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by PartpickingGlory



Date Published

Aug. 17, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.143 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz


This build began with my brother's necessity for a reliable, high quality, quiet build for his work at TIME magazine. When he had initial idea of a mac mini his sibling had an alternate agenda. This is the product of his brother's machinations.

Since a mac mini was one of the main contenders, I tried to formulate a build that accomplished everything a mac did meanwhile adding the better specs of a quality pc: 14nm, DDR4, Mini ITX, LGA 1151, SHDD. Centered around power efficiency, low heat dissipation, low db, and high quality I thought this computer addressed the major concerns of a young professional who still liked to play games at 1080p.

My opinion of the main components is high. AMD did an excellent job with it's Polaris architecture. I have a 390x so I know what it is to live in the Sahara and the Rx 470 is not an open-door oven. The Sapphire Nitro is low power, high quality, and quiet. The TDP of the card is 110 W. Other components had other advantages. The i5-6500 CPU worked perfectly just as expected. The SHDD significantly sped up boot times. The 250D had the nice Corsair premium feel while succeeding in many other crucial departments. The MSI H170I I recommend highly for its high build quality enhanced by features like more pcie lanes for the gpu (compared to lesser chipsets), built-in bluetooth, built-in wifi, up to 32 gb's of ddr4 ram, and "guaranteed" Windows 10 compatibility -- which is especially critical for my brother who'd like to not deal with windows software issues. Feel free to take a look at my individual component reviews for more information.

Overall, I think the build fits a young professional like my brother well. Heat was especially a concern since he lives in an apartment building along with power consumption. I haven't yet received a distress signal indicating the need for computer wisdom so I assume all is well.

I look forward to your comments.



Part Reviews


A nice 14nm efficient and well-performing Intel Cpu that does mostly everything you need. Fine for gaming and great for anything simple.


Great Mini ITX Motherboard. Looks great and comes with a ton of nice features. Installation was easy and the bios seemed straightforward. Nice job MSI.


It's RAM. I can't see any difference between it and DDR3. I suppose power efficiency is better. Nevertheless a good and recommended product.


For a good quality budget build I'd recommend a SHDD like this one from Seagate. Decreased boot times are a nice plus. Probably will need another at some point.

Video Card

AMD did a great job with its new Polaris architecture. This card is described as having a TDP of 225 watts howevers it never comes close to using that. I checked full system power draw while playing intensive games at 1440p and the computer never drew more than 220 watts. This is a premium, well-built, and silent card that performs well at a good price point. I recommend it.


The 250D is a cute little case with good looks and good design. In my opinion it's a little to expensive however I would still recommend it. It also is reasonably friendly to large cards (except you must remove the cd drive bay for 8'' plus cards).

Power Supply

Nice Corsair product for a low-power system. In a smaller case the semi-modular design can be somewhat annoying. But features like a five year warranty and black threaded cables make up for that. Good PSU.

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Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

That RX 470 looks sexy. Great parts as well. Good work with your build and enjoy it! Plus one.

jnanof 32 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Love the 6500/470 combo. I think the 470 might win sleeper card of the year. Seems like a great pair with the 6500 for a lower cost high performing PC.

Stuart_Munto 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Probably one of the best looking new gen cards on the market! Great build!

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 31 months ago

Great combo, planning to do something like this with the 8gb model, +1

omarshiha 1 point 31 months ago

why bought rx 470 (4gb) for $210 , when u can buy rx 480 (same 4gb) with just $200 ???

PartpickingGlory submitter 4 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

They're rather similar. It's owner wouldn't have seen the difference between the two cards in 1080p gameplay. I chose to focus on reliability and lower power draw because they were more important issues.

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omarshiha 1 point 31 months ago

yes rx 480 for $200 is a lie :)

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EdmundGettier 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

clears throat https://pcpartpicker.com/b/dszMnQ The card looks great here, too, though. The cube case really works for this build.

PartpickingGlory submitter 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

From your 4gb relative, + 1

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