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I'm in the planning stages of my next build, and two of my main goals is to build a desktop which is relatively compact, and also relatively quiet, whilst still providing good cooling. This will be mainly a gaming PC, with Battlefield 3, Deus Ex, Skyrim and Guild Wars 2 in mind, but I want to build it now, and not have to wait for those games to come out!

I'll be playing at 1080p, no surround in my future I don't think, I enjoy simplicity. Like I said, it'll be mainly for gaming, so I don't really need a CPU with HyperThreading.

Now onto the parts:

Intel Core i5 2500k Socket 1155 OEM
Corsair H60 CPU Cooler
Asus P8P67-M mATX Socket 1155 Motherboard
Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1600 4GB Kit
2x EVGA GTX 560 Ti SC in SLI
1TB Hitachi 7200RPM
850W Silverstone Strider +
Fractal Design Define Mini

I will get an SSD if my budget allows, and if it's available when I'm ordering the parts, I might upgrade to the Maximus IV Gene-Z, but I have no idea how long until it appears for sale online.

Well anyway, I'd love to see some feedback, criticisms, suggestions etc.

Thanks for reading!

-SK
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I would wait for the H80 first off. I would look for some 1800 ram maybe so you can drop it down to 1600 and then tighten the timing like crazy. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong but the 5600Ti runs a little warm, this may not be the best card for a compact case.
Edited by King Nothing - 6/3/11 at 9:09pm
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Anything built in or around my sig rig form factor is spot on. Definitely dont need expensive ram. I'd personally go right now, a Rampage Gene-Z, i7 2600k, 1600MHz ram CL7/CL8 timings and a single GTX580, 750/850W Seasonic/Corsair PSU. Depends what your budget is ofcourse.
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Originally Posted by SerenityKill3r View Post
Intel Core i5 2500k Socket 1155 OEM
Corsair H60 CPU Cooler
Asus P8P67-M mATX Socket 1155 Motherboard
Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1600 4GB Kit
2x EVGA GTX 560 Ti SC in SLI
1TB Hitachi 7200RPM
850W Silverstone Strider +
Fractal Design Define Mini
You need the Asus P8P67-M Pro if you want to run SLI (and maybe even overclock).

With a micro ATX setup, running SLI means the cards will be sandwiched together, so the top card will run pretty hot and noisy. I would suggest getting a single GTX 570 or GTX 580. Get one that uses two or three axial fans instead of a blower. That way your temperatures and noise will be lower.

Also, with just a single GTX 570/580 you can go a lot lower on the power supply. A good 500W will run such a setup. Just get the cheapest one that is still good quality and has the PCIe power plugs you need.
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I'd wait a little bit for the Gene Z, the 1155 version of my board, amazing little board.
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Love the Fractal case; going to pick up an Arc Mini probably once they release in the US

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You need the Asus P8P67-M Pro if you want to run SLI (and maybe even overclock).

With a micro ATX setup, running SLI means the cards will be sandwiched together, so the top card will run pretty hot and noisy. I would suggest getting a single GTX 570 or GTX 580. Get one that uses two or three axial fans instead of a blower. That way your temperatures and noise will be lower.

Also, with just a single GTX 570/580 you can go a lot lower on the power supply. A good 500W will run such a setup. Just get the cheapest one that is still good quality and has the PCIe power plugs you need.
This (all of it).

2x cards are just going to be a super tight fit (and hot), plus it's also going to take up the entire bottom half of the board.
You may not have any plans to use expansion slots now, but down the road if you want a sound card or something you'll appreciate having it available.

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I'd wait a little bit for the Gene Z, the 1155 version of my board, amazing little board.
That looks awesome, makes my Gene jealous
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That looks awesome, makes my Gene jealous
No kidding. I've retired my old Rampage II Gene already, in favor of Sandy Bridge.
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