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$645 Portable Skyrim/Battlefield 3 Build

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October 27, 2011 5:18:37 AM

I want to run skyrim and battlefield 3 on High Detail at 1680x1050. The components are somewhat flexible given that I will be taking what slickdeals has posted. I'm not sure about the ssd. I've searched all over the internet for real world ssd tests but all I can find are synthetic benchmarks. I want to know how much better the application load times are for SSDs that cost $2 per gig vs $1 per gig.

Shuttle Barebones SH67H3 $230

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=u1142972...

(I want to cut out the left side and put in an acryllic window for mega awesomeness :D  )

PSU: 300 Watt (included)
^^^HUGE limiting factor. I will have to be very careful choosing the GPU or try to find a better shuttle case. Are there any compact computer cases like this?

RAM: DDR3 1333 $30?
http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php#vote=10&forumchoice...

SSD: 120GB SSD $125?
http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php#vote=4&forumchoice%...

HDD: 640GB $0 (reused from old build)

CPU: i5-2500 $195
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(can't find any deals on this, alternates okay but it must be a quad core )

GPU: 1GB Nvidia GTX 560 or better: $165+
(I'm hoping for nvidia, so I can run physx)

Neon Case lights $10
http://www.amazon.com/12-Cold-Cathode-Case-Lights/dp/B0...




Total: $755

of course if I replace the shuttle barebones with a

micro case: $33
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(still looking for something more compact)

micro atx mobo: $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: $0 (reused from old build)

then I can build a budget $645 stealth gaming rig.
October 27, 2011 6:08:50 AM

Could also go uITX, for ultra tiny (bout the size of a shoebox).

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$120 SILVERSTONE Sugo Series SG05BB-450 ALL Black Plastic / SECC Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case with SFX 450W 80+ Bronze Certified / Single +12V rail
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$80 BIOSTAR TH61 ITX LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX (an older H61 based board, but still good options here)
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$180 Intel Core i5-2300
RAM:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$22 GeIL Pristine 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
ODD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$26 SAMSUNG 8X Slim Internal DVD Burner
VID: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$220 GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti
OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100 Win 7 home 64bit

Total: $748 + S&H (not counting MIR, or combo/special)

Or replace the case with this:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8248/cst-568/Apevia_X...
$110 Apevia X-QPACK2 Aluminum Case w/ 3 Window - Black
Can use a standard ATX power supply.
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