Description

During the year 2014, I dreamed of making a PC to call my own. At that time, I owned a pre-built rig with a GTX 650 and a crappy AMD processor that I can't even remember the name of. In 2016, I couldn't play anything on that old dinosaur, I thought it was high time I had an upgrade.

This turned out to be way better than I ever dreamed of in 2014. As I said earlier this build started in 2016 and sadly, I couldn't drop 2000$ at age 16, I had to start small. This PC started out with a GTX 1060 3 gig graphics card, and an Intel i3 6100 processor I got for Christmas. It filled my needs with "console-like" performance in the world of PC gaming. Soon after, I got an internship at an engineering firm and acquired enough money to upgrade this to how you see it today.

I don't really have that much to share in terms of the build process, other then it was extremely infuriating being that it was a mini ITX build.

I never did any real benchmarks yet surprisingly, all I know it plays newest titles flawlessly in 4k in high settings. Thermals are not the best, cable management is horrendous inside and the motherboard is not ideal for the parts I have, but overall I'm happy with it.

If you want to know more please let me know!

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

What are those panels on the wall?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

LED Light Panels, I made them myself with LED strips and wood. Inspired by this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OramJZmoekA

The only difference I used artificial crocodile leather instead of wallpaper. You can find it at Walmart I think.

*Edit I plan to hide those ugly wires, in the meantime I have to deal with them.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

noice build

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job. That case, wow, you got all that stuff in there! Nice case but being so thin it must have been very tough.

Build wise, I offer a couple of comments, something to look at in future if finance and availability come into play:

1- Z270 Motherboard for this build - built for K series Kabylake chips. Handles faster RAM.

2- You sure that that is the RAM, 2 x 4GB of Kingston 2133? Definitely look at switching out those RAM modules. If price is a factor, you can get Gskill Ripjaws V 3600 2 x 8GB for $125 if you look around. If you intend on keeping the H110 mobo, you can still upgrade to 16GB but you will probably be looking at 2133-2666MHZ RAM.

3- If you get around to upgrading the Mobo, you would be able to add an M2 SSD in there.

Nice build and set up.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

That case was a pain in my ***! I definitely do not recommend it for someones first build lol

I have been debating whether I should replace my motherboard. So far, I haven't seen any incentives to do it. Later on I'll probably have to upgrade my storage size, so an M.2 SSD slot for my OS would surely help.

At the moment my goal is to definitely upgrade my RAM, I wanna go overkill with 32GB so I can use multiple VMs at once.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL I hear you. I once tried a build in a thin case like yours and had to give up, way too fiddly. No Room and cable management was near impossible. I am currently wrestling with the Ncase M1, it is not too thin but very small. Getting to my limit on the patience threshold with this one.

As for 32GB RAM, been looking at modules myself, not too happy with the prices. The memory I want is going to set me back $500, ouch....

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I looked at that case.. Does not look fun at all xD. With Mini ITX cases I found out real soon that the worst part of it all if plugging the front IO into the motherboard, especially with my case.

RAM prices are just insane right now, The 8GB RAM I have currently has doubled in price since 2015. Luckily for me at this point money isn't an issue right now, so I'm not complaining too much.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, the name "XBox" isn't the most interesting name for a game console either. xD I kinda stole the name from this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdKmiKKNv44

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

3 years in the making??? 8gb ram!????

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I started this build during the Christmas of 2015. So yes, three years in the making.

I'm planning to upgrade my ram in the future. So far games with this setup is fine with 8gb of RAM

(Only exception is Assassin's Creed Odyssey, It runs like crap on this system. 40fps in 1080p like WTF. Only time I think RAM is an issue.)

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

what I meant is, if your are going with an almost $2000 build you can afford to get the 16gb.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I'm more of a "Go big or go home" kind of guy lol. Like I said to another commenter, I'm going to get 32GB later.

The problem with most mini ITX motherboards is they tend to have only two ram slots, I'm using both currently (for dual channel). I'd have to buy an entirely new set of RAM sticks and I think that money can go to more important things.

Even if I had the money, I thought it was a waste of time if there was gonna be almost no performance increase.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

more pics of inside of pc

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not pretty. So no.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

okie

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build. All that work and money but you can't manage to put a plate cover on your light switches?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha yeah, I knew someone would notice xD. I'm in the middle changing it to a smart light switch for my Alexa. What you said can be the same for the wires on my led light panels. I'm just lazy there.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

what is the name ur controller

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Razer Wolverine Ultimate. costs around $160. Not really worth it tbh.

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks and yeah, I wasn't gonna buy an RTX card, It wasn't worth it. The whole reason I decided to upgrade my graphics card was that my dad bought me a 4k monitor for my 18th birthday lol. I would have never used raytracing because it can't run at 4k. I do like the technology behind it the RTX series, but it wasn't for me at that moment.