$750 Micro Atx Gaming / Need advice

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=21525507

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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  2. 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=N82E16820231314

    Also would you be comfortable with a Seagate Barracuda
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    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
  3. No anti aliasing
  4. 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=N82E16820231314

    Also would you be comfortable with a Seagate Barracuda
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    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/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1800612&CatId=3428 and is kind of ugly.

    But the HD looks good.
  5. kind of thinking about getting this case.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119193
  6. bump before i go to bed
  7. Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $220
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    HeatSink : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    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=N82E16813157271&Tpk=asrock%20extreme3%20gen3%20z68

    RAM : Gskill Ripjaws X Series 8(2x4GB) DDR3 1600 - $52
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    Graphics : XFX HD-685X-ZNFR Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150551

    Power Supply : XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W - $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207014

    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=N82E16822152185&Tpk=Samsung%20Spinpoint%20F3%201TB

    Case : Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147112

    Case Fan : COOLER MASTER R4-C2R-20AC-GP 120mm Case Fan - $9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103061

    Optical Drive : LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD - $17
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136238&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=9237zpvk9pny

    Total : $723 after rebates. Around $750 before rebates.
  8. 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
  9. 008Rohit said:
    Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $220
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    HeatSink : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    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=N82E16813157271&Tpk=asrock%20extreme3%20gen3%20z68

    RAM : Gskill Ripjaws X Series 8(2x4GB) DDR3 1600 - $52
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    Graphics : XFX HD-685X-ZNFR Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150551

    Power Supply : XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W - $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207014

    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=N82E16822152185&Tpk=Samsung%20Spinpoint%20F3%201TB

    Case : Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147112

    Case Fan : COOLER MASTER R4-C2R-20AC-GP 120mm Case Fan - $9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103061

    Optical Drive : LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD - $17
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136238&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=9237zpvk9pny

    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=N82E16814102948

    2. Another HDD +50$

    Total 760 before rebates

    The case was a great money saving spot
  10. The Coolermaster elite is a mid tower
  11. the 6870 wont fit in the rosewill R101/102, but the Zotac 560 or 560ti will at only 8.85" long.
  12. 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=N82E16814102948

    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
  13. that was me you replied to
    whoops yah i agree that case is kinda cheap sorry
  14. 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*
  15. 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=N82E16811996037

    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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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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