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 Post subject: Mobile mATX Gaming Rig
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:13 am 
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These are the parts that I already have in my possession.

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1066 Memory
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card
Cooler Master 750W ATX12V Power Supply

I got the CPU for cheap from Microcenter with an ATX board. I originally planned to build a full ATX tower, but then I decided to make a small build so I can take it with me to college, so I'm returning my ATX mobo.

Basically, what I want is a small desktop rig that I can take in my carry-on for flights without much hassle. Smaller is better, without sacrificing performance. I'm looking for a CPU cooler, Mobo, and Case (maybe a PSU if needed). I'm currently looking at things like SILVERSTONE Sugo Series SG05BB-450.

Can I still overclock my i5 in a small case?

Any help is appreciated!


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 Post subject: Re: Mobile mATX Gaming Rig
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:56 am 
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Beware of heat in small cube cases. I have a warped Biostar AMD 939 board to attest to this.

The NZXT Vulcan might be a nice case for your needs, and it has more fan slots than most cubes. Also, you can probably fit a good CPU cooler in it. Cubes don't give you much clearance for the CPU cooler, as that's usually where the PSU or the optical drive are located.


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 Post subject: Re: Mobile mATX Gaming Rig
PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:17 pm 
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iTX is an option. Silverstone has a nice little case with a 600W supply built in for roughly $200. I've said it elsewhere, But I love this little iTX build and am planning others for all in this house. $85 gets you an H61 iTX board, but you have to plan a bit more for them than usual.

There's smaller cases than these shoe-box builds, but seems to have more issues in the long run. Always seems to be scratch builds when that's not exactly what you're looking for.


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