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Small size build, good performance. Need suggestions and I have a few questions.

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April 5, 2014 4:15:12 PM

Hello and thanks for taking the time to read my post. I want to build a small but well performing computer.

My main goal with this build is that I want it to be portable, compact, quiet, and have overall good performance. I have already picked out most of the parts I will need but I am sure you can give me better alternatives if I have easily missed them.

Here is what I have so far picked out. Also I will probably make my own case or buy a small one, think briefcase sized for a good comparison on space availability.
PCPart picker list

The mobo has a HDMI port but in the description on the site it says "onboard video: depends on cpu" and I am not sure what that means, so I do need some help on what that entails.

The video card is ONLY being used to make a dual monitor setup and run a few games a bit smoother. I am not a very hardcore gamer, Minecraft, Civ, Terraria and some others but nothing to intensive on the computer (I don't run steam or any of the huge MMO games). My card on my laptop has 64mb of dedicated memory so I just need an upgrade from that, that will run two monitors and a few games smoothly.

I have two 24" TV's that have HDMI ports on them so if you know of a better card or even a less expensive one that has two Displayports or a combo of displayport or hdmi, that can perform for what I have in mind then please let me know.

I will NOT be overclocking so I am not sure if I should get that fan on the list I have or just use the stock one. Also if you were to recommend one then be sure it is a low profile one, can't have it too tall.

I think 8GB of ram will suffice for me. I like to have lots of tabs open at one time while I am browsing, run photoshop and video editing programs all while having a show playing in the background. I definitely like to run a lot of stuff at once. Sometimes my laptop can't keep up and I can see a few moments of it trying to catch up.

The wattage that I may be using is low compared to other builds. I definitely want the PSU to be modular or semi to save room and allow for good circulation. If you recommend another for me then be sure it isn't too tall as well. I think nothing over 3.5" or so.

I think I have covered everything...if I haven't then please let me know and thanks for taking time to read the wall of text.
April 5, 2014 4:17:07 PM

what is your max budget? If your about around 1000 for the tower only then i would do this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($67.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 5570 1GB Video Card ($60.58 @ Amazon)
Case: Aerocool Qx-2000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($82.50 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Micro Center)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-07 DVD/CD Writer ($18.75 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.29 @ B&H)
Other: PCI-E PCI-Express 16X 90 Degree Right Angle Riser Card ($7.69)
Total: $840.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 19:25 EDT-0400)
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April 5, 2014 4:39:27 PM

187Flatliner said:
what is your max budget? If your about around 1000 for the tower only then i would do this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($67.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 5570 1GB Video Card ($60.58 @ Amazon)
Case: Aerocool Qx-2000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($82.50 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Micro Center)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-07 DVD/CD Writer ($18.75 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.29 @ B&H)
Other: PCI-E PCI-Express 16X 90 Degree Right Angle Riser Card ($7.69)
Total: $840.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-05 19:25 EDT-0400)


On this build the budget is about 600 I suppose. Taking out a few things you had like the optical drive and OS I got around 548 which is very reasonable for me.
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April 5, 2014 4:49:55 PM

did you already have the os? and yes i never buy an interal reader, i use an external for everything...makes it a clean look as well. you can save a few by not getting an ssd as well.
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April 5, 2014 5:34:18 PM

187Flatliner said:
did you already have the os? and yes i never buy an interal reader, i use an external for everything...makes it a clean look as well. you can save a few by not getting an ssd as well.


I have about 3 external HDDs so the ssd would be just for speed and to save space. Yeah, already have the os as well.
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April 14, 2014 6:46:40 PM

If your budget is 600 (USD) then go for AMD CPU and Intel graphics. If not go AMD CPU and GPU. The reason for that is because their CPU's are generally $80 less for a little less performance gain. Be sure to do a bit of research on this to check compatibility and other reasons (you should be good though). I don't know about the 2 screens though (that is why I said to do research) Good luck.



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