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After not having a desktop rig for almost a year (gave old rig to my son for high school), I've got the itch to get back to having a rig on my desk for some casual gaming & autocad, so I've decided to build a mini-ITX rig that will be expandable. So far this is what I've been able to by at amazing prices...

ASUS Maximus Impact VI - $130 (clearance at MicroCenter biggrin.gif )
Pentium G3258 (OC edition) - $50
ASUS R9 290 DirectCU II - $260 (after rebate)
Corsair 250D - $75
Samsung 840 250Gb - $100
Slot-load Blu-ray drive - $140

So far I've spent a total of $755 but after selling an ASUS GTX 770 2Gb for $250 (son didn't need 2 since he prefers gaming consoles) my total budget spent is $505 wheee.gif

All I need now is a 128 or 240Gb ssd (whoever has best price), an 8Gb kit of 1333/1600Mhz ram (prefer OC'able ram to keep up with the future upgrading of cpu), a 600/700w modular psu, & cpu cooler (don't want stock cooler).

Please help me out with this & thanks in advance biggrin.gif

EDIT: Forgot to list a purchased part redface.gif
Edited by drBlahMan - 2/5/15 at 11:08am
post #2 of 11
You dont need more then 550 watts if you are going going to have 2x 290 cards.
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post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

You dont need more then 550 watts if you are going going to have 2x 290 cards.

Ok but I'm using a mini-ITX mobo so I'll only be using a single 290 card. But what about when I upgrade it a 4670k or possibly a 4790k in the future? Will I need a 600/700 psu when I'm OCing that cpu & gpu together?
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Originally Posted by drBlahMan View Post

Ok but I'm using a mini-ITX mobo so I'll only be using a single 290 card. But what about when I upgrade it a 4670k or possibly a 4790k in the future? Will I need a 600/700 psu when I'm OCing that cpu & gpu together?

No you wont the system you want even with a 4790K is not going to use more then 300-350 watts at most even with OC on everything in the PC.
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post #5 of 11
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor (Purchased For $50.00)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Impact Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $130.00)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $100.00)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card (Purchased For $260.00)
Case: Corsair 250D Mini ITX Tower Case (Purchased For $75.00)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($31.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($47.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $802.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-05 13:18 EST-0500


Base Total: $197.96
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Total (Not Yet Purchased): $187.96
Total (Purchased): $615.00
Total: $802.96 - $250 = $552.96

EDIT: Think I finally got it right... rolleyes.gif
Edited by mathelm - 2/5/15 at 10:20am
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post #7 of 11
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I prefer a modular psu. As for the optical drive, I have a slot-load drive (forgot to list it). Regarding this memory, how is the OC capability? The Corsair H55 is something to consider thinking.gif ...will read some reviews on it.
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Originally Posted by drBlahMan View Post

I prefer a modular psu. As for the optical drive, I have a slot-load drive (forgot to list it). Regarding this memory, how is the OC capability? The Corsair H55 is something to consider thinking.gif ...will read some reviews on it.

Most of the Corsair Hydro coolers are not very good and you can often find air coolers that are just as good and better for the same money.
If you are looking at a very low profile cooler take a look at the Noctua NH-L12 or the even smaller NH-L9i and NH-L9a.
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by drBlahMan View Post

I prefer a modular psu. As for the optical drive, I have a slot-load drive (forgot to list it). Regarding this memory, how is the OC capability? The Corsair H55 is something to consider thinking.gif ...will read some reviews on it.

That makes two of us, but modular comes at a price it seems. And with that case, you're not going to see any of it so.. The mem is XMP enabled and while I haven't pushed mine except in testing, it seems to do fine. But personally I prefer at least 16gb because regardless of what you build it for, it always ends up doing more than gaming.

Have had a H60 here for four years now. Only thing I did was add a little speed control to the pump. Lowered the RPM from 4200'ish to 30~3500. Made no difference temp wise, but made it completely silent and I think will extend it's life span. Plus in a little case like that, I would think airflow might be an issue...
Edited by mathelm - 2/5/15 at 1:35pm
post #10 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

Most of the Corsair Hydro coolers are not very good and you can often find air coolers that are just as good and better for the same money.
If you are looking at a very low profile cooler take a look at the Noctua NH-L12 or the even smaller NH-L9i and NH-L9a.

I'll definitely look into that NH-L12...forgot all about Noctua redface.gif ...good suggestion thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by mathelm View Post

And with that case, you're not going to see any of it so..Plus in a little case like that, I would think airflow might be an issue...

You will be able to see the inside of mine cuz I'll be modding the case thumb.gif ...also, airflow will not be an issue with the 250D wink.gif
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