Light/Compact i5 -750 Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 7-10 days.

BUDGET RANGE: $1000.00 after all sales and rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Music, Writing Papers, Movies, Surfing the Web.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Speakers and Operating System (I intend to install Windows 7 64 Bit which I already own).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://www.newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: I need reliable brands, and the only thing I'm dead set on getting is the Intel i5 CPU.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. Probably not right off the bat.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I plan to travel with this PC and would like to keep it LIGHT and SMALL, is there any way to fit all of this in a case (under $100). I need a tower with good airflow to keep things cool (with a HD 4890 running)

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HD 4890 1Gig GPU, and i5 - 750 CPU COMBO

4Gig RAM (2x2G), and P55 MoBo COMBO

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W PSU

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R SATA Burner

Now my question to you.. How small/light of a Case, and which ones do you suggest, can I get without changing these. (Except for maybe the MoBo, which can possibly be changed out for http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128405 )

I am asking all this in hopes to have a Desktop which could be carried onto an airplane as opposed to checked.
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  1. What do you all think about these cases?


    SILVERSTONE TJ08-B Black Aluminum front panel, SECC body MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163058

    SILVERSTONE SG03-B Black Aluminum MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163085
  2. I'd prefer the 1st case. Your build looks pretty good, the only thing that might be worth changing is the 4890, but it's not a must...
  3. Worth changing the 4890? To what? You think its too much or too little?
  4. jbakerlent said:
    I'd prefer the 1st case. Your build looks pretty good, the only thing that might be worth changing is the 4890, but it's not a must...

    Your full size ATX motherboard choice GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R will not fit in either of the microATX sized cases.
    You'd need to choose a microATX motherboard to match. microATX P55 motherboards

    Which 4890 are you getting? Some of them have good double wide coolers that dump most of the heat out of the case. One of those might open up some of the microATX cube cases as a choice. Then there are some mid-size ATX cases that seem better made for travel. microATX cube cases

    Replacing the stock push-pin CPU cooler with a low profile bolt thru cooler is probably a good idea.
  5. It's not really that it's too much or too little, I just thought it seemed a little out of place in a small, cool build. Your alternatives would be a 5770 (for less heat, power, noise, space) or a 5850 (better performance, more features).
  6. WR2 said:
    Your full size ATX motherboard choice GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R will not fit in either of the microATX sized cases.
    You'd need to choose a microATX motherboard to match. microATX P55 motherboards


    Kesjo8 said:

    Looks like he figured that out on his own...

    Edit: or possibly I incorrectly assumed he did
  7. Wow, yes, if I could build use a micro atx cube case, thatd be fantastic.

    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102848

    Thats the card I plan to use, and I believe it has the fan which would blow out of the computer.

    Those 3 case choices look good, how about this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163116

    I picked out a MICRO P55 Mobo as well: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128405
  8. jbakerlent said:
    It's not really that it's too much or too little, I just thought it seemed a little out of place in a small, cool build. Your alternatives would be a 5770 (for less heat, power, noise, space) or a 5850 (better performance, more features).


    This would be something in my price range: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102858

    A 5770 right there..

    Lemme just ask you in this way, would I still be able to play Crysis on high settings? Haha
  9. I think a move to a 5770 would be a step down in GPU power.
    But if you're looking at a future 5770 Crossfire option it could be a good move.
  10. Quote:
    Surely it would be easier buying laptop http://tsutton.site90.net/imgs/signature_smiley1.jpg You can get a good one for that money which will be able to do all things you need it to do? http://tsutton.site90.net/imgs/signature_smiley1.jpg

    Kesjo8 said:
    Lemme just ask you in this way, would I still be able to play Crysis on high settings? Haha

    Buying a laptop to play Crysis on high settings? I don't think so.
  11. The HD 4890 Vapor-X is 9.6" long and should fit OK inside that Sugo.
    In fact that case will even handle the 11.1" 5870 video card.
    Sugo SG01
  12. You might want to check out the Silverstone CPU cooler to match that case.
    SST-NT06-E Evolution
  13. Ok this is my latest list! Please critique it, and if I'm missing anything involved with BUILDING the actual computer, let me know. (I'm leaving out a PCU cooler, but I may add one in after I construct it)

    What I'm going for: Lightweight, small dimensions, moderate power, doesn't overheat.

    CASE:
    SILVERSTONE Sugo SG01-BF Black Aluminum / Steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163116

    PSU:
    SILVERSTONE ST56F 560W ATX 12V 2.01 & EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817163112

    MOBO:
    GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128405

    CPU:
    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

    GPU:
    XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447

    RAM:
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276

    HARD DRIVE:
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    DVD DRIVE:
    Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

    MONITOR:
    ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236050

    KEYBOARD:
    Logitech Deluxe 250 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126013


    Grand Total of $999.36 (After Mail in Rebates and Shipping)

    *I already have the OS (Windows 7 x64), Speakers, and a Mouse*


    Now is there ANYTHING I'm missing? I want to be able to open the box from NewEgg and assemble the same day. I don't believe I need them, but do I need a anti-static wrist strap or thermal compound? Anything little that I'm missing?
  14. The build looks good. You should be good to go. The motherboard will come with SATA cables and the stock HSF comes with thermal paste pre-applied. I've never used an anti-static strap, but if it makes you more comfortable you could get one.

    Nice job!
  15. Thank you! Thanks for all the help guys. If anyone else has any input on this build I'd still appreciate it. Just have to scrounge up the money and I'll hopefully be ordering by Saturday.
  16. Kesjo8 said:
    Thank you! Thanks for all the help guys. If anyone else has any input on this build I'd still appreciate it. Just have to scrounge up the money and I'll hopefully be ordering by Saturday.


    I remember somebody telling me to ALWAYS get 80 + PSU and have an active PFC. I asked him will the Silverstone ST56F (same model as urs do), he said doesn't have an 80+ certification but has active PFC. 80+ PSU, release less heat, requires less power, and more efficient.
    This OCZ model does have the 80 + and its cheaper and can support a HD 5850 if you want to upgrade in future (39.99 aftermail in rebates rebates) (w/o mail in rebates, 64.99 which is the prce of the Silverstone after rebates)
    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

    PS: I hope I am not too late....
  17. Awesome find!!

    That looks like the perfect psu for the case. It's advertised as a smaller psu which works for my case. It's also modular which might be a plus. And like you said it 80 certified. I really appreciate that find because I was doing some rethinking on the psu just a little while ago.

    Speaking of the psu. My friend had a deal of trouble hooking up the cables by himself an ended up having to go to geek squad just to connect it. Do you think hooking this thing up is one of the harder parts of putting together a pc?
  18. Hooking up all the components isn't difficult at all if you spend some time beforehand reading through the motherboard owners manual.

    Here's a checklist that should help you avoid some of the most common mistakes:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-posting-boot-problems
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