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January 5, 2013 11:00:54 AM

So, recently I posted about a build I wanted to do and asked for some advice. In return, this is what my final build would contain...

Case: BitFenix BFC-PRO-300-WWXKW-RP Prodigy White mITX PC Case

Motherboard: MSI Z77IA-E53 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

CPU/Processor: Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Graphics Card: EVGA SSC 02G-P4-3653-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

SDD: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

The total cost is about $930.
my budget is still under $1000 but really I want to be as close to $800 as possible, and still my goal is to play games like Skyrim, BF3, Arma II, Ect. on high or ultra graphics and yet have the computer be smallish and compact so if I'm in dear need to take it to a friends house or somewhere then it won't be a big pain.

What I am now asking for is a review on my second set up which rounds up to about $915 or if possible give me any ideas on how I could make one perfect for my needs and/or how to combine the two. (or simply the a cheaper solution closer to $800).

My second setup:

Case: Rosewill LINE-M Micro-ATX Mini Tower Computer Case, Dual USB 3.0, come with Dual Fans, Support up to 4 Fans, 12.5" card fits!

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77MX-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU/Processor: Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M2A1600C10R

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Graphics Card: EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Power Supply: XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

SDD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

So any Advice helping me in this first time experience would be greatly appreciated.

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January 5, 2013 11:51:35 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $875.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 08:48 EST-0500)

Since your going with the 3470, you don't need the Z77 motherboard. A H77 mATX will be just fine. 16GB of memory is overkill, 8GB is good. Just look at the benchmarks from the 660 to the 7950, and you can decide on GPU. You seemed to really like Rosewill case so I kept that.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/660?vs=550
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January 5, 2013 12:03:10 PM

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