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Building-a-PC just-to-build-one Build

LostElement
  • 25 months ago

Hello again PCPP community. I am building another PC again (I just can't get enough, it's an addiction)

I wanted to build a PC with value being not a priority. This is me just building a PC getting hardware that I want to get my hands on. I don't want to spend beyond 600$ and some of the parts are already purchased. After this build is done, I'll be giving this build to my grandmother as a late Christmas present and early birthday present. She need not worry about a new PC ever again.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $0.00
CPU Cooler ARCTIC - Liquid Freezer 120 74.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $68.49 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $92.99 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA - XPG SX6000 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive Purchased For $58.00
Case Silverstone - Sugo SG13B Mini ITX Tower Case Purchased For $50.00
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.59 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $92.99 @ Best Buy
Case Fan Cooler Master - MasterFan Pro 120 Air Pressure RGB 35.0 CFM 120mm Fan $16.00 @ Amazon
Case Fan Cooler Master - MasterFan Pro 120 Air Pressure RGB 35.0 CFM 120mm Fan $16.00 @ Amazon
Other ASUS ROG Strix B250I Gaming ROG STRIX B250I GAMING LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 mini-ITX Motherboard Purchased For $118.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $592.06
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-25 14:36 EST-0500

Already had the CPU from when I upgraded my own PC. I was originally going to get a Celeron 3930, but then I remembered that I have this CPU lying around.

I wanted to build a miniITX system, so I went with this Silverstone case and I wanted to cram an AIO in it. I want to push the limits on what I could cram in for the budget, so, the Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 was the option. 43mm thick radiator should make a tight squeeze. 150% unnecessary for the locked 7500, but I want to have an AIO for experience sake. Experience is priceless, after all. I will be replacing the two fans with two RGB Static Pressure fans, if I can cram two fans in such a small case in such a thick AIO.

There wasn't a lot of miniITX boards that wowed me except for the B250i, so I went ahead and bought it. Glad I did because it's a high quality and beautiful board. Did a quick test to see if the motherboard receives power and when it lit up, I had my answer.

Fully modular PSU, the SeaSonic FOCUS. The PC will draw under 100 watts under load, so 550 watt PSU is stupid. But I don't want a CXM. Not that It's a bad PSU, not at all, but because I want something different. FOCUS is different and very high quality.

8gb of RAM in dual channel because it looks better and because since this PC will be using the iGPU, I want more RAM available since the iGPU will take about 1-2gb of RAM.

Lastly, a 128gb SSD. I didn't realize it was NVMe until I ordered it. I don't expect to see any speed differences over a SATA SSD. I can get a 500gb HDD for 10$, or simply reuse her current one. (Don't know if I want to do that)

Again, value isn't a concern. This is just me getting more experience in building PCs, to satiate my addiction, and to give my grandmother something that isn't slower than Congress. Her PC is a Pentium 4 (ouch). It takes 5-8 minutes to boot to desktop. Time to shave boot times down to 20 seconds. Really, I am just sharing what I am doing. I have a build log on LTT forums here if you wish for a look. I expect this build to be done in about a monthe or two. Cheers!

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks good. I’ve got some suggestions

  • If you look at this build, you can see that the system owner only used the Liquid Freezer 120 with one fan. Using 2 fans would be a bit of a squeeze.
  • Storage-wise, a $10 HDD/the old HDD probably won’t be good, durability and reliability wise. I’d buy a new one, to be on the safe side (a WD Blue 500GB is only $40)
  • I know it doesn’t have any reviews (few, if any) but I’d probably use a FOCUS 450W (or even a Seasonic Fanless, if you want less noise and higher efficiency). This is because I feel that 550W might be a bit much.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $0.00
CPU Cooler ARCTIC - Liquid Freezer 120 74.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $68.49 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $92.99 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA - XPG SX6000 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive Purchased For $58.00
Case Silverstone - Sugo SG13B Mini ITX Tower Case Purchased For $50.00
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $89.89 @ OutletPC
Other WD - Blue 500GB Internal SATA Hard Drive for Desktops $41.00 @ Newegg Marketplace
Other ASUS ROG Strix B250I Gaming ROG STRIX B250I GAMING LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 mini-ITX Motherboard Purchased For $118.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $588.36
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $578.36
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-25 17:24 EST-0500
  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I can actually pick up a new HDD for about 10$ for a 500gb varient. It’s used, but the seller says that most of them haven’t really been used much.

I’ve considered it. I didn’t want to get an unreviewed PSU just in case it’s like the B3 all over again.

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