$2000 mATX Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: April 2012

Budget Range: $1800-$2200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, editing video, watching movies, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: Philippines

Parts Preferences: i would like to use an Intel CPU and Asus mATX mobo in a mATX case.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a compact, quiet PC. I am not sure if the parts I have picked are all compatible and would fit the case I chose. Can I also add a Corsair H80 to cool the CPU for this case?


ASUS Rampage IV Gene LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW240A3K5 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support - OEM

SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

IN WIN Dragon Slayer Black 0.6mm SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

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  1. IMO the best m-ATX case available is the Silverstone TJ 08e .

    The GTX 580 is beaten handily by the Radeon 7950 which also runs cooler . The 7970 is better again .
    The GTX 680 is also reviewed to day, too . The GTX 580 is a bad buy given the newer cards available

    A 650 watt psu should be plenty
  2. Go with the 7950. When going mATX its always better to buy the parts that will use the least energy and also run the coolest, because it really does make that much more of a difference.
  3. IMO the best m-ATX case available is the Silverstone TJ 08e .

    I second this, lol
  4. Best answer
    +2 ^ for the Silverstone TJ08-E.

    I have a GTX580 in one, and can turn down the 180mm intake fan and still get good cooling.
    The GTX680 should be a no brainer for your budget. Cooler, quieter, and stronger.

    One problem with most M-atx cases is limited cpu cooler height The TJ08E can hold full height coolers. Prolimatech megahalems fits, and is one of the best.
    In my opinion, H50/60/80/100 type coolers have a problem past price and fussiness.
    You have to use a fan position for intake which screws up normal cooling airflow. Becides, in a good case, a air cooler will do just as well and be quieter.

    Silverstone sells a case dampening kit for not much. I found that it helped to muffle any noise. Apply it to the side panels.
    sf01 it is called for about $10:
  5. I have the older TJ 08 model and a scythe Ninja heatsink .

    In the OP's build he can fit the Scythe Mugen 3 which includes a speed controller .

    Cheaper easier and quieter than an H80
  6. Best answer selected by hlv415.
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