A PC Build Inside look : The Misfit : Motherboard and Peripherals

Gigabyte GA-B85N Pheonix Wifi [ $89.75 // 2014 // Newegg ]

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When it came to the motherboard there where a lot of better options out their, especially some that where a bit stronger, well not stronger, but had a bit more nick knacks, since they where both from the same family of boards, so I didn’t stress it so much when I downgraded for my personal pick of the litter. The B85’s are usually the bare essentials in the motherboard family it resigns within and since this is a ITX build, I decided to spend a little more for a little less, but who I am kidding, it was for the LEDS. Which will bring the whole thing together in the long run. It comes with the usual 4 sata ports for your HDD needs, including enough room to withstand a beastly radiator like my Noctua C14 on top of it. The LEDS roam at the bottom of the board so it doesn’t interfere with space or components. It’s what I needed, what I wanted and I’m glad I have it, beautiful, along with the app support it comes with for being a Gigabyte product, which ended up being a life saver for my GPU in the long run. But be aware you are going to have to flash the bios if you plan on upgrading beyond the i3-4130-4150 CPU’s.

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Kingston HyperX Fury Black 4GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 [ Open Box // $79.54 // Amazon ]

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One of the most important things when building a PC, which I have stated before with the chassis and case, is basically having a blue print, whether its physical or in your head, of the space and space requirement for each and every piece, how will it fit, will it fit? Because the last thing you want, is to have to return a CPU cooler or Ram with heatsinks because they weren’t compatible for each other. In this case, with luck I picked up the perfect sized ram, but ended up going with something that was a little bit of a overkill and ended up paying a little too much for it, which is funny because it’s a little over half a year later and it’s now only $25 a stick compared to the $40 per I paid for them at the time.  Two 4 Gb sticks should be all you really need depending on how many ram slots your motherboard has, Four 2gb sticks if you have four ram slots on your motherboard, etc. etc. The majority of the time people will tell you that anything over 1600 doesn’t really matter and you know what, I can’t really disagree, because I don’t know, I was just in the moment not thinking straight and went all in. Now what does matter is filling up all the ram slots, because it will run smoother and is the way the pc is built to perform when it comes to ram, from my understanding.

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Intel Core i3-4130 [ Open Box // $90.61 // Amazon ]

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For some reason this has to be my least favorite part of my build, but I still can’t figure out why. It’s all you really need for gaming. Especially in the instance of deciding whether or not you are going to want to stream games on Youtube Gaming, Twitch or not and if you are not, then why the heck do you need anything more? Some will say you need more cores, but everything I have thrown at it played just fine, I recommend it especially since the majority of first time builders will be using their HD tv screens or a old previously used monitor from their previous non gaming pc. But then again, I don’t recommend it, because if you are going to upgrade, then just save up for a better CPU, this might handle games perfectly for me, but maybe you are more demanding in graphics or maybe you have a lot more needs when it comes to gaming and a pc’s overall performance. So yeah, I can’t disagree when it comes to getting something better, because the i3 is at the bottom of the gaming cpu component list, right above the Anniversary Intel. But I will disagree with anyone who says the i3-4130 isn’t for gaming, please. please. shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
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Noctua NH-C14 [ $32.65 // 2104 // Performance PC’s ]
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This is probably one and if not thee favorite part of mine inside my PC, when I was shopping around for a PC cooler all I was going to be able to afford is the gimped out blue water cooler on Amazons Warehouse for a little over $40 or that really hideous over priced stock cooler made by Cooler Master that you push into the motherboard. But out of the blue somehow, While I was looking and scrolling these specialized watercooling sites, I found a sale, A sale for air coolers, which had every single top tier Noctua cooler for cents on a dollar. It was amazing! The C14 didn’t even cost me $30, I think it was around the $15 mark or so, just had really expensive shipping. And to make the score so much better, they customed heat shrink tubed and braided sleeved my CPU coolers fan plugin cables to orange! Orange sleeves! for free!
I was kind of second guessing myself at first, because the deal was too good to be true and so I searched up reviews and I was right, so I thought. I read the reviews, which majority of them where negative and every single one had to do with people un-able to change there orders and add to them on. Yeah! that was it! everyone go there product, I just guess since their shipping is so expensive it just made them mad that they couldn’t add onto their order at the last minute. But boy, what a grab, this thing is what your CPU wants from you, it’s the love you deserve to give to it. It’s like taking a engine straight from a Hummer and slapping it straight on a Hot Wheels toy car. This thing is sexy and beastly, oh, my, is it sexy. And along with the free screwdriver that is packaged with it, you also get a tube of some of the best thermal paste out their, which is the Noctua brand of thermal paste, not to mention you get a pretty cool metal logo to stick on your case if you damn well please.
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Seasonic G 550 Watt 80+ Gold Certified Semi Modular ATX Power Supply
[ Open Box // $59.46 // Amazon ]
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Of course we can’t forget the pulse, because whats a heart and a brain without one? nothing, that’s what, and that is where the PSU comes in. And when it came to the power supply there wasn’t much to work with in my price range other than the go to Corsair 45o Watt PSU, which is 80+ certified, but in the end it wasn’t 80+ Gold certified, so when I seen the Seasonic on sale for only about 10 to 20 dollars more, I had to jump at it. It was the bargain I was probably not going to be able to get for a long while or at least at the time being and I was fine with it. But CM to the Murly Murk, you should of got 10000 watt psu omg Yolo +++++ edition. And to that I say…. no. When it comes to power supplies people tend to over exaggerate, yes there are some builds that need it or will be safe with having crazy boosted wattage in there builds, but that is because they have the room to expand. When buying a PSU, buy enough to comfortably run your PC, but don’t go overboard and buy something your PC won’t ever be able to take full advantage of. For example, My Case only fits motherboards that carry one GPU and the motherboard I have only can fit up to 4 HDD’s on it because it’s limited by Sata ports and even then I wasn’t going to upgrade my mobo just so i could plug in one more hard drive, it would be nice to have one more slot, but dropping another hundred on a new board just for that would be ridiculous. “But I plan to upgrade my chassis and motherboard and blahdy blahdy blah”, look, if you where planning to do all that, then just buy another PSU, because from the looks of it you are basically throwing away money on a whole new build, so what’s another $100 bucks, am I right? In the end do what you feel is right or you feel is enough, as long as you are happy with what you get and it provides you with your needs, then the product you purchased has successfully done its job. Also, on a side note, make sure your case is compatible with the size of your PSU, because when it comes to the Bitfenix Profigy, the Semi Modular was a must and even then there have been a few semi modular PSU’s that have been too big for the back of the case. Remember you guys
buy smart, build smart, play smart.