Description

Pretty straight forward really. I wanted a mobile computer for LAN gaming sessions with friends and family, and I wanted it for cheap. Luckily I had a lot of spare components lying around from older builds, allowing me to keep the budget ultra low. $182 to be exact. Already had a 256 GB SSD, 500 GB 5200rpm HDD, 750W PSU, GTX 980, and 16 GB of DDR4 3200 RAM. Grabbed a Thermaltake Core V1 ITX case for $50 and got $20 back in the rebate offer, making it cost $30. Yesterday, I went out and grabbed an i3- 6100 processor and an ASrock H-1110M ITX/ac motherboard, when bought in a combo takes off $30, also adding $5 off in a promo code, making their combined total $152 after tax. That was all the buying I needed to do, 3 parts for $182. Threw it all together last night, and with minimal issues now have it up and running. Can play every game absolutely fine, and unless I try to play a newer Total War game on ultra settings, i don't foresee running into any problems anytime soon... And if that problem were to arise I can throw in an i5-6600k I have when i decide to upgrade my main system. No big deal, given how low the cost of this build was. Temps idle in the high 30's low 40' but not much can be expected from stock cooling in an mITX chassis. Its a complete hodge podge of components, new and old, overpowered and under powered, when compared to each other, but it does what I need it to do and was a minimal cost to me.

The price breakdown of this build in the parts list is not what I actually paid, will try to update that when I have time to scour through old boxes.

BEWARE: To fit an MSI GTX 980 into the Core V1 You will have to cut a slight piece of the chassis framing on the V1 in order to plug in the first 4 pin power connector...

Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 5 points

I wish I had a GTX 980 just laying around.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Lmao when i clicked on this build i knew someone was gonna say that lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Damn right. Cut that case and make that sucker fit. Nicely done.

Thumbs up.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It totally worked, but afterwards I still felt like...

http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/whid1.gif

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty cool, interesting CPU choice with that GPU though since you didn't want to spend a too much an i5 it is fair enough. What are your frame rates on various games with that pairing?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Doom on high had over 60 fps, so i assume I could run at ultra without issue. Warhammer and Rome 2 Total Wars both dip under 60 fps at times, but usually when graphics set to high or ultra and too many units on the field at one time. The gtx 980 takes it all like a champ. Only the cpu demanding games, like your Total Wars, show the systems limitations. An i5 would serve the 980 better, and that's what my main build uses currently. But for what I need this particular machine to do, the pairing is beyond adequate.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

There's nothing adequate about bottlenecking your CPU and claiming there's nothing wrong.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points
Wow! An i3 with a 980 :o

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Not the best combo, but had the 980 sitting there, so threw it with a capable CPU and does what it needs to.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

That CPU isn't underpowered IMO, except for some fringe cases like GTA V where a few frames are left behind from physics, or something like Cities Skylines and it's simulation, which doesn't really matter anyways.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Noice

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, bur a very tight fit with that GPU

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Had the evga gtx 1060 sc, which is a mini card, in my shopping cart a few days ago. That would have been what I used in this build, had newegg not ripped it out of my shopping cart before I could press confirm, damn it sells out so fast. But I'll be patient and wait. Had to cut the case to get the 980 in there but at a cost of only 30 bucks I'm not worried about the welfare of the case so much. If I do wind up getting my hands on that evga card or another mini 1060 I'll throw it in and swap out the massive 980. Until then it will do. It is slightly better than a 1060 anyways.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice use of spare parts! I too have done this before, but unfortunately only use it for Netflix on the TV near my bed..

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

This is really great. Glad you figured out your problem. +1 for your persistence and a +1 for your build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl and leds!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

-spare parts
-980
pls
awesome build though, +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

In bowling, a 9-8-0 spare is easy to pick up.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Not so much in the game of life, however.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I wish all I had to do was bowl to get computer parts.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Bottlenecking the 980 hard.....

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Lmao 980 as a spare part, Jayz or Linus in the house.

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

You didn't pay zero for those parts, regardless of the time that went by. How can someone compare price/perf ratios or anything?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

The point of a competed build is to show what you did and what you paid. He only paid for those parts when making this build so it makes sense for eveything to be $0. Also, you would use this price when looking at price to performance because he used parts he already had and didn't pay for them when he built it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Dont have prices on hand for the old parts, my apologies, but I felt leaving the stock pricings listed was even less reflective of the total cost than changing them to $0. My old crucial ssd was listed at $160... Lol. Inaccurate to say the least. I have a ton of parts laying around so it's hard to keep track. I'd estimate around $700 total cost over the past decade for every piece that is in there. Hope that helps.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand what you mean, what did this build actually cost out of pocket from the time you bought the first item. not when you decided to put it together.

Like saying I bought all these parts a couple months ago so now that it has been a while it no longer costs anything to build this computer I just need to put it together.