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Mini ITX Gaming Budget Build Feedback please

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January 13, 2013 8:20:35 PM

Hello, I have been meaning to build a computer for quite some time now and have finally decided to start ordering some parts. However, I have been been out of the loop for awhile now and wanted to get feedback on a budget friendly mini itx system.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 48-72 hours

Budget Range: ~800ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 1080p Gaming, Streaming HD, Playing high-resolution media (.mkv) to TV

Are you buying a monitor: No, will be using LG50PA5500 Plasma TV

Parts to Upgrade: Need everything except KB/MOUSE/OS

Do you need to buy OS: Yes / No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg/NCIX

Location: Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Parts Preferences: Intel, EVGA, Gigabyte, ASUS, Corsair

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: Main purpose is to play games like Skyrim, Guild Wars, Star Wars, Fallout at 1080p with good (50+ FPS) and would like some feedback on if this system will have issues doing that. Also, streaming high resolution and bit rate .mkv and other video files. Any suggestions or comments are appreciate. I really didn't want to spend much more than $800. I'm also unsure if I want to actually overclock or not, and I went with the Z77 vs H77 and 3570K instead ofthe 3570... I thought for the extra ~$40 to maybe overclock it would be worth it... but still might ditch it and save the extra money

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Hate XBOX controller, prefer keyboard and mouse so much more.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xrgV


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xrgV
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xrgV/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xrgV/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.55 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Other: Mini HDMI to HDMI ($5.00)
Total: $802.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 17:11 EST-0500)
January 13, 2013 9:04:13 PM

Hi, in my opinion for gaming you need a better card, for 1080p, the 650 ti is weak, you can put the i5-3470 for non overclocking more the h77 motherboard, and you get a better card like the 660 ti, which fits the case.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($103.26 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
Other: Mini HDMI to HDMI ($5.00)
Total: $778.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 13, 2013 9:31:39 PM

I was a bit hesitant about how well the 650 ti would handle some of the higher end games... does the 3470 run fine under load with just stock cooling? I do like your suggestion, but you forgot to add in any after market cooling - and since when I would be playing it would be for several hours at a time the heat concerns me.
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January 13, 2013 9:34:24 PM

Hi, for the stock speeds or turbo speeds, the stock cooler is fine, only for cpus overclocked with higher voltage pumped to achieve higher speeds, needs an aftermarket cooler.
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