StormCUBE - mITX

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Jason
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StormCUBE - mITX

My Sandbridge/Ivybridge rig. This project is my daily driver and game station.

When i started the build (2013) i want to keep things economical and budget friendly. I had kept a gtx560ti from a previous computer (which had a pair in SLI) that i was able to sell for my original cost! #awesome

So with a GPU in hand, i bought a cheap i3 gen2 CPU and the Zotac z68wifi itx motherboard and an equally cheap 8gb stick of 'rando' ram to bring the computer online. That cpu was never a longterm solution. About one year later i had saved up and grabbed an i5 3570, 16gb of Hyperx white ram, and i flashed the mobo BIOS to accept a gen3 cpu and - taadaa! - a decently balanced PC. Somewhere here the rig also had a corsair h80 aio cooler as well. The original pair of 120gb raided ssd also were recycled into other projects and a 250gb evo ssd became the primary OS drive.

The i5 configuration handled everything i requested very well up till the release date of Mass Effect Andromeda. That's when the gpu bottleneck really showed it's face and with a week or two before the game released i was able to pickup an brand new evga 1070ftw for $500cad (months before the crypto currency rush inflated gpu prices! #blessed). I believe the h80 aio was swapped out for a refurb h100igtx that newegg was selling for dirt cheap- turns out they were overstock units Emojinot refurb/return units!

Welcome to today, i have a pair of samsung ssds and a used i7 3770 cpu. The rig is showing it's age but still runs like a champ. Still boots up in 10 seconds and handles everything i need it to do. In the future i may source an ATX model motherboard and case to keep the rig looking fresh but till the system show signs of serious bottlenecks- i'll keep rocking the setup.

#diypc
Color(s): White
RGB Lighting? No
Theme: Color
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Size: Mini-ITX
Type: General Build

Contests

This build participated in 2 contests.

Hardware

CPU
$ 90.00
Intel - Core i7 3770
Socket: LGA 1155
Cores: 4
Motherboard
ZOTAC - Z68-ITX (WiFi)
Chipset: Z68
CPU Socket: LGA 1155
Size: Mini-ITX
Memory
$ 82.99
Kingston - KVR16N11K2/16
Type: DDR3
Capacity: 16 GB
Graphics
$ 104.99
EVGA - FTW
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 1070
Storage
Samsung - 850 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 250 GB
Storage
$ 109.00
Samsung - 860 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 500 GB
Storage
$ 151.45
Western Digital - WD Red NAS
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
PSU
$ 233.99
PC Power & Cooling - Silencer MkIII, White
Wattage: 500
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Bronze
Case
$ 232.81
BitFenix - Prodigy
Type: Mini-Tower
Side Panel: Solid
Cooling
$ 199.99
Corsair - Hydro H100i
Type: AIO
Size (WxHxD): 240 mm
Keyboard
$ 179.99
Logitech - G910
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Romer-G
Type: Full Size
Mouse
$ 149.98
Logitech - G602
Interface: Wireless
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