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Hey guys,

Its not very often i get to build a new PC completely from scratch. So i decided id do my first build log (Picture Gallery) on OCN! Unfortunetly its not very exciting... I 600T log will be put up in the near future!

My Grandparents G5 iMac broke, so ive decided to convert them to a PC.

They essentially just check e-mail and read the newspaper.

However! Ive convienced my grandfather to buy a RC plane simulator (his obession), and of course this couldnt be played on a mac...

Anyways parts list:
Motherboard: Gigabyte H55 USB3 Mini-ITX
CPU: Intel i3 550
Ram: A stick of my Sig Rigs...
HDD: Spare WD 160GB Blue.
Case: Aywun 8989 w/200w PSU

I was on a strict budget of $300 AU, however i put in some cash for the better motherboard and CPU.

Parts have been ordered, and should arrive within the next few days.

UPDATE: PICTURES







^^^^^ With a old 775 cooler as an indication.



^^^^^^ The mentioned scratches from an Intel CPU box. Resting on top.
Edited by Nutty Pumpkin - 3/2/11 at 10:27pm
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post #2 of 27
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Parts came today, should have picture up tomorrow! (Have an english essay due...)

They sent me a e5700 instead of an i3 550...

I should receive my ordered chip in 2-3 days!

PS. Seeing this thread has had soooo much interest i thought i might do an update

EDIT: will be posting temps also!
Edited by Nutty Pumpkin - 3/2/11 at 12:24am
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PS. Seeing this thread has had soooo much interest i thought i might do an update
Lol, I'm interested

I'm looking to build something to a similar spec soon (just for basic office tasks) so I'm curious as to how this one turns out
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I want that CPU and Mobo, and I want to throw my old 4850x2 on it.
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post #5 of 27
I built an i3-550 on a h55N with 4Gb of ram in a Cooler Master Elite 100 for my grandparents. Worked beautifully for normal computer use. I opened up 2 1080p trailers, along with email and about 15 other tabs in the background. It all ran without stuttering; very impressive for a little dual core.

I think your grands will love the system your building them.
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Sweet! My wife is putting together her MiniITX rig Thursday night. She's pretty stoked.
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This is a sick looking case. Cool build! Can't wait for pictures!
 
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Single channel memory will be at major disadvantage to all around performance for both you and them, especially when dual channel kits can be bought cheap.
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Single channel memory will be at major disadvantage to all around performance for both you and them, especially when dual channel kits can be bought cheap.
I know...

I was planning to update my RAM anyways.

But, for them. Im planing on getting them a cheap OCZ 2x2GB kit. On sale.

Thanks for the suggestion though!

Pictures will be up.....Later tonight?? I'm struggling with my English essay.
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This is a sick looking case. Cool build! Can't wait for pictures!
The case look pretty cool.

Unfortunately it is very,very shiny and glossy! I managed to put very small scratches on the top by putting a Intel CPU box on top.

Other than that though, i'm pretty happy with it!

Thanks for the comments everyone!
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