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September 2, 2012 5:56:33 PM

Hello everyone,

I've been going through the forums for a while now trying to teach myself what I need to use in building a gaming pc/ possible media center to hook up to my tv. I have taken a very strong liking to Silverstone's SG08 case and am trying to find the best parts for it for my budget (trying to stay close to/below $800). Here's what I have picked out:

Case/PSU: Silverstone Tek Aluminum Mini-ITX/Mini-DTX Case with 600 Watt 80+ Bronze Certified Power Supply Cases SG08B ($200.00)
http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Aluminum-Mini-ITX-Certified-SG08B/dp/B006L6ZHEG/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=16RIIUGFLILJH&coliid=I2KDJMX5Y0TH2B

CPU:Intel Core i5-2400 Quad-Core Processor 3.1 GHz 6 MB Cache ($175.00)
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-2400-Quad-Core-Processor-Cache/dp/B004EBUXIA/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=16RIIUGFLILJH&coliid=IBAS7POPQ641S

GPU:SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card ($169.99)
http://www.amazon.com/SAPPHIRE-Radeon-6870-GDDR5-Graphics/dp/B005C8RTTU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=16RIIUGFLILJH&coliid=I2EM9GY0FWARQE

Mobo:Boxed Intel Desktop Board Executive Series Mini-ITX Form Factor for Second Generation Intel Core Family Processors BOXDQ67EPB3 ($126.00)
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Executive-Generation-Processors-BOXDQ67EPB3/dp/B004Q7IADC/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=16RIIUGFLILJH&coliid=I149D6TL2PQMMH

SSD: OCZ Technology 120GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s ($93.00)
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Technology-120GB-2-5-Inch-Midrange-Performance-AGT3-25SAT3-120G/dp/B004Z0S6SO/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=16RIIUGFLILJH&coliid=I3735D4816V7E6

Optical Drive: Silverstone 12.7 mm SATA Interface Slot Load 8X CD/DVD RW Drive SATA 3.0 Gb-s Optical Drive SOD02B ($70)
http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Interface-Drive-Optical-SOD02B/dp/B004X9PHFC/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=16RIIUGFLILJH&coliid=I2Y0CR4YIY9WIJ

Memory:Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz PC3-10666 240-pin DDR3 Memory ($20)
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-1333MHz-PC3-10666-240-pin-CMX4GX3M1A1333C9/dp/B003ZDJ42O/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=16RIIUGFLILJH&coliid=IR35DK61TAJ53



Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Mid-November

I don't plan on overclocking or anything like that. Future upgrades would include a large storage hdd, a blu-ray drive, and a newer graphics card.

Basically I want to be able to play any games that come out now at fairly high settings and hopefully be able to get through the next "console" cycle while still being able to at least run anything that is available on 720.

I'm making the jump from an Xbox 360 to pc gaming for mods and emulation of past games (Wind Waker in HD looks gorgeous). I do plan on playing the majority of games with an xbox controller if that makes a difference.

I just want to make sure i picked the right parts. Not entirely sure if the motherboard i picked is the best one for the money...

Any tips would be appreciated.

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September 2, 2012 6:36:42 PM

You should switch the motherboard to this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the saved money you can get this graphics card instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or if you can save a bit more you can also get this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also you should replace the SSD with this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

By the way you can save a LOT of money by buying a normal slim DVD burner
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September 2, 2012 7:01:03 PM

I love small ITX gaming builds.
Here are my thoughts:

1) You have selected a $175 cpu and a $170 graphics card.
For gaming, the graphics card is more important than the cpu for most games.
I suggest you budget twice the cpu cost for your graphics card.
In this case, for your combined $345 budget,a $130 i3-3220 paired with a $220 GTX560ti would give you better gaming.

Do not be put off by the use of a dual core with hyperthreading.
Read this article on the value of multiple cores.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bo...

If your games are not primarily the ones that can use a quad then the i3-3220 would be a fine choice.

2) Ram is cheap, get a 8gb kit. DDR3-1333 0r 1600 low profile would be fine,
There is little advantage in anything faster.

3) For reliability, I would stick with intel 330 or samsung 830 SSD.

4) If you will want bluray, buy it up front. No sense in an interim drive that you will need to discard.
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September 2, 2012 9:06:04 PM

Thanks for the motherboard suggestions.

I have heard some people talking about problems with optical drives and the sg08 in terms of connections which makes me hesitant to buy a non-silverstone dvd drive. If someone who has an sg08 could verify that it works id love to save the money.

My thoughts on the cpu/gpu is that id rather get a nicer cpu now that will last longer so i can swap out the graphics card for a better one down the line when they will be cheaper. in a couple of years the i5 will be equivalent to the i3 now, but the graphics card now can do everything I want it to do for now, and it will be easier to swap that out then to put in a new cpu. At least that's how I see it. Not sure if that's right

Also I do plan on upgrading to 8gb shortly, it just seems for the time being with games, 4gb is enough. I also know it's usually just a matter of plugging in the ram.

My main goal is to keep this build initially as cheap as possible with a good foundation, and then be able to do quick upgrades in the future as I get the money.

Thanks so much for all the suggestions! I'm gonna keep reading and hopefully post an updated build later today.
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September 3, 2012 2:27:15 AM

OK, This is my updated build based on what I've gotten back from you so far. Price comes out to $770

Case/ PSU: Silverstone Silverstone Tek Aluminum Mini-ITX/Mini-DTX Case with 600 Watt 80+ Bronze Certified Power Supply Cases SG08B
$199.99
http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Aluminum-Mini-ITX-Cer...

Motherboard: ASRock B75M-ITX LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
$95.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Quad-Core Processor 3.1 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I52400
$174.99
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-2400-Quad-Core-Processor...

GPU: SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE
$169.99
http://www.amazon.com/SAPPHIRE-Radeon-6870-GDDR5-Graphi...

SSD: ADATA XPG SX900 ASX900S3-128GM-C 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL
$19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: LITE-ON 8X Slim Internal DVD Burner 8X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW SATA Model DS-8A8SH - OEM
$29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 10, 2012 12:07:28 AM

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