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June 27, 2012 3:56:30 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: TBD - Next Couple Weeks

Budget Range: ~$1500 (can go under obviously, or a little over within reason)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, surfing web, listening to music

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, SSD (main drive), monitor (although looking for 27" IPS/PLS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel Ivy Bridge i5k, NVidia GFX, want MicroATX form factor

Overclocking: Maybe, (only a little, if any at all)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, in future

Monitor Resolution: Right now I'm on a 1900x1200, but want to move to 2560x1440.

Additional Comments: I'd like a quiet build, nothing fancy, SLI capable (power supply enough?). Don't needs lights or see through panels, just fit and function.

Here's what I've come up with... please feel free to suggest part swaps.

ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA Superclocked, Signature 2 02G-P4-2687-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme/All-In-One Liquid Cooling System
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...

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June 27, 2012 4:28:36 AM

A 680 on a mATX is not a good idea, because of size constraints and heating issues. I suggest you go ATX. And those WD Greens are bad. Get any other HDD. The Greens have notoriously high failure rates. An air cooler like the Noctua NH-D14 is vastly superior to that cooling system.
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June 27, 2012 4:32:39 AM

Not so much arguing but, TH did a mATX build with 2x 580GTX, does the 680 run that much hotter? Also, I was really hoping for a water cooled CPU situation, other than building my own loop, which would obviously not fit into a mATX form factor. Also, that DH-14 is massive, which would also force me out of an mATX build.

If I am to go ATX, any smaller, yet still nice mid-towers you can suggest? Right now my build is in a CMOS1000, and I just really want to go smaller/quieter. This thing has been a beast and I'm not using most of the space anyway.
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June 27, 2012 5:03:08 AM

sooooo... it has flashing lights AND a see through panel, two things I really want to live without. I want a "stealthy" build, 'quiet', not a night club, rave box.
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June 27, 2012 12:14:51 PM

Small bump, asking for second opinions... I filled out the requested information and requirements and I feel like they have thusfar been ignored.


TH's mATX build using DUAL GTX580 cards
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/microatx-gaming-ove...

Falcon Computer mATX computer (too expensive, but wanted to reference something with similar hardware to argue that mATX + nVida 680 should be doable)
http://www.falcon-nw.com/desktops/tiki

Also, would I be ok with a 670 rather than a 680 with room for a future second card? Is the power supply I have picked out enough to throw a second 670 at it or would I be better off with an 850W silver plus certified instead of a 650 gold certified?
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June 27, 2012 3:25:59 PM

For SLI, 800W+ is recommeneded. I really didn't know about that SLI mATX build. It sounds doable. If you want a mATX build, go for it. I say a 670. It beats the 7970, and in SLI, it will be very good. A
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June 27, 2012 3:33:55 PM

Also, 16GB of RAM for gaming is overkill. 8GB is what most builders buy.
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June 27, 2012 4:25:22 PM

Thank you for checking that article I posted. I'm not trying to tell you your ideas are bad, I was just trying to point out that others have done what I'm looking to do. I like the idea of starting with a single 670 and leaving room for a future SLI. I can get the 800W PS and be ready for when I install a second GPU.

I'm using PC Part Picker to set up a new config of parts, I will post it once done.

-edit-

considering the Noctua NH-D14 is massive, I don't think it would fit into an mATX case. Other than the water cooling solutions that can mount to the top of the case, are there any other low profile, efficient CPU coolers you would suggest?
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June 27, 2012 4:34:47 PM

obsama1 said:
Also, 16GB of RAM for gaming is overkill. 8GB is what most builders buy.



Should i stick with DDR3-1600 or is it worth it to go to 1866 or higher?
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June 27, 2012 5:12:44 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Gene Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($437.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1414.77

This is my List again built from PartPicker... All I need is a CPU cooler that fits in the case and any further help on memory and GPU. I don't know one 670 from another, other than looking at factory OC clock settings, any brands I should be avoiding? A lot of the EVGA reviews on their 670 FTW edition were not too good. Is the ASUS card OK?
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June 27, 2012 6:35:45 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($92.91 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Gene Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($107.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($538.49 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1438.31

Sorry, I feel like I'm beng too fickle, but I gave it some more thought. To this point, I've never SLI'ed and every time I say I eventually will, I end up keeping my computer long enough that there's no point in buying a second card and I just build a new system. With that in mind, I'm going to go with a single 680, a 650W power supply (enough right?), and DDR3-1600 RAM. Seems to be like a ~$40 jump in price just to get -1866 isn't needed, and I assume that with -1600, I have room for a modest O.C. I don't push my system all that much past defaults.

Still just need a CPU cooler that fits inside the case, maybe the Corsair H100?

-edit-

Picked out a cooler, see list.

If this all looks good, I think I'm gonna pull the trigger. Been using the same computer since 2007, I think it's safe to say I got my money's worth out of it an it's ok to start a new build.
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June 28, 2012 3:04:50 AM

Great build! Go for it.
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June 28, 2012 5:15:03 AM

Here's my final parts list, placed the order through Newegg this evening.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($93.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Gene Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($107.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1338.45

Also got one of the Yamakasi Catleap 27" S-IPS monitors through eBay for $310 to seal the deal.
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June 28, 2012 11:17:41 PM

Enjoy! Also, pick the answer that helped you most.
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June 28, 2012 11:41:20 PM

Best answer selected by deejaybos.
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