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March 18, 2014 2:49:17 PM

Working on planning out my new gaming rig, and this is what I've got so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3cahG

My main concern is that I've heard that this particular case doesn't allow for an intake fan on the bottom of it if your power supply is too long. Can anyone recommend a good power supply that won't eat up a lot of floor real-estate?

I don't need a super-powerful PSU, but I'd rather not go below 550W. My budget for the PSU is $200 max.

(I've never built a PC from scratch before, so if anyone sees any issues with my build here please point them out.)

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March 18, 2014 2:56:29 PM

The power supply you have in your current list is standard length. It will fit that thermaltake perfectly with out spilling over into your intake fan space.
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March 18, 2014 2:58:42 PM

Some points to be made.

Ditch the CPU cooler. The stock cooler is fine because you cannot overclock that CPU. If you want to overclock you need the K version of the CPU. I would recommend the Coolermaster Hyper 212 evo. It will be quieter and cool VERY well for half the money.

That is WAY too many fans. All ANY computer needs to stay cool is a front intake, top exhaust and rear exhaust.

That sound card is junk and is MANY MANY times worse than the motherboard audio which is quite good. Drop the sound card for sure.

That monitor isn't 1080p, making the GPU a COMPLETE waste of money as a much lower end card would easily max all games at that low resolution.

16gb RAM is more than you need if this is for gaming. 8gb will be more than enough to max any game.

You can get a DVD burner for less than half that money.

Those speakers are junk and will not even sound better than cheap ear-bud headphones.

The mouse and keyboard are wireless which is awful for gaming.
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March 18, 2014 2:59:10 PM

are you planning on overclocking because you have a non k 4670 designator selected. you will need a k designator processor to overclock and if you arent the only other reason you need a z87 board is for sli capabilities

i would go with this psu it is reliable and should fit in that case
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb...
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March 18, 2014 3:17:42 PM

Not planning on overclocking, so no worries there.

Ditched the CPU cooler and soundcard.

Not ditching the fans. My current gaming rig has the fan setup you've described, and it's been a nightmare when it comes to overheating from the day I bought it, and everything from replacing the fans with better ones, replacing thermal paste, fixing the company's atrocious cable management, replacing the PSU, etc. etc. etc. has done very little to mitigate it. I'm planning on replacing the fans that this new case comes with with the other ones, so I'll have intakes on the front and bottom, and exhaust on the back and top. Should be perfect for airflow. I don't mind paying a little bit for an extra fan.

Ditched the mouse, keyboard, and monitor for now. I'll find better ones later. Leaving the cheap speakers for when I want to show someone else something on the computer. The rest of the time I typically play with headphones on.

If the mobo is a bit much for the system as it stands, any suggestions on a cheaper one that'll fit what I have well?

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Ragtatter/saved/45ON
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March 18, 2014 3:19:33 PM

What you plan to do with the fans will be fine. Just know that those fans are NOT quiet by any means. They will be decently audible.

An h87 motherboard is what you want for this computer.


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March 18, 2014 3:26:47 PM

Thank you. :)  Any suggestions on quiet fans?
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March 18, 2014 3:29:17 PM

Quiet fans that move alot of air? Only one real option and it happens to be the most expensive one.

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

Other options are Cougar and Corsair SP120 PE fans. These will be a bit louder and move less air though.
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March 18, 2014 3:31:29 PM

I was afraid you were gonna say that. :p 

Shouldn't complain too much. With the money I've saved on the other modifications you guys suggested, I could buy a bucket of these and still come out ahead. :)  Thanks for everything, guys.
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March 18, 2014 3:52:49 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Antec KUHLER H2O 650 Liquid CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6/ac ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Toshiba Product Series:D T01ACA 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.91 @ Mwave)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($508.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake VP300A5W2N ATX Mid Tower Case ($71.56 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($137.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-SCF-P12025KK-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($8.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-SCF-P12025KK-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($8.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Other: NZXT Hue ($32.00)
Total: $1702.33

swap out the stock intake for the 2 extra case fans, they are way better, use either the LED fan or black fan as exhaust, either top or rear, depending on where you mount the radiator and preference.
Take a trip to a Best-Buy or other electronics store who has a lot of computer parts and choose a mouse/keyboard there, better off doing an actual hands-on touch-feel kinda thing there.
Upgraded a few things to better quality material, and still came in under your budget.
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March 18, 2014 3:55:42 PM

I gotta learn to type faster.....
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