Hey all, I'm back.
This will be my 3rd ever PC build (no log for build #1, but my log for #2 is my sig rig) but it will be my first ever m-ITX build and I'm BEYOND excited to start.
Aside from a full, in-the-desk-mod style build, a micro-ATX or m-ITX build has been my ultimate dream.
Before I start the build this summer for next year in college, I would love to get your input on components / general help.
My dad, who I gave my first build to, is funding this build (I was going to take that desktop but he likes it too much
) so I'm budgeting for $650 - $700. I've yet to do a build under $2000 (I know how that sounds, but I wait 4 years between builds and go for the best at the time), so this is a hard one for me...
Right now I have:
What I'm looking at getting, but need to keep prices lower:
Now I have a few questions:
Will one stick of ram run just as well as 2x4GB sticks?
I will be using this computer for gaming and coursework. I am a mechanical engineering major, so i'll be using all of those programs as necessary.
I will be browsing all of the forum marketplaces for hard drives because I can find larger capacities for much cheaper (looking for 1TB or more WD black).
I may (still deciding) at a later date get an SSD for my engineering programs.
I may be using a previous monitor that I own, or I may look for another.
Still deciding on whether I need a disk drive or not, but I'd like a blu-ray drive / burner if I get one
Since I'm not going to be using crossfire obviously, I need at minimum a 500W PSU, preferably modular or semi-modular that will fit in the prodigy
I accept all suggestions and I look forward to hearing what you think.