Description

I've been wanting to build a PC for a while, now but I saved up some money and was finally able to take the plunge. Seeing as my PS4 is the main machine for AAA titles, I wanted something that could handle games like Minecraft, Cities: Skylines, CS: GO, and a handful of other things- Autodesk Inventor -but without breaking the bank.

Part Reviews

CPU

I would have gone for an i5 had money not been an issue, but this little CPU gets the job done.

Motherboard

I chose the mobo because I wanted something mini and with 3.0 USB ports. I had zero problems installing the other parts to it and had enjoyed this purchase thus far.

Memory

I chose this RAM because there was a promo on Newegg with the MSI H110i Pro mobo that I purchased. I got a great deal and for a great product. Will probably upgrade to 16GB in the future.

Storage

This was the cheapest 120GB SSD I could find at the time. It was easy to install, recognized immediately, and I've had no problems with it as of now. Nice and speedy.

Video Card

I was going to go for a 1060 3GB, but then I heard that Nvidia were releasing yet another card. I saw the manufacturer stats and thought I could wait a few days... so I did. I'm glad that I did. This card packs a serious punch for its price. It fit what I need to a T - 1080p gaming on a budget (and at a compact size). You may have to turn the settings down for some games, but coming from a laptop, I'm happy to run anything on medium or higher.

Case

I love this case so much. I've chosen a lot of cases for this build over the months, but I settled on this mini-ITX tower because of space and portability. It looks neat and everything fits inside nicely. Easy to take apart and put back together with room for upgrades.

Wireless Network Adapter

It's getting the job done, but for $8, I can't really complain about speed.

Keyboard

I was gifted this keyboard. I enjoy it very much. I wish that I could have gotten the MX Blues, but my housemates would murder me. I love the sounds, build, and how customizable Corsair keyboards are.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

+1! This is a very nice build! But what is up with those cables...?

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

My cable management skills are not quite up to par yet. I will hopefully be able to make it look better over time.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm planning on adding a 1050 ti on black friday to a pc I just built with an i3 6100. Could you put up some benchmarks on how this PC performs in the games you listed?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I will try to!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

This would be able to run AAA titles better than your PS4...

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Holding AAA games with just a 120GB SSD tho... He's gonna run out of space soon. He should get a 1TB HDD if he wants to play AAA games.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

True

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Keeping some things on the console are more so out of convenience (e.g. playing with friends, already own the game, stuff like that). But some games I will be buying and playing on my PC now.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

huh I made a similar parts list just the other day. I knew it would be a short time before I would see something like this pop up, its a really great mix of parts. great job!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Neat to see a gtx 1050ti with only the pcie slot powering the card. Very cool.

Thumbs up.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I totally forgot it didn't need pin connectors until I opened it. It's very convenient.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

1050ti should be able to handle some of those AAA titles as well! +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I will have to try one sometime! I don't think I own any for PC at the moment.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Before installing your PSU, you should have identified all the cables you were not going to use and then bunched them all up together nicely and either zip tied them together or used a felt velcro strap to secure them...the cables make this otherwise good build look..bad! Nevertheless, a +1 for the ITX build.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Much better idea. I wish I thought about that beforehand. Information for the future :) and thank you!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

First 1050 Ti build!!!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

you're everywhere

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to build my own and was wondering how you get an OS on a computer like this?

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

MS Windows 10 comes on a flash drive now if you purchase a copy in stores or from Amazon, so that's how. Otherwise if you are installing from an optical drive you will need an external USB powered optical drive, I keep one of these handy for all of my ITX builds that don't have optical drives.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually managed to get Windows 10 for free through my college. You "buy" it (Quotations because it's free) and when you get the email receipt, it contains a download link to an .ISO file. I used Rufus to turn a USB drive I had into a bootable USB. Once I got my computer built and turned on, I set it to boot from that drive and then it installed.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Great budget build! I assume that it can run most AAA games, in that my I7 2nd gen Integrated graphics laptop can do the same. The cables are forgivable in a case that size, but again great build!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I don't have anything too heavy to run on it right now, but that will probably change during the next Steam sale lol.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man, can you please do me a favor? Could you say me the weight of your pc? I'm planning to fly with the pc I will buy and my case is similiar to yours, But I ca only have 8kg in my baggage, that's why I need to know if my build will fit this requirement. is very important to me.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Considering the size, I wouldn't think it would break more than 10 lbs (4.5 kg). I could be wrong though.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

really nice build, management looks horrific due to the small case.. But I dig it!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

So you're building this super-budget pc so you can burn $$ on getting Autodesk Inventor?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Does it get too loud/hot?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome Build! I like the specs! +1!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

what the wallpaper ?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

why didnt you go for a Ryzen 5 1400

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

This was about 5-6 months before any of the Ryzen line released.

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Go for it, runs great!

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