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Suggestions before I buy (ITX)

Last response: in Systems
February 12, 2013 9:33:18 PM

Budget: $1000 or $1100
Monitor: ASUS 24' 1080p
System purpose: Gaming only
OC: Yes to 4.3/4.5Ghz
SLI/Xfire: No
Games I want to play: Crysis 3, BF3, SC2, Metro 2033, GW2, and etc.

This is what ive come up with so far. My concerns are listed below.


1- Do I need a blower type GPU to keep temps under control or can I use a dual fan gpu without insane temps in these mITX cases?

2- Will a Seasonic M12II 520 fit in these mITX cases or should I go with a 140mm power supply so it wont be so cramped?

3- Would a H80/H100 be better than a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO or should I save my money and get the EVO since ill only be OCing to 4.3-4.5? If I go H80/H100 Ill go ASROCk since its not as compatible with air coolers and if I go EVO ill go ASUS since it has a better slot placement for air coolers.

4- Which one of these cases will have the best temps/quietness Bitfenix Prodigy or Silverstone SG08 or Fractal Node 304


CPU: i5 3570K $190
MOBO: ASRock Z77E-ITX or ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe (depending on the CPU cooler)
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB $42
Case: Bitfenix Prodigy or Silverstone SG08 or Fractal Node 304
OS: Windows 7 $95
HSF: Corsair H80/H100 or Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
PSU: Silverstone ST55F-G/PP05 Short Cable kit or Seasonic M12II 520 Bronze
GPU: MSI R7950 Twin Frozr or EVGA GTX 670 FTW


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February 12, 2013 10:50:19 PM

How does the revised build look? Also can a Seasonic M12II 520 Bronze handle a OCed GPU/CPU/RAM?

CPU: i5 3570K $190 Micro Center
MOBO: ASRock Z77E-ITX $95 Micro Center (Better OCer than the ASUS and I wont be using an air cpu cooler)
RAM: Samsung 8GB $48 Micro Center (Best RAM to OC)
Case: Bitfenix Prodigy $75 Micro Center (Best mITX case than can use a H100)
OS: Windows 7 $95 Micro Center
HSF: Corsair H100i $110 Newegg
PSU: Seasonic M12II 520 Bronze $80 Newegg
GPU: MSI 7950 Twin Frozr OC $320 Newegg (Best OC 7950 due to the 8+6 pin power and 7970 PCB)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro All Black 230mm $21 Newegg

Total: $1034