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My 1st Portable Gaming Desktop Around 1000$

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February 25, 2013 2:22:08 AM

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Approximate Purchase Date: After feedback is recieved

Budget Range: Around 1000$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Solidworks and other CAD (Most noteworthy aside from that standard use)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, optical drive for now (not sure what else should go hear)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I have been just browsing alot of deals all my website choices are below

Country: In Canada

Parts Preferences: N/A (Already chosen parts)

Overclocking: Maybe a little, I definitely don't have the experience without running the risk of damaging the system

SLI or Crossfire: I wish but its a mini-ITX so that's not happening

Monitor Resolution: Probably but now purchased yet, 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm looking for any blatantly obvious bottlenecks or small investments that might pay off in longevity or performance and vice-versa cutbacks that won't reduce life or performance (any constructive criticism really since this is my 1st build).

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The parts chosen:

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.4Ghz, 6MB L3 Cache, 22nm (Retail Boxed) Gen3 (BX80637I53570)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0087EVHTE/?tag=pcpapi-20 (199.99$)

Case:Bitfenix Prodigy Black
-http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6... (69.99$)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/231916/CORSAIR/CMZ8GX... (48.43$)

Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX430M 430W ATX 12V 80 Plus Bronze Modular Power Supply
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC8701&v... (47.25$)

Graphics Card: Powercolor Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ MYST.(TAHITI LE) 2GB 6Gbps GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=78372&vpn=AX7870%202GBD5-2...(209.99$)


MoBo: ASRock Z77E-ITX Socket 1155 Intel Z77 Chipset
- Dual Channel DDR3 2800+(O.C.) MHz, 1x PCI-Express x16
- GLAN, 1x mSATA 3.0Gb/s, 2x SATA 6.0Gb/s, 1x eSATA 3.0Gb/s, 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
- DisplayPort/DVI/HDMI, Mini-ITX
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2... (139.99$)

SSD: OCZ Vector 128GB SATA 6GB/s 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD), Read: 550MB/s, Write: 400MB/s (VTR1-25SAT3-128G)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1... (139.99$)

HHD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5in Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR5445&v... (69.79$)

Price total 925.42$

Thanks in advance!
February 25, 2013 2:52:36 AM

good build... some suggestion...
1) downgrade that cpu to i5-3470 to save a few dollars
2) downgrade that MB to H77/B75 MB if you're not planning to do some overclocking...
3) get Sapphire HD 7870 XT for better cooling perfomance...
4) upgrade that PSU to at least 500W...
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February 25, 2013 5:45:42 PM

TimeLass said:
good build... some suggestion...
1) downgrade that cpu to i5-3470 to save a few dollars
2) downgrade that MB to H77/B75 MB if you're not planning to do some overclocking...
3) get Sapphire HD 7870 XT for better cooling perfomance...
4) upgrade that PSU to at least 500W...


Thanks for the feeback I'll go ahead and upgrade the PSU and the graphics card. The motherboard I'll be keeping the same because I do plan on playing around with overclocking this build. About the graphics card however I'm wondering if you can give me some feedback on what the actual difference is between the two (just for my own knowledge because I'm always up for cheaper components)!
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February 26, 2013 8:03:50 AM

Thebeastly said:
Thanks for the feeback I'll go ahead and upgrade the PSU and the graphics card. The motherboard I'll be keeping the same because I do plan on playing around with overclocking this build. About the graphics card however I'm wondering if you can give me some feedback on what the actual difference is between the two (just for my own knowledge because I'm always up for cheaper components)!

if you wish to overclock in the future you should get i5-3570K...as for the video card...sapphire HD 7870 XT comes with dual fan... and it can be overclock better than power colour 7870LE...
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1651/pg1/sapphire...
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5158/sapphire_radeon_h...
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