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November 13, 2012 1:00:29 AM

Hi, i'm planning on a new build in the relative future. A desktop that can fit inside a backpack, hence the case choice.

Approximate Purchase Date: Start of the new year

Budget Range:  ~$500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: World of Warcraft (hopefully eyefinity?) Game Recording, Netflix, Network storage server

Are you buying a monitor:As of the time of the build, no.

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Mobo, RAM, SSD, Case, CPU Heatsink

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Tigerdirect, Newegg, Ebay, Microcenter, Frys

Location: Soutehrn California, near a Microcenter and Frys

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, other than that no preference.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Perhaps!

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, 1366x768 second monitor. Hopefully upgrading to 2x or 3x 1080p monitors.

Additional Comments: The goal is portablility as a key point. I'm not above doing hardware modifications to make sure a heatsink doesn't come off. I'd also prefer colours to match a Red / Black / White theme, but once again, I can mod.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm getting crippling Fps dips in WoW with my old Core 2 Quad and people said the DDR2 is bottlenecking my R7770, so I figure doing a platform upgrade.

Parts i've sourced are:
i5 3570k

Asrock mATX Z77 Motherboard

Gskill 16Gb DDR3 1600 8gbx2

InWin BK644 mATX case + 300w PSU

Thanks guys!

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November 13, 2012 2:52:26 AM

I posted to keep the thread going. And get a better power supply.
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November 13, 2012 3:10:31 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L12 37.8 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($53.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.64 @ NCIX US)
Total: $505.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-13 00:10 EST-0500)
November 13, 2012 3:20:54 AM

I mostly agree with the above suggestion. My only serious disagreement is with the cooler choice. An Ivy Bridge CPU that will be overclocked much would be better off with a cooler that has direct touch heatpipes. Ivy doesn't generate much heat, it simply has really bad thermal resistance, so you want a cooler with low thermal resistance, not high cooling capability. That cooler doesn't have direct touch heatpipes and that's going to hurt its effectiveness with an i5-3570K's cooling.

Also, on a more subjective note, I wouldn't recommend a SandForce-based SSD. Something with a Samsung or Marvell controller would probably be better in reliability and performance consistency. For example, Crucial M4 128GB, which can be found only slightly more expensive than that Mushkin drive.
November 13, 2012 4:31:22 AM

pardon my airbrainededness, I forgot two components that I have already >__<
XFX R7770 1Gb Core Edition

WD 1TB Green

I also liked the suggestion on the Noctua CPU cooler, Crucial SSD, however the case supplied doesn't support Full-Height cards like the InWin case does. I had planned to replace the PSU with a Silverstone Bronze SFX PSU
November 13, 2012 4:51:55 AM

16GB of ram is beyond excessive and most games cannot even use 4GBs. Unless you are doing video rendering on a large scale 8GB is more than you'll use, and good enough. Save some cash where you can.
November 13, 2012 4:57:10 AM

eggbrook said:
16GB of ram is beyond excessive and most games cannot even use 4GBs. Unless you are doing video rendering on a large scale 8GB is more than you'll use, and good enough. Save some cash where you can.

At a compromise of Price to Gb/$, I wanted to fit 8Gb sticks in there, a pet project i was working on was a ramdrive for my video game. you caught me daydreaming :) 
November 13, 2012 5:01:11 AM

boyabunda said:
Fractal Design Core 1000 Micro ATX Computer Case:

That there is a very nice case, that I looked at for a while, however it's measurably larger than the InWin, however it does fit ATX power supplies. Thanks for your input, I'll add that to my thoughts!