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$1000-$1500 mATX *OR* mITX non-OC Gaming/Work System New Build

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March 20, 2014 9:39:16 AM

First off, I'll say thanks in advance for taking a look at this. Been a while since I built a 'gaming' system and when I did I was pretty much taking wild swings in the dark. This is really about updating the performance of my computer into a smaller form factor. If it helps, I'm currently running on an i7-920, GTX 260, and Win7(64). Thanks.

Approximate Purchase Date: 0d-10d

Budget Range: $1000-$1500 after shipping/rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Work from home office computer, mild gaming (some FPS), surfing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Have Prime, but vendor Agnostic

Location: San Diego, CA

Parts Preferences: Partial to Intel CPU, not married to it however

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 3840 x 1200

Additional Comments: Would like to do SSD + HD storage. 240GB is probably plenty of SSD for what I will store on it. The HD storage likely does not need to exceed 1TB as I move most large files to other storage. Partial to Intel CPUs, but if there is compelling reason to switch, I will. Very little interest in OC. I do play some FPS, so I know there is some GPU need there (but I don't play them at 38x12). I'd value performance/price consideration (I'd rather spend $1100 on something 'good' than $1500 on something 5% better). If there is a compelling reason to be at one end of the price range or the other, would be happy to hear it.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Need smaller form factor case AND current build
is 4-5 years old.
a b 4 Gaming
March 20, 2014 9:48:45 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3dehj
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3dehj/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3dehj/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($107.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: EVGA Hadron Mini ITX Tower Case w/500W Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1082.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 12:48 EDT-0400)

If you need a bit more graphics horsepower, upgrade to the 770 for $50-$100 more.
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March 20, 2014 12:58:32 PM

socialassassin said:
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)


Thanks for the quick reply. Out of curiosity, is there any benefit moving to 16GB on the memory?

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a b 4 Gaming
March 21, 2014 7:37:36 AM

Doubtful, unless you're running something very RAM hungry like virtual machines or advanced video or image editing. I have 16GB and dont think I've ever seen more than 6 or 7 GB in use.
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April 3, 2014 4:32:11 PM

Hi bziddy,

Here is my build for the bottom end of your budget i would recommend:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3lwSe
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3lwSe/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3lwSe/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H75 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($65.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z87M-Plus Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($126.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 350D MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ TigerDirect)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.48 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1139.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-03 19:31 EDT-0400)


For the top end i would reccomend:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3lwVa
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3lwVa/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3lwVa/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H75 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($65.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z87M-Plus Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($126.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($699.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 350D MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ TigerDirect)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.48 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1689.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-03 19:23 EDT-0400)

Now both a solid builds the only difference being the graphics card., I can say the case, PSU, cooler, mobo and ssd are all great(i have them in my mini-atm build)

I think my build is superior in only a few ways from socialassassin.

1. The Corsair 350D to me is a far superior case.
2. The Corsair CS750 is paritally modular which cuts down on wires.

So there you go, if you want pics of my build i'll post for ya but i got no graphics card at the moment.

Joel

EDIT: Um i forgot sorry the Corsair H75 if perfectly capale of cooling that cpu especially since there is no overclocking but if you want to run a little cooler you could move to the H100i but it will cost a little more and im not sure how well it fits in the case...when you put a long device in the 5.25 bay like a dvd player it can cover partially the fan on the top and i dont know if there is enough room in between to fit the rad.
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