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December 3, 2012 5:37:36 PM

Hello people!

What I want to achieve here is building the smallest console-like build with the power of a gaming pc so small size and portability is a must here.

Budget Range: 1500$ +-

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, 3d modelling, video editing, streaming movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Parts Preferences: I'd prefer Intel and Nvidia here since I have an nvidia 3d monitor.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Feel free to chose anything you want (hell, even a flames sticker to make it look cooler) as long as it fits the budget.

More about : console 1500

December 3, 2012 7:02:48 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS8900 Extreme CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($135.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($193.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($477.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($145.71 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG BH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1538.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-03 16:43 EST-0500)

Comments:
- Maybe not so small case as the console, but I think small enough.
- GTX680 instead of HD7970 to reduce heat output.
- OC may be a bit limited due to small form factor and low profile heatsink. If you decide to go with slimmer case, OC will be even more limited.
- 16GB of memory for 3d modelling.
- Not sure if memory is short enough to fit under the cooler - additional reading required
- Flame stickers not included ;) 

To save some money:
- Replace BD-writer with something cheaper
- PSU is one of the best units on the planet, unfortunately 80 platinum has to cost $$$.
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December 3, 2012 8:03:00 PM

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- PSU is one of the best units on the planet, unfortunately 80 platinum has to cost $$$.


Not as much as you'd think: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/80_plus

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone SST-LC10B-E-USB3.0 (Black) HTPC Case ($135.45 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1203.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-03 17:01 EST-0500)

- I used a case that's similar on my HTPC so it looks like a home theater component.
- Top down fan makes it overclockable.
- Radeon 7950 is an excellent GPU
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December 3, 2012 10:35:57 PM

Really good options you are giving me here. G-unit, I can't really take the 7970 for the reasons I stated above, sadly.

I'll definitely use your options as a base and it seems both of you suggested the same processor, so I'll take that. Also, 16gb is probably what I'll take since I do some 3d modelling and rendering.

About the PSU, I don't think I'd like to pay that much of an extra for things I won't really make much use of.

Other than that, what do you people think of the Alienware X51? I know Alienware pc's are uber duber overpriced but for what I've been reading, it is actually good for its price and size. I haven't actually found anything about it on this forums so I might as well give it a try here.

Thanks very much!
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December 3, 2012 10:50:52 PM

im not sure about your exact needs for portability. But i had the same issue as far as needing portability, i would be moving it every week between my parents houses. I have just recently ordered the NZXT Vulcan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and it fit every one of my needs. A handle to move it around with and a small size of 16.00" x 7.00" x 16.60". some people have gotten really into it as far as customizing and putting some crazy stuff in there as far as parts, in this forum, http://www.overclock.net/t/774308/the-official-nzxt-vul... just hit 200 pages of people sharing pictures and talking about the case. Hopefully this is something you could use!
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December 3, 2012 11:27:09 PM

Bejusek said:
Not as much as I'd think what exactly?


In terms of cost per kw/hr. Platinum is more energy efficient than gold, silver, or bronze so your cost is actually lower to run it than if you got a lower certification.

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About the PSU, I don't think I'd like to pay that much of an extra for things I won't really make much use of.


That's one area where you don't skimp. It's the most important part of the build and getting the wrong one could have disastrous long term effects on your system.

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Other than that, what do you people think of the Alienware X51? I know Alienware pc's are uber duber overpriced but for what I've been reading, it is actually good for its price and size. I haven't actually found anything about it on this forums so I might as well give it a try here.


I don't do pre-builts - especially ones from big box manufacturers. Alienware are very overpriced for what you get. If you want a boutique PC I'd suggest checking out a vendor like Origin or Falcon Northwest.
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