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September 15, 2013 7:49:25 PM

Hello everyone just asking for a bit of assistance here for a gaming computer. I already have a home gaming pc but would like a separate m-itx pc to bring over to a friends house or a lan party. I need it to have the cooler master 130 elite case and a twin frozr 7970 gpu and any m-itx 1600mhz ram supported motherboard preferably the gigabyte z77n wifi other than that a quad-core i5 processor is very much needed. Any other parts im leaving up to you guys ty oh and I needs it to be as close to 1000 dollars
September 15, 2013 7:53:32 PM

for 1000: I can easily build a 4770k system with one gtx 770 (or even a 680 in sli with a 4770k cpu). This system will smoke the one you plan on buying (in gaming performance). Just buy a sturdy regular/strong computer case, and STOP BEING LAZY. Carry a regular atx computer case to your lan party/friends house. TO me: performance frame rates > some small micro box that is easy to carry.
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September 15, 2013 7:57:10 PM

I still can't believe you are spending 1000 dollars, and getting one crappy 7970 gpu. Do people even know how to maximize every dollar spent for performance anymore? Do people even care about frame rates and getting the maximum you can for every dollar spent?
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September 15, 2013 8:03:26 PM

There is nothing "crappy" about the HD7970, referred to by HardOCP as almost a waste for single-monitor 1920x1080 gaming.
The concern I would have is over heat. Small cases do not get rid of heat well, and even if you keep your CPU and GPU temps within limits, other parts (e.g. VRMs, capacitors in the PSU) will be stressed. If you want a long-lasting mini-ITX machine that can play any game, I would seriously look to accept lowered settings in order to use less powerful parts that won't produce a lot of heat. Otherwise, move up to micro-ATX (which isn't too hard to carry) so you can better deal with the heat.
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September 15, 2013 8:09:26 PM

Onus said:
There is nothing "crappy" about the HD7970, referred to by HardOCP as almost a waste for single-monitor 1920x1080 gaming.
The concern I would have is over heat. Small cases do not get rid of heat well, and even if you keep your CPU and GPU temps within limits, other parts (e.g. VRMs, capacitors in the PSU) will be stressed. If you want a long-lasting mini-ITX machine that can play any game, I would seriously look to accept lowered settings in order to use less powerful parts that won't produce a lot of heat. Otherwise, move up to micro-ATX (which isn't too hard to carry) so you can better deal with the heat.


One 7970 is indeed very crappy.... WHEN YOU ARE SPENDING ONE GRAND ON A GAMING COMPUTER (ONE GRAND!). A gtx 770 is a better choice, or even gtx 680 in sli is better, or even 7970 in crossfire (note: even with amd's new drivers, nvidia sli is still better at dealing with micro-stuttering).

I already told you what I could do with 1 grand, and my pc would walk all over yours (in gaming frame rate performance). I am telling you to choose wisely........ if you care about having the FASTEST gaming pc that you can possibly get for 1 grand. Like, are you a gamer? Like I am confused here.






A 7970 is not "almost a waste" for one 1080p monitor. I am guessing you have never used one on battlefield 3, in Back to Karkland maps (like I have). Then there is Crysis 3. Then there are a couple of other games. But most games are a walk in the park for one 7970. This is not the point anyway, the point is getting the fastest pc you can get for 1 grand.
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September 15, 2013 8:12:53 PM

Onus said:
There is nothing "crappy" about the HD7970, referred to by HardOCP as almost a waste for single-monitor 1920x1080 gaming.
The concern I would have is over heat. Small cases do not get rid of heat well, and even if you keep your CPU and GPU temps within limits, other parts (e.g. VRMs, capacitors in the PSU) will be stressed. If you want a long-lasting mini-ITX machine that can play any game, I would seriously look to accept lowered settings in order to use less powerful parts that won't produce a lot of heat. Otherwise, move up to micro-ATX (which isn't too hard to carry) so you can better deal with the heat.


+1 to that, and 1000 is kind of a lot for a secondary lan rig. If this is solely as a lan box / secondary computer, you should just go with an i3, and 2gb 7850 ($120-150). Grab a cheap 8gb ram kit, and other basics like, mobo, hdd, and odd if you need one (about $600 estimate)
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September 15, 2013 8:22:32 PM

I didn't read you saying this was your secondary computer. Haha. (I didn't read anything you typed, just like the first sentence or something)

1000 is allot for having only one 7970 though still.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 16, 2013 7:50:22 AM

It is a matter of balance, with "Performance" and "Portability" the opposite ends of the scale. If you just want to play some games in competition with friends at a LAN party, "UltraMaxOhWOW!" settings are simply not needed, and a budget of $550-$600 (possibly plus a Windows license) ought to do it.
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September 16, 2013 9:37:16 AM

I understand what all of you are saying but I really need to have it be a pc with the cooler master 130 elite case and a water cooled cpu that's all I'm asking for 1000 dollars no more no less. What ever you can do to make a pc like that the best it can be would be very helpful thank you
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a b 4 Gaming
September 16, 2013 4:21:32 PM

