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My first build in life, this Mini ITX Computer was assembled from some friend used PSU that was abandoned in a corner. The goal of the build was to create a solid and actual 1080p configuration staying low in budget and dimensions. I could invest in an over average GeForce & SSD because I got an almost free PSU and Warehouse Deals monitor for only 70€. I could use the stock Intel dissipator and save more. The configuration is destined to reach the 16Gb of DDR4-2400Mhz RAM that will be a basic feature in year 2020 I guess. In this final quarter of 2017 the memory cost is still incredibly high and I couldn't save much in the 8Gb RAM & 250Gb SSD. Building this in 2016 could cost less but with a slighty slower CPU. When assemblying, I was concerned in space and cable management, but finally closing the case I was surprised in how much free space I left. The PSU was semi-modular, which is a must in mini-itx I assume, and it helped the "mini" graphics card. The 110 Elite Cooler Master case performed perfectly. When the whole thing booted for the first time without any problem I almost fell in tears. After some software installation and updatings, the system is incredibly fast. I came from a 2010 HP laptop and can't describe how much faster this computer is.

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

You could have upgraded some of your parts instead of buying an ssd?

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

The SSD was one of the most important features for me, because I wanted a really fast OS. Till the end I was unsure about the ssd size, but not buying one was out of question.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It's worth it, every time.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

What's your thoughts on the case? I am interested in compact cases, but unsure what to get.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

As I said it left a decent amount of free space. If you're looking for a simple budget no worries solution, it is perfect. I could probably build an even smaller pc but this was my first and I wasn't sure about everything. The metals bend a little when pushing firmly but I didn't feel any real problem there

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your first build! It's an exhilarating experience! Great that you love the computer, and it is a fast one. I know when I built my first computer, I was awestruck by how much of performance boost I got from the CPU! (I had an APU, previously. Now I have an I5-7500!)

I am going to put some pointers out there. Some criticism on what could've been done to save a little money without sacrificing performance!

CPU: The I3-7100 is a nice CPU, but it's not a good value CPU as the Pentium G4600(or 4620, they're both cheaper) has the exact same performance as the I3-7100. Not a huge deal, but it's around 20-40$ less.

GPU: The Zotac mini is a good card. A little more loud, but still good. The MSI 1050ti is cheaper and offers the same performance (discounting the differences with the silicon lottery)

PSU: It's a very bleh. You said you paid 70$ for it? Or was that the monitor? If you got it for, like, 20$, then it's no worries. But if you paid somewhere around 40-50$, then a Corsair CX450M would've been a more cost efficient and better choice. It performs better while having a better build quality. But, since you're pulling only around 30-40% its load, you should be mostly fine.

OS: Is there anything on Windows 10 Pro that you needed or did you just get it because you think it might have something that you could use? Just curious.

Just those little pointers. Nothing too bad. Enjoy your build, mate! Maybe consider an upgrade to an I5 sometime down the line?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm upgrading to 16gb of ram don't know when and I'm not planning other upgrades now, in the end I built it only saturday!

CPU: in my country the G4620 costs equal, and the G4600 is only 20€ lower and it's almost 10% slower (benchmark).

GPU: again in my country (italy) the prices are higher and diverse and I simply bought the cheapest one checking amazon for weeks

PSU: it was free! If I should buy one, I would take the one you said

OS: i simply took the higher version without thinking too much

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

The Pentium G4600 performs exactly the same in pretty much all benchmarks. Synthetic benchmarks will say around 10%, but those aren't accurate.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe you're right. I just followed n-thousand builds that had the I3-6100 and simply upgraded it to 7th. However I'm happy with the plus amount of power that the I3 is giving and don't mind too much on these 20€... I'm planning some light gaming... However on a strict budget point of view you're right.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

A real way to save some bucks was to buy a cheaper AsRock MoBo but it needed an update of BIOS for running 7th gen CPU and I couldn't provide it because I didn't have a 6th gen CPU to boot the thing. The cheaper MoBo would run 2133Mhz ram but could come with a WiFi version too... My pc doesn't actually support WiFi LoL so another upgrade would be this..

