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~$1000 All inclusive Mini-ITX gaming build

Hackwood
  • 53 months ago

Hey guys, I need a (very) small computer that packs as much power as possible into the space it takes up. My budget is ~1000USD but I could go to 1100 if I need to. It needs to be a Skylake (i5?) with DDR4, a side window, and a red-black OR blue-black color scheme. As far as GPU I was thinking an R9 380X, but that's just so you can see the ballpark performance I want. I also need all the peripherals (monitor, keyboard, mouse, some low end speakers, and Windows 10). I am very limited on space, so the smaller the better! Thanks to all who help!

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  • 53 months ago
  • 3 points

Blue/black theme in a nice little case. Offers very balanced performance, and the peripherals follow the same color scheme

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI B150M Pro-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $64.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 380X 4GB DD XXX OC Video Card $228.98 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $58.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $65.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor AOC E2425SWD 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $99.99 @ Best Buy
Keyboard Thermaltake POSEIDON Z Wired Gaming Keyboard $62.87 @ Amazon
Mouse AZIO GM2400 Wired Optical Mouse $12.95 @ Amazon
Speakers Cyber Acoustics CA3001RB 14W 2.1ch Speakers $24.95 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $995.55
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-10 23:30 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks really solid to me... I changed out RAM for 2 4GB modules (and went with the prettier Ripjaws 4) but that's just me. I also added a small SSD because I've been done waiting on slow HDD's for years. My last edit was to trade out the PSU for a fully modular one, again, personal preference.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI B150M Pro-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $64.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $44.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 380X 4GB DD XXX OC Video Card $228.98 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $54.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.88 @ OutletPC
Monitor AOC E2425SWD 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $99.99 @ Best Buy
Keyboard Thermaltake POSEIDON Z Wired Gaming Keyboard $62.87 @ Amazon
Mouse AZIO GM2400 Wired Optical Mouse $12.95 @ Amazon
Speakers Cyber Acoustics CA3001RB 14W 2.1ch Speakers $24.95 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1080.42
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $1040.42
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-11 00:20 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

My main issue with this is the use of rebates. If you're okay spending that much extra up front, then alright.

Your ram choice is overpriced and it will diverge from the original color scheme, plus the b150 chipset can only clock ram up to 2133MHz, so the 3000 set is a waste.

There are far better choices for SSDs, as Kingston has been caught up in a bait and switch with this drive: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/184253-ssd-shadiness-kingston-and-pny-caught-bait-and-switching-cheaper-components-after-good-reviews

Go for this one instead: https://pcpartpicker.com/part/silicon-power-internal-hard-drive-sp120gbss3s60s25

Finally, your choice of PSU is inferior to the original suggestion. The only difference to full modularity over semi is the modularity of the 24pin atx connector, so it's no real benefit to switch to the inferior G1 unit over the TPD. The G1 series has poor voltage regulation and is made very cheaply.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll look into that

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

We've got a winner here.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh this should be fun! :) I'll get right on it, I love working on budget builds.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the quick response, I'm looking forward to seeing your solution to this!

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok here is what I cooked up, went off the budget by about $32 but it should be a good enough starting point for you to tweak it to your liking and get it down to where you want it! http://pcpartpicker.com/p/TpZfNG

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $213.97 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Phanteks PH-TC90LS 28.7 CFM CPU Cooler $31.71 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $126.24 @ NCIX US
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $48.13 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $76.80 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 390X 8GB Video Card $411.98 @ Micro Center
Case Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case $74.88 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $60.23 @ Newegg
Monitor Acer G226HQLBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $96.28 @ Amazon
Keyboard Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard $8.54 @ NCIX US
Mouse Logitech B120 Wired Optical Mouse $7.47 @ NCIX US
Speakers Cyber Acoustics CA-2014rb 4W 2ch Speakers $12.42 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1218.65
Mail-in rebates -$50.00
Total $1168.65
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-10 23:36 EST-0500

All credit for this goes to mrfaosfx im just reposting for Ease.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like this build, especially with the 390X... but its a little to far out of my budget. +1 for the fast response though.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy crapsicles! This is a tough one. I dont think ive ever roughed together a mini ITX build before. This will be informative!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Ain't that fun? Gotta love this site for challenges like that!

