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January 19, 2014 6:09:07 PM

Hello everyone! first time posting on here but have been a browser for a little while now.

My question to all of you is if this build is a decent gaming build and if there is some other possible build that utilizes a smaller case? im not trying to have a sandcrawler in my living room if you know what i mean....


Case - Cooler Master HAF 912???
Power Supply - Corsair 650TX V2
CPU - Intel i5-4670K
Heatsink - Thermaltake Frio
Motherboard - ASUS Z87-A
Memory - 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600
Graphics Card - MSI 7950 OR MSI N760 TF
Hard Drive - Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black
SSD - SAMSUNG 840 128GB (Review) OR Plextor 128 GB M5 Pro (Review)
DVD -
Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW

Size is more important to me than power. Im willing to downgrade a little bit as long as im still able to play at a consistent fps of PS3/Xbox360 quality.

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January 19, 2014 6:22:12 PM

geofelt said:
May I suggest you go to a M-ATX format.
Any Z87 bases M-ATX motherboard will do.
You can put all your parts in a Silverstone TJ-08E case. 15.16" x 8.27" x 14.72"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want really small, you can use a ITX motherboard in a smaller case like a lian li PC-Q08 13.58" x 8.94" x 10.71"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


" Im willing to downgrade a little bit as long as im still able to play at a consistent fps of PS3/Xbox360 quality."

You can definitely do much better than that with a miniITX build...since size is your biggest concern. Only rub is, youll have to be that much more conscience of your component sizes...most notably graphics card length, PSU form factor, and CPU heat sink.

PS: Prob wouldnt go the custom cooling route on your graphics card. If you go miniITX, it will be pretty cramped and reference forced air cooling is best (dumps heat outside case). GL friend!
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January 21, 2014 6:42:06 PM

toddybody said:
geofelt said:
May I suggest you go to a M-ATX format.
Any Z87 bases M-ATX motherboard will do.
You can put all your parts in a Silverstone TJ-08E case. 15.16" x 8.27" x 14.72"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want really small, you can use a ITX motherboard in a smaller case like a lian li PC-Q08 13.58" x 8.94" x 10.71"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


" Im willing to downgrade a little bit as long as im still able to play at a consistent fps of PS3/Xbox360 quality."

You can definitely do much better than that with a miniITX build...since size is your biggest concern. Only rub is, youll have to be that much more conscience of your component sizes...most notably graphics card length, PSU form factor, and CPU heat sink.

PS: Prob wouldnt go the custom cooling route on your graphics card. If you go miniITX, it will be pretty cramped and reference forced air cooling is best (dumps heat outside case). GL friend!


I cant really see for myself (not that knowledgable on CPU - Motherboard compatibility), but is the CPU ive checked out in my above post compatible with your suggestion (the lian li PC-Q08 13.58" x 8.94" x 10.71")?
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January 21, 2014 8:09:26 PM

fox436 said:
toddybody said:
geofelt said:
May I suggest you go to a M-ATX format.
Any Z87 bases M-ATX motherboard will do.
You can put all your parts in a Silverstone TJ-08E case. 15.16" x 8.27" x 14.72"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want really small, you can use a ITX motherboard in a smaller case like a lian li PC-Q08 13.58" x 8.94" x 10.71"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


" Im willing to downgrade a little bit as long as im still able to play at a consistent fps of PS3/Xbox360 quality."

You can definitely do much better than that with a miniITX build...since size is your biggest concern. Only rub is, youll have to be that much more conscience of your component sizes...most notably graphics card length, PSU form factor, and CPU heat sink.

PS: Prob wouldnt go the custom cooling route on your graphics card. If you go miniITX, it will be pretty cramped and reference forced air cooling is best (dumps heat outside case). GL friend!


I cant really see for myself (not that knowledgable on CPU - Motherboard compatibility), but is the CPU ive checked out in my above post compatible with your suggestion (the lian li PC-Q08 13.58" x 8.94" x 10.71")?


Nothing but your CPU cooler (and potentially your PSU) would preclude you from a mini ITX build. Usually have to use reference cooler, closed loop (i.e., Corsair HXX) or the short aftermarket air coolers (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/low-profile-heat-si...). I think its cool youre considering miniITX...very cool factor!
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