Build It: Mini Dream Machine

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joeyjr

Section__PART__________________________________Price
Case____Fractal Design FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W___________110
PSU_____SeaSonic SS-860XP2 Platinum________________175
Mobo____GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87___________________190
CPU_____Intel Core i7-4770K________________________335
Cooler___Silverstone HE01___________________________75
GPU_____GIGABYTE GV-R929XD5-4GD-B_____________550
RAM_____Corsair CMD16GX3M2A1866C9 2x8__________210
SSD_____Intel SSDSC2CW240A3K5__________________265
HD______2TB WD Caviar Black______________________135
OS______Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit (OEM)______140
Total___________________________________________2185

This build saves 1000 bucks and could play 2560x1440 maxed out and you could add a second GPU for 4K gaming. Also, room for water cooling if you like. I would add a bigger HD for all my games, sound foam for the side panels, and more case fans. DEFINE R4 Black Pearl -W or WO Window might be another case option,and you could even paint it beige if you like to match the real DM. Note this is just a guide and your budget will be yours.

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Ninjawithagun

Great build, but good luck with finding a R9 290x in stock, let alone for $550...

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joeyjr

Thanks. The point was one high end GPU and cut cost because someone was complaining over the price of the build in this artical. You are correct about the price for the GPU. I did see it in stock with a price bump for 600 dollars on newegg, which they must have just got back in stock. The 290 gives almost the same performance for 500, but they are currenty out of stock. I am waiting for a windforce version to come out which I heard rummers of from 3dguru.

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Ninjawithagun

@ joeyjr

Thanks for the update! I do think that AMD offers more bang for the buck when it comes to graphics cards. However, I am greatly disheartened at the playability of games when using AMD cards. The plain fact of the matter is that the gameplay experience is just smoother with less driver issues on Nvidia cards. If AMD could get their act together and clean up their driver development team, I would seriously consider going back to AMD. I am a fanboy of whichever product provides me a better gaming experience. The unfortunate fact is that Nvidia provides the better gaming experience for me right now, but also costs more than their competition. When AMD finally gets their act together and enforces some QC on their driver development team, I'll be ready for the switch. In the meantime, I'll continue to enjoy my Gigabyte GTX780 Ghz Windforce Edition cards in SLI :D

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Ninjawithagun

I too have already built my own mini-dream machine:

Intel Core i7 3770K @ 5.0 Ghz
Asus Maximus Gene V motherboard
Corsair H110 280mm CPU liquid cooler
16GB G.Skill 2800Mhz DDR3
2 x EVGA GTX780 SC ACX cards in SLI
2 x Samsung Pro 256GB SSDs in RAID 0 (Windows 8.1 Pro)
1 x Seagate 4TB HDD (storage)
LG Blu Ray Burner optic drive (5 1/4")
Coolermaster Truepower 1000 Watt power supply
Corsair Obsidian 350D mini-ATX case

I was able to fit a LG Blu Ray player into the bottom 5 1/4" bay by mounting the H110 the opposite direction with the hoses at the rear of the case. I was able to do this because I special ordered a thin profile 120mm fan (only 12mm thick) off of eBay. This allowed just enough clearance for the hoses coming out of the radiator.

This system easily maintains high frame rates at maximum graphics settings in every game I play on my Overlord X270OC 27-inch 2560x1440 monitor @ 120Hz :D

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joeyjr

I see the point TOM, mini DM, but a different case choice like the Fractal Design ARC 2 Mini or the R4 would have been better for cable and water cooling. Also, my pick for a CPU would have been a mid range Ivy Bridge-E. All in all great build for those of us with the money and like the color. LOL

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AFDozerman

When will we see some Radeon love in a DM? At the resolutions you guys game and work at, the 290x with an aftermarket cooler would provide a TON of performance even without mantle, assuming it fits. Only real issue lacking would be CUDA acceleration, but then again, who still uses CUDA?

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Innomasta

i'm not sure the 290X was even out at the time of this publication dude

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djrebelion

I built my Dream Machine.

Corsair Graphite Series 600T Arctic White Steel Case $169.99

Corsair H100i CPU Cooler 109.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB 4x4GB DDR3 RAM $174.99

Intel i7 4770K $324.99

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H $179.99 (Discontinued)

XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB x2 459.98

Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3B/240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC $189.99

WD Caviar Black 1TB 3.5 $153.04

Total 1762.96 +tax

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joeyjr

How did you get a Haswell CPU in a LGA 1155 socket motherboard?

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Ninjawithagun

LMAO - My thoughts exactly! Proof that this really is just a dream machine and does not exist in reality :D

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djrebelion

LOL my bad typo. 3770k

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portablesounds

Just curious, what monitor did you guys use that offered good performance at 2560x1600? This build basically mirrored the build I'm planning in a bit, and all I've found is a 2560x1440 from ASUS. $500 is cheap for a >1080p resolution, but still the extra pixels would make it look a bit better and potentially ensure that I won't hit (as) absurd refresh rates only because the gaming graphics can't be pushed any farther. Granted, it's a few extra frames, but why not? Anyways, amazing build, exactly what I'm looking for :)

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Ninjawithagun

If you really want the latest and greatest UHD gaming monitor, look no further:

http://overlordcomputer.com/collections/27-monitors/products/tempest-x270oc-glossy

This is an S-IPS LED monitor and NOT a crappy TN panel monitor. Colors and contrast ratio are second to none versus the flat washed out colors on even the very best TN panels on the market today. The only downside of S-IPS monitors is that input lag is higher versus a TN panel monitor. I, personally have not been able to notice a difference in the input lag versus my BenQ XL2420T TN panel monitor. Gameplay is a smidget bit smoother on the BenQ, but the overall graphics and picture quality on the Overlord absolutely destroys the BenQ capabilities. I noticed that if I turn down the resolution and play games at 1920 x 1080 on the X270OC, the comparison against the BenQ becomes a lot closer. This is most likely caused by the overall graphics processing load on the GPUs, because 2560x1440 is about 80% more pixels versus 1920x1080.

If you can wait until 1st Qtr 2014 and don't mind having a 1920x1080 TN panel monitor, I would say wait and buy the upcoming revision to the Asus VG248QE which will have the new Nvidia G-Sync technology:

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-g-sync-kepler-asus-monitor,24890.html

I hope this helps your ongoing effort to to find the very best gaming monitor!

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ShinRenNu

I have a lot of respect to you guys at Maximum PC. But what consumers really need are more affordable pc setups.

When you have a lot of money like this rig cost, I won't even consider whats the price on every components of my pc. What I'm going to do is just shove every top of the line piece on my Mini PC thing.

Its npt easy to budget a low cost gaming pc. But thats what you should be doing. Not this easy setup, give me money, and I'll build better than that. That's not a challenge, that's a fact for every PC enthusiast here.

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jbitzer

They do that ALL THE TIME. literally, there are tons of different builds they post, from budget to dream. And since this is MaximumPC, pretty sure most readers can build a budget system without their input.

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fusobotic

All I have to say: http://youtu.be/cCmS82uDSpQ