This was a computer refresh for my wife from her old amd build back in 2009 (7750 Kuma/9800GT). She was in need of an upgrade. I recently won a giveaway for the Fractal Design Node 304 White from TekSyndicate. I waited as long as I could before needing to put something in it. This limited the parts i could get to mini-itx (which is fine because I've been wanting to do a small form factor build)
There was a lot of debate going into this computer in my mind. I wasn't sure if i should do an AMD APU build or a 750ti/i3 route. In the end i decided to go with the APU in favor of the added "features" that it was released with. I was originally going to wait before adding a discrete graphics card, but while the parts were shipping the MSI R7 250 went on sale and i figured I would pick it up since it was cheap and would actually work with the AMD Dual Graphics.
I've been watching a bunch of case mod videos and decided to give it a shot with adding a window to the case and sleeving the wires. I sleeved the cables with paracord and bought connectors and pins and everything from FrozenCPU. It went easier than i expected but took quite a long time. I ran into a few issues along the way. The Enermax cooler i got would only fit on in one direction, and would actually hit the rear fan. I had to remove the rear fan and add in a custom fan and hole to the right side.
Finally i decided to scrap her hold mouse/keyboard and upgrade her to some decent gaming peripherals. I think i got a deal with how much i paid for everything. I used the windows 7 from her old custom build and will end up putting Ubuntu or steam OS on her old pc till i can sell it.
How do you like it? Any constructive criticism is appreciated.
|CPU||AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core||$169.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Enermax ETS-T40-W 105.9 CFM||$34.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ Mini ITX FM2+||$88.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Storage||PNY Optima 240GB 2.5" SSD||$89.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||MSI Radeon R7 250 2GB||$54.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Case||Fractal Design Node 304 (White) Mini ITX Tower||$0.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Corsair 430W ATX12V||$24.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$0.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Case Fan||Enermax UCTVS12P-W 76.0 CFM 120mm||$12.79 USD||(Purchased)|
|Keyboard||SteelSeries Apex [RAW]||$34.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Mouse||SteelSeries Diablo III Wired Laser||$24.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Custom||Team Xtreem 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 TXWD38G2400HC10QDC01||$71.09 USD||(Purchased)|
|SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mouse Pad (Heat Orange)||$12.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Total (United States):||$620.79 USD|
|Date Published||May 11, 2014|
|Date Built||May 4, 2014|
|Performance Preset Score||P2544|