Old school builder needs help with latest hardware

Hey everybody. I am looking to rebuild, but I just don't have the time to get back up to speed on what the latest that industry has to offer in every component that I need to buy. You see... my last build has lasted me 7 years through EQ1 to WoW and more, so I am very behind the times. Here's what I need out of a new system:

1. Small: (microATX preferred) desk space is very limited. Willing to spend a bit extra in this department to get a good case that will last and has GREAT airflow and is easy to open, clean, and get at components and stays COOL. I know this sounds like a lot to ask out of a micro, but i've heard of some good cases that are very user friendly that have come out. CPU Cooler must fit in a micro box (sorry I just had to say it).

2. Quiet: To the point of overdoing it on PSU wattage so that its fan doesn't need to run at 100% all the time. I learned a long time ago that if you are going to dump extra money into anything, let it be a GOOD PSU (hence 7 years on my current build).

3. Gaming: (SINGLE GPU) GPU's have just taken a nosedive in price. My big issue is that I want a GPU that is at a good place in the curve of cost vs performance. I want to game for years to come, but $400 on a GPU is not what I have in mind. I've seen some good ones at $260-$300, but my big hangup is that I don't know if they will fit in a micro box. I want one that exhausts out of the case (2-slot).

4. AMD: I have stock in AMD (too bad I didn't sell it at $35/share). I want to keep supporting AMD.

Once again, I am looking for rock solid components and compatibility. Don't *need* RAID, don't *need* 1TB drive. Back in the day the Raptor 10krpm drives were the shizznit. I would cut cost here, but still want good seek times. If that means 1 10krpm drive or a 200GB RAID setup... w/e works best at a cost reduction.

Any help with pointing me to the right components with a very compatible, rock solid build on today's market would be greatly appreicated.

Looking to be sub $1k, preferrably sub $800 (without monitor). Looking to build/buy now. Thanks all!
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  2. how is your desk space limited?
    Does the case HAVE to be micro-atx only? or will regular ATX mid-tower do? (there are also micro-atx small towers and cubes)

    1 TB HDDs are pretty cheap, and rather than 10K raptor drives, its just as cheap to get a small SSD for boot if you want to go that route..

    here's a $775 build I put together this weekend.

    AMD Phenom II X6 1075 & Asus AMD 870 SATA 3/USB3 mobo: $314.98

    OCZ 550W Modular PSU and Samsung 1 TB HDD: $114.98

    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4 GB DDR3-1600 RAM: $83.99

    Sapphire HD6850 1GB video card: $179.99

    Rosewill Destroyer case: $49.99

    4 Additional fans, Blue LED: $14.99

    LG DVD Burner: $16.99

    total $775.91

    it has a 3.0 GHz (3.5 turbo) 6-core processor, 4 GB RAM, the very latest video card by AMD, 1 regular ATX motherboard, a 1 TB hard drive, and a mid-tower case.

    If you absolutely MUST go micro-atx:

    you could drop to a 29.99 micro-atx only case from Rosewill
    it can take 2 additional fans for better cooling.

    and spend an extra $20 for an 880G with sata 3/usb 3 with the same processor
  3. Quote:
    Small: (microATX preferred) desk space is very limited

    Looking to be sub $1k, preferrably sub $800 (without monitor)


    Optional Items

    Optional Items

    CM GeminiIIS cooler $33

    60GB Sandforce based SSD $113AR Free Ship

    The TT LANBOX is good to go with 10.5" GTX 2XX so HD 6870 which is shorter is a-ok hehe
  4. 1. It is hard to find MicroATX case i like...but i have two options for you.
    - COOLER MASTER Elite 341 39$ it is cheap simple case, you can consider this one if you want your budget to be more flexible.
    SILVERSTONE TJ08-B 99$ much better option but at a "price"

    2.Power Supply...well you don’t need more than 500W for your build, so CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX will be more than you need with some to spare. The PSU is modular, It will save you some mess in you small case.

    3. GPU - You not looking for a monster, so 200$ GPU will do the job for you i think.
    - GTX 460, or HD6850/70.
    here few links: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-radeon-hd-6850-barts,2776.html

    Any way i think you can just go to:
    And pick a build that you like....many of them really good...If you will have specific questions we will gladly help :)
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