Description

This little guy is a re-purposing of my old mobo, cpu, ram, psu, and gpu into a new case. I replaced the heatsink and added two new drives, the ssd and hdd. I put this together for my brother who used to be a CSGO maniac and got me into it. He got married and eventually his computer broke down, bad psu fried the mobo. His wife would never let him spend the money to replace the system. So, I gifted him all the existing parts I had and he bought the new parts and case. We spent the better part of a sunday cramming it all into this little case. It was worth it though, I just love small form factor computers and this case is awesome for supporting a standard atx mobo in a small space, even if it was a pain to build. Now Tyler and I can face off in CSGO and he can play whenever he wants instead of just doing it at my house.

EDIT: Tyler bought the case for $26.98, the SSD for $69.99 and the cpu cooler for $21.56 for a total of $118.53. I threw in a 320gb HDD, which I forgot to add to the parts list.

Part Reviews

CPU

Beast of an i5 for its generation. No OC'ing but you don't need it. It served me well for many years, and now it's serving my brother well after he inherited it from me.

CPU Cooler

I added this cooler when I rebuilt my old machine and gave it to my brother. I was blown away to see it keep the i5-3570 at 28c idle. Very good little air cooler. Looks nice too if you have blue accents in your color scheme.

Motherboard

I never had problems with this motherboard, a solid component for sure. It posts very quickly and paired with an SSD, you're at your desktop in seconds. It's still running strong after 5+ years of service.

Storage

It's an SSD. It works.

Video Card

For an older card, it does really well with games like CS GO, Fallout New Vegas and stuff like that from its generation. Newer games will struggle.

Case

Nice and small, good airflow if you keep your cable management neat. I like that the HDD mount is flush to the bottom, keeps it from interfering with the airflow. It's a bit of pain to mount a full size ATX motherboard in, but I didn't mind because, like I said it's small. The panels don't feel as cheap as you would expect for a $26 case. The PSU mounts at the top, but there's no side panel window, so I don't really care. Paired with a good air cooler, the temps of the cpu and gpu are just fine.

Power Supply

Used it for 3 years now, no problems at all.

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Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

It would be great, if you could edit the part list and mark the reused parts as purchased and/or set the price to 0 so one could see how much it really cost to make this build.

GL HF! :)

P.S.: "His wife would never let him spend the money to replace the system." Damn if I let my girlfriend tell me how much I may spend on my PC. XD

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Love will make you do crazy things :P

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

True that. :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Tyler bought the case for $26.98, the SSD for $69.99 and the cpu cooler for $21.56 for a total of $118.53. I threw in a 320gb HDD, which I forgot to add to the parts list.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome budget build. That i5-3570 definitely has some life left in it. If he ever wants an upgrade down the road, something like a 1050ti would work perfectly in that system.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I found a 1050ti that is cheaper than the Gtx 660, but it has a single fan EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB SC GAMING ACX 2.0 Video Card-198.00

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Well yeah, I bought the GTX 660 back in 2014. I should hope the 1050ti would be cheaper now.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

That's exactly what I told him. If his wife ever lets him, we'll put one in.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you know if they make any motherboards that support the i5-3570 and DDR4 ram? That would be a nice upgrade for him if he could ever convince the wife to let him spend some money.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

No, that series of Intel chips is only DDR3.

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

i dont know if im wrong but 850 ? Im sure you could have got a 1tb hdd for about 50 bucks and a better gpu for 225. (Such as the 1050 ti) . Im a little bit new to this but im pretty sure this is not right.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

The 1050 ti didn't exist when I bought most of these components. Read the description, this is a re-purposed old build. And sure I could have gotten a 1tb hdd for $50, but that would have made the computer seem slow. The prices I put on here are the prices I originally paid way back when I first bought them.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks Great! Thanks for the nice pictures. I'm a newb and am about to start building in this case. Was really thrown off by its organization, but your pics helped a bunch. Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure thing. I shop the same way, I have to see how parts actually look inside a case before I will consider it.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I am not a professional but if you would be happy to throw in 80$, the Acer SB220Q is an awesome monitor for an awesome price! I think it would be an epic upgrade. (My name is ironic btw loll) +1

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