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Pretty basic build this time around. This one is for my mom, who will use it for standard non-gaming applications (word processing, internet, etc.) That's why it's using the CPU's built-in GPU rather than a separate one. Nothing she does will require anything intensive enough to justify buying and installing a separate GPU.

The i5 is definitely overkill, but with the delta in price vs. performance I wanted to spend the extra $40 or so to ensure the system would be usable for her even longer. The stock heat-sink is very quiet at idle, and plenty sufficient for the typical load the system will be at. In the rare cases the CPU gets taken to 100%, it'll still be fine - just a bit louder. It wasn't worth the expense to throw in something beefier, especially since at idle the stock Intel cooler is so quiet.

I spent a bit more to achieve the form factor. This build could have been cheaper, but I wanted something that would be extremely quiet while idle, and also very small. I really like the slot-load slimline drives, so this was a good excuse to throw one in.

Overall I'd say the case is ok. The front panel wants to pop off on one side, so I had to rig it slightly by holding it in place with a rubber grommet, a washer, and a thumbscrew. Kind of annoying, but it barely stands out with the cover off. (And you'll never notice with the cover on.) I really wish the PSU was modular, but hey... it's 300W and SFX... what can you do. Cable management wasn't too bad, but I wish the case had more tie-down points for wire ties. Had to get creative using existing wire routing holes on the DVD/HDD tray to keep the PSU cables out of the way.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 35 points

I know this is very off topic but, I just want to take a minute and just say a big thanks to Phillip for every thing he is doing for us. Before I discovered this website I can see how broken and just down right weird my build was. but after discovering this amazing website, I can see how it can make a big difference in the quality of your build. They way pcpartpicker allows you to compare brands and prices has helped me come a long way. Phillip has taken his time to help people really experience a different approach to PC building that is both fun and exciting. I hope your work continues to expand and become more and more exciting. Thanks for everything Phillip!

  • 71 months ago
  • 6 points

This is very nice. The i5 is not overkill, I'm sure your mom won't be considering upgrading very soon, so this is quite futureproof.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! You are giving me awesome ideas for a killer HTPC!I also have to give you credit on your astounding cable management in a PC so small. Really nice stuff Philip!

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I believe this to be a bit overkill, for what she'll be using.

Though Mum's the word!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice managed cables you have got there. +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I've wanted to build a light gaming rig with the SG06 and a EVGA 750 TI but couldn't bring myself to pay for the premium Case & PSU combination (going low budget under 600). Love the cable management and pics, would really appreciate a few more pics of the case with common objects for scale.

I did find a smaller case on Newegg, brand: DIYPC V3 i think. Slightly smaller form factor that can fit a full size psu.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The quad core is overkill but this build will last a long time. And be lightning fast. Nice job.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet pictures and excellent cable management. A +1 from me

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, nice cable management. Nice build +2

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Bravo! really fun build, yo moms is super lucky!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build and fantastic part choices! The cable management is excellent, good job!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

This could be used as a standalone Photoshop build :P (with extra HDDs of course)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

that cable management..

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Finally! somebody made a cheap Mini-Itx build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

THANK YOU for getting a 250 GB SSD! No non-power-user uses 1 TB of storage!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build for the intended usage - could have been cheaper but would have been an ugly tower with compromised components everywhere. Your cable management is beautiful.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Philip - I'll be building five of these with almost the same parts list, but without an optical drive. I was going to install MOBO then PSU then drive bays. I just wanted to see if you had any tips you learned during your build. Thank you!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats that plug in the back of the case above the io? Is it a pass through cable from the psu to power separate devices? Or am I totally off?

Funny how this was posted almost 3 years ago lol. This build must be holding up pretty well

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  • 71 months ago
  • 5 points

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry bruv

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been using a Canon T2i for previous builds (both for filming and for the pictures), but for this one I used a Canon D70. I splurged and upgraded the camera as it takes great pictures and the video has auto focus and manual audio level control (neither of which the T2i had).

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  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

You can replicate the same shots with a much cheaper camera - the key is lighting and knowing how to use the camera settings to your advantage. But the D70 makes it much much easier to get good shots - good enough that even a total novice like me has a hard time messing it up. The main reason for me for getting the D70 was because we're starting to shoot a lot more video. The audio in, auto focus, and flip around viewfinder on the D70 are going to save me a ton of time filming build videos, so it wasn't too hard justifying splurging a bit more on it. (There are few things more frustrating than setting focus on a build scene, and then realizing that your 12 minute shot is worthless because you accidentally moved things out of focus.)

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