Approximate Purchase Date: September
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and School Work
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country: currently - USA
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia
Overclocking: No. I don't want to risk the heat.
SLI or Crossfire: No.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
CPUHS: Scythe BIG Shuriken 2 Rev. B ($48 @ Newegg)
Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P ($160 @ Newegg)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM ($90 @ Newegg)
I've decided to go for a Mini-ITX build for school to save space and make it easier to move it back and forth on vacations. I think everything should work together. I was concerned about the PSU, but I've heard of people overclocking and using a GTX 670 with it, so I'm not worried.
I could still use some input on whether or not it should all be fine. I'm also wondering if I could potentially use the i5-3570K and overclock, or if my instincts about heat are valid.
I actually just built a mini-itx gaming rig for expressly this purpose. I have not ever been happier with the quality of a build. Ironically enough, my budget was also $1300. Lemme post a list of the parts I used. (inc)
granted that is not including the Monitor or OS. I love this new mini-itx rig. the 3570k/670 combo really destroys my old Core i7 920/560 ti rig. Also, I was able to overclock the CPU (conservatively) to 4.1 Ghz, and my GPU usually runs around 1.2 Ghz. Also, temps on the CPU hover around 32 idle, 55 load
also, price could be cut $50 dollars by using the ASRock motherboard you have listed. I hear it performs admirably, but it doesn't have the Virtu MVP software. Is it worth the 50 bucks? Maybe, maybe not
For a build in a case like that one I wouldn't even consider OCing because it would be very difficult to find a HSF that would fit into it. I've built a couple of computers into a case that was similar and even the standard HSF was a little close. I would consider putting on one of these though http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...