Superclocked

I was thinking of going with the 750ti but ultimately decided on getting this. It is used but I needed it because of the small gap between the graphics card and power supply I went with a blower style graphics card instead. It runs all of my games at max settings though I haven't played every game out there yet.

Fractal Design Define Nano S

I wanted something that's not a mid-tower case or something even higher so I picked this because of the great airflow and cable management is great though can be a headache if you want to used extensions like I was planning but I backed out of it since this looks cleaner in my opinion.

EVGA 500W

It's a power supply and it's by EVGA so awesome customer service and fast rebates.

Fractal Design GP14 140mm

It's a matching case fan that's all.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 4 points

Good cable management. Hope you enjoy your rig!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I tried to do my best. I didn't want a mess in the back. I am enjoying it but installing everything again drives my patience.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, re-installing everything can be a pain, also, don't worry too much about that slower ram. The delta between 1333, and 1600 is not so much that you would really feel it. It shows up on benchmarks, but for day to day living not so much.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I found my self with consumer-grade 1x8GB 1333Mhz DDR3 memory from Kington. What did I do? Overclocked it to 1866. Works flawlessly and file speeds are noticeably better.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I almost jumped the gun and got 1600mhz but like you said and many others have said in forums that it's not worth it. I'd rather save up my money for future upgrades.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure if it's possible to overclock ram with the xeon (over 1600mhz), is it?

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent build. And while you did save some money by re-using some old ram, I would put that upgrade as priority number one.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Yeah I'll probably upgrade it up to 16gb down the road since video editing needs more ram.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Second favorite ITX case right there. I am also an LGA1150 Xeon user. It just works so well.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

It's an awesome case, can't go wrong with it especially since there's almost no sacrifice except for no SLI. Xeon CPUs are underrated in my opinion.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I went over the top for the E3-1246 v3 with iGPU as I am without a GPU for a bit.It can still play Stardew Valley at max...

I'm on an ITX system in the Enthoo Evolv ITX (first favroite) as I know I'll only need/be able to afford one powerful GPU (see Stardew Valley above). Plus the size is just fun. As much as I could fill an ATX case and motherboard the larger Evolv fits my wants perfectly. Other than having to find a decent mini PCIe wifi card..

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Great minds think alike. I was looking at the E3-1246 V3 for the same reason to save some extra money but when I bought the GTX 760 things changed.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I had eyed the E3-1236 V3 to have an iGPU to fall back on, but I went with the 1231 to save money. I have my GTX 970 for CUDA and general GPU acceleration (overkill :/ ), but I sometimes wish I had gone with integrated graphics and saved the money.

Either way, Xeons are awesome, and it's good to see more people joining us Xeon users.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Most definitely. I primarily picked the 1231 because of the hyper threading.

Xeons are awesome!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

The 970 kicks butt and the +100mhz clock isn't worth it if you don't need the iGPU like I do right now (and maybe future for a home lab setup).

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Nicely done and great price.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice! I've wanted a smaller-sized build of just about this price range. You had some good ideas here! And yes, great cable management!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I think smaller-size builds are good if you don't plan on going SLI or need extra sound cards and such.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree. Never been a fan of the Full/E-ATX cases.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for not compromising with any part. I appreciate that

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

You're welcome!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

does it run fine without ecc memory... Im planning on doing a similar build except using the new v4 (Lga 1151) xeons

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Watch the chipset compatibility. If I hadn't had a z97 ITX boad fall into my lap for shipping and RMA costs I would have gone for a v4 too. I was looking at:

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-Motherboard-C236M-WORKSTATION/dp/B01DT49YDC/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1463777371&sr=1-4&keywords=c236

or a flat color ITX board before.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

So far I haven't had any issues with the chipset and such. Maybe because I updated the bios right off the bat.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the newer LGA1151/skuylake/v4/v5 Xeons that have a specific chipset. They supposedly don't work with z170/h170/etc boards. Yours is fine.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Runs fine for me, no issues right now.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

it's always better to go bigger am I right?

corekt.

+1

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

XD

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Though, not really perfect... Overall you did an excellent job and I wish I could have done something like this for my first PC and not wimping out and getting a prebuilt XD. HOWEVER, you could have avoided a lot of extra hassle with a little more careful planning.

  1. The CPU cooler is definitely overkill for a power efficient 80W Xeon without overclocking. Plus, it my experience coolermasters can be a pain in the *** to install if you have no experience with them. You could have saved yourself a lot of hassle as the stock intel heatsink is pretty much the simplest install ever. However, now that you have it, you do have the benefit of using it for future builds. :)

  2. The mobo/case/not enough fan connectors. I'm not really sure why you went ITX, I would find that quite limiting personally, but for the limitations of the board it might have been way simpler to go with a case like the Thermaltake V21 as it only has one giant 200mm front fan, and as the case can fit a microATX you might as well go with the Asrock Pro 4 which gives you two PCIe slots and 4 dimms. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-case-ca1d500s1wn00 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h97mpro4

I guess it's a bit of a moot point really as hindsight is 20/20, but still, for anyone looking to your build for inspiration those are a couple of tips I have for avoiding headaches. :)

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

The cooler is overkill but it does future proof my needs for a future build so that saves me money. It was pretty easy to install honestly. There's videos on youtube on how to install and that helped a lot.

I don't want to go with the Thermaltake V21 merely because it's square shaped. I know I could've went with a mid-tower build but I wanted to be different from everyone else.

:D

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Fair enough, there's no accounting for taste. XD I personally dig the V21 box shape.

I think the real question for this rig is: When are you going to upgrade the GPU? Getting a cheap card at the moment was 100% the right move because of the new cards coming out, but are you going to spring for a GTX 10XX or an R9 4XX?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I wanted cheap and got it haha. XD

I'm going GTX 10XX, but right now if I had to upgrade the build it would be GPU, PSU, white PSU cables and the venturi fans. That's around $500 I think.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

PSU seems like an odd upgrade choice? The new GPU's coming out are supposed to be super energy efficient, unless it's just for show you probably don't need a new one. I mean, a Xeon plus a 1070 should be way less than 500 Watts.

IMO you should upgrade your RAM to 16GB@1600MHz instead of the PSU https://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31600c10d16gab It wont impact your performance by much, but it will be some nice future proofing.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

It's more for show but also with me going with what the recommended PSU wattage is needed when the time comes. It's kind of a waste I know but if I do upgrade I'll go fully modular.

Someone did mention the ram upgrade as a top priority and I'll focus on that first since it's the cheapest.

It'll probably look like this: RAM, GPU, fans and then PSU with the white cables.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I know, the original plan was to go silent but deadly but I'm on a budget right now. The future upgrades will make it silent but overkill.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It needs a gas mask that's all.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't do that! Lol!