64 months ago
Looking to take the plunge on my first self-build: budget ~£850
After a couple of weeks deciding exactly what I want from my build I'm now in a position to start buying parts (maybe...) Here's where I have ended up: Prospective first build
- Small-ish (see BitFenix Prodigy Mini ITX)
- Media center
- Gaming (steam box?)
- Possibly some processor intensive tasks (e.g. kinetic modelling)
CPU cooler - looking at a few comparable builds most have opted for either:
-Cheaper: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
-Liquid: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid or Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid
Not a huge price difference between my 'Noctua NH-D15' and the 'liquids' and am really gaining +£50 worth of quiet vs a '212 evo'?
Motherboard Got fairly lost here... I want something that fits in the case, hooks up to the external ports (usb 3.0 headers etc.), has WiFi and doesn't make my wallet cry. Is the Asus Z97I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 a good choice or could I do better?
Memory I have started to realize that the "low profile ram" is probably not required here. Also, 2x4GB vs. 1x8GB. Save me some money? (1x8GB might be nicer for future upgrading)
Storage Any reason for more than 240GB 'on board' storage if I have networked external hard drives?
PSU No clue: the Corsair 550W ATX12V / EPS12V, 550W seems enough, like the idea 80+ gold power saving Comments?
Fans Might be a stupid question: do I need any additional fannage for a build like this?
I'm happy with the case, GPU and CPU as it stands but everything else is up for the chop. Tbh I'd happily look at alternate case suggestions too.
Advice welcome, Rob