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Mini itx rig with laptop hd?

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February 22, 2013 6:09:51 PM

I've picked out which components I want for my mid range mini gaming pc:

Mobo
http://www.microcenter.com/product/403519/GA-Z77N-WIFI_...

i5 3570K

HD7850 2GB

8GB DDR3

Case:
http://www.microcenter.com/product/399001/Elite_120_Adv...

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My questions before I go out and begin are these:

1)I'm undecided on a PSU, any suggestions?

2)Will these parts fit well inside of the master cooler case? would it still be practical to use an even smaller case?

3)I currently have an ASUS g60vx laptop and wish to use the laptop HD in it as my main until I can save up for a SSD. Is it compatible with this setup, and can I easily install it and windows 7 on it without a cd?

4)My main purpose for this build is to run world of warcraft on the highest settings possible in 1920x1080p with at least 60 FPS, will this setup do the trick?

5)How would new release games, like Crysis 3, fare on this system?

6)I feel like the CPU might be overkill since I do not plan on overclocking, any cheaper cpu's out there that will still help me achieve my goal

7)I am undecided on a 1GB or 2GB gpu

8)I need the pc to have wifi built into it, and I see that the mobo has some kind of wifi feature on it but i am unsure of the quality or if it is actually real wifi. On the same note, can I leave any wifi antennae inside the case instead and still have good connection? (im about 25 feet from the router)

9) I am basically just trying to trim costs at this point where I see fit, such as if I really need 8gb of ram?

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February 22, 2013 6:22:52 PM

What's your total budget and monitor's resolution?
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February 22, 2013 6:27:27 PM

$800 max, moniter is 40in 1920x1080p
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February 22, 2013 6:40:50 PM

COOLER MASTER Elite 120 Advanced Black Appearance: Aluminum & Polymer front, Case body: Steel Alloy Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 69W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80637i53350P
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GIGABYTE GA-H77N-WIFI LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-8GAB
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SAPPHIRE 100354OC-2L Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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SanDisk Ultra Plus SDSSDHP-128G-G25 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for Notebook
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SUM 779$ and you have 25$ MIR from Case and GPU. If you get them you can add a 500GB HDD for storage without breaking 800 limit. Otherwise use your laptop HDD as storage. You can as long as it's sata!
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February 22, 2013 6:56:16 PM

Wow thanks for posting all this! Definatley some good picks I did t see. How would this perform with a game like crysis 3? Im guessing this probably will run wow at max though lol.
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February 22, 2013 7:00:56 PM

drstrangeluv said:
Wow thanks for posting all this! Definatley some good picks I did t see. How would this perform with a game like crysis 3? Im guessing this probably will run wow at max though lol.


For that money I think it's the best. Maybe if you want max GPU perfomance you can drop the SSD and get a 7870 tahity le and a regular HDD but I think it will be more than fine!
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