Hi, this is my little PC, at least my PC build in progress, I wanted to build a PC for the first time and finally made it, I bought all the parts in the US on Black Friday and shipped them to Costa Rica except for the 5775C that I bought from a friend who works on Intel, still damn Fedex raped me with shipping charges and taxes, more than any other company I’ve used before to bring stuff from USA, but I can’t complain, got a good deal. Too bad for us buying parts is so expensive, I spent almost $150 shipping all the parts to my country and it is still cheaper than buying them here.
I obviously wanted a video card but with the shipping of the parts and grabbing deals in a consumist way I ditched my original plan for a smaller budget machine and decided to buy the video card when Pascal/Polaris is up, I also can’t buy some cards since a few wouldn’t fit in my case, a small caveat from buying an ITX case, but I don’t mind waiting a few months more, if not then anyway today’s cards will drop in price a little more and get in my price range again. There are good deals on the 290s cards buy too much heat/space to work with, and since my budget is limited I can’t get top end card (looking at you Fury X).
I got only 8GB of ram at the beginning, buy after seeing how performance of the iGPU is better with dual channel I ordered another stick, should have went with 2x4GB from the beginning instead, well got a nice black n white dual channel form in then end Also I helped out myself with the cost by using a sited called Prolific Academic where you make money by answering college surveys, if anyone is interested I can leave a link (not sure about referral policy here), ask me in the comments, I think around $40 were saved this way, ez money.
For the upgrades I’m thinking some sound system, mechanical keyboard, a GPU, Liquid CPU cooler and who knows what else, maybe some other SSDs later on when they are cheaper, for now, this small build keeps my happy and playing.
The CPU is a monster, I know most people don’t like it but it’s awesome, the Iris Pro is on par with a mobile 650m or 750m card and plays almost any game on medium 1080p and all at low 1080p, I know it’s not the same as a dedicated GPU by any means, but it holds me up until the next batch of cards arrive.
This motherboard is pretty small, I’m used to bigger ones, I had to flash it to the newest version cause of problems with the Broadwell CPU but it was ezpz. Works as advertised, I will be trying overclocking in a couple of years tho, for now I don’t really need that much power. I WILL absolutely change the CPU cooler, looking at the Silverstone TD03 slim right now because the stock cooler is shiet, I don’t like the temps on my case.
Not much to say, work as supposed, make a nice color scheme imo. Maybe I could overclock it for some higher iGPU performance, tho I’ll have to get the cooler first so I can also overclock intel graphics.
Originally I was going to buy a 240GB ssd this one came pretty close in Price so I got it, awesome speeds of course, not much to say, get an SSD if you don’t have one.
A Little a pretty nice case, I like the air intakes but it’s missing some dust filtering stuff on the sides, in the upper part is not much of a problem because the PSU exhaust the air to the outside not letting much dust in. I made a dust filter with my keyboard box and some unused panties in the house, until now it’s working fine but I left 1 other side untouched because I’m afraid temps go out a lot, another reason to get the Liquid Cooler installed.
The case is made of aluminum I think but it’s not as sturdy as I would have liked, it’s awesome and would buy it again for its low price, but it’s not as durable as it seems, just something to take in mind, Silverstone had to cut somewhere in the budget but still a top class case for the price.
My only regret. I should have waited to save up more to get a modular or semi-modular PSU, for now I don’t really have a problem with the cables and airflow, but when I install the CPU Cooler AND a GPU, damn, I’m gonna have a hard time putting those up. Still it’s a really nice PSU and works well, makes a lot of noise but it’s not that bad. In the end it does the job.
Those speakers…. Sound bad and low. They should have saved up that money and do a better visual design of the monitor and a better stand. Image quality is really nice, tho I’ve only used laptops displays I don’t want to anymore, can’t take my eyes away from this IPS screen. Don’t regret buying this monitor at all.