Help with new PC - Micro ATX

Hi guys,

Im trying to build a MICRO ATX gaming system and i was looking for some advise if something like this will work together or trow me some recommendations of what can be better

My budget is 1200 with taxes. I dont need monitor, or mouse or keyboard.
Main purpose is Gaming, but it needs to be Micro ATX
I need to purchase on Amazon

Here is i was thinking about:


Motherboard - ASUS Intel LGA 1155 - Z68 Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 ($210.43)
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Intel-LGA-1155-Motherboards/dp/B006L6ZISG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1337823697&sr=8-4

Proc - Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40 GHz Quad-Core Unlocked ($309.00)
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i7-2600K-Quad-Core-Unlocked/dp/B004EBUXSA/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337823889&sr=1-1

Memory - Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit ($97.98)
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Channel-Memory-CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B/dp/B004RFBIUU/ref=pd_bxgy_pc_img_b

Video - Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHZ OC 2 GB DDR5 ($359.99)
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11199-03-20G/dp/B007JCNOY6/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337824109&sr=1-1

Case - Thermaltake ARMOR A30 VM70001W2Z ($109.49)
http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-ARMOR-VM70001W2Z-MicroATX-Computer/dp/B004H4IEI0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337824226&sr=1-1

Power Supply - OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular (89.99)
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-ModXStream-Modular-Performance-compatible/dp/B001IZ7MHU/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337824493&sr=1-2

HDD - Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s ($124.99)
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT128M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JKZI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337826036&sr=8-1

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB ($99.99)
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000DM003/dp/B005T3GRNW/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337826150&sr=1-1

Optical - Samsung Blu-Ray Combo Internal 12XReadable and DVD-Writable Drive with Lightscribe SH-B123L/BSBP ($73.49)
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-12XReadable-DVD-Writable-SH-B123L-BSBP/dp/B003XIM3QK/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337826203&sr=1-2


Thanks in advance

J
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  1. an i7 and 16 gig of RAM is not necessary for gaming and a heatsink will help keep temps down. :)
    some suggestions:
    Intel Core i5-2500K $219.99
    Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8 GB $49.99
    Xion Noctua Ultra Silent CPU Cooler $71.63
  2. Agree with looniam about the CPU and the RAM.
    However the Noctua NH-U9B will not fit in the Thermaltake Armor A30. This is because the NH-U9B is 125mm tall but the Armor A30 can only take coolers up to 90mm in height.

    Some coolers which are less than 90mm:
    Prolimatech Samuel 17, (needs a 120mm fan)
    Scythe Shuriken,
    Cooler Master Geminii S

    There is no reason to buy the 700W version of the OCZ ModXStream Pro, as the 600W version is more than enough for your build and the 700W version offers no other advantages over the 600W; they have exactly the same cable configuration and cable lengths. So you might as well save the money.

    The Antec High Current Gamer HCG-520M is a better PSU though:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-hcg520m

    The Silverstone Strider Plus 500W ST50F-P is a good fully modular unit, for which you can buy a short cable set which might be appreciated in an mATX case like the Armor A30.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/silverstone-power-supply-st50fp
  3. Excellent

    Thanks guys, i appreciate this information
  4. Ok.. Final configuration is looking like this then

    Motherboard - ASUS Intel LGA 1155 - Z68 Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 ($210.43)
    PROC - Intel Core i5-2500K ($219.99)
    MEM - Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8 GB ($49.99)
    FAN - Xion Noctua Ultra Silent CPU Cooler ($71.63)
    Video - Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHZ OC 2 GB DDR5 ($359.99)
    Case - Thermaltake ARMOR A30 VM70001W2Z ($109.49)
    PSU - SilverStone Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX 12V v2.3/EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE
    PSU Cable - SilverStone PP05 Short Cable for PSU Set
    HDD - Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s ($124.99)
    HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB ($99.99)
    Optical - Samsung Blu-Ray Combo Internal 12XReadable and DVD-Writable Drive with Lightscribe SH-B123L/BSBP ($73.49)


    Any other recommendations? Maybe where i can save a bit, im 200$ outside budget so i was thinking getting rid of the optical and maybe use a SATA hdd i have on my current computer, what do u guys think?
  5. DXXPublic said:
    FAN - Xion Noctua Ultra Silent CPU Cooler ($71.63)

    That cooler won't fit in the case.

