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Armor A30 I5 build under $1300 check fitment issues before build

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February 25, 2012 3:58:34 PM

Hi everyone thanks for all of the help. I'm looking to build a small PC. I'm worried about the PSU and case and component fitment so any help would be awesome.

Thanks again

Approximate Purchase Date: SOON

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, 3D

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, !!!!!HDTV Samsung PN59D550!!!!!
This tv is on the list of Nvidea recommended HDTV for there 3D play. I'm going to buy the tv this week and build the pc next week or the week after. but its not a rush so if I should absolutely wait I can. Like if the next generation is coming out and there will be a price drop or something.

I have an Esata card for my raid tower and my wireless card that I would like to move over but willing to buy new ones to make it fit. This system has to be wireless

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter is down the street, but maybe newegg if cheaper with shipping

Country: MA, US

Parts Preferences: My ideas so far

CPU
I5 2500K $179.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Cooler - With case needs to be under 90mm and can't be to wide might hit other components


Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 $114.99 (after $40 discount with CPU)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


Memory
Corsair Vengeance 8GB $59.99 (16GB is $99)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


VGA
MSI N560GTX-Ti-M2D 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti: $214.99($239.99 before mail in rebate)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
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SSD
OCZ Technology Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120 120GB $129.99 ($159.99 before mail in rebate)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


Internal HD
Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST320005N4A $119.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Seagate+-+Barracuda+2TB+Int...


Case - willing to change if VGA won't fit but I like the compactness to it
Thermaltake Armor A30 Gaming Cube mATX $97.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Kingwin 750 Watt ATX Power Suppy $59.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: maybe for next upgrade

Monitor Resolution: HDTV samsung PN59D550 1080P


Additional Comments:
This system is for strickly over Wi-Fi

I'd like to have this pretty small to fit in my bookcase/entertainment center at least smaller then a normal ATX case

I would like to be able to add 1 more SSD and 3 more HDD eventual.
I would like to go SLI when I decide that I need to.

My last PC last me quite a while so I'm hoping this one will to.

Case and Fitment are the main concerns and the PSU if it is powerful enough for future improvements. I would rather spend a little more then have to replace junk later on.
February 25, 2012 4:00:31 PM

I also already have a Blu0Ray burn that I will move from my old PC to this one.
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February 25, 2012 4:03:03 PM

Sound will be over HDMI to TV for movies and for games I will use my Logitech G35 USB headphones
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February 25, 2012 4:31:52 PM

Here are my suggestions:

1) buy the a30 case if you love it.
But, consider a similar sized case with no restrictions, the Silverstone TJ-08E.
It will fit any sized graphics card made today.
It has a quiet 180mm intake fan with a filter. It keeps my GTX580 as cool as needed.
You can use a tall 160mm cpu cooler. I use a prolimatech megahalems.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2) No need for expensive ram $40 buys you what you need.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Read this about sandy bridge ram scaling:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-...

3) I don't think a $79 750w psu will be of great quality.
Stick with Seasonic, Antec, XFX, Corsair, or PC P&C.
A GTX560ti really only needs a quality 500w unit, so you might back down to 600w or so there.

4) I don't like the restrictive rear output of the GTX560ti you picked. Dumping heat back into the case will heat up both the gpu and cpu.
How about a similarly priced EVGA GTX560ti superclocked; it is clocked higher too:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5) I happen to like Intel or samsung 830 SSD's for reliability, but you will pay a bit more for them.
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