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[Build Log] Budget Mini ITX Build (Cubitek Mini Cube)

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
The goal here is to build a "cheap" small form factor gaming pc that will save room at college next year.
I've ordered everything but a new graphics card (going to use my old card for a little while), I haven't decided which one I want yet tongue.gif


i5 4570
$190

GIGABYTE GA-Z87N-WIFI
$125

AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB Dell OEM
$0 (had it)

Reference Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB
$220

Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W
$50 ($10 MIR)

Cubitek Mini Cube
$89

1x4GB 1600MHz CL9 Gskill Ripjaws
1x4GB 1600MHz CL9 ADATA XPG

$60 (used)


2x8GB 1600MHz CL11 Corsair XMS3
$120 (used)

Couple of fans
$20

Kingston 120GB SSDNOW KC300
$70 (ebay "new")

500GB 2.5" HDD
$0 (had it)

Total so far: $884


I'll add pics as stuff comes in and when I assemble everything.
Any $300 range graphics suggestions? I like multiple monitors..
Edited by hambone96 - 12/16/13 at 1:34pm
ITX (Gaming PC)
(16 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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post #2 of 19
$300 graphic card recommendation is the R9 280X or the 770gtx looks to be a nice tower
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I5-6500 Gigabyte Z170N Wifi CF MSI 970 gtx  Crucial Ballistix Sport 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ 240 agility  Samsung 2 TB Blu Dvd rom NH-L9i  
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Samsung U28D590D  Razer Blackwidow Chroma Silverstone 600 wat bronze 
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Silverstone ML08 Razer Naga Chroma Razor Firefly Razer Kraken Chroma 
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I5-6500 Gigabyte Z170N Wifi CF MSI 970 gtx  Crucial Ballistix Sport 
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OCZ 240 agility  Samsung 2 TB Blu Dvd rom NH-L9i  
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Samsung U28D590D  Razer Blackwidow Chroma Silverstone 600 wat bronze 
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Silverstone ML08 Razer Naga Chroma Razor Firefly Razer Kraken Chroma 
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post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Should have mentioned that I'm looking for a gpu with a blower type cooler.

Wouldnt that be better since there is only 1 intake and 1 exhaust in the case?
ITX (Gaming PC)
(16 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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post #4 of 19
4GB RAM is too little even on for used on a budget. For $30 more you can get 8GB brand new.
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
I know, its gonna suck for a while.
I bought it to use until I get up a little more money for 2x 8GB.
ITX (Gaming PC)
(16 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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post #6 of 19
550W is fine for a single-GPU setup.

EDIT: oh you own it already, my bad!
Edited by adridu59 - 10/30/13 at 2:36pm
Ti-89 Titanium
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Motorola 68k @16 MHz Ti-89 HW4 256 KB 2.6 MB Flash ROM 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Ti-89 OS 3.10 LCD Dot-Matrix 160x100 4x 1.5V AAA Ti-89 HW4 Black 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core™ i7 930 Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R 2.0 Gigabyte GTX 470 SOC G.Skill RX 2x4GB 1600C8 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
PNY Prevail Elite 120GB Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB LG GH24LS50 Noctua NH-C12P SE14 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 8 Pro x64 Lubuntu 13.10 x64 Samsung BX2250 Logitech Illuminated 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Be Quiet! S.P. E⁷ 600W Fractal Design Core 3000 Logitech G300 AKG K240 Studio 
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CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Motorola 68k @16 MHz Ti-89 HW4 256 KB 2.6 MB Flash ROM 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Ti-89 OS 3.10 LCD Dot-Matrix 160x100 4x 1.5V AAA Ti-89 HW4 Black 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core™ i7 930 Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R 2.0 Gigabyte GTX 470 SOC G.Skill RX 2x4GB 1600C8 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
PNY Prevail Elite 120GB Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB LG GH24LS50 Noctua NH-C12P SE14 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 8 Pro x64 Lubuntu 13.10 x64 Samsung BX2250 Logitech Illuminated 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Be Quiet! S.P. E⁷ 600W Fractal Design Core 3000 Logitech G300 AKG K240 Studio 
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post #7 of 19
Yeah I'm running a GTX 770 with a 550 watt power supply
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AMD FX-6100 ASUS M5A88-M GIGABYTE GTX 770 WINDFORCE 3X 4GB Patriot Viper Xtreme 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Plextor 128M5Pro Western Digital Red LG Bluray Drive Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Acer G6 Series G226HQLBbd Logitech G710 Antec Basiq BP550 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Silverstone Temjin TJ08-E Anker DS-2368 Cat Riding Bacon Through Space Teinuro 2.1 Audio System 
Audio
Grado iGrado Headphones 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon X2 6000+ Asus M3A78-CM XFX NVIDIA 9800GT OCZ Platinum 4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
320GB OS (SATA) 500GB DATA (SATA) 320GB Media (IDE) ASUS DVD 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Windows 7 Home Premium ViewSonic VA1716w Logitech Wireless Media Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Rosewill RP-500 Aerocool ExtremEngine 3T Logitech VX Revolution Turtlebeach P21 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-6100 ASUS M5A88-M GIGABYTE GTX 770 WINDFORCE 3X 4GB Patriot Viper Xtreme 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Plextor 128M5Pro Western Digital Red LG Bluray Drive Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Acer G6 Series G226HQLBbd Logitech G710 Antec Basiq BP550 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Silverstone Temjin TJ08-E Anker DS-2368 Cat Riding Bacon Through Space Teinuro 2.1 Audio System 
Audio
Grado iGrado Headphones 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon X2 6000+ Asus M3A78-CM XFX NVIDIA 9800GT OCZ Platinum 4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
320GB OS (SATA) 500GB DATA (SATA) 320GB Media (IDE) ASUS DVD 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Windows 7 Home Premium ViewSonic VA1716w Logitech Wireless Media Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Rosewill RP-500 Aerocool ExtremEngine 3T Logitech VX Revolution Turtlebeach P21 
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post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
I just got the 650w because it was marked down to $60 and it came with a $10 MIR. tongue.gif

I've seen several 7970s on eBay for around $250, that looks like the best route for my budget.
Parts should be here soon!
ITX (Gaming PC)
(16 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
The price dropped on the motherboard before I received it so I emailed Newegg and they sent me a refund for the difference biggrin.gif

Oh and the Newegg stuff got here today!

Waiting on the case from NCIX..
I ordered on the 29th and they haven't shipped it yet mad.gif
Does it usually take this long? Never dealt with them before.
ITX (Gaming PC)
(16 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
NCIX informed me that the case is being shipped from the manufacturer to them and once they receive it they'll ship it out to me. Why did they even list it as still in stock?

Sorry for the crappy phone pic, but heres what I've got so far:


Probably going to order an ssd Friday once I get payed thumb.gif
ITX (Gaming PC)
(16 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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ITX (Gaming PC)
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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