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May 27, 2013 12:46:51 PM

I want to build a Gaming Rig which is small on size and low on power consumption ( below 400W )

Budget Range: below $2099
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programming,etc...
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn't matter
Overclocking: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Location: Outside U.S


My current rig (Note that I want an upgrade from this):
Core i5 2500k (4.5GHz)
GTX 560 TI SLI
8GB RAM
Full tower chassis

Must have features:
SSD drive (for OS)
Silent System
NVIDIA/INTEL
Below 400W PSU
Small Chassis

Considering at the moment:
AlienWare X51 (It fits my needs except it doesn't come with a SSD drive, and the 660 gpu isn't good enough)
iMac 27" (I know you gonna hate me on this one, but it has a great config and is low on power consume)

Short Description:
As you can see, I am not short on budget. I just want to build something small on size,powerful enough for gaming,and yet low on consumption.
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May 27, 2013 12:52:53 PM

WTF are you talking about the IMAC is a great configuration .... compared to your current rig youd run circles around it. I would bite the bullet and purchase a 780 and wait for haswell its going to consume alot less power then even ivy bridge
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May 27, 2013 1:22:24 PM

firo40 said:
WTF are you talking about the IMAC is a great configuration .... compared to your current rig youd run circles around it. I would bite the bullet and purchase a 780 and wait for haswell its going to consume alot less power then even ivy bridge

I looked into 780 and it seem to use at least 600W power. Waiting for a new technology like haswell isn't the solution. you know every single year the size and consumption of chipset are decreasing. so waiting is like an infinite loop.

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May 27, 2013 7:11:10 PM

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770S 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H90 94.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($224.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 119.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 119.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($72.69 @ Amazon)
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: $1407.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Power-effeicent Core i7-3770s, using only 65W max. The HD 7870 Ghz Edition (not-overclocked) uses a max of 175W. The estimated power use of this system is 322 watts. Well in the 400 Watt range of the Antec PSU. This PSU is unique because it has two 6-pin PCI-X power connectors needed for a 7870. Blazing fast low-power SSD, and a high-capacity HDD. This is all packed in the amazing mini-ITX chassis known as a Bitfenix Prodigy. Personally owning this case, I will say you should love it. Its small yet packs a lot of cool features. Including 140mm fan support. The H90 water cooling system is 140mm and will keep the i7 very cool.
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May 27, 2013 11:49:23 PM

mattius92 said:

Power-effeicent Core i7-3770s, using only 65W max. The HD 7870 Ghz Edition (not-overclocked) uses a max of 175W. The estimated power use of this system is 322 watts. Well in the 400 Watt range of the Antec PSU. This PSU is unique because it has two 6-pin PCI-X power connectors needed for a 7870. Blazing fast low-power SSD, and a high-capacity HDD. This is all packed in the amazing mini-ITX chassis known as a Bitfenix Prodigy. Personally owning this case, I will say you should love it. Its small yet packs a lot of cool features. Including 140mm fan support. The H90 water cooling system is 140mm and will keep the i7 very cool.


The CPU looks good. I told you I'm aiming for Intel/Nvidia parts. That ATI card seem to fit the description, but I believe Nvidia has the best support, it has some features like Physx, and It's more gaming friendly.
Also I would like to have 16GB of RAM. Is it possible to change the mobo to Asus brand? I know ASRock is outstanding in charts but It's not easy to find in my area. brands like Asus, Giga, etc.. are pretty much everywhere.

Another issue with your links, I can't use Newegg since I don't live in U.S

Thank you so much for sparing your time to find these parts. Sorry for not saying some of above in the first post.
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May 28, 2013 6:44:00 AM

Outside of the US?? Well where exactly, I can give you part suggestions if you want to find them in your country. However, in terms of websites I can't suggest anything without knowing where you live.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770S 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($176.43 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($106.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($234.37 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($388.99 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex 70.5 CFM 140mm Fan ($13.98 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex 70.5 CFM 140mm Fan ($13.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($72.69 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.49 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.91 @ Amazon)
Total: $1681.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Switched the HD 7870 with the GTX 670. Added 16GB of RAM, ASUS motherboard.
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