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April 28, 2012 4:13:36 PM

Hey all, earlier i posted a cyberpower build which i was pretty set on, but after a little research i got a little scared of the company. So i decided maybe i will try building my own. I am pretty set on the idea of the small case, namely the SilverStone SG-07B, or whichever case may look like that one. I was wondering if i could get some help i have never built a pc before. If anyone could help me with a $1500 and a $2000 build. The help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again

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April 28, 2012 4:31:28 PM

i would even go with a bigger case, no bigger than say a Thermaltake ARMOR A30 VM70001W2Z Black SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case. Again thanks for the help
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April 28, 2012 6:26:46 PM

i went ahead and put some stuff together....

Thermaltake ARMOR A30 VM70001W2Z Black SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

EVGA 012-P3-2078-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi)

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

ASUS P8H67-M EVO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000

Thermaltake CLP0554 80mm Sleeve CPU Cooler


Just wondering if those look good, and what else i should add to that or replace

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April 28, 2012 6:30:55 PM

If you fill this out we can better assist you: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

That build is a decent start but I wouldn't use mATX on any sort of desktop build - especially if you're planning on spending between $1500 - $2000. Your expansion options would be severely limited because you forfeit RAM slots, x16 slots, SATA ports - you name it. The 560TI is a good choice but for the same price a 7850 will be a better option.
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April 28, 2012 6:56:14 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 30th of April

Budget Range: 1000-1500 would be ideal....1500-2000 depends on the system

System Usage from Most to Least Important:gaming, this would only really be used for gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard monitor and mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg.com

Country: (e.g.: India) we need to know where these parts are being assembled

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I really have no preference, saving money is always good...but i wouldn't say to the point of sacrificing too much performance.

Overclocking: Sure, if possible

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: I really would love to use a matx mainly because i live in jamaica, and bringing a computer through the airport is hell, the duty that they would charge on it would be unreal. However, in saying that i am open to a normal tower if it is a bit on the smaller side. Thanks for all the help. Oh and pretty lights are always welcome lol
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April 28, 2012 7:55:00 PM

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Additional Comments: I really would love to use a matx mainly because i live in jamaica, and bringing a computer through the airport is hell, the duty that they would charge on it would be unreal. However, in saying that i am open to a normal tower if it is a bit on the smaller side. Thanks for all the help. Oh and pretty lights are always welcome lol


I'm curious to know why you'd want to spend $2K on a desktop when you're going to be traveling - if I had that kind of money I'd get a really nice custom laptop from Falcon or Origin.
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April 28, 2012 8:01:51 PM

oh no i won't be traveling, what i meant by taking it through the airport is, i would order all the parts get them sent to a friends house in florida. Fly up collect them bring that back to jamaica and assemble. With a small case i can hide the stuff in my bags, but with a big case its pretty hard to hide so i would literally be paying for each part like 2 times because of duty in customs. However, if there is a tower that can accommodate a normal mobo and its not too big i could do that.
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April 28, 2012 8:04:26 PM

Yeah, you're better off with a mATX tower. ATX can only fit on a Mid-Tower.
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April 28, 2012 8:10:50 PM

Is their a better option when it comes to matx towers or is the Thermaltake a good one ? ...also any of you think it would be ok to stuff a 7970 in there or better to stick with the 7850 ?
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April 28, 2012 8:15:06 PM

It depends. Check the width of the case and the length of the GPU to see if it will fit.
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April 28, 2012 8:26:00 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99
Fractal Design Arc Mini Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 Fractal Design Silent Fans

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99
ASRock Z77E-ITX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77E-ITX <----- another look at that board

http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelau... $212
Intel Ivy Bridge i5 3.4Ghz

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
Noctua NH-U9B SE2 92mm SSO CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18.99
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99 - $119.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $349.99
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_... <---- Review with benchmarks for that Asus 7870

Total: $1,245.91 *not including shipping and rebates


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
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April 28, 2012 9:31:22 PM

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oh no i won't be traveling, what i meant by taking it through the airport is, i would order all the parts get them sent to a friends house in florida. Fly up collect them bring that back to jamaica and assemble. With a small case i can hide the stuff in my bags, but with a big case its pretty hard to hide so i would literally be paying for each part like 2 times because of duty in customs. However, if there is a tower that can accommodate a normal mobo and its not too big i could do that.


OK that makes sense.

eddieshoucs said:
Is their a better option when it comes to matx towers or is the Thermaltake a good one ? ...also any of you think it would be ok to stuff a 7970 in there or better to stick with the 7850 ?


Check out the Fractal Design Arc MINI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OK If I'm building a sub-$2K mATX system it'd look like this:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MINI - $99.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750W - $109.99
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V GENE-Z Z77 - $209.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Corsair H100 - $109.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $139.99
HD: Samsung Spinpoint M8 1TB - $129.99
Optical: LG Blu Ray Burner - $79.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $1,727.89

There's no question that the Asus GENE-Z boards are the best mATX boards on the market. The 2.5" hard drive and SSD will generate far less heat and allow for greater air flow than standard 3.5" hard drives will. The space constraints of the Arc Mini - it's a beautiful case but it is a bit cramped - will not allow for any high-end air fans like the D14 to be installed but it will allow for a 2-fan liquid radiator like the H100 to be installed - and this is one build where that would make sense.
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May 6, 2012 2:36:27 PM

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