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  • HRPC WinXP PC (a Sleeper Build) thumbnail

    HRPC WinXP PC (a Sleeper Build) HRPC WinXP PC (a Sleeper Build)

    Eons ago, I got a sweet deal on a case that came with a psu. No idea who made it. But I can recall reaching into a wire... Eons ago, I got a sweet deal on a case that came with a psu. No idea who made it. But I can recall reaching into a wire basket by the checkout line to lift it up and appreciate the good deal. That can only have been Micro Center. Probably the one in Yonkers, NY. The layout of how things are arranged, with nowadays a clearance shelf just before you make that hard right into the cashier line, it matches the memory, except with a wire basket instead of a wire shelf. It wasn't a wire basket full of closeout cases, either, just one case of the kind that was popular 20 years ago (nowadays) and a bunch of open box mice or whatever. The case is sort of specific to the turn of the millenium because it has a flourish of see-through plastic (how Apple!) and a slot for the floppy drive. Long time builders will recognize it for what it is, or is trying to be. I have no idea how long ago that was, but the psu only had a 20-pin mainboard connector - so almost certainly at least a decade ago that I bought it. Since then, it has moved around with me time and again. I mean, it just looks so of-that-era, and I knew quite well I would want to build a pc again at some point. But I'm actually not that demanding, and so my 2500K served me well for a really long time. Man, so November 2022 comes, and Micro Center has some sweet bundle deals for a system that is exactly 10 generations newer than what I was running. The bundles now are definitely not bad at all, but the 12600K and motherboard I picked up in the run-up to Black Friday were even better. Has an igpu, 32GB of RAM is double my previous amount, NVME's boot real quick, let me tell you... I am a happy camper! See, I missed out on the whole shift from spinning platters to SSD's, so I am sooooo happy about the boot-up time. You know that person down the block running an otherwise-fine-for-their-purposes system that they wish wasn't so slow to boot up, and you make their day by throwing a $25 SSD in there? That's me. Made my own day. Regarding the guts of the thing, I had to pick up another mainboard from MC because this is not an ATX case. I had gathered the cooler and one NVME over time, thanks to the buildapcsales subreddit, and I picked up the needed mATX board, some DDR4 RAM and another NVME from MC, and cobbled together a janky build that has plenty of storage (there's also an old set of spinning platters in there), along with a Tesla P4 to boost the igpu the 12600K comes with. Because I can't resist projects like that. And I don't really game, so something akin to an underpowered 1080 is more than fine if I can say i got it running thanks to some zip ties and the fan from an FM2 CPU cooler. That fan on the Tesla P4, it spins up real loud for just a second at start up before the motherboard slows it down in accordance with the fan curve, which makes for a really weird effect that i really like. Like, I love it! And i don't care at all that it looks janky as all get-out in there, nobody cared about that back when we were building ourselves Cyrix 6x86 and Pentium II systems, so it fits the motif. I recognize the blue masking tape is a little funny-looking, but it's there to catch the eye if you open the case, since I cut holes into it and cut away most of the drive cage. This was my first time cutting holes into a case with a Dremel and some diamond cutting wheels, like the Youtube videos say to do, and so I have plenty of airflow through the bottom and out the back, In addition to what the front fan is pulling through those period-matching vents in the drive bays. I have two 140mm fans in that tiny case with no real gpu to speak of, and so they can run really slow and still move a ton of air. It's the outside of the case that counts. That period-specific look, in what is certainly not the most elegant manifestation imaginable, but then dressed up with those stickers from Geekenspiel that obscure the case's lack of refinement (I mean, the see-through plastic is right on top of the regular beige plastic, I mean, come on!). I sincerely apologize to MC for not having MC stickers on there about the Millennium Bug, but I really couldn't find any - not even in pictures online. BB, well, they're kind of known for it at this point. Frankly, MC might not have done that! it's clearly where the smarter, more discerning customers shop. And I found an appropriate floppy disk online to shove in that floppy drive with a 34-pin floppy extension cable running to a usb adapter card connected to a mainboard header by way of a header to usb jack adapter cable. That wasn't hard, but man, did I do a whole lot of work just to have a functional floppy drive that I'm never going to use. And it's funny, but every time I open Windows file explorer, it gets all audible and clicks away while it looks to see if it has a floppy inserted into it. I guess that's probably normal and just how things used to be. But it makes me happy, so be it. Plus, now I can crack wise that you can say what you want about rasterization and vector-based graphics, but Charts Unlimited, I mean, for charts, to this day, you can't beat it with a stick! And nobody really laughs as hard as me, but that's okay. I for one am much amused. This has been a truly fun build for me, and I look forward to rummaging about in MC's excellent deals in the future!
    $367.97
    Sven T
  • 1080p gaming I3, mostly used parts thumbnail

    1080p gaming I3, mostly used parts 1080p gaming I3, mostly used parts

    just for casual gaming just for casual gaming
    $419.00
    brandon h
  • SmallBigBox thumbnail

