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MATX Gaming Build. Please critique

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May 29, 2011 2:17:22 AM

Hey guys,
Going to build my first gaming rig, portability is important. Trying to keep under $1500

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67-M PRO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131707
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231444
Graphics: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914
System Drive: Crucial RealSSD 64GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148357
Storage Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
Optical: LITE-ON iHBS212 BD-R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106348
Power: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
Case: SILVERSTONE SG04B-FH http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163157
Cooling: ??? don't know what i will need, suggestions?

What do you think?

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May 29, 2011 2:39:37 AM

I think it would be near impossible to cram that 11+ inch video card in a SFF. I recommend the GTX 560Ti, its much shorter, a little cheaper and is just as good if not better in some titles.

As for the cooling, if you plan on overclocking and don't want to use the intel HSF, I'd check Frostytech.com for the low profile/silent heatsinks:

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

The Scythe heatsinks are great for low profile use.

I like everything else here, although for me I wouldn't get less than 8 GB of memory right now at current prices.
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May 29, 2011 6:39:36 AM

http://pcgamingcorner.com/wordpress/?p=2378

"Additionally, while the SG04B-FH will easily accommodate dual videocard configurations, the length of a videocard must not exceed 10.5”. While this will not affect current nVidia graphic cards which are 10.5” or shorter (to include the new Fermi-based cards), this will pose a significant problem for gamers with ATI’s newest offerings. Specifically, this includes the HD 5970 which measures over 12” in length, and the HD 5870, with a reference design of 11”.

The location of the psu is also going to make any cpu cooler upgrade and perhaps over clocking an issue
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May 29, 2011 6:20:20 PM

The reference length of a 6950 is 10.6" , and the case supports up to 10.5" cards.
Perhaps it will fit, but be prepared.

Some alternatives:

Use a GTX570 with a reference length of 10.5" Still a possible problem

Use a different case?
How about the Lian li V354? Aluminum for light weight, great cooling, and will fit ANY graphics card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or, if you want a carrying handle, the NZXT vulcan:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram is cheap. How about 8gb for the same price?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
No need for fancy heat spreaders, or faster speeds with sandy bridge.
Here is a study on 8gb vs. 4gb:
http://blog.corsair.com/?p=65

The cooler choices will be a bit limited, and depend on the case. Look at the Noctua coolers. Do some googling to verify that the selected cooler will fit your case.
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June 8, 2011 6:12:11 AM

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