Description

Was bored and wanted to build a computer for the living room to handle my media and some light gaming when my normal machine was busy. I wanted to keep it at $500 in the end. I only went over by a bit and I am very impressed by how well it handles the few newer games I have installed and tested on it!

I guess I should also add that it was fully funded by selling virtual hats in TF2 for PayPal cash... Oh, the wonders of PC gaming!

Here are the pictures in order and at a higher resolution and the benchmarks I have done so far: http://imgur.com/a/IiOrY

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 9 points

Absolutely great!

  • 69 months ago
  • 6 points

ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm more photos plz +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

120 photos. still not enough =( +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Was it really 120 of them?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

i counted

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

How long did it take to count? lmao

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

If you click on link in description it has like 160 photos says on top right.

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

very good build but more importantly very good pictures. Looks like that camera cost more than pc :) and how is the steam OS compared to other linux distro (especially Ubuntu 12.04)

+1

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Camera was from work and probably like 200 bucks. It has a macro lens though! Here was my set up...

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice setup! Your tripod footing is a little scary though, but creative. :) At first I thought you had used a light tent. Here's a light tent setup I use for smaller objects (this setup might be a bit tight for photographing a computer though.) If I want an angled view of an object I move the tent onto a table and turn it so the window is facing one of the sides so I can shoot in from the side. My tripod has an arm that can extend laterally 90 degrees, which can be helpful, and I have a ball head on the tripod which can also be helpful. Of course a true rail system would be ideal for macro work though, so I've heard-- I've never used one. I'm definitely going to have to try your method for larger objects because your shots turned out great!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah - We have a similar (if not the same) tent at work too. Usually I am too lazy when I have to do some product photography that I don't bother digging it out. I have a background in video, but sometimes I have to grab some stills for something random. My go to method for smaller products is basically the same as you saw in my "behind the scenes" pictures - except with less paper and in a different room. I also take similar pics when I sell old computer parts on Ebay - I think it helps with the sale.

GTX 480 Crucial SSD

I don't know - computer parts just look real good close up.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree! I think good photos will always help the sale. I collect fountain pens and enjoy photographing them. I have several in my collection that I'll probably sell at some point, and I think the photos will definitely help buyers know what they are getting.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Fancy. I have never used one before but I think I may hurt myself if I try...

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

complete different picture from what i had in mind!!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Those are some premium screws, such threads. 10/10.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Never mind all the pretty pics, the fact you paid for this all through TF2 hats is wonderful :P

Nice job all-around.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, its ridiculous. This is one of the less expensive things that TF2 has paid for too...haha.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

If you make a living by playing tf2 that would be amazing.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

did you have to download a bios update to run that ivy bridge cpu on that older model mobo?

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

No - But I think it did say something about that possibly causing a problem on here when I pieced it together. It was all pretty much plug and play from the start. I use it every day for my media and I have been testing out games anytime I have a chance. I made a little blog where I upload each gameplay test with the frame rate and some quick comments about my experience. So far, so good!

http://nextgenlastgen.wordpress.com/

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. Very impressive and aesthetically pleasing blog. Well laid out and informative.

Do you notice any performance issue with the caviar blue hooked up to that sata 3gb/s instead of a sata 6gb/s? Do the loading screens in games typically take a while? I want to get a mITX board, but I'd have to pay $20 - $30 more just to get a sata 6gb/s header. Thanks.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late response. I actually do most of my gaming on an SSD - so loading some games on this machine is a bit slow. Nothing that is unbearable though. I think the bigger, more intense games take longer. Skyrim doesn't take too long to load once I continue my save.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi @Stevenbogda,

This is a bit of a late post, but have you played arma on it at all? and are there any components that looking back you would change? I'm thinking of building this soon :) ps. Great build.

Thanks!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey - Just saw this now. I have ARMA II but never played it on any machine here. Since I made the computer it has been nothing but awesome. I think it is about 6 or 7 months old, maybe older.

Stuff that I bought is already less expensive now. You can probably build something even nicer for around $500 than I could 6 months ago.

I have been playing Shadows of Mordor on it most recently. Runs at 1080, "very high" settings at 35-45 FPS which I think is pretty damn nice - especially when comparing it's console counterparts...

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Steven, that really helps, I'm gonna make mine in the next few weeks, will give you shout if I change any components!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you noticed any issues with this yet? If so...what would be a good (newer) motherboard to use instead of the one that you used?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Never had any issues yet and I use it every night. I don't game on it as much as I used to because I have been doing a lot of FPS games on my normal machine with the keyboard and mouse - but I use the HTPC for media and downloading every night with XBMC and the 360 controller. I already want to build another one to see how cheap I can get it while still matching or exceding the power of the current consoles.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Back in the day when unusuals were actually worth something :(

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES! photos <3

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Saviour it's youuuu <3 shhh it's epic

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ltt?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

DUHHHHHH

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

im not good with names im sorry! D:

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Its ok lel

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy hell a white backdrop and bokeh photography for a casual PC build! Nice shots.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, those are the best pictures I've seen! How do you do that? Actually, don't tell me because I probably wouldn't understand.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Not much to it. Basically I taped some white paper all over the place and used a camera with a macro lens (close up photography). Put it on a tripod, white balance, add a 2 second timer to avoid any tripod wobbles since the exposure times were a second or more to get all the light possible. I did minor editing of the colors in Photoshop.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Photography is amazing.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Now THAT is the way photos should be taken. It's a damned work of art. Hell, those pics are better than the ones the manufacturers take! +10 if I could for being the best build that I've seen in a while.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It is a cool little computer. I could have borrowed 8GB of RAM from my normal machine which has 32GB and also one of the many spare HDDs - but I felt that wouldn't be as fun. Here is the imgur album that I will slowly add bench mark screen shots to as I install games on it.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the shot of the mail in rebate card. Always a great day when those arrive.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha...already put that $20 in my Steam. Waiting for Watch_Dogs...hopefully. Unless it ends up sucking.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Mesmerized by your photography. What model camera?

btw....Sweet build.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Not even sure. One of the Rebels. It wasn't expensive.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for **** loads of photos :3

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Amazing Build! +1 gazillion if could. :D

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Funded from selling TF2 hats, love it! +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

It's adorable.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

this build was funded by selling hats in TF2? Holy Crap man!!!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Mother of Photos...