    SmallBigBox SmallBigBox

    I built this as a new personal PC build since I sold my old personal build recently. I use it to play games like Minecraft,... I built this as a new personal PC build since I sold my old personal build recently. I use it to play games like Minecraft, Genshin, League, Valorant, etc., and use it for CAD projects. If I were to do things differently I would've gotten the white version of the graphics card but nonetheless the PC has satisfied my expectations. I also only paid around $500 for the system which satisfies my budget expectations.
    $514.99
    Thomas H
  • Dan A4 H2O thumbnail

    Dan A4 H2O Dan A4 H2O

    Compact Gaming Compact Gaming
    $542.96
    Vishal I
  • Mini-ITX 2U Homelab thumbnail

    Mini-ITX 2U Homelab Mini-ITX 2U Homelab

    I've always wanted to have a NAS and a plex server and I deciced to go the DIY route. This will be my first foray into both... I've always wanted to have a NAS and a plex server and I deciced to go the DIY route. This will be my first foray into both and I also plan on using it as a playground to learn about virtual machines and more. The current plan is to install unraid and add plex as an app then in the future I'll mess with things such as a minecraft server or home camera system. The chassis is rack mountable and is made by a company called myelectronics based in europe.
    $553.95
    Alejandro Alvarado
  • Clean Home Office build thumbnail

    Clean Home Office build Clean Home Office build

    Build this for a friend for casual computing. Build this for a friend for casual computing.
    $660.95
    Jason
  • Gift to my brother 2023 thumbnail

    Gift to my brother 2023 Gift to my brother 2023

    This PC was built for my brother. He intends to stream/watch online videos and do some light gaming on it. He had a budget... This PC was built for my brother. He intends to stream/watch online videos and do some light gaming on it. He had a budget and I was able to help him build a PC to fit those requirements.
    $703.93
    5914resident
  • Workhorse thumbnail

    Workhorse Workhorse

    For working and occasional Steam play For working and occasional Steam play
    $744.94
    aerosnow
  • Mini ITX budget build thumbnail

    Mini ITX budget build Mini ITX budget build

    Mini ITX Budget Build for Local Server Mini ITX Budget Build for Local Server
    $777.93
    tqnguyen100
  • Mini-PC thumbnail

    Mini-PC Mini-PC

    Wanted to build my first itx PC to save on space. Found the Lian Li A4-H20 which could utilize my 240mm liquid cooler from... Wanted to build my first itx PC to save on space. Found the Lian Li A4-H20 which could utilize my 240mm liquid cooler from NZXT. Temperatures are excellent despite the very small form factor. Completely silent when idle and not too loud under full load.
    $779.95
    Samir
  • Woodinator 5000 A.K.A. CYBERWOOD Structure Fire Starter thumbnail

    Woodinator 5000 A.K.A. CYBERWOOD... Woodinator 5000 A.K.A. CYBERWOOD Structure Fire Starter

    I’ve always wanted to build a PC case made of wood. I’ve sketched designs, browsed Reddit, and became determined to make it... I’ve always wanted to build a PC case made of wood. I’ve sketched designs, browsed Reddit, and became determined to make it a reality. I stumbled across a MATX CYBERWOOD case, but to be completely candid, I was not impressed with the design, look or layout of the case. Plus, who uses acrylic side panels these days? I dismissed it, and forgot about it, until I found out CYBERWOOD released another case – this time an ITX case called the M1. However, the original cost seemed excessive for what it was, so I decided not to buy one. Fast-forward to January of 2024, and Amazon suggested the M1 case when I was browsing other SFF cases. Some how I was able to pick up the case bundled with a gen 3.0 riser cable for $37.65. I purchased one immediately, without a plan or knowing what I should do with it. I have an older ITX system (it runs PLEX and a NES emulator) that I originally decided to transfer into this case, but after I started the build, I realized the parts doesn’t do this case justice. It’s unique, special and pretty cool. My photos show how I started the build with these older parts but swapped them for more powerful hardware. To be clear, building in this case is work, but that’s OK, because it’s not annoying – it’s just oddly satisfying. Assembling every part is time consuming, and making everything fit can be a challenge. Parts that ought to fit don’t, and I had to be creative with cable management. I had to make a notch in the wooden power supply bracket to accommodate the switch. The case comes with filter panels, but they have to be attached with the included white tape - after you have finished the case. I ran into an issue with my BeQuiet! 120mm AIO, because the pump is designed to hang freely in the case, without contacting anything. It if does make contact with something, the pump makes a loud and obnoxious vibrating noise. So, I ordered an AIO with the pump built into the block. The Intel i5-12600KF processor is rated for 125 TDP, so most low-profile air coolers will struggle to keep it cool. I tried a Noctua NH-L9x65, but temps were all over the place and the fan contacted the side of the case – which caused it to vibrate and make excessive noise. I tried a Scythe low-profile cooler (with a height of 55mm), but it had to work hard, so the 92mm fan was always running at full speed. So, I ordered a 240mm AIO to keep up with the 12600KF. I also had to order the CYBERWOOD top expansion bay to accommodate the radiator. I had a used AMD 5700 XT on hand (purchased for $130.41) to upgrade my son’s gaming computer but decided to use it for this build, instead. It fits perfectly in the case – it’s 315mm and there is room for airflow. I had to order a gen 4.0 riser cable to get the most out of it, but the price was reasonable. The case does not come prefinished. I spent an afternoon applying 3 coats of polyurethane finish to the wood panels, and lightly sanded between coats. It’s ¼ inch plywood and needs to be protected. I’ve seen CYBERWOOD cases that were stained, but this takes away from the wood’s natural beauty. I highly recommend leaving it raw and just using wood sealer to protect it. I would build in this case again, but I don’t know if CYBERWOOD is still making this case. It appears out of stock on Amazon, but Newegg still has it listed. However, it’s priced between $125.99 and $226.99! I appear to have lucked out, when I found it for this price, and I plan to use, upgrade and enjoy it – as long as it doesn’t start a structure fire. The total build cost was about $849.83.
    $828.60
    Aaron C
  • SFF Home Office / General Purpose Build thumbnail

