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 Post subject: my small but mighty build, Just geting ready to buy
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:07 pm 
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Case- Thermaltake ARMOR A30 VM70001W2Z Black SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

GPU- MSI N660TI TF 3GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU- Athena Power AP-MP4ATX55FEP8 550W Micro ATX SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Ram- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL10D-16GBXL

MOBO- Intel BOXDZ75ML-45K LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU- Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

SSD- Corsair Force Series GS CSSD-F180GBGS-BK 2.5" 180GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

For now I have a 600Gb hard drive that I will keep from my old PC, it is the only thing worth keeping. I will also add a blue-ray player, I have not picked one out yet.

Well this is what I am planning to build, still trying to spot any problems that I might have in putting this together. I think I will need to get a cpu cooler but I will have to keep it under 90mm, any ideas? I am getting ready to start buying the parts.


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 Post subject: Re: my small but mighty build, Just geting ready to buy
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:02 pm 
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Nice swing at a spec. The 3570k and 660Ti are rock solid. Yet, your psu is the weakest link, by far! You can do better with...
1. the new Seasonic X650 @ $90 or 660XP @ $100 with it's hybrid mode can't be beat
2. 8GB of Magic ram, unless you make a living off CS you don't need 16GB. But if you must, you choose good dimms.
3. Anything other than an Intel mBoard, focus on Z77 Gigabyte > AsRock > Asus > MSI > all others
4. With your savings nix the Corsair ssd and spring for some real fast NAND, either the 840 Pro or Vector

You're best cooling option for that squat hobbit of a case is to jump dry land and get wet. Either the Corsair H80i or Zalman LQ-310, 315, or 320 should be top of mind.



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 Post subject: Re: my small but mighty build, Just geting ready to buy
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:09 pm 
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kleinkinstein wrote:
Nice swing at a spec. The 3570k and 660Ti are rock solid. Yet, your psu is the weakest link, by far! You can do better with...
1. the new Seasonic X650 @ $90 or 660XP @ $100 with it's hybrid mode can't be beat
2. 8GB of Magic ram, unless you make a living off CS you don't need 16GB. But if you must, you choose good dimms.
3. Anything other than an Intel mBoard, focus on Z77 Gigabyte > AsRock > Asus > MSI > all others
4. With your savings nix the Corsair ssd and spring for some real fast NAND, either the 840 Pro or Vector




http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820148656 close to magic ram ? lol ?


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 Post subject: Re: my small but mighty build, Just geting ready to buy
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:43 pm 
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IMO, 240GB is the new sweet spot for SSDs. I know this is a generation older, but the Agility 3 is amazing for the price ($150 + Free Shipping).

I have one in my desktop and one as my boot drive in my laptop. 15 second boot time - 'nuff said.


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 Post subject: Re: my small but mighty build, Just geting ready to buy
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:46 am 
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I am swapping the


Mobo- (Intel BOXDZ75ML-45K LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard) for the (GIGABYTE GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard)

RAM - (G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL10D-16GBXL) For (G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR)

SSD- (Corsair Force Series GS CSSD-F180GBGS-BK 2.5" 180GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)) for (OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD))
Item #: N82E16820227924

and adding
Cooling ZALMAN CNPS20LQ Liquid CPU Cooler, Fan 120 x 120 x 25 mm, 2 fans

Right now
Case $110
PSU $90
CPU $230
GPU $300
Ram $50
MOBO $120
cooler $105
SSD $150
for a total of $1150

I have not found a micro atx PSU greater 550W.


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 Post subject: Re: my small but mighty build, Just geting ready to buy
PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:05 pm 
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I have changed my plan

new plan

Thermaltake SOPRANO VO900M1N2N Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$119.99


Western Digital WD Green WD20EZRX 2TB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

-$20.00 Instant
$129.99
$109.99


MSI N660TI TF 3GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$329.99


MSI Gift - Borderlands2

$0.00

CORSAIR CX750M 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$99.99

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
$54.99

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Dual Thunderbolt

$184.99

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
$229.99


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+
$34.99

ASUS Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$79.99

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
-$40.00 Instant
$199.99
$159.99


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 Post subject: Re: my small but mighty build, Just geting ready to buy
PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:43 pm 
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No, this is Magic ram! Why? Because it performs and OC's like magic. Read the reviews, Google around, it's performance is unexplainable. Not a single poor review, anywhere. In my main rig, I've got 4x4 @ 1996MHz, 9-9-9-28-1T, 1.39v which nets 20.7gbps. Insane throughput and still less than 1.4v! It's friggn magic ram. Often only $15.50 a 4gb stick on Amazon.

btdog wrote:
IMO, 240GB is the new sweet spot for SSDs. ...I have one in my desktop and one as my boot drive in my laptop. 15 second boot time - 'nuff said.

15 seconds, ohh my you poor thing that's an eternity by today's standards, on a z77 my 840 Pro loads W7 in 7 seconds and W8 in 4.5 seconds, no exaggeration. The Agility 3 is geriatric - just like Grandpa, I'd steer wide and clear. It's not cool attempting to validate what you already own. Help this guy with what's available today, your spend is done and it's CBA doesn't apply here. So @OP, I'd snag the Samsung 840 250GB @ $150 (with $30 MIR) if more Nand space is needed. It's no contest.

Further improvements would be the 3TB Barracuda @ $130 instead. Gain 33% more space for only $20 more. You don't need 750w, 600-650W is more than enough. Do you really need a BR burner, will you really be burning discs or are you just sold on the idea of it all. Hdd, and usb flash drives are the better medium. And lastly, the EVO is good but the TS-120 is great; the mounting bracket alone kills the goofy 212 fastener. Score it for $30 at Nan's, just tell him I sent you and he'll ship it for free.

Review 1, http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cooler ... evo_5.html
Review 2, http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cooler ... html#sect0


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 Post subject: Re: my small but mighty build, Just geting ready to buy
PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:54 pm 
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Thanks for the comparison tool it looks like the Samsung is better,179.99 at newegg. I still dont know what you are talking about with the "magic ram".


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 Post subject: Re: my small but mighty build, Just geting ready to buy
PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:55 pm 
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