EDIT: FEATURED Holy crap i would have never thought, i was incredibly confused when i woke up to notifications for comments saying "featured" and the first word to come to my mind was "wat" I appreciate all of you enjoying the build and not being abash to ask questions about anything you were wondering about, and i especially appreciate pcpartpicker's staff that has quite grown recently, i remember one of my good friends getting me into custom built pc's in around 2013 at the beginning of my sophomore year after being a Playstation peasant for the longest time (lol), and constantly sending him links and screenshots to parts lists i would put together, and the site has grown incredibly in the past 4 years, and hopefully for many years to come as well.
Hello everyone! Some of you may remember me from my first build ever (and the long winded description), and here I am again a year later armed with new parts, more knowledge, and an itch to scratch.
That itch being a mini-itx build.
There are a few reasons for this, mainly because ill be going to Texas soon for Air Force basic training and I wont be home for more than a year with the training ill receive after basic, so my pc will need to be shipped to me and the massive Enthoo Pro M isn't exactly the smallest case on the market, the second reason being because I wanted the new features and architecture related with Kaby-Lake as my 8350 was starting to age and it was showing. So I sold the computer and had a hard budget of $650 to start, which was achieved with a basic parts list of the CPU, GPU, one stick of RAM, the HDD, case, PSU, and stock intel cooler. I was not happy with the build as it was, however, so I decided some changes were to be made as you'll see in the pictures.
Hope you enjoy :) technically my third build since I changed cases with my first build, benchmarks are average as this is the cheapest RX 480 money could buy, it was a REALLY good deal on newegg so I scooped it up as soon as I could
Temperatures are quite good with the Kraken G10 installed, 54c on the 480 flatlined after 30 minutes of valley bench with MSI afterburner open for monitoring. CPU tops out at about 40c.
If you have any questions ill certainly answer every one in the comments section, it just may not be that second; so don't hesitate to ask and have a fantastic day/night everyone :)