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January 6, 2009 5:14:34 PM

I'm looking to build a micro gaming desktop...Is this a good build? Is there something here that doesn't work and if so what can i do to fix it. Also, give me your opinion on things that could be switched out for less money....Let me know guys. Thanks!


Chassis- Qmicra v2 Micro-ATX Liquid Cool-able Case-$260
1 x Fan / Radiator Bracket
1 x Black Momentary Rocker Switch
2 x Hard Drive Brackets
2 x Bay Covers
2 x Card Slot Covers

Motherboard- ASUS P5Q-EM LGA 775 Intel G45 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard- $135
CPU Type: Quad-core / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium
FSB: 1600/1333MHz
South Bridge: Intel ICH10R
Number of Memory Slots: 4×240pin
Memory Standard: DDR2 1066(O.C)/800
Maximum Memory Supported: 16GB
Channel Supported: Dual Channel
PCI Express 2.0 x16: 1

PSU- SILVERSTONE OP1000-E 1000W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply- $200
ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V
100 - 240 V

Cooling- ZALMAN Reserator XT Water Cooling System- $420

CPU- Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor- $295

Harddrives- Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G1C5 80GB SATA Internal Solid state disk- $520
- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive- $120

Video Processor-SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported- $489

Memory- OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory- $180

Optical Drive-LG Black 6X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 6X Blu-ray DVD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner Super Multi Blu-ray Disc Burner & HD DVD-ROM Drive Model GGW-H20L- $250

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January 6, 2009 5:33:32 PM

the build looks great, but you might want to switch out the optical drive for a BD-ROM reader instead of a burner, Bluray media is a long way from becoming practical. you can get a BD reader for abou $75, or even a the LG combo Hd-dvd and Bluray reader for $115

edit: not sure if that PSU will fit in a Micro ATX case...you should check on the dimensions.
January 6, 2009 5:36:59 PM

i7 920 will NOT work with your chosen motherboard. Motherboard is socket 775 and i7s are socket 1366. If you want to use i7 920 you will need an x58 motherboard.
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January 6, 2009 5:40:21 PM

battlemarz said:
i7 920 will NOT work with your chosen motherboard. Motherboard is socket 775 and i7s are socket 1366. If you want to use i7 920 you will need an x58 motherboard.

That's true. I'm pretty sure there aren't any X58 micro-ATX boards available either. You'll probably have to go with a Q9550 instead.
January 6, 2009 5:41:40 PM

Your cpu and motherboard are incomptable. the mb is socket 775 and the i7 is socket 1366. These will not work together.

Your psu is also overkill. Drop it down to a PC Power & Cooling 750w. They are running some great deals on it at newegg right now.
January 6, 2009 5:47:20 PM

DFI is coming out with a x58 lanparty micro-atx. So if you can wait a month you should have options to build the pc you want.
January 7, 2009 2:34:33 AM

Well thanks guys, that was very informative! :)  My other concern is....the heat that this could produce in such a tiny case....will water cooling be enough?
January 7, 2009 2:11:32 PM

water cooling should do the trick and probally the best idea. I'm just interrested to see you fit the 4870x2 inside a micro case. that card is huuuggeeee!!
January 7, 2009 8:00:20 PM

The Qmicra v2 case does look interesting. I was surprised to find the SILVERSTONE 1000w PSU would fit the case and that there would be room to spare for the 4870X2 (a couple inch's to spare even!). But at the $260 price I kinda expected it to already have a cooling system. So with even with a decent air cooler you're looking at $300 for just the case and CPU cooler. Upwards of $400 including a good water cooling kit, $680 with the Reserator XT you mentioned.

And the Qmicra v2 isn't all that small actually. It's short but wide compared to the Antec 300 or Cooler Master Centurion 590.
Qmicra v2 11" tall x 11.4 wide x 14.3 deep
Antec 300 18" tall x 8.1" wide x 18.3 deep
CM RC590 17" tall x 8.2" wide x 20.1 deep
The CM Centurion 590 case would save you $190 which would cover the extra cost of a ASUS P6T Deluxe X58 MB (+$165) in a i7 920 build. And it would allow using the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme-1366 RT CPU cooler.


January 8, 2009 7:14:10 PM

Ok, heres my updated build, what do you guys think? Also, the motherboard is slated to come out on Jan. 23rd


Chassis- Qmicra v2 Micro-ATX Liquid Cool-able Case-$260
1 x Fan / Radiator Bracket
1 x Black Momentary Rocker Switch
2 x Hard Drive Brackets
2 x Bay Covers
2 x Card Slot Covers

Motherboard- DFI JR X58-3TH6 Micro Atx motherboard- $230
Board format: Micro Atx
Chipset: X58
Socket: 1366
Pcb color: Black
Board size: 245x245mm
Power design: 6 phase digital PWM
Memory slots: 6
x16 pci-e slots: 2 (sli & crossfire support)
Memory support: DDR3-800/1066/1333
Other features: 1 x PCIe x4, 1 PCI slot, 6 SATA ports configurable with RAID 0/1/0+1/5, one IDE port, 12 USB ports

PSU- PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified- $135
Fans: 1
Main Connector: 20+4Pin
+12V Rails: Single
PCI-E Connectors: 2 x 6Pin, 2 x 6+2Pin
Power Good Signal: 300ms
Hold-up Time: 16ms min.
Efficiency: 83%
Over Voltage Protection: +3.3V, +5V, +12V

Cooling- ZALMAN Reserator XT Water Cooling System- $420

CPU- Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor- $295

Harddrives- Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G1C5 80GB SATA Internal Solid state disk- $520
- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive- $120

Video Processor-SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported- $489

Memory- OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory- $180

Optical Drive-LG Black 6X Blu-ray DVD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20L- $120
January 8, 2009 7:57:40 PM

didnt know how to edit my post, but i also included this network card...

Killer NIC M1 Gaming Network Card – 10/100/1000Mbps PCI Network Adapter- $230

Is it worth the money?
January 8, 2009 8:08:10 PM

The motherboard should come with an on-board gigabit NIC card. I personally don't think that card is worth $230, but it's not my money. :) 
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