Big Buddy was my first build. He is designed for silent gaming; he also happens to be my first desktop PC. Late last year - after a decade-long video game fast - I dove back into gaming, but the macbook I use for Audio Engineering just didn't offer the immersive experience I craved. Buddy, on the other hand, is all immersion. He drives Guild Wars 2, LoL, and some light image processing with graphical grace.
While silence was a priority with Buddy, I also kept a close eye on value. Deals were hunted, and Intel's mistakes were exploited: I found a second-hand 970 and D14; the new i5-6500 I picked up for cheap overclocks easily to a stable 4.2Ghz with ASRorck's Sky OC. I haven't bothered pushing it any further.
Sadly, Big Buddy's namesake is stained with a spot of tension. While the household loves him dearly as he is, Buddy's never seemed quite at home in the the Define Mini's enormous 40 litres. As far back as we can remember, he's expressed himself in ways that are a little more uhm... mini than his chassis encourages - jumping onto the desk after a match, never using more than one expansion slot, and dumping his drive racks as if to say, "I don't feel right about all this hardware in here. i'm just not made that way".
Frankly, this build is more of a retrospective than anything else. As I type, Buddy's making the transition to itx. Stay tuned!
Wonderful CPU. I haven't pushed this badboy yet, but it runs a 4.2Ghz overclock like an ice cube with Sky OC.
Very happy with how noise-effective this cooler is. To boot, the mounting Bracket is solid and versatile. I would penalize one star for Noctua's bigtime-smoker beige aesthetic, but performance-wise this cooler deserves a 6/5. That nets us 5/5 stars.
This board does the trick. 2 fan headers left just enough flexibility for my fan profiles, and ample usb 3.0 ports supplied me with all the connections for my basic needs. While it's feature-set is rather small, this board's value is hard to beat in the Matx form factor.
Using ASRock's Sky OC to overclock my locked processor was a breeze. I experienced issues with the BIOS freezing up past 4.3Ghz, but this is likely due to my own failings.
I bought this Ram kit when it was still quite expensive, but It arrived, it worked, and it looks great.
No defects or problems with these sticks.
Very happy with this drive. Fast, reasonably priced, and well-reviewed. I can only see myself replacing this drive to move to M.2 storage.
p.s. I don't use a lot of space. 250 GB is plenty for me atm.
Great value card. A little noisy, but a solid performer that includes a backplate.
Excellent build quality and design. I love the front panel look, cable management is a breeze, and the airflow is to die for.
But. Could use a revision with 2.5" drive slots behind the mobo, and it is quite large for a Mini ATX chassis.
This PSU is SO QUIET. Plus, it's received glowing reviews across the board. My only qualm is that it's a little big, reducing it's compatibility with some cases. That said, the extra length is certainly worth the upgrade to a 140 mm fan.
Well-built fan with a pleasant acoustic character. Although Noctua is championed as the king of silent fan operation, there are more noise-effective options out there, like Enermax's less expensive Twister Pressure. Still a great fan tho.
Grip style is a little strange on the tiny 303, but I've come to love it (even with my big hands). I mostly play mobas and Guild wars 2, and this mouse is well suited to my needs: the 303 is simple, light, and accurate.
Couldn't be more pleased.