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New gaming build need case and critique advise!!

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June 6, 2013 3:34:51 AM

Looking to build a new computer and sell my first build which is finally starting to show its age. First build was i7 930, evga 460gtx, 120g crucial SSD with a 1tb wd, 16g of ram, and a 700w cooler master power supply with cm full tower.

Looking to go with this for my 2nd build and hoping to get a tad into over clocking. I've never tried it before but you guys make it seem pretty simple if your only wanting minor improvements. My big question is the case, my last build I went with this huge hulking full tower and now that I'm older and married I want to get a mini tower. What are your recommendations for the smaller cases? I only game (rts, fps, mmo, ect) and browse the Internet, I run a dual 25" monitor setup. Here is my build thus far minus a case.. Any critiques are very welcome and greatly appreciated! My budget is 1000 - 1500 but have play room if needed.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/13xGp
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/13xGp/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/13xGp/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($49.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($126.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1276.40


(Wrote this on my iPad in Afghanistan so I apologize for any errors)
June 6, 2013 4:00:36 AM

I would recommend an ASUS (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) or Gigabyte (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) 770 over the EVGA. Better coolers. I'd also tend to advocate an XFX or SeaSonic PSU, rather than a Corsair (particularly at that price). Those are fairly minor quibbles, however.
I can't say that I recommend a mini tower, particularly for overclocking. You lose a lot in cooling. Have you considered an unobtrusive mid-tower, such as the Fractal Design Define R4?

Edit: Note: The R4 is not small, but it's not quite so...aggressively styled as most cases, and is also rather quiet. You might also consider a case that can be placed on the floor (in a manner similar to the Silverstone Fortress 2, though that particular case is a bit pricey), as that might help to economize on space.
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