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SFF computer needed (1500$)

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July 6, 2010 5:32:17 PM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In 2 months BUDGET RANGE: 1600$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, watching movies, downloading

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com ( I only know Dutch sites so I wont be buying it on Newegg) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Belgium
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel / Radeon

OVERCLOCKING: no SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I prefer a moderately auit PC

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LIAN LI PC-Q08A Silver Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would love some other suggestions but this is what I found, I just want a SFF compact PC

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think this is an ok processor for gaming and stuff like that, other suggestions are appreciated, even AMD if you can give me a viable argument since its been a few years since I have followed the newest trends

G.SKILL Trident 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBTD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just some standard RAM

Corsair CMFSSD-64GBG2D 2.5" 64GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

An SSD for speed backed up with a big HDD

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Dont know about this one, I just want a fast reliable HDD


I need:

- A motherboard
- A Video Card

Any input is greatly appreciated
July 6, 2010 6:48:10 PM

First, I wouldn't get a miniITX case. That will severely hamper the search for a motherboard. To be honest, I wouldn't even be looking at miniATX cases either. Small form factors and gaming are pretty much mutually exclusive. If you wanted a smaller case for taking it to LAN parties, there are better choices than gettting a small form factor.

The cases I tend to recommend are the Antec 300 Illusion, Antec 900 (or 902), Coolermaster 690 and HAF 922. Those are generally the best gaming cases out there. For LAN builds, lots of people like Coolermaster's Storm series (Storm Scout, Storm Sniper) as they tend to be a little easier to carry around.

Second, I'd avoid that WD. The Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB is just as fast and a lot cheaper. I will point out that speed isn't really that important because you have a SSD in the build, though I'd consider dropping that out if the rest of this is too expensive.

Third, considering your budget, I'd also look at the i7-930. It's only slightly more powerful than the i5, but it's a little more future proof. Your budget should allow for this.

Finally, my additions:

Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro for the i5 or Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R for the i7. Of course, that will require you to abandon the small form factor. The only mITX board I would even consider is the Ggiabyte GA-H55N-USB3, and that's really meant for the i3/i5 dual core CPUs. The reason it's the only one I'd consider is that every other one is from manufacturers that are known for poor quality and performance.

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 for the i5 or G.Skill Pi 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 for the i7. These sticks are faster.

GPU: HD 5870 or HD 5970. You won't fit either of these in a small case though. If you absolutely have to stick to a smaller form factor, you'd likely be stuck with the HD 5670 or lower, which wouldn't game at 1920x1080.
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