$500-$750 Compact, Quiet, Gaming Workstation

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $500-750 After Rebates; Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primarily software development (capable of running a large IDE such as IDEA or Eclipse), R development (statistical computing, some data mining), Gaming (modern FPS, such as CoD, BF3, TF2, etc)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: 120 GB OCZ Agility SSD (2.5"), 120 GB Generic HDD (2.5")

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Open to anything. I do have a MicroCenter in my city, so I can purchase in store deals.

Location: Denver, CO, USA

Parts Preferences: No preference, whatever is the best bang-for-the-buck

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 dual monitor setup (only using one monitor for games, though)

Additional Comments: Two most important factors to me are QUIET (this is in a bedroom) and COMPACT (the bedroom is very small). Ideally it would fit under one of a monitor riser.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Replacing a dying laptop that was never very fast to begin with.
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  1. Looked at tiger direct and made a small list to start from, only thing is that you want it in a small form factor case but that wont happen if you want gaming as most small form factors want a flex atx power supply and that will not power the components you want. Basically the list is 675 before tax and everything, lemme copy and paste the parts and take a look and see.

    PARTS:

    U12-41570 ::Ultra XBlaster Mid-Tower V2 Case - ATX, MicroATX, USB 2.0, Audio, 6x 3.5" Bays, 4x 5.25" Bays, 7x PCI Slots, Lifetime Warranty with Registration(11.5 lbs)

    C283-2086 ::Cooler Master RS700-PCAAE3-US eXtreme Power Plus 700-Watt Power Supply - ATX, 700W, 120mm Fan(3.45 lbs)

    YYD2-01GP31464KR ::EVGA 01G-P3-1464-KR GeForce GTX 560 SE 1GB Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 x16, 192-bit, Dual DVI, Mini HDMI, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1(2 lbs)

    YYS2-4584859 ::Kingston KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX HyperX Blu Desktop Memory Kit - 4GB PC3-12800 (2 x 2GB), DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-27 CAS Latency(0.25 lbs)

    S23-1092 ::SilenX Effizio EFZ-100HA1 CPU Cooler - Multi-Socket, 100mm Fan, 2000RPM, 8~24 dBA, Aluminum & Copper(1.55 lbs)

    L12-1312 OEM ::Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD+R DL 8X, SATA (OEM)(1.55 lbs)

    69-2500K ::Intel Core i5-2500K BX80623I52500 Unlocked Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail(0.9 lbs)

    M452-8426 ::MSI H77MA-G43 Intel 7 Series Motherboard - Micro ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel H77 Express, 1600MHz DDR3, SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX Ready(2.3 lbs)

    Look up all those parts and see how they are (remember to exclude the weight when part searching.
  2. Here's something that will be tiny and extremely quiet. Won't blow you away in performance terms but if you don't mind medium settings etc. it should be OK.

    AMD A10-5700
    2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LP 1600Mhz
    ASRock FM2A75M-ITX
    (Storage devices you have already)
    COOLER MASTER GeminII M4
    Antec ISK300-150

    You're looking at around $400 for that. You could also add a single slot low profile HD 6670 to improve performance further. The PSU should just about handle it.

    http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?p=1038499163
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