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First Mini ITX Build, comments wanted

mortikar

63 months ago

The goals for this build:

Budget~ About $800

Mobility-Use it for home theater or a grab n go lan party computer. (And maybe gaming at work on slow days >.>)

Gaming-Medium. This build will not be used for high competitive gaming, but should play all current games at medium graphics at least.

Overclocking-None.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/mortikar/saved/fMnNnQ

Comments:

I'd like to know if you guys see anywhere where I can cut cost corners or greatly improve performance for just a few more dollars. Basically, if there are any glaring issues such as "Don't buy that card, this card is X better for Y more/or less dollars."

Also, I'm not a complete tech guru, but I'd also like to know if everything is compatible. Also, that prodigy case looks pretty big as far as ITX cases go, everything should fit, right?

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd swap out the I5-4570 for the 4460, it's one of the Haswell refresh chips, exactly the same performance but a bit cheaper. The G-skill Ares memory also a bit cheaper.

Where you could really improve it is the graphics card, the 750ti is pretty low end, you can get the much more powerful Radeon 280 for $21 more, although you would then need a bigger PSU costing another $10.

That extra cost could be clawed back with the SSD, 128GB is big enough to hold the OS, with games installed on the HDD.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $179.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $84.99 @ Micro Center
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $71.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $67.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 280 3GB TurboDuo Video Card $141.00 @ Newegg
Case BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case $59.98 @ OutletPC
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Pioneer BDC-207DBK Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $34.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $88.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $819.87
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-14 18:52 EST-0500

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