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September 18, 2011 12:00:26 AM

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

The case is expensive...but it seems to be the only good micro atx case (with good cooling) i could find. Changing it to a mid tower is not an option, so dont suggest it. But any other sleek micro atx case with resposibly good cooling is welcome. Would be nice to save some money on it and get a better gpu or something, but the games i play arent really graphic extensive


I plan on doing video editing/recording (i got a blackmagic intensity shuttle for recording games, and an hauppauge hd pvr for TV) So i went with a quad core CPU ( dont plan on OCing, so didnt go with the K version)



Hard Drive - lots of space, fast



DVD Burner - does what i need it to.



GPU - heard it has good cooling, and i only plan on playing world of warcraft, starwars the old republic, league of legends, and dota. I already preordered BF3 and Skyrim for 360, since im not that good at pc fps, and i have lots of friends that play on 360, i find the 360 more enjoyable, and i dont think this graphics card could handle BF3 and max settings... and it would be a waste to play it on PC without max settings.



Ram - 1600, 8gb, cheap...yea



PSU - Corsairs reliable, its cheap, dont plan on crossfiring



Motherboard - Z68 for ivy bridge, micro atx, usb 3.0...yea




Approximate Purchase Date: Soon

Budget Range:$750 before rebates ( dont trust rebates )

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing, General Usage

Parts Not Required:( e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences:by brand or type: No

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

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September 18, 2011 2:49:21 AM

No anti aliasing
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September 18, 2011 3:16:19 AM

PoplicoMan said:
Hi I must say good job

You can go with G.Skill 8GB 1600 MHz (10$ Cheaper)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also would you be comfortable with a Seagate Barracuda
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Maybe replace the case with an Ultra Microfly 90$

Savings 25$
Then upgrade your 6850 to a 6870
Then you can play BF3 On max (AA) o


Thanks!
But with the RAM, i dont see the $10 cheaper, its only $1 cheaper then my current RAM.

The ultra micro fly is unavilable
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... and is kind of ugly.

But the HD looks good.

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September 18, 2011 9:08:44 AM

Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HeatSink : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM : Gskill Ripjaws X Series 8(2x4GB) DDR3 1600 - $52
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics : XFX HD-685X-ZNFR Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply : XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Disk : SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case : Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Fan : COOLER MASTER R4-C2R-20AC-GP 120mm Case Fan - $9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive : LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD - $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total : $723 after rebates. Around $750 before rebates.
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September 18, 2011 11:35:45 AM

Whoopsi daisies I didn't see the instant rebate on the corsair RAM
If also I was thinking the HD 6870 isn't tiny (its not huge) so whether it would fit in a mini atx case makes me wonder. You'll have to do a little math
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September 18, 2011 12:00:02 PM

008Rohit said:
Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HeatSink : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM : Gskill Ripjaws X Series 8(2x4GB) DDR3 1600 - $52
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics : XFX HD-685X-ZNFR Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply : XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Disk : SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case : Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Fan : COOLER MASTER R4-C2R-20AC-GP 120mm Case Fan - $9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive : LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD - $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total : $723 after rebates. Around $750 before rebates.



The I5 2500K is totally useless
Because he won't be overclocking -20$
Next why the he'll a Z68 Motherboard -20$
Just go with the Seagate HDD -10$
No K processor so forget the Hyper 212plus -30$
You just saved 80$ and with that you could

1. Get an HD 6870 +40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Another HDD +50$

Total 760 before rebates

The case was a great money saving spot
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September 18, 2011 12:01:54 PM

The Coolermaster elite is a mid tower
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September 18, 2011 12:48:10 PM

the 6870 wont fit in the rosewill R101/102, but the Zotac 560 or 560ti will at only 8.85" long.
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September 18, 2011 1:51:10 PM

PoplicoMan said:
The I5 2500K is totally useless
Because he won't be overclocking -20$
Next why the he'll a Z68 Motherboard -20$
Just go with the Seagate HDD -10$
No K processor so forget the Hyper 212plus -30$
You just saved 80$ and with that you could

1. Get an HD 6870 +40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Another HDD +50$

Total 760 before rebates

The case was a great money saving spot


Thats a cheap case, but i dont want to risk having parts overheat (my last rig died after 4 years, gpu overheated) and that case only has a single 120m. Ive read reviews on the Silverstone case and they have said with the front 180mm fan it has good airflow

And i want a Z68 to upgrade to ivy bridge in the future. i almost might just use my old dvd burner

Edit: oops replied to wrong person i think, but i gtg lol
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September 18, 2011 4:05:43 PM

that was me you replied to
whoops yah i agree that case is kinda cheap sorry
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September 18, 2011 4:19:12 PM

JustLiveYourLife said:
Thats a cheap case, but i dont want to risk having parts overheat (my last rig died after 4 years, gpu overheated) and that case only has a single 120m. Ive read reviews on the Silverstone case and they have said with the front 180mm fan it has good airflow

And i want a Z68 to upgrade to ivy bridge in the future. i almost might just use my old dvd burner

Edit: oops replied to wrong person i think, but i gtg lol



I have (and like the looks of) the Rosewill R102 case myself. Airflow in it is actually quite good, especially if you add a second 120mm fan in the front. my system (2400 _ Hd6850, see my sig) doesn't overheat at all. Its only real drawback is the limit of only a 9.25" or shorter video card. It is inexpensive, but it is not *cheap*. Its a bit old-school: grey interior, built-in mount points for the motherboard, no toolless mounting, just old fashioned screws, top-mount PSU. But its solid. 0.8mm steel.

My own 2400 never exceeds 45C for the CPU, and I put a Rosewill 120mm blue LED fan in the front, which looks *great*

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September 18, 2011 5:59:57 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
I have (and like the looks of) the Rosewill R102 case myself. Airflow in it is actually quite good, especially if you add a second 120mm fan in the front. my system (2400 _ Hd6850, see my sig) doesn't overheat at all. Its only real drawback is the limit of only a 9.25" or shorter video card. It is inexpensive, but it is not *cheap*. Its a bit old-school: grey interior, built-in mount points for the motherboard, no toolless mounting, just old fashioned screws, top-mount PSU. But its solid. 0.8mm steel.

My own 2400 never exceeds 45C for the CPU, and I put a Rosewill 120mm blue LED fan in the front, which looks *great*


Thanks ima go look up some video reviews on it, even though the newegg ones are quite good. And ill probaly buy this usb 3.0 panel thing for it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And yea when is said its cheap i meant you know cheap, as in inexpensive...lol.

Going to update my build in a bit with the $70 savings.
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September 18, 2011 8:57:15 PM

Decided to change the case and just use my old dvd burner. With the savings i upgraded the psu to 500w, and the 6850 to a 560 ti. Although im not quite sure if it will fit in the case yet because i still havent looked up any videos of it yet lol.
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September 19, 2011 11:22:30 AM

which model of 560ti? some models (especially with 2 fans) are 10" long and wont fit. Others are 9" and the Zotac model is the shortest at 8.85". Just check the dimensions either on Newegg's details, or on the website of the manufacturer.
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