Approximate Purchase Date: probably over the course of the next couple months
Budget Range: 400-600
System Usage: gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to obtain: everything
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Location: Chicago, IL
Parts Preferences: Intel, evga, corsair if possible
SLI or Crossfire: no room
Additional Comments: looking to build a compact, but powerful gaming pc. i have some ideas, but my biggest concern is the graphics card. i want a powerful PC but not at the cost of having to go with a mid sized tower to fit the newer 10.5 inch cards. i saw some 8.5 inch evga gtx cards but im not sure if the performance would be good enough compared to better cards. disk and ssd i can figure out myself. im just trying to find the best case/mobo/psu possible for my needs. those will determine what else i can get. so far i like the silver stone fortress ft03-mini as the case. ram im not too concerned about except maybe the heat sinks getting in the way. some suggestions on parts compatible with each other would be greatly appreciated.
Why am i building: a buddy of mine is in the marine core and is complaining his laptop is too underpowered i want to build him something that he can carry around without much trouble and still be able to connect to a HDTV and get some pretty stellar performance. size is the key here though.
parts im considering:
cpu cooler: one of those corsair ready to go water coolers?
Going to give you a slightly more portable case option here, the BitFenix Prodigy http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Uses a mini-ITX board - there are some very nice mini-ITX boards available, it'll even handle a large graphics card (only one) plus a corsair liquid cooler - and a tad bit cheaper than the Fortress
so would it me best to get a mini itx board i assume they are smaller than micro atx? i dont even remember seeing that form factor last time i built a pc. what are the benifits of a mini itx over a atx?
i think im going to stick with either newegg for shipped stuff or comp USA if i go pick parts up (the main warehouse in chicagoland is pretty close to me) i like neweggs return policy and comp USA is an easy drive for me. also i just got word that the budget has increased to 800 dollars up from 600 so im not as compelled to get items together to save money. if i can get a solid mini -itx mobo that has a x16 pci slot and is able to run memory at 16000 mhz ill be happy. i have decided i am probably going to OC the processor so some recommendations on an affordable i7 from newegg would be great. ram im not to worried about right now and i have a spare 800w psu and gtx 260 i can use temporarily im going to get a small ssd for the os and a larger hdd for everything else.
this board seems expensive for its size but i love that it doesn't really limit the features of a full sized gaming pc. this thing is packed with features that i think my buddy would really appreciate for the price.
i think ill just use my spare 850w corsair psu for this build its not modular.... meh its just sitting here doing nothing. i think ill just buy him the cpu cooler and disk drive. shouldent cost more that 100 bucks for both if i can catch a sale.
would like to stick with evga for GPU. they have done right by me in the past, and i love the warranty after you register your card. im not set on which card though. i just thought this one was cheep for a 600 card.
i can take another look at the ram and ssd. to be honest i just thought Kingston made good stuff so i went the cheep route. is ocz a good brand for ssd? i have never used them. in fact the only ssd i have ever used in a build was a corsair.