    DXXPublic said:
    Any other recommendations? Maybe where i can save a bit, im 200$ outside budget so i was thinking getting rid of the optical and maybe use a SATA hdd i have on my current computer, what do u guys think?

    Is there some specific ROG feature that you need? Because if not then you could save money on the motherboard.

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extreme4m

    Asus P8Z77-M PRO
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-p8z77mpro

    Yes you can re-use the HDD from your current build.
  6. Thank Silvune

    Any fan you can recommend that will do the job and fit the case?


    And no, there is not special ROG features i need, as the matter in fact i just picked the mobo because i wanted a Z68 and that looked nice :P
  7. Of course you could also get the Asus P8Z68-M PRO
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-p8z68mpro

    I listed some coolers before:

    Some coolers which are less than 90mm:
    Prolimatech Samuel 17, (needs a 120mm fan)
    Cooler Master Geminii S,
    Scythe Shuriken
  8. UPDATE

    Here is what i got so far after recommendations


    MOBO - ASUS P8Z77-M PRO- LGA1155 Intel Z77 Chipset MicroATX Motherboard DDR3 SATA 6Gb/s HDMI/DVI/VGA 8CH HD Audio Gigabit LAN PCIE3.0 USB3.0 (170.82)
    PROC - Intel Core i5-2500K ($219.99)
    MEM - Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8 GB ($49.99)
    FAN - Scythe Shuriken Rev.B SCSK-1100 - Processor cooler ($33)
    Video - Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHZ OC 2 GB DDR5 ($359.99)
    Case - Thermaltake ARMOR A30 VM70001W2Z ($109.49)
    PSU - SilverStone Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX 12V v2.3/EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE (79.99)
    PSU Cable - SilverStone PP05 Short Cable for PSU Set (19.99)
    HDD - Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s ($124.99)
    HDD2 - Current HDD
    OPtical - Current Optical


    Total 1168.25
  9. DXXPublic said:
    UPDATE

    Here is what i got so far after recommendations


    MOBO - ASUS P8Z77-M PRO- LGA1155 Intel Z77 Chipset MicroATX Motherboard DDR3 SATA 6Gb/s HDMI/DVI/VGA 8CH HD Audio Gigabit LAN PCIE3.0 USB3.0 (170.82)
    PROC - Intel Core i5-2500K ($219.99)
    MEM - Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8 GB ($49.99)
    FAN - Scythe Shuriken Rev.B SCSK-1100 - Processor cooler ($33)
    Video - Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHZ OC 2 GB DDR5 ($359.99)
    Case - Thermaltake ARMOR A30 VM70001W2Z ($109.49)
    PSU - SilverStone Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX 12V v2.3/EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE (79.99)
    PSU Cable - SilverStone PP05 Short Cable for PSU Set (19.99)
    HDD - Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s ($124.99)
    HDD2 - Current HDD
    OPtical - Current Optical


    Total 1168.25


    Hi mate, quick q about your setup - did you manage to get the long GPU into the Armor A30 without a problem? Only issue I've heard with the A30 is that the mobo you get needs to have the PCIe slot on the end of the board, otherwise the GPU won't fit (it gets obstructed by the drive cages apparently). Was just wondering whether this happened to you, since although the PCIe slot on the P8Z77-M PRO is the first slot, it's about 1.5cm from the edge?

    Thanks :D ,

    Din
  10. In my Thermaltake A30 the Mastercooler Gemin II M4 works well.
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