    SFF Home Office / General Purpose Build SFF Home Office / General Purpose Build

    A small-footprint home office build with the ability to upgrade later A small-footprint home office build with the ability to upgrade later
    $854.94
    archerintl
  • NR200P SFF All White Build thumbnail

    NR200P SFF All White Build NR200P SFF All White Build

    Built this for my daughter for general purpose use. Eventually may add a GPU if she gets into PC gaming. Built this for my daughter for general purpose use. Eventually may add a GPU if she gets into PC gaming.
    $856.93
    Culver C
  • ITX Build thumbnail

    ITX Build ITX Build

    Small form factor build for gaming and for fun Small form factor build for gaming and for fun
    $856.95
    Thomas W
  • The Lunchbox thumbnail

    The Lunchbox The Lunchbox

    Fast enough for most AAA games at 1440/90 and esports at 165+. Very cool and quiet despite size. Fast enough for most AAA games at 1440/90 and esports at 165+. Very cool and quiet despite size.
    $947.95
    Saad K
  • tiny but mighty thumbnail

    tiny but mighty tiny but mighty

    low-mid range gaming low-mid range gaming
    $973.90
    jessica k
  • make it smaller thumbnail

    make it smaller make it smaller

    this build is the result of moving into a much smaller space and as a result, needing the smallest possible footprint for my... this build is the result of moving into a much smaller space and as a result, needing the smallest possible footprint for my gaming pc (that would still hold my midrange components and a discrete graphics card). to accomplish this i chose the cooler master nr200 which is one of the smallest footprints possible for my usage. everything is great so far. i'm continuing to play games at 1440p with my 6600 xt and i'm having no problems related to heat or temperature.
    $982.94
    Karl George
  • Intel Jedi build thumbnail

    Intel Jedi build Intel Jedi build

    Needed a streaming PC Needed a streaming PC
    $1,024.95
    DRicketts1991
  • Conference Room Comp thumbnail

    Conference Room Comp Conference Room Comp

    A no-nonsense build for presenters to use. A no-nonsense build for presenters to use.
    $1,029.93
    Paul R
  • First Mini ITX Case thumbnail

    First Mini ITX Case First Mini ITX Case

    Finally decided on building a small form factor PC. Fits in my trunk nicely for those long road trips. Mostly used for light... Finally decided on building a small form factor PC. Fits in my trunk nicely for those long road trips. Mostly used for light gaming and leisure.
    $1,032.94
    Henry Ngai
  • Intel thumbnail

    Intel Intel

    It's a secondary PC. Something for my kids to use when they come over. Something for me to use for racing simulation and... It's a secondary PC. Something for my kids to use when they come over. Something for me to use for racing simulation and streaming to take the load off my Ryzen build.
    $1,054.94
    April
  • Sff thumbnail

    Sff Sff

    Tiny pc Tiny pc
    $1,059.94
    Sula21
  • Average NR200 Build thumbnail

    Average NR200 Build Average NR200 Build

    I mainly use this computer for very light gaming, I usually play strategy games like Mindustrry and Bloons with some Team... I mainly use this computer for very light gaming, I usually play strategy games like Mindustrry and Bloons with some Team Fortress 2 in the mix. I also do some extremely light video editing in my free time, so that's what the 32 Gigs of ram is for. I need absolute silencer so that's why it's just raw heatsink mass. Kinda a cablemess, but who's gonna look back there? (totally)
    $1,124.95
    Chanlee S
  • Fractal Terra PC thumbnail

    Fractal Terra PC Fractal Terra PC

    I built this primarily for gaming. It's wonderful and works very well. Replaced my Dell Latitude E7470 that got at most... I built this primarily for gaming. It's wonderful and works very well. Replaced my Dell Latitude E7470 that got at most about 12fps playing GTA Online and Divinity 2. It was not too difficult at all, despite being a small form factor. I do not expect to upgrade it or rebuild for many years to come, except maybe to add custom cabling. (but the stock power cables are working fine)
    $1,151.89
    Aaron B

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