Gigabyte GA-B85N Pheonix Wifi [ $89.75 // 2014 // Newegg ]
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.
Kingston HyperX Fury Black 4GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 [ Open Box // $79.54 // Amazon ]
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.
Intel Core i3-4130 [ Open Box // $90.61 // Amazon ]