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[Extreme Budget MITX Build Log] Intel G3260, Sapphire R9 380, CM Elite 130

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All equipment purchased from my local Denver, Colorado Micro-center.


Wireless Keyboard/Mouse: GIGABYTE 2.4GHz MM Keyboard Combo - $34.99
Case: Coolmaster ElitePro Mini-ITX Case - $44.99
CPU: Intel Pentium G3260 (1150) - $44.99
Motherboard: - GA-H81M-H LGA 1150 - $14.95
PSU: EVGA 500W B+ Certified ATX - $39.99
HDD: PNYMEMORY 240GB CS1221 2.5" SSD - $79.99
RAM: EVGA 8GB 4X2 DDR3 2133 DIMM C1 - $41.99
GPU: Sapphire R9 380 4GB NITRO2XOC - $191.96
Monitor: $0 - USING TV.
Batteries: 24PK DURACELL $10.99 smile.gif lol

Total spent with tax $543.47


Starting Pictures:

Temporary Monitor:




More to come soon.....building it right now smile.gif not sure if I'll finish today as I have to work tonight. thumb.gif
Edited by DefCoN - 10/8/15 at 4:25pm
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So yeah....first time small form factor build problems. I have to drive out and exchange the case I bought for a Micro ATX Case. I screwed up and thought Mini/Micro were the same thing basically and would work.

Turns out Mini ITX Motherboards are insanely expensive compared to Micro ATX. So going to get a Fractal Node 304
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Why not go for the G3258 at least, that could've been overclocked ?
You planning on upgrading in the near future ?
The G3260 will be bottlenecking the R9 380 otherwise.
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Why not go for the G3258 at least, that could've been overclocked ?
You planning on upgrading in the near future ?
The G3260 will be bottlenecking the R9 380 otherwise.

The G3260 will be a hold over proccessor. I will be swapping it for a i7 4790k in 4-5months and then also swapping out the ram for 16GB. It will then be a permanent htpc/media/file backup server as well as functioning as a few other things.

I'm also using the stock cooler for now. Will upgrade that to a corsair h100 later with the 4790k. Not going to overclock it....it will be running 24/7.

Then I'll be building my pascal based computer with skylake or 5960x that same month for emmersive gaming. 2x lg 34" curved panels.
Edited by DefCoN - 10/10/15 at 1:57pm
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Just FYI, the Node 304 is an ITX case. The 804 is a mATX case.

Edit: And the G3258 would have been a better buy considering it's only $5 more at Micro Center.
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Just FYI, the Node 304 is an ITX case. The 804 is a mATX case.

Edit: And the G3258 would have been a better buy considering it's only $5 more at Micro Center.

I initially went for the G3258, but it wasn't in stock. Also I went with the Fractal Design Core 1100 because there really weren't any other smaller cases to work with.

The processor and ram will be replaced anyway...it'll work fine for now.
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I actually went back and exchanged the G3260 for the G3258 (they received about 10 in stock) within my 15day return period. It's now sitting on the stock cooler @ 4.2GHz, and I also overclocked the Sapphire R9 380 Nitro to 1080 core, 1530 memory. Temps don't exceed 80*C on the GPU, and temps stay right around 70-75*C on the CPU.

I also had some scaling issues that I had to work out, but ended up using the AMD Cataclyst driver tool to correct overscaling issues and it works perfectly now. (using a TV as a monitor via HDMI). I kinda got in a rush and forgot to take pictures, lol.

Oh well, this will serve as my htpc for now, and then I will be swapping out the CPU and installing more RAM later.
Edited by DefCoN - 10/17/15 at 11:10am
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I actually went back and exchanged the G3260 for the G3258 (they received about 10 in stock) within my 15day return period. It's now sitting on the stock cooler @ 4.2GHz, and I also overclocked the Sapphire R9 380 Nitro to 1080 core, 1530 memory. Temps don't exceed 80*C on the GPU, and temps stay right around 70-75*C on the CPU.

I also had some scaling issues that I had to work out, but ended up using the AMD Cataclyst driver tool to correct overscaling issues and it works perfectly now. (using a TV as a monitor via HDMI). I kinda got in a rush and forgot to take pictures, lol.

Oh well, this will serve as my htpc for now, and then I will be swapping out the CPU and installing more RAM later.

Ah, that's what we've been all waiting for...

Anyways hope it works well for ya.
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