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August 25, 2012 11:40:54 AM

Hello! I have (finally) decided to buy a new PC! I live in Sweden, so I am just using newegg as a reference.
My goals is mainly to play games, obviously.. But I also want as silent as possible! And I don't want a huge case either :) 
I will not get a monitor or anything like that, just the computer.

This is my plan:
CPU: i5 3570k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Intel 520 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: XFX P1-650X-XXB9 650W modular http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The things I am most uncertain about is the PSU and case, is it worth getting a modular one? And does all parts fit in that case without the case being to huge? Also, the standard questions:
Does these parts fit together? And is there better options for that money? Am I missing anything?
My budget is 9000 SEK, and this build is around 8700 SEK, 1 GBP ~ 10,6 SEK
In the future i plan to get a harddrive, and perhaps a better CPU cooler.
Thank you in advance!

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August 25, 2012 12:10:51 PM

if you don't want a big case then the R4 is not for you. it is large. the R3 is a nice case and is slightly smaller (but is still a mid ATX Tower) I run a Fractal Mini and it is just the right size and runs cool (i added some fans) its uATX so you would need to change out your ATX motherboard for a uATX if you go with it. (see my sig for system specs)
suggest:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The XFX 650w PSU is a good choice, I prefer modular, but it easy to hide the excess cable it the Fractal cases.

I would try to go with a Samsung 830 or a Crucial M4 for an SSD. these seem to be the best performance/cost ratio and have few issues.

for ram, try to stay with low profile heat sinks so they won't interfere with the CPU heatsink/fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would suggest a CM Gemini S524, Noctua NH-C12P SE14, or even a CM Hyper 212 evo (if going R3 or R4)
August 25, 2012 1:08:52 PM

After I posted I looked up the size of the R4, and that is fine. Is it a good case? The reviews I have read recommend it.

This means that I'll stick to ATX, do I still need to change the ram?
And is the stock CPU cooler fine to begin with?
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August 25, 2012 2:10:24 PM

Animal Co said:
After I posted I looked up the size of the R4, and that is fine. Is it a good case? The reviews I have read recommend it.

This means that I'll stick to ATX, do I still need to change the ram?
And is the stock CPU cooler fine to begin with?


I would change the RAM to lp
R4 is really nice
the stock cooler is fine if not OC ing
August 25, 2012 2:29:35 PM

Does the cooling suffer much from lp?
August 25, 2012 7:43:51 PM

Animal Co said:
Does the cooling suffer much from lp?


nope, actually they don't run hot at all. even when over clocking.
August 25, 2012 8:06:44 PM

Good! Should i order everything then? I have changed the SSD to crucial m4
August 26, 2012 5:03:07 AM

Animal Co said:
Good! Should i order everything then? I have changed the SSD to crucial m4


pull the trigger
August 26, 2012 9:34:11 AM

Thank you for all your help! :) 
!