Bryce Demar said:
I understand what all of you are saying but I really need to have it be a pc with the cooler master 130 elite case and a water cooled cpu that's all I'm asking for 1000 dollars no more no less. What ever you can do to make a pc like that the best it can be would be very helpful thank you


So... are you putting a limit of 1,000 (like as a max) or want a build around 1,000 (your goal?)

the elite 130 doesn't offer much room for watercooling other than a front 120mm rad. Is there any reason why you need it to be in the 130?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 16, 2013 5:18:26 PM

Liquid cooling is a particularly bad idea in a mini-ITX. CLC loops provide good cooling for the CPU, but not for other parts like the VRMs. Get a good air cooler instead, and create some flow through the case to get the heat out.
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September 17, 2013 11:06:29 AM

Actually id be fine with the fractal design mini itx case

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September 20, 2013 5:18:41 PM

ameek said:
for 1000: I can easily build a 4770k system with one gtx 770 (or even a 680 in sli with a 4770k cpu). This system will smoke the one you plan on buying (in gaming performance). Just buy a sturdy regular/strong computer case, and STOP BEING LAZY. Carry a regular atx computer case to your lan party/friends house. TO me: performance frame rates > some small micro box that is easy to carry.


ameek said:
I still can't believe you are spending 1000 dollars, and getting one crappy 7970 gpu. Do people even know how to maximize every dollar spent for performance anymore? Do people even care about frame rates and getting the maximum you can for every dollar spent?


Do you even know what you are talking about? A Radeon 7970 is one of the higher end cards and is not crappy. An i7 is not necessary for gaming and a GTX 680 in SLI still cost over $800 and GTX 770 is $400 so that's going above and beyond his budget. You can still easily put a monster system in a Mini ITX case, and he's not being lazy, he's being smart. A 7970 will easily max out all games at 1080p. So why don't you actually have some knowledge about PC's before posting complete nonsense.
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September 20, 2013 5:35:43 PM

ameek said:
I still can't believe you are spending 1000 dollars, and getting one crappy 7970 gpu. Do people even know how to maximize every dollar spent for performance anymore? Do people even care about frame rates and getting the maximum you can for every dollar spent?


ameek said:
Onus said:
There is nothing "crappy" about the HD7970, referred to by HardOCP as almost a waste for single-monitor 1920x1080 gaming.
The concern I would have is over heat. Small cases do not get rid of heat well, and even if you keep your CPU and GPU temps within limits, other parts (e.g. VRMs, capacitors in the PSU) will be stressed. If you want a long-lasting mini-ITX machine that can play any game, I would seriously look to accept lowered settings in order to use less powerful parts that won't produce a lot of heat. Otherwise, move up to micro-ATX (which isn't too hard to carry) so you can better deal with the heat.


One 7970 is indeed very crappy.... WHEN YOU ARE SPENDING ONE GRAND ON A GAMING COMPUTER (ONE GRAND!). A gtx 770 is a better choice, or even gtx 680 in sli is better, or even 7970 in crossfire (note: even with amd's new drivers, nvidia sli is still better at dealing with micro-stuttering).

I already told you what I could do with 1 grand, and my pc would walk all over yours (in gaming frame rate performance). I am telling you to choose wisely........ if you care about having the FASTEST gaming pc that you can possibly get for 1 grand. Like, are you a gamer? Like I am confused here.






A 7970 is not "almost a waste" for one 1080p monitor. I am guessing you have never used one on battlefield 3, in Back to Karkland maps (like I have). Then there is Crysis 3. Then there are a couple of other games. But most games are a walk in the park for one 7970. This is not the point anyway, the point is getting the fastest pc you can get for 1 grand.


My system:
Intel Core i7 3960X (OC @ 4.5GHz)
Asus Sabertooth Z79 LGA 2011
NZXT Kraken X60 280mm Radiator
16GB Kingston Beast 2400MHz
EVGA GTX 690 4GB
2TB Western Digital Black
240GB Kingston HyperX 3K SSD
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W
Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Full Tower Case

Want to walk all over my build? No one cares how awesome your computer is kid. Just stop posting all this because you don't know what your talking about. His price range cannot afford a GTX 770 and 680 SLI? That still cost roughly $1000 at the most. To be honest a GTX 760 or a 7950 would last him a while and give him good frames.

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a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2013 6:19:43 PM

Insults are not necessary.

A lot depends on where the OP wants to be on the performance vs. portability scale. Computer components do not like heat, so perhaps a third dimension of system longevity needs to be added. On a $1000 budget, you get to pick two of the three: performance, portability, and/or component longevity.
As a secondary LAN gaming rig, it sounds to me as if portability is #1. Lack of concern over longevity is, IMHO, unwise. It would be a depressing shame to build a nice system that dies from heat during its first marathon session.
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