Description

I want to build a Mini mATX desktop to replace my 3-year old entry level laptop. This system satisfies most my need for home use, even using it to play some non-demanding games (such as SIM4 and Citis: skyline).

Actual costs: CPU: $125 from Newegg. Sell the Division 2 code for $25. CPU Cooler: $15 from Frys. It also has $10 mail-in-rebate. Motherboard: $74 from Frys. It has $10 mail-in-rabate. Memory: $90 from Newegg. Storage: SSD $60 from Newegg and HDD 0$ from a old device. Case: $27 from Amazon. Power supply: $60 from Neweggs. It has $20 mail-in-rebate.

Total: $451 or $411 if I can get all the mail-in-rebates.

Part Reviews

Memory

Easy to overclock at @3200MHz

Case

Pros: Small size and low price. It is really quiet. Cons: The cage-like part for the HDD and SDD makes the cable management difficult.

Power Supply

The SATA supply cable is not individual connectors. It is hard to connect and I have to bend the cable.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to build a Micro-ATX desktop to replace my 3-year old entry level laptop.

All you need now is a travel case with portable peripherals and a portable monitor. * wink-wink *

Otherwise nice work with this build. May your laptop rest or until needed.+1

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for you comment. Yes, the lab is still needed when I am travelling or in some meetings.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course and very understandable.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that case?, I am thinking about getting it.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I select this one because it is the smallest mini mATX case with transparent side panel around $30. For the price, it is a good case. However, I do not like the cage-like part for HDD and SDD.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid build, man! Good job +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Reasonable gets the job done well!