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

If you had waited just a few days you could have got a quad core i3 8100.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think it was so simple, maybe a few months? Because it's too bad that coffeelake and kabylake don't share the same MB and I could end waiting for a decent budget mini-itx motherboard. And in addition, the 12 is my birthday, couldn't live that day without the new pc

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

They come out tomorrow.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I think in the next days it will be out of stock, and in my country it will arrive later, and then again I doubt about MB budget solutions in just one week of launch

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh, yeah that sucks. I know there are some parts of the world that get the new stuff a bit later. Didn't really consider that. Your PC isn't bad by any means, don't think I was trying to say that. I used a 6100 for a while and it's really not that bad.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

We have the same keyboard nice little budget build dude

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I stole it to my father. I like that you can adjust the volume on the keyboard in 1 second

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a perfect 1080p mini itx build! I really like the simplicity and you didn't skimp on anything. Cheers Mate!!! No color fans for your case?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I like minimal and in reality I could benefit in some features like nice SSD and GPU just skimping in every not essential stuff....

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'd be keen to see some pictures of the internals of the computer since I was also curious abuot the layout of the Elite 110. I'm working on a similar budget for my sister's computer and I made some similar and some different choices. I went with a R3 1200 because I was mostly just curious about the Ryzen platform. I picked up a single 8gb stick of RAM for future upgrades, just like you did. I asked her if she wouldn't mind paying more for a bigger SSD and she didn't, so a 480GB one is on its way. I lucked out and found a 1060 3GB for cheap so I was able to save a few pennies on a better performing GPU. Regarding the controversies over your CPU choice, I think that at a certain point, the differences become less important and that there is peace in acknowledging that there will always be a "better" deal. Heaven knows I feel some regret about my i5-7600K knowing that the 8600K is incompatible with Z270 and that R5 has been performing as well as it has. But, I needed the computer, things are fine as-is, and I'll only need to upgrade when things reaaaaallllyyy aren't working anymore.

Overall, I have to say that I'm a big fan of your build and look forward to hearing and seeing more from you.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Added pictures. First the MB with ram and processor... Then plug the case cables on MB, then fix the drives on the upper bar and plug sata cables. Bring the PSU cables inside and plug them on MB and then place the GPU on the MB. In the end enter the PSU in the case - I was able to place the big main PSU cable in the upper space between the PSU and the small SSD. There is a picture in which the drives are reversed in fact I had to rotate them to plug the sata in the opposite direction. In the same picture the GPU is left out and the PSU in - in reality I had to unmount the PSU, mount the GPU and mount again the PSU to close the case. I got space between MB and PSU, space in front of the PSU, and a lot of space in the GPU area thanks to the mini dimension of the GeForce. Luckily there weren't too many cables to run free. Despite my inexperience I think I did a decent job.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, thanks for the tips and pics! I think I'll have to follow a similar process with the SG13 case I picked up for the R3 build, plugging the PSU cables in and then fitting it up.

I just did an outside-of-case part test boot and it POSTed. Unfortunately, I realized that the orientation of the cooler I chose for fan cable routing blocks off one of the RAM slots so if I ever want to do the dual-channel RAM upgrade, I have to redo the CPU cooler :\ Live and learn I guess. I'm hoping that I didn't botch the CPU cooler clearance with the PSU too.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I considered the SG for my build but: - it had restrictions on the size and number of hard disks (this was probably the biggest downside) - it's more expensive and don't come with a free fan - it's suited for very big GPU but I had a mini - it's really one of the smallest m-itx cases and given my inexperience I was worried to start my first build with it

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  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't know it, anyway I bought a key tied to a machine. Is it illegal?

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  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

You can't get Windows for 30 legitimately. The ONLY legitimate windows copy that exists is sold by Microsoft. Anywhere else, it's illegal.

Illegal keys are unreliable and open up vulnerabilities to your PC.

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  • 25 months ago
  • -3 points

As if it somehow doesn't make sense, or shouldn't?

We should shame people for buying intel until they can give us a decent deal.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

In that case, I think I WILL upgrade to Coffee Lake.

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

I suppose you'll spend more than 3000 dollars for no noticeable improvement over your 6700k, or 6850k?

(If you spend as much as you did on the White Window system)

Not my issue as it were, but I'm not made of cash either, so I appreciate companies who wants to appease their consumers, and not their shareholders.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually, an 8700K would be quite an improvement over my 6700K in multi-threaded applications, since it's got 50% more cores/threads and should hit a higher overclock.

But why would I build an entire new rig just to upgrade my processor and motherboard? That makes no sense.

Shaming people because they bought a product that better suits their needs is childish. I hope you get banned soon.

Pssst...I returned that 6850K. After I voided the **** out of the warranty ;)

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Some people opt for Pro for the expanded functionality like domain join, storage spaces, remote desktop, etc.

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

2Tb was too much for my needs. I leave in Europe so no point in confronting prices because it's completely different here. By the way in USA everything is like 25% cheaper because of different taxes, this means that differences between price components are also smaller.

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