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Gigabyte GB-BXi7-5775 Mini PC Barebone: i7-5775R, Iris Pro 6200, WiFi AC, mSATA + HDD Slot at Fry's for $229.00

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Fry's Electronics has the Gigabyte i7-5775R for 229.00 after promo code.

Gigabyte Brix [frys.com]

This is available in store and online with free shipping (though online quantities are probably limited).

Previous discussion here when it was 249.99.

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Why you have so many promo codes?
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Great price.

FYI, it uses blower fan and it's loud. I've managed to put an Noctua NF-A9x14 fan as a replacement but requires a bit of modding.

The fan I got is is 92mm x 14mm, 92mm is a bit too large since it exceeds the dimensions of where the chassis screw mounts sit and where the power button rod sits, you'll need to cut the corners. Another problem that can come up after this is that the fan itself will interfere with a screw that holds the power button rod in place. I ended up cutting off the screw and just have a loose power button there, which causes the power button to rotate, but meh. If you are adventurous, you can solder your own power button, there are for points, LED+, LED-, Switch +, Switch - (shown here [imgur.com]). However, an easier alternative would be to look for 80mm x 15mm fans (there are a few from cooler master) and that should sit nicely in the center.

The fan is held together to the heatsink via doublesided thermal tape. I'm sure there are better solutions to clamping the fan down.

Prior to mounting the fan, you'll need to remove the two fan mount holes on the heatsink for the existing blower fan, you can remove the heatsink altogether and knock the mount holes from the back, but I just use a dremel to cut it off.

The fan mod itself won't do jack since the vents are on the side, so I cut my case open on the top with a 3 inch hole saw (which is a bit small for the 92mm fan, 3 1/2 inch would be ideal). I'm planning on gluing a fan grill over it. Careful not to cut the antenna wires, lift it up from the sticky plastic part of chassis before you start cutting.

You'll then want to go to Bios and disable bios fan control. I couldn't get SpeedFan to control the fan for some reason, Argus Monitor can, and it shows it as SYS_FAN1.

With Argus Monitor, and currently with an open chassis top, I'm getting 41 deg C idle / browsing, and extremely silent. Even when I'm using exporting / rendering Videos, the temp goes up to 70s and is still not as loud as the blower fan on idle.

This is my first time modding a computer (and also using a hole saw & dremel) so it turned out pretty bad physically, but functionally it works.

My next mod for this device is to remove the wlan+bt mpcie slot and connect it to a EGPU solution, it'll only give me x1 pcie lane speed but I'll be using a spare GTX 750 I have so I don't think it matters that much.

[Edit] Here is what it looks like right now

https://imgur.com/a/ZnmJn
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Whoa, isn't the i7-5775r relatively quick? It's faster than the Sandy Bridge i7 2600 according to cpubenchmark.

Too bad you can't fit a GPX card in there :/
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Thanks for the post & promo code OP. Includes free 3 day select shipping online too!
Those who want one better hurry though, my local store sold out between clicking the link and selecting in store pickup & checkout completion. Online will probably follow soon.
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Shame no usb-c 3 port. Would be nice to pair this with my external GPU box
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Just bought one though I'm not sure why! I've been meaning to build a super sff pc for htpc/router/NAS/server/emulator or something eventually, and figured I might as well hop on this deal. I can always return it if I regret it in the morning! You guys have any good suggestions for what to do with this? What are your plans?

Oh, and thanks OP! I used your second to last code if you want to remove or line it out. Big Grin
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also available for 20$ more at newegg (#N82E16856164036)
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Great price.

FYI, it uses blower fan and it's loud. I've managed to put an Noctua NF-A9x14 fan as a replacement but requires a bit of modding.

The fan I got is is 92mm x 14mm, 92mm is a bit too large since it exceeds the dimensions of where the chassis screw mounts sit and where the power button rod sits, you'll need to cut the corners. Another problem that can come up after this is that the fan itself will interfere with a screw that holds the power button rod in place. I ended up cutting off the screw and just have a loose power button there, which causes the power button to rotate, but meh. If you are adventurous, you can solder your own power button, there are for points, LED+, LED-, Switch +, Switch - (shown here [imgur.com]). However, an easier alternative would be to look for 80mm x 15mm fans (there are a few from cooler master) and that should sit nicely in the center.

The fan is held together to the heatsink via doublesided thermal tape. I'm sure there are better solutions to clamping the fan down.

Prior to mounting the fan, you'll need to remove the two fan mount holes on the heatsink for the existing blower fan, you can remove the heatsink altogether and knock the mount holes from the back, but I just use a dremel to cut it off.

The fan mod itself won't do jack since the vents are on the side, so I cut my case open on the top with a 3 inch hole saw (which is a bit small for the 92mm fan, 3 1/2 inch would be ideal). I'm planning on gluing a fan grill over it. Careful not to cut the antenna wires, lift it up from the sticky plastic part of chassis before you start cutting.

You'll then want to go to Bios and disable bios fan control. I couldn't get SpeedFan to control the fan for some reason, Argus Monitor can, and it shows it as SYS_FAN1.

With Argus Monitor, and currently with an open chassis top, I'm getting 41 deg C idle / browsing, and extremely silent. Even when I'm using exporting / rendering Videos, the temp goes up to 70s and is still not as loud as the blower fan on idle.

This is my first time modding a computer (and also using a hole saw & dremel) so it turned out pretty bad physically, but functionally it works.

My next mod for this device is to remove the wlan+bt mpcie slot and connect it to a EGPU solution, it'll only give me x1 pcie lane speed but I'll be using a spare GTX 750 I have so I don't think it matters that much.
Good info! And thanks for the heads up on the loud stock fan.
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Supports Windows 7... hmm...
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Whoa, isn't the i7-5775r relatively quick? It's faster than the Sandy Bridge i7 2600 according to cpubenchmark.

Too bad you can't fit a GPX card in there :
It's quite powerful alright, but the scream hurts my feeling. With this reputation, it's hard to predicate how low its price would fall.
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Whoa! So if I have 16gigs of 1866 DDR3 sitting around and am *finally* looking to ditch my 30% oc'd 2009 Core2 Duo and have the SSD from that, and need to run two QHD monitors, this is the ticket!!

Pardon my excitement; my question is this: so this box only needs RAM and a HD, yeah? Np if it's in pieces, I can build it, just want to make sure I'm not missing something.
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I cannot check out. It returns to the checkout page again and again. I have seen this from Fry's before. Screw them.

P.S. I figured it out. But I already have this so I will wait for this to be 200 from Newegg if I want a second brix.
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Whoa! So if I have 16gigs of 1866 DDR3 sitting around and am *finally* looking to ditch my 30% oc'd 2009 Core2 Duo and have the SSD from that, and need to run two QHD monitors, this is the ticket!!

Pardon my excitement; my question is this: so this box only needs RAM and a HD, yeah? Np if it's in pieces, I can build it, just want to make sure I'm not missing something.
Looks like it takes 2 x SO-DIMM DDR3L RAM - so basically low profile laptop RAM.
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Can this thing do gaming? Haha newbie to this type of system. Thanks!
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