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October 15, 2010 10:48:26 PM

Hey everyone! I've been thinking of going ahead and build a micro ATX gaming PC with Starcraft II, WOW Cataclysm and possibly Diablo III in mind. Here's what I've got so far:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
ASUS CD/DVD Burner Black
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200RPM
XFX HD-583X-ZAFV Radeon HD 5830
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz

So far, this is costing me 615 dollars at Newegg. However, I'm having some difficulty in finding a suitable case for this. At the moment, I'm inclined towards this Lian Li cube, but I would like to know if it will be enough to keep the system cool and relatively quiet.

I may overclock CPU to 3.4ghz but most likely not. It depends really on how good it runs the aforementioned games at a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution.

Anyone with experience with the Lian Li or a good micro atx case I would really appreciate your input. Also, my budget is around 800 dollars, so if you think I could improve in some areas please let me know. Thanks

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October 15, 2010 11:57:00 PM

Lots of people like the silverstone SG-05 and SG-06. I think they have room for a double slot card, and have ventilation right where a video card could use it

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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
October 16, 2010 12:12:46 AM

I have done some research on the V351 before, and I think it is a very viable solution.
It will limit you on the size of cooler that you can install. The two 120mm intake fans should provide adequate cooling. I have experience with a big and a micro lian li case. Their build quality is outstanding.
The aluminum surface is very well finished and looks impressive. Good stuff.

That said, if you can spend a bit more, lian li has an outstanding case for you, the V354 at $150. It can hold a large cpu cooler, I think. You have room for dual 5970 cards if you want. Here is a review:

You can save a bit with a clarkdake i3-540 $ 120
The 32nm process should run cooler.

and a EVGA P55 motherboard @$75 after rebate:

A modular psu is a good thiing in a small case. I think I would pick the XFX 650w unit @$60 after rebate:

Caviar blue is not the fastest drive out there, the black is better. Can you swing a small SSD for the OS and apps? It makes everything feel so much snappier. Then use the blue for storage and backups.

You might wait a week to see what the amd 6000 series gpu's have to offer before buying the 5830.

---good luck---
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October 16, 2010 1:15:29 AM

Woah that case was pretty much what I was looking for... thanks a lot Geofelt. Now I'll just have to do some magic to get that thing shipped to Mexico hehe. If I can't Ill stick to one of the silverstone models bliq suggested since amazon can do the trick.

One last thing though. I may use this machine for some light video editing, and maybe some Handbrake conversion action. Would you still recommend the i3 over the phenom II x4 cpu? I'm mostly concerned about the heat the 955 cpu might generate, and if necesarry I could try going for an i5 750. Neverthless I was hoping to go with AMD this time around to help the competition.

a c 92 B Homebuilt system
October 16, 2010 3:33:04 AM

What do you mean by Handbrake conversion action? The term is unfamiliar to me.

Do you have any apps that are multi core enabled? If so, consider a quad like the i5-750. or a amd X4. Most games are not, do a duo at 3.0 or better is all you need. At the moment, I prefer Intel mainly because their processors are stronger on a clock for clock basis and they have hyperthreading.

That will be even more so when the sandy bridge processors arrive in January. Who knows, though amd bulldozer may do well.

a b B Homebuilt system
October 16, 2010 5:29:30 AM

Whoa even the 768MB/192 bit GTX 460 is a better buy than a HD 5830 and i would hit the CM 341 - long clearance for GPUs, up to 4 x 120mm fans capable at a wallet frenly price :p 


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October 24, 2010 6:50:56 PM

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October 25, 2010 9:02:11 PM

I may be reading this wrong but how exactly does an ATX power supply fit into a micro ATX case? I can't see any ATX power supply fitting into my fathers Micro ATX.