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My Mini ITX Gaming Build - Can You Beat It?

Jeigh-o-teh-PS

62 months ago

Hey, there. Transitioning console gamer here.

So, after much thought, I've decided to create something to match/surpass the PS4 I'm no longer planning on buying. (I will miss my beloved inFamous, but I can't be trashing my entire library every Next Gen. And call me old-fashioned, but no HDTV of mine will be interfacing with two gaming systems at the same time. It's called morals people!)

Anyway, in the spirit of gaming, here's my challenge to you:

I've crafted- no, forged- no, no, MATERIALIZED, AS IF FROM THIN AIR, a magical, beastly AZZA Z Mini ITX build that comes in at just under $900! Without (1) breaking that $900 barrier, (2) changing the case, or (3) changing the optical drive, can you either:

SQUEEZE MORE POWER INTO THE SAME BOX?

-or-

MATCH THE SAME POWER FOR A LOWER PRICE?

(HINT: Two weak points you may be able to exploit for massive damage: my limited knowledge of processors and graphics cards.)

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Jeigh-o-teh-PS/saved/MWVLrH

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $91.76 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI A88XI AC Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard $109.00
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory $84.89 @ Amazon
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card PNY GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Enthusiast Edition Video Card $154.49 @ Amazon
Case Azza Z Mini ITX Tower Case $59.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Rosewill Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive LG BT30N Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $79.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) $129.00 @ Amazon
Other Slimline SATA to SATA Power Adapter $5.13
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $879.22
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-03 22:49 EST-0500

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $168.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard ASRock H81M-ITX/WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $72.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.94 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II Video Card $159.99 @ NCIX US
Case Azza Z Mini ITX Tower Case $44.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive LG BT30N Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $79.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Other Slimline SATA to SATA Power Adapter $5.13
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $831.47
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-04 00:45 EST-0500

The case is ugly. Still isn't anywhere near the form factor of a PS4, and it's more than double the console price. Not really feeling it.

For about the same price I could build a monster of a system with a 290 or 970 at it's heart.

This is weak.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

An opinionated, but helpful response nonetheless. Apparently a 2400 memory speed isn't very cost-efficient. http://www.anandtech.com/show/6372/memory-performance-16gb-ddr31333-to-ddr32400-on-ivy-bridge-igp-with-gskill

(And as a newbie, I wouldn't dream of trying to build something quite the size of a PS4. This will provide an appropriate level of a challenge for me for now.)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Normally this is the case, but while not relevent to you (Unless you want to go this route) it does make a noticable impact on APUs, upwards of +10 FPS on games.

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