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August 7, 2012 6:19:31 PM

Hello All!
I am brand new to tomshardware forums but I have a question/request so hopefully some of you are willing to respond :D 
I'm trying to build a mini computer that packs some punch for gaming, not top shelf but high settings on games like wow or gw2 maybe medium on something more demanding like skyrim or crysis. I have done some research(shopping) on newegg to find a barebones system (see links). Something like this would probably be my starting framework but doesn't have to be if you have a better reccomendation. I have made my own desktop before but the mini system is something new for me so if possible be as detailed but simple as possible with recommendations for video card/processor/ram or any relevant addons I may need. Thank you very much!
Aaron


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 7, 2012 6:32:01 PM

If you want something small you should check out mini itx motherboards with the current 1155 socket processors. they can generally hold their own with a discrete graphics card. ill see if i can find something worthwhile to get you started
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August 7, 2012 6:34:56 PM

How much are you willing to spend on the whole system?
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August 7, 2012 6:39:36 PM



This is an interesting article on a ITX build with water cooling:

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1922/11/

I wouldn't go for that CubiTek case, but a similar lian-li would work well, like the PC-Q08.

The ASUS P8Z77-I (the suffix "-I" denotes the itx model) is a good board reviewed by many that the above team used to build the compact gaming computer.

As for motherboards, you can also try Intel's DH77DF, a very good itx board if you do not plan to overclock, it is a good half the price of the ASUS board. Apparently very reliable.
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August 7, 2012 6:45:45 PM

Thank you for all the suggestions I'm blown away in 20 min 4 replies! for the tower itself I would like to spend.. as little as possible honestly but no more than..400 maybe 450 if it would really make a big difference in performance
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August 7, 2012 7:13:34 PM

well i think 450 would still be a stretch. i put one together and it was 500(-40 for rebates so 460 total), but it included an intel i3 processor, 8gb ram, 430 watt psu, radeon 7770, foxconn board (dont know how good, just the cheapest), and that case i posted. I would suggest going for an amd if thats your price range, and would help you configure, but i've never really dealt with amd's newer stuff so I could seriously point you in the wrong direction.
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August 7, 2012 7:22:27 PM

aarondz1988 said:
Do you have any inexpensive ram/ video card/ processor recommendations to go with that? Thanks!


This is the build I did,

HDD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and Case again:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


You could get the less expensive Intel Pentium if you wanted, but I wouldn't. Hopefully that helps you a little bit
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August 7, 2012 7:46:03 PM

Thanks exactly what I needed a spoon fed answer looking at all these parts thanks!


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August 7, 2012 8:19:08 PM

Best answer selected by aarondz1988.
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