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

NOT ENOUGH PHOTOS BRO! Lol, great build! +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. How is it running after a few months of use? How are the noise levels with the video card and stock cooler?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey! I use the little fella every night. More-so for my media consumption, but I game on it a few times a week. I have no run into any problems other than the "watch dog problem". But who hasn't run into that one!? I can't hear it unless I get up next to it and open the glass door it hides behind. I really only hear the HDD hum.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait, those are pictures not screenshots?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

isnt tf2 the greatest invention known to man

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I really love this build, but I would really like to get a case that could hold a blu-ray drive. Do you have any suggestions for cases that would meet this need? Thanks.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply... If you are still looking, I believe the next step up from the Elite 110 is a little longer and can hold a drive and larger GPU - but I am not certain. I have an old external BR drive I hook up when I want to digitize any physical disks I end up with.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

So I am guessing you unboxed a unusual in TF2

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I opened 1002 crates during my spree but only opened 5 unusuals out of those...pretty bad odds. I mainly just sold keys for cash or traded for cute hats I liked and then sold later for this computer when I cashed out.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

What the hell? Are you really serious about funding this project by selling tf2 hats?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply. Yeah - I ran an idle account farm for 2 years. Basically, I bought 400$ worth of TF2 accounts and used Sandboxie and some scripts to run them in textmode to collect hats. It started as an experiment to fund a new BMX bike. Once I made the $1200 for the bike and bought it, I kept on going. Opened 1002 crates on my YouTube channel (witch very, VERY poor luck...) and then traded for some unusuals which I ended up selling once they nerfed idling. Used that $500 to build this little guy.

Good times.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

DEM PICTURES!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, you used the exact same video card I did in my steam machine!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It was pretty new when I built this machine. It still matches or outperforms the current consoles in most games that aren't made by Ubisoft. It's even cheaper now so budget building on this level is less expensive than it was 6 months ago!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Favorite build on the whole internet. +1 cuz infinite pics

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Pictures! You are a really good photographer Also the 1333 mhz memmory won't get you far. You can get 1600 mhz for even cheaper than that. Or even 1866 if you count mail in rebate!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I was trying to stay as cheap as possible and at the time, RAM was insanely high. I am actually using the machine as I type this because I have been testing GTA V. It is runs surprisingly well! I max out most of the options at 1080 and keep nearly 30fps throughout. Rockstar did a great job. Ubisoft should learn from them.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you manage to get SteamOS working on this setup?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah - never bothered. I got a Steam Link and Steam controller so I don't even use this build for games anymore. I just stream from my normal rig to the TV now...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

These photos are so beautiful... They're better than anything the sellers can take.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done, few small things i'd like to point out though. Your motherboard doesn't have an usb 3.0 header. You could have opted for cheaper ram and invested the remaining in a solid state drive to pair with your 1tb drive so your os boots and runs alot faster/smoother. You could have opted for a cheaper processor like the intel g3258 haswell with a mild overclock out performs the i3 3220 thus saving money to get a better graphics card and getting better performace. In the end, i made this build. Check it out! :D cheers http://pcpartpicker.com/guide/rsscCJ/edit/

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Im thinking of using this case for a build. How was cable management and how small is the case.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely! amazing set of pictures. Are you a pro photographer? Congrats.

Caroline.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

"I guess I should also add that it was fully funded by selling virtual hats in TF2 for PayPal cash... Oh, the wonders of PC gaming!"

Buy CS:GO and make even more money with guns skins lol. Gaben provides for our wallets in amazing ways.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Loving your abstract pics. I want to build with this case, and this makes me want it even more.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

It is super tight but is also really compact. If I could go back in time I would have bought a modular PSU since most of the case is filled with power cables!

  • 69 months ago
  • 0 points

Chill on the pics (there is such a thing as to much) and they emphasize the jaunty angles far too much. Nice build, I probably would have paid that little extra for the i5 though

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I was already over budget. So far, it has preformed really well. I have tested a dozen games or so.

  • 69 months ago
  • -3 points

why not get haswell and run on the integrated graphics?

  • 69 months ago
  • 7 points

750ti would be alot better than the integrated graphics for that light gaming.

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

I thought about it because I wanted to stream games to it in Steam, but decided that the 750ti was super cute. Plus, I really like EVGA so I give them my money whenever I have a chance to!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Because that GPU is amazing and intergayted graphics suck.

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  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

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  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The small computer parts begged for a macro shot. The larger parts...were a huge pain in the *** to shoot.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry - don't come here often. Still runs better than console versions of games. Runs GTA V amazing well for being such a giant and beautiful game. Witcher 3 also runs pretty good. Steady 30+ FPS on fairly good settings. I think if you were to build this identical machine right now, it would be around $430.

No idea about the 4130 though!

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