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Micro-ATX gaming build, a few questions. (Experienced PC builder, £1k budget)

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February 17, 2014 1:34:01 PM

To set the scene.. I'm an experienced PC gamer that has been building my own rigs on ATX mobos for ten years.

The time has come for a Micro-ATX build and I'd appreciate some input from the community here. I have up to £1000 to spend, more like £800 ex VAT would be ideal if possible.

1) Overclocking CPU - i5-4670k
It looks like the smart money right now is on an i5-4670K taken up to around 4Ghz. Assuming I specify a Corsair H55 Liquid CPU cooler am I safe in assuming this is as simple as buying the right mobo and tweaking values within acceptable temperature ranges? Is this even worth it for most modern games?

2) Best case? - Prodigy vs DS Cube
The BitFenix Prodicy Black and the Aerocool DS Cube have caught my eye. Any recommendations for either of these or an alternative?

3) Validate specification - GTX 760? What brand/type? Plextor SSD?
Please take a look at this for me and make recommendations as you see fit with special attention to CPU/GPU and SSD.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£169.94 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£49.98 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI IMPACT Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£158.91 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£131.98 @ Dabs)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£128.57 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£240.61 @ Amazon UK)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case (£63.79 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£125.99 @ Dabs)
Total: £1069.77
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-17 21:32 GMT+0000)

4) Noise
I'd appreciate a quiet PC, any easy tips for swapping out stock fans etc here would be appreciated.


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February 17, 2014 1:40:47 PM

1) A slight overclock with that cooler should be alright.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6530/closing-the-loop-con...

2) Both of those cases are great but the bitfenix phenom offers the best of both. It has the same exterior look as the Aerocool, but the same interior space as the prodigy.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3) Try the EVGA GTX 760 w/ ACX cooling if you can find it. An SSD is also a good idea, as it will boost boot-up time dramatically.
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February 17, 2014 1:48:01 PM

jrlawson said:
1) A slight overclock with that cooler should be alright.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6530/closing-the-loop-con...

2) Both of those cases are great but the bitfenix phenom offers the best of both. It has the same exterior look as the Aerocool, but the same interior space as the prodigy.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3) Try the EVGA GTX 760 w/ ACX cooling if you can find it. An SSD is also a good idea, as it will boost boot-up time dramatically.


1) So if I'm reading that right, the extra for an H80i cooler is worth it for noise/temperature, especially if OCing?

2) Thanks, I'll take a look at that case.

3) The description's bad from parts list but that's exactly what I've selected (ACX cooling). Thanks for confirming that's a good idea. I've got a Plextor SSD included above too as I'd seen them mentioned in other threads on here as a good option.

Opinions on SSDs please? I'd like 256GB ideally.
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February 17, 2014 1:52:16 PM

1) Yes, the H80i is worth it, especially if you invest in some corsair sp120 fans. I can only comment on the quiet editions as thats what I have on my H100i, and they are inaudible.

2) Its gotten good reviews so far.

3) Plextor is good but Samsung is currently the way to go. Most people generally recommend the 840 evo or 840 pro. The 840 Pro performs slightly faster, but costs more. The Evo is a fantastic drive that has received excellent reviews as well.

(840 Pro) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(840 Evo) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 17, 2014 8:58:20 PM

jrlawson said:
1) Yes, the H80i is worth it, especially if you invest in some corsair sp120 fans. I can only comment on the quiet editions as thats what I have on my H100i, and they are inaudible.

2) Its gotten good reviews so far.

3) Plextor is good but Samsung is currently the way to go. Most people generally recommend the 840 evo or 840 pro. The 840 Pro performs slightly faster, but costs more. The Evo is a fantastic drive that has received excellent reviews as well.

(840 Pro) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(840 Evo) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


This, keep in mind he's from the UK so the cheapest Evo you'll find is on Amazon.co.uk.
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February 18, 2014 1:54:01 PM

poox said:
Appreciate the guidance. I ended up going for this: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2V58Q

All ordered, looking forward to the build.


Sorry ive just seen you ordered something, you ordered a mini itx board btw but
Nice choice and happy gaming :) 
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