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My first custom built system and fourth one to date. I got tired of my old computer- a Dell AIO which was very slow for video editing and media conversions. I put together the entire build within months and didn't want to wait around Black Friday for the parts. I failed to stick to my budget of $600 because I got a Core i5 instead of an i3 and drop the FX 6300 because I couldn't find any good mATX board for it that had a front USB 3 header, PCIE 3.0, and Sata 3 6gb/s. The other options was to go to a FM2+ platform, but I didn't want to deal with expensive ram when gaming with an APU.

CPU - I went with a Core i5 instead of the i3 because quadcore is much suited to my needs. There was little price difference between the Haswell refresh than the first gen. It's also the sweet for gaming and it handles the tasks I throw at it very well

CPU Cooler - I could have saved more money if I stick with the stock cooler, but I wanted something more quiet and I barely hear any noise when I'm doing light tasks like browsing and streaming music.

Mobo - I wanted a board that has many features so I went with the H97 chipset which is less than it's Z counterpart. The M.2 slot is the primary reasons why I got an MSI board because I could add 10 gb/s ssd in the future and it will really help with the cable management.

Memory - went with one stick of 8gb rather than the usual 2 sticks of 4gb. This way I can max out the ram

SSD - can't go wrong with Crucial, fast and affordable. I will upgrade to an M.2 storage and add a mechanical hard drive in the next months or so.

GPU - I went with an R9 270 rather an R7 265 for the price were the same and is much powerful. The card is really fast for under 200 dollars.I can't run games in 1080p on maxed settings because my current monitor only can go up to 1400 x 900

Case - went with a Nanoxia DS4 because it was the only case the met my criteria; minimalist, mATX and quiet. I chose the white version because it isn't a dust magnet compared to a black case and it looks a mini fridge. Wished the power led button was blue instead of green, but it isn't a deal breaker as the case sits under the desk. The modular hdd cages was a plus so they can be removed if I want more space for airflow or if I get a long gpu in the near future.

PSU - can't go wrong with a modular power supply from Corsair. 500W is more than enough to power the system. With a mATX case, the less cables there is the better cable management. The 24 pin connector was the hardest to route because of the thick cabling and barely went thru the case's rubber gromets.

Optical drive - Simple dvd drive for installing the OS and ripping DVDs and CDs. I will add another drive preferably a Bluray reader in the future

OS - I was debating between Win 7 or 8 and got the lather because it uses less resources and much quicker when booting up from a cold start. The lack of the start menu is a bummer, but I hope Microsoft will release an update fix.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you get 8.1 for $70?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably student price. Pretty sure that's how much I paid for mine thanks to my wife being a student.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Through the school or MS website?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I got it on MS site.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

=D I can buy it for $40 thanks.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Through MS website. It asked for her school info and possibly her school assigned email iirc. It wasn't too difficult to sort out and saved me some money.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Not to advertise, but for future reference, I'm pretty sure Windows is available for free or heavily discounted for students via OnTheHub. I know a handful of colleges and schools use that service to make Windows/Office/Adobe services and what-not more readily available.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

=DD $10 for a windows license damn thanks man for the site.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I would say there's no need to get the M.2 storage. Just keep the SSD you have now and get yourself a big mechanical drive. No need to spend the money on replacing your SSD if it's working just fine.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I bought a 1TB WD Green after I built system, but forgot to include in the parts list. The reason why I would get an M.2 ssd in the future was to avoid cable clutter because I plan on putting in another hard drive and it requires another slot. I removed the other hdd cage that my case originally came with to provide more airflow inside it. Plus it's much faster than sata 6gb/s. The only thing stopping me from getting one was the price.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh, fair enough. I didn't know that M.2 is faster than sata, thats pretty sweet considering I just put a 60 gb M.2 ssd in my new laptop!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

It's still a good thing you got a mobo with M.2 as those prices will slowly come down. Time to update, bam that's easy enough!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! How would you qualify the Sapphire GPU's noise level under load? (trying to pick the right manufacturer for my own R9 270)

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! The sapphire card's noise is barely noticeable because I'm mostly tuned to what's on the screen when playing a game. However, yours might be different because I have a silent case.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

This is really cool, I've always wanted to do an mATX build! +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty good part choice; how's space on your storage looking ATM?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

r u talking about the ssd? I have it filled about a quarter.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent litlte build. Way to be smart and not get a Z board, since you cant easily overclock your CPU. Great cable mangagment too.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi - nice build! I'm thinking about the Nanoxia case for a build; why'd you rate it 3 stars? Were there specific problems? Thanks

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the late reply. The reason for the 3 star rating was because of the following inconveniences; only 1 fan slot available rendering the case fan controller useless(it can handle 6 fans), no dust filter on the top if you decided to add another fan plus it wouldn't be silent anymore, and the major gripe that I had w/ the case was the rubber grommets to route cables coming off due to the thickness of the motherboard power cable. Overall, the DS4 is a great case especially if you want a silent system despite the minor inconveniences.

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

For about 5 more dollars you could've got the MSi Z97 PC MATE

  • 65 months ago
  • 6 points

Am I missing something? The PC MATE is an ATX board, this is a mATX buid.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I realized that as soon as I clicked 'Save'

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Happens to the best of us. :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

nice build but i personally wouldn't buy that case because it looks like a mini fridge xD

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