About a year and a half ago, I ventured into uncharted waters: PC building. I had never owned a Windows PC before but I needed a simple Plex server to host and manage my family’s movies, TV shows, and music—both at home—and on the go.
The computer sat lonesomely in the attic without a monitor, mouse, or keyboard and I accessed it remotely using TeamViewer. A few weeks ago, I decided it didn’t make much sense to have a perfectly good computer not live up to its full potential; so I bought an AMD RX480, and intended to re-purpose the machine as a gaming rig.
Most games worked pretty well, but my 4.6GHz overclocked Intel Pentium G3258 was far past its comfort zone and bottlenecked in more recent games. I could have bought a higher-end last-gen CPU, but I figured I’d have fun rebuilding the machine as a 1080p Skylake gaming beast!
Build Your Own The dankest of all mini-ITX builds
- Intel i5-6600K CPU
- ASRock FATAL1TY Z170 Motherboard
- Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB RAM
- AMD RX480 GPU – Good luck finding one in stock!
- EVGA SuperNOVA 650GS PSU
- Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Cooler
- Fractal Node 304 Case