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Video/Photo system that can Fly... First time build.

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May 20, 2013 10:33:47 AM

I am looking to build a Low budget PC that can fly with me to a 3rd world country... So the requirements are as follows..

Must be able to take the Case as a carry on. (I realize some disassemble will be necessary)
Must be able to handle Video/Photo Editing. Light Gaming.
The quieter and cooler the better.
I do not plan on OC, but I may change my mind a few years from now.
And the system should last me as long as possible, durability is important.

Here is the build so far.
CPU- Intel Core i7-3770K $314.86
CPU Cooler -Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B $59.99 * Must be < 150mm tall
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP $89.99
Memory - Corsair 16GB $107.99
Storage - Samsung 256GB SSD $159.99
- Seagate 2TB 7200RPM $94.98
Video Card - Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 $99.99
Case/PSU - Cooler Master Elite 342 w/400W PSU (Black) $73.71
Case Fan - Gelid Solutions FN-SX09-15 $5.98
Optical Drive - Lite-On iHAS124-04 $17.98
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.94

Looking for any Help...
May 20, 2013 10:57:07 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L12 37.8 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-I Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($191.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($43.13 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1114.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-20 13:55 EDT-0400)

mITX will give you a smaller footprint. This has a much better GPU, the CPU has the same performance and is ideal for SFF because it will run cooler and use less power. The CPU cooler is low-profile, and the case should meet all your needs.
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May 20, 2013 11:12:28 AM

my bad. but then the odds are that you arent going to use a optical drive any ways. an external is always a option when you need one
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May 20, 2013 11:20:54 AM

Yeah agreed, I don't even have one in my computer. But OP had it in his build, and it may be useful when working with video files.
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May 20, 2013 11:40:05 AM


Transmaniacon, Thanks for the replies I like the small size of the case but it eliminates the possibility of expanding in the future 16-32gb of ram due to the smaller motherboard.. Do you know how much quieter/cooler that set-up would be.
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May 20, 2013 11:43:54 AM

In the future I am sure 16GB DIMMs will be pretty common. 16GB will last you for a long time. It will stay cool, because of the XEON with a great Noctua cooler, your CPU temps will be low. The case has great airflow and I would imagine those are low RPM fans meaning it will be quiet as well. The Asus GPU stays cool, and it has a large vent to draw in cool air.
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May 20, 2013 12:12:02 PM

Transmaniacon said:
In the future I am sure 16GB DIMMs will be pretty common. 16GB will last you for a long time. It will stay cool, because of the XEON with a great Noctua cooler, your CPU temps will be low. The case has great airflow and I would imagine those are low RPM fans meaning it will be quiet as well. The Asus GPU stays cool, and it has a large vent to draw in cool air.


I agree they will make 16 gb but they will cost more than 2X8GB, and might not be supported by the current processor. I like the CPU and CPU Cooler you suggested.. Do You know how the Elite 342 compares to the elite 120 case, Obviously the 342 is bigger, would that mean better airflow. I Know I can put 3 fans in the 342, (120,92,92) and the 120 only allows 2 (120,80).
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May 20, 2013 12:17:36 PM

No telling what will be supported, but you want a small form factor PC, so mITX makes the most sense. The case you chose is bigger, the cooling is going to be about the same. Both cases will do a fine job of keeping your components cool. You aren't overclocking, and you only have one mid-range GPU; the 120 will do a great job of keeping things cool. In my build I listed a modular PSU, so you will have less cables inside and thus better airflow.
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May 20, 2013 12:29:35 PM

itx is the size that you can carry around easily. most matx cases are on the large side for travel
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May 20, 2013 4:41:36 PM

Transmaniacon said:
No telling what will be supported, but you want a small form factor PC, so mITX makes the most sense. The case you chose is bigger, the cooling is going to be about the same. Both cases will do a fine job of keeping your components cool. You aren't overclocking, and you only have one mid-range GPU; the 120 will do a great job of keeping things cool. In my build I listed a modular PSU, so you will have less cables inside and thus better airflow.


I probably will only fly once or twice with it so I am going to go with the bigger case. I like the modular PSU, unfortunately the case comes with a crappy PSU. I Think I will get the Seasonic modular 520W PSU you suggested.
So I think This is what I am going to go with.

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L12 37.8 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master Elite 342 (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower Case w/400W Power Supply )
Case Fan: Gelid Solutions FN-SX09-15
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
Total: $1240

Let me know if you have any other suggestions..
Thanks..
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