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The build originally started when I decided enough was enough, I hated gaming at 45 fps on my 5 year old laptop and I need a real PC badly. I consider this a gift to myself for graduation and built my first build. A short half year went by and I got drawn to mini-ITX builds as I considered a mobile lifestyle and started purchasing parts for it after browsing on PcPartPicker.

I've purchased parts over time to convert my original build into a mini-ITX. However, when it came the time to put the build together, due to lack of testing, preparation, and (possibly) mini-ITX mobo failure, I was too let down to continue that project. I decided, rather than putting the newly bought parts to waste, I can update my build by replacing piece by piece. I bring to you: 'Ship of Theseus'.

I apologize for the potato picture quality.

CPU: i5-4690, I don't need to over-clock so I felt this was a good middle ground between 'alright gaming' CPU and 'extreme gaming' CPU. Good price to performance ratio.

CPU Cooler: H80i GT, the original CPU cooler was CM Evo 212, but I had to get a liquid CPU cooler for my mini-ITX case I’ve chosen and decided to use it after the project failed.

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z91X-SLI, nothing much to comment on, does what I need, reliable, looks good.

RAM: G-Skill Ripjaws X, I aimed for CL9 @1600MHZ. Originally I had 4x4GB but decided to use 2x8GB from mini-ITX project.

SSD: MX100, good price to performance ratio, quite popular, nothing much to comment on.

HDD: WD Black Series, good performance for under $100 is good in my books.

GPU: R9 290, I think I got an 'alright' deal on the card before the plummet of the Canadian dollar. GTX 970 costs too much for me. R9 290 was at a sweet spot for me in terms of price-performance.

Case/Optical drive/Fan controller: I wanted an optical drive along with a fan controller with the option to cover the front and Antec P280 was the ideal case for me. With the front cover able to swing all the way to the side panel, this is a huge plus. Most cases either didn't have three 5.25 bays, or front panel door that open 135 degrees max (not fully open, not fully closed), or no front panel door at all

Fan: SP120, this was picked for my mini-ITX, just picked them up because the SP120L looks bad, and read some reviews that it was loud.

PSU: EVGA 650W, I aimed for Gold certified and at least 500W, this was a good deal at the time.

A few things to note: - All these prices are in Canadian dollars - All these prices are pre-tax with shipping. (Just multiple by 1.13 to get the amount I paid for after tax and shipping) - This build did not have aesthetics in mind at the beginning of the build, nor was it the goal at the end of the build. So excuse the colour scheme. - This is the first time doing ANY cable management, let me know how I can improve my cable management, if I’m on the right track (thank you), if I’m on the wrong track (let me know how to change it).

Constructive criticism welcomed.

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Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Great work! That's a badass looking cpu cooler btw

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the name :-) .

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty great job! Wire management looks pretty great (better than my job on my own systems anyway). While I can appreciate the want for a chilly processor, can you tell me why you went with a 4690 and a liquid cooling system? While AIOs are great, they aren't entirely necessary unless the processor is overclocked. Either way, let me know.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Originally the AIO was supposed to be in a mini-ITX project which can only fit (ideally) liquid cooling. Since I gave up on the mini-itx project, I decided to use the AIO and hand off the Evo 212 that was originally in this build to my brother who's building his first PC :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice cable management, awesome case that will give you extra creativity zone at the front panel, one question, what airflows type you are using?positive or negative? and btw to improve your airflows abit, you can remove those empty hdd slot,trust me it works! :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I didn't aim for positive or negative on purpose but the layout goes: 2 front intake, 2 top exhaust, CPU cooler push-pull (not sure if it counts as 1 big) exhaust , which probably means negative, but that would rely on the RPM of each fan - is it not? I'll remove the empty HDD trays tonight!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

is it just me or are both of the fans on your cpu cooler blowing towards the rad? the one that I can see from inside the case is right but I should not be able to see the color ring on the one in the rear, this is a push/push setup; not good

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

You are certainly correct! This has since been fixed a day after this was posted. :) Thanks for your help

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

ahh, gotcha! nice looking build!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!