Approximate Purchase Date: this week Budget Range: around $850 (for the box itself) System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, web development, hobbyist graphics programming, surfing, recreation, etc Parts Not Required: any peripherals Preferred Website(s) for Parts: don't bother (see next line) Country of Origin: Ukraine Overclocking: won't / not that enthusiastic SLI or Crossfire: nope (want to stuff all of that in a mini-tower) Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
* Intel i3-2100 3.1G CPU
* ASUS P8H67-M mobo
* 8G DDR3 1333 RAM
* ASUS Radeon HD 6950 2G GPU
* WD 500G SATA3 7200rpm 32M HDD
* ASUS SATA DVD-RW
Question #1: Am I not making a mistake by choosing an i3 CPU? I'm not planning on doing any serious video processing. I figured that it won't be a bottleneck in gaming, so chose a good GPU instead. And I really, really, really don't want to fuss around with overclocking.
Question #2: Am I not making a mistake by wanting a mini-tower? I'm looking at this Chieftec specifically: http://www.chieftec.eu/index.php?id=390&option=com_cont... - will the graphics card fit? any other concerns I should have?
Question #3: What (full-sized ATX) power supply will be sufficient?
The I3 will do fine but a I5 2400 better.
Mini tower and mATX board is fine. (what other reason to get a mATX board)
A quality modern 500watt PSU with minimum 80% of its power available on the +12volts would be fine.