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July 14, 2010 6:14:31 PM

Im about to buy a new computer, but im in need of help to see if what ive put together is right for me.

Here goes

Im aware that ill need a powersupply, but what would you suggest ? The computer is going to have 2*2tb drives in it aswell, and possibel another 2tb in it aswell. Running out of space on my old PC and ofcourse a dvd drive. Will be reusing the dvd drive and harddrives from my old pc.

The powersupply will need to have some room for some overclocking aswell. Nothing extreme

And will need a Processor cooler aswell. Dunno what to get, just as quiet as possibel, but can also handle a bit of overclocking.

The computer will be used for storage, semi gaming. Budget is around 1200$ or less if possibel.

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July 14, 2010 8:29:01 PM

a Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor it is then. And added a 650w corsair psu aswell

The 2tb harddrives will have to stay, since im gonna reuse them from my old computer

Now about the cpu cooler. Im not quite sure on what will fit inside the case. Since i cant really find any reviews on the case or much info about it. I just really like the looks of it, and thats its pretty small.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 14, 2010 8:37:44 PM

Sites like imageshack are blocked at work. What case are you considering?
If you want small, the Lian Li PC-Q08 is a mini-ITX case that can be used to build a competent little gamer, and it will hold 4x3.5" drives (plus a 2.5" one!); your likely limit will be how many SATA ports the mobo has (for example the ECS one has just 4). It will also take a standard ATX PSU, and a dual-slot GPU.
July 14, 2010 8:45:28 PM

OP, I recommend lower latency RAM.
July 14, 2010 8:46:40 PM

It is the Lian Li PC-Q08B i have linked to hehe :)  and a GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

I think the motherboard will fit the case just fine. But im not sure what kinda processer cooler i can fit in it. Would like one thats silent, and can still take some overclocking. Nothing extreme at all.
July 14, 2010 8:47:25 PM

l4d said:
OP, I recommend lower latency RAM.

Would you show me what kinda ram you got in mind ?
July 14, 2010 8:54:13 PM

Can i5's run above 1333 mhz RAM?
If so get at least 8/8/8 1600 mhz 2x2gb.
July 15, 2010 4:06:55 AM

Yes, grogak, that RAM is a good start.
July 15, 2010 4:17:15 AM

I am looking at building a very similar system. In fact I was going to post in here for input on but since you beat me to it.........

Here is the build I am looking at right now:

case: LIAN LI PC-Q08B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case


motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3

CPU: Intel Core i5-750

Memory: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBECO

I know its not 1600mhz but it's what I am going with.

OS: (I don't know if you need a copy, here's the link just in case)Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM


I just added your graphics card for reference as I am going to use a GTX 460.

As far as the heatsink goes I am at a bit of a loss. That is the question I was going to ask.[edit] I know that there is only 10cm clearance between the board and the PSU per a response on another forum from lian li.

This build without the heatsink and with windows 7 is about $1,100 with shipping.

Also the biostar TH55XE(from the review you linked) is micro atx not mini itx. you would need a different case for it.
July 15, 2010 4:38:39 AM

Rather than the Corsair memory that you were looking at I would steer you toward the G.Skill ECO. I have had good luck with it. The 1600 is the same price without having to bother with a rebate, same timings, and it runs at lower stock voltages.
July 15, 2010 10:11:23 AM

Im gonna go with the Corsair H50 for cpu cooling Vyros_1

I found one thread, where a guy using the same case, and luck using the cpu cooler, with no problems at all.

Here's the link to the dude building a computer with that case and the H50 cooler
a b B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2010 1:51:54 PM

I used the $18 Masscool cooler on my i5/650. It is at least twice the size and three times the weight of the pissant stock cooler, and brought temps down 5c-8c while running more quietly.
I chose the ECS mobo, with plans to try the Gigabyte one if the ECS board had been bad. So far though, I've had no issues.
I put a slideshow of my build on Youtube. I can't get there from work, but if you look for "jtt283" you'll find it. I think I called it "Mini-ITX build in Lian Li PC-Q08."