I am planning on making a sub $700 gaming mini-itx build (No peripherals) in the near future and i was wondering how well my cpu and gpu would work together. i plan on using an i3 2130 cpu and a sapphire radeon 7870 ghz edition gpu (BIG gap i know...). I wanted to make sure that there would be know bottlenecking and make clear if games that take advantage of 4 cpu cores would still work well(Medium- High settings @1080p)
I have a complete list of parts from pcpartpicker.com Here: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1gny3
One more quick question. PCPickApart says that my psu is "incompatable" w/ my case. Can anyone explain why that may be? I thought psu size was standardized?
Well the incompatibility on the PSU is because the PSU that that case uses is a SFX form factor and not ATX.
So if you want to keep that case you will need to find a SFX PSU in order for it to fit that case or find a different case. And yes it is standard size but there are several standards that can be used depending on what the part is made for.
The i3 will obviously be the limitting factor in your rig. I would go with a tower rather than one of those small form factor cases. 450 is cutting it a little close in terms of power. If your budget has some wiggle room, I would do yourself a favor and upgrade to an i5 and splurge a little on the GPU - this is still under $900: