(If the title displeases Nintendo, I’ll change the build name to the “Generic Entertainment Box-mo-tron.” (also if they ask I’m definitely not sponsoring an unsanctioned Pokemon party (if you have to ask, you weren’t invited)))
This is Yet Another Budget Gaming Rig™, assuming your budget is $1000. Could’ve aimed higher, splurged for the SSD and 16 GB RAM, but all these projects tend to go the way of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter if you don’t set a hard budget limit somewhere.
Of course, the budget is a tad cheaty. Standard peripherals are not included, as I already have plenty lying around. I would recommend picking up the Bose Companion 2 Series III Speakers for sound, unless you’re aiming for full 5.1. Also, Logitech’s K740 Illuminated Keyboard is the best keyboard I’ve ever owned.
Mini ITX was always the form factor I had in mind for this build, and the Thermaltake Core V1 has been perfect. It’s substantially smaller than my doofy old tower PCs, yet well laid-out inside for plenty of airflow and accessibility. Heck, I had an easier time installing my GPU and HDD than on my big old Antec.
Originally, I had intended this to be a Steam box. Without going into a diatribe, SteamOS was just too limited for my uses. I ended up with your standard Windows 8.1 install. However, I’m trying to find a suitable gaming front-end that will create the experience of playing a console, with the functionality of a full-featured OS behind it (something like Hyperspin or Steam Big Picture Mode). As this is my dedicated gaming PC, I want to interact with the actual operating system as little as possible, and only when I need it. Similar to how people build custom arcade cabinets/emulation machines. If anyone has any thoughts there, please share.
Great! The built-in wifi is a definite plus. Also, the bios is pretty advanced and intuitive.
It's what you'd expect from a standard HDD. Not too fast, not too slow, but plenty of storage.
Does its job. Not sure I've even pushed its limits yet. Shadows of Mordor runs perfectly at max settings.
I love this case. It's incredibly small, yet spacious and well laid out. Looks sharp to boot. There's no evident space for a CD/DVD drive, but for my uses this is not a drawback. Airflow appears to be terrific. I'm not actually sure why I ever preferred larger PC towers, since this is half the size, half the cost, and still fits comfortably everything I need.