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.