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

i built a gaming computer via this site. Now i spend more time here putting lists together, looking at other peoples lists comparing, and watching a TON of youtube learning. I don't even "game" anymore i just go 100% nerd; and its fun

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, I've seen some pretty insane part lists put together. So far I've been amazed by the Mini-ITX builds. These guys save every penny and come up with these beautiful $600 budget builds that have the perfect balance of component and looks...amazing what you can do when you are REALLLLLY on a budget!

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah i know. Its almost frightening how much power the little graphics cards have at times too. My first build was sort of a hackjob. it runs well but im not loving it. I thought many times about selling the system as is save for my EVO and my SSHDD storage drive. Im going to wait though until Zen and Polaris, AMD's new CPU and GPU architectures, and Pascal, Nvidia's new architecture to be released before i do.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

After doing enough lists, you learn what components are the best balance of price and performance. It's a pretty steep learning curve at first, but plenty of finesse can be developed.

I've probably made hundreds of lists for other people, so it's just become sort of second nature for me, haha

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $269.98 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $27.08 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock H170M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $109.97 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $48.13 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.09 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 380X 4GB Video Card $222.98 @ Micro Center
Case Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case $74.88 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $38.83 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $96.28 @ NCIX US
Monitor Acer G226HQLBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $96.28 @ Amazon
Keyboard Redragon S101 Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $29.94 @ Amazon
Speakers Logitech Z130 5W 2ch Speakers $17.10 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1125.54
Mail-in rebates -$45.00
Total $1080.54
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-10 23:57 EST-0500

What i came up with in Black and Red. The price is based off my states sales tax of 7% PLEASE adjust accordingly.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Someone getting fancy with the 6600K... I don't plan on overclocking. I'm not willing to risk burning up a $250 chip for a little bit faster speeds I won't take advantage of. Nevertheless, I am impressed with this list. However, I have my heart set on a boot (and most used programs) SSD, which puts the cost fairly high over the budget. I am always open to opinions and it's fun to see so many different takes on a given goal

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I think fellway's submission is superb under $1000 it will be extremely difficult to get it any lower.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I do agree. I messed with it and raised it a bit, but with that build I feel that it is a solid, bang for the buck build. Also, tapping into the somewhat obscure Micro-ATX form factor is something I wouldn't have considered in the first place

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

The trend as I've seen lately is that people are starting to move away from really large cases. Back in the 90s full tower builds were thing in style now, the smaller you can make it, the better. I like my big full towers tho, but that's just me!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I will update and repost then. Now i know OC isnt an option i can get down and dirty.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $224.68 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H170M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $109.97 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $57.54 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $90.82 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.09 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 380X 4GB Video Card $222.98 @ Micro Center
Case Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case $74.88 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $38.83 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $96.28 @ NCIX US
Monitor Acer G226HQLBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $96.28 @ Amazon
Keyboard Redragon S101 Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $29.94 @ Amazon
Speakers Logitech Z130 5W 2ch Speakers $17.10 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1148.39
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $1108.39
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-11 14:14 EST-0500

A non-OC chip with an SSD

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Better late than never yeah ?? take a look if u find the time..

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $117.99 @ NCIX US
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $44.99 @ Newegg
Storage Team DARK L3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 380X 4GB Video Card $204.99 @ Micro Center
Case Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Tower Case $34.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Thermaltake SMART 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $50.98 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.88 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VX248H 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $139.99 @ Micro Center
Keyboard Cooler Master OCTANE Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $34.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1104.65
Mail-in rebates -$100.00
Total $1004.65
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-11 08:23 EST-0500

One of the highly-rated ITX Boards with Premium ALC1150 Audio, Dual wired NICs (both Intel), Intel wifi, M.2 slot (PCI-E / SATA) as well as USB 3.1 Type-C .. Do chk out the Actual-user reviews of this board on Amazon ..

A 9.2 rated PSU on Tweaktown ..

AMD Radeon R9 380X Performance Unveiled, 15% Faster Than The Radeon R9 380

380X vs 380 vs 960 Benchmarks..

What A Killer-looking case Eh??..

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Its funny how a few hours after a topic is posted is considered late... Now I have a hard decision to make between this and fellway's build. Thanks!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

yeahhh.. it is always a good thing to do a li'l bit of research.. isn't it.. cheers :-D

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an interesting build... I really prefer the AMD cards, they seem to stand up better in benchmarks. Thanks nonetheless

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