Hello again! It’s been a few months, but I’m back. This time around I have a “not supposed to game on it” build. The intent of the system is for inventory management, light photo editing, general multimedia usage, and of course multitasking. I built this for a good friend that I lived with for a while in college. He’s trying his best to move away from the late nights of HoN and into a work only setting. His biggest concerns were that the computer was fast, quiet, and small. Coming from an Athlon x2 6400+ and a 9800 GTX, this is a nice step up.
Goals for this build:
- Fast, quiet, and small.
- Under $1000
- Leave some room for a future video card.
- Maybe, possibly play some HoN (shhhh…)
The i5-4690 is pretty damn solid. I picked this CPU mostly because I had a ton of extra room in the budget and also because my friend likes to multitask. It will allow him to handle all the things he needs to get done for work as well as play some games and, in the future, throw in a decent GPU to feed the demons.
Since he was concerned with sound, I threw in this little cooler. I wanted something small that I wouldn't have to worry about compatibility. While the cooling ability is a little left to be desired, the fan makes no sound. I was actually blown away by how quiet it was. Temps were perfectly normal, though Prime 95 was a little higher than expected. It’s probably due to the ambient temp being a little higher than normal, summer time, and my inexperience with mITX airflow.
I have to give Asus a high five with the new coloring. The 87 boards were pretty ugly, in my opinion. The H97I is a rock solid little board. The port layout was perfect! All of the front panel, SATA, USB3, and 24 pin connectors, were on the side next to the PSU, making cable management very simple. Word of advice, connect the front panel cables before putting in the PSU. The new BIOS is pretty nice and of course Asus Suite is legendary.
I needed something low profile for the cooler to fit and I've used ADATA a few times before. I felt safe going with some standard 1600, CAS 9, 1.5v memory here. Nothing too flashy, just simple and effective.
Had do have a SSD on this one and Samsung makes some of the best. This thing is lightning fast. Reboots in roughly 5-7 seconds and snaps around. The new user was having difficulty keeping up with it. For storage I went with the usual 1TB WD Blue.
I’ve always been impressed with Fractal Design’s cases. This is no exception. Other than the fact that it looks like a mini fridge, I really enjoyed working in it. All of the cables are nice length, there are plenty tie down points, and the fans are super quiet on the medium and low fan settings. I worked the cables so that there is plenty of room for a future GPU.
This PSU was pulled from his old system. The case itself was a dust bucket, but the PSU was in very good shape. I tested it with my multimeter and everything checked out just fine. I was very happy that it was semi-modular as case space was not at a premium. The cables all tied down nicely and I was able to route things the way I had envisioned. Newegg link for full info
This one turned out the way I wanted. It’s quite fast, the quietest build I've done to date, and nearly the smallest. I stayed well under the suggested budget and blew the new users mind with how it performed for the money. I was happy to be able to reuse the PSU and I may just have to pop the 9800GTX into something to see how it runs. I’m always excited to build and play around with computer stuff no matter how old.
I built this late at night and I have very poor lighting in my office. That is my excuse for the later pictures looking a little dreadful.
Questions, comments, or concerns? Post them below, in a PM, or on my Facebook page. I’m never far away from a computer and always respond!
Hope you enjoy!