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August 17, 2012 2:21:49 PM

Hello there. I am seeking some advice on a spec for a gaming *mini-PC* that I'm hoping to get. As such it is limited by space and power supply (and to some extent funds) and I need to know which CPU and GPU combination will work best.

Below are the options that are open to me in regards to CPU and GPU combinations and I would like to know which you think would give best overall gaming performance and why. All combinations will have 4GB RAM.

1)
Intel® Core™i5 Dual Core Processor i5-3470T (2.9GHz) 3MB Cache

Combined with a

2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 670


2)
Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-3450S (2.8GHz) 6MB Cache

combined with a

2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 Ti


3)
Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-3570T (2.30GHz) 6MB Cache

combined with a

2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 670


Any other observations, issues, recommendations or questions welcome. Many thanks in advance for replies.
August 17, 2012 2:45:51 PM

Why not get a 3570k with a gtx 670? That would be a beast of a combo
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August 17, 2012 3:07:40 PM

i take a look at the 660ti and the amd cards too. the 660ti most of them are the short 9 inch ref cards. be care full of the mini atx motherboards. there ok for one video card and sometime a network card. they also have shorter warranty then there standard atx mb and sometime have less features or lower quality power and heat sinks. makesure when you price your build you put some money on a name brand 80 bronze power supply. in a small case your going to be running parts hot and hard..having good parts will make your rig last. on your small case i look into one with a fan on the top case to pull or push air out of the mini case. or i would add one.
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August 17, 2012 3:21:11 PM

@ Dapake, The 3570K CPU is not available with the selections I've made, the only options I have really are the ones I've listed. However I could get an AMD GPU instead of Nvidia.

@ smorizio the 660 TI is not available to select. Its probably important to note at this point that I am getting a company to build a mini-PC for me, of my own specification, and as such they have a set list of equipment to choose from.

So at the moment it's just the combination choices I've listed above to choose from (bearing size, power and cost in mind). Which of these would be best?

August 17, 2012 3:29:54 PM

What are the other specifications of your build?
August 17, 2012 3:33:20 PM

Case
Silverstone SG05B-USB3.0 Mini-ITX Case + 300W PSU

Processor (CPU)
*One of the above*

Motherboard
ASUS® P8H61-I: Mini-ITX, LG1155, USB 3.0, SATA 3GBs

Memory (RAM)
4GB SAMSUNG DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 2GB)

Graphics Card
*One of the above or AMD equivalent*

Memory - 1st Hard Disk
250GB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 16MB CACHE

1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)

Sound Card
ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)

Network Facilities
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT

OS
Windows 7
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August 17, 2012 3:49:02 PM

the 3470t and the 670 video card. less cash not going to hurt you as you want the highest clock speed for the i5.
August 17, 2012 4:09:59 PM

I agree with "smorizio"...great combo...but you will have to upgrade your power supply, to a 650w or more, for safe power levels all around. Good luck.
August 17, 2012 8:50:14 PM

Yes I would stress upgrading the power supply as well if you go for the 3470T and 670.
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