I am struggling with case selection for this build. We live and travel 100% of the time in a motorhome. This build must fit under a built-in table that measures 28” x 34”. The HAF 932 measures 22.70" x 9.00" x 21.50" which is sort of large for the area that I have under the table. I like the three fan setup of the 932 but is there a choice that might be a little smaller especially in its width? I currently use a laptop but I want to move to a desktop.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By September
BUDGET RANGE: $2000 - 2500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, Nikon Capture NX, Microsoft Active Server web page development, web surfing, email
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com is where I have been looking
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7-930 and GeForce GTX 260 for Photoshop compatibility
OVERCLOCKING: Probably not
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
Here are the parts I have come up with so far:
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998805
Antec 1200 is 20.20" x 8.40" x 22.90" is taller but the most common restriction I run into is depth and the 1200 is 2.5" shorter in that department....also 0.6" thinner in width.
The 1200 also fits the CP-850 PSU which has comparable performance to the HX series from Corsair although the CP is quieter and less expensive than the HX series.
Only other suggestions I'd make are as follows:
Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):
GFX Card - The 260 is a great $155 board but at current prices, it's greatly overpriced. Given your budget and the CUDA capabilities of the fermi cards, I'd rather see you w/ twin 250's (Same $180 price as a single 260) but better yet, see if you can fit a 470 into your budget.
I'd stick with your choice of motherboard, the GA-X58A-UD3R. Not only is it cheaper, in a review of four 2010 lga 1366 motherboards here on Tom's Hardware, in which the above Asus model was reviewed as well, the Gigabyte model came out on top for being cheaper + having more features.
Yet, while none of the technology strikes us as exceptionally new, one product stood out by providing a great amount of it for an incredibly low price. Priced around $150 less than its "big brother" UD7 model, Gigabyte’s X58A-UD3R has nearly as many onboard features. The X58A-UD3R even offers more features than Asus’ mid-priced P6X58D-E, for a price roughly equal to ASRock’s lower-cost model. With consideration for the price premium that normally accompanies X58-based products, we simply haven’t seen a motherboard value this good since November of last year. That level of value earns the X58A-UD3R an award.
^^ solid choices with smaller widths, which I am not sure is a good thing since it seems like it would get a little cramped in there, but to each their own. The HAF 922 is actually an inch wider than the HAF 932, although shorter.
The Storm Sniper and it's little brother the Storm Scout are cases to consider, but they are both a little wider as well.