Hello. I would like to build a new System for playing games. I would like to use an Intel cpu and a Nvidia gpu. I already have an internal hard drive and an external dvd drive. I'm only going to install 1 video card ever so is there a difference between mitx and matx boards? I really don't want a big case since only 1 hard drive will be inside it but I also don't want a case that gets hot because I play games for several hours sometimes.
Approximate Purchase Date: right now
Budget Range: $600ish
System Usage from Most to Least Important: only games
Are you buying a monitor: no
Parts to Upgrade: case, power supply, motherboard, cpu, ram, video card
Do you need to buy OS: no
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: as long as they ship
Location: California, USA
Parts Preferences: Intel / Nvidia
SLI or Crossfire: never
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 28" monitor
Additional Comments: I will be using Windows 7 and playing 3d games
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My old computer wont play new games.
Very Nice build you put together for the op, however, I would change out the GPU for the Sapphire version of the 7870 XT as the better fans will keep it cooler. Also, if the op lives near a Microcenter, the op can buy the mobo and CPU for much less.
How much of a difference does it make for cooling? I'm sorry if this is a dumb question. Since there wont be any optical drives and only 1 hard drive it seems like a atx case would have a lot of empty space. I wouldn't mind spending a little extra on fans or something if I could get by with a smaller case. However, I definitly don't want it to overheat and be unstable or slow my frame rate. I really appreciate your advice, thank you =)