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post #1 of 14
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so this will be my first venture into the SFF gaming rig scene. i want something small to be able to fit on my desktop instead of resting on the floor like all my previous pc's.

i've got most of my components already figured out:

POWER SUPPLY:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341018

MOTHERBOARD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130269

PROCESSOR:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103849

MEMORY:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226191

HARD DRIVE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136533

GRAPHICS CARD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102908

i just don't know what the best case is in terms of space for cooling options and cable management is. what would be the best case for these components and great cooling?
post #2 of 14
not a bad setup, have you considered going mini-itx? you can get an even smaller case that way.

my vote always goes with Lian-Li as their quality is unmatched. I am currently running a PC-Q08B and I love it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112265

if you want to stay micro-atx though, you can always go this route:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112279
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silverstone makes some of the best small cases

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811163169
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Cooler Master Elite 341 is cheap and has great ventilation. I built a friend of mine a Core i7 rig with SLI in one of these. Note that Micro Center has been known to carry these cases for cheaper than Newegg, in case you have one nearby.

Some people like the In Win Dragon Slayer. The In Win BR655 is identical to the Dragon Slayer, except without the "busy" looking front. You can just choose whichever is cheaper (right now Dragon Slayer is $55 after rebate with free shipping).

Do you care how quiet it is? How about your budget?

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silverstone makes some of the best small cases

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811163169
That won't fit the motherboard that the OP chose.
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post #5 of 14
That power supply is complete and total overkill. You can run two 6850's and an X6 Thuban on 600W with OC'ing headroom. For just one, you'll need even less.

Phaedrus has a really good guide on that.

http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...alculator.html

As to the case, do you want cube or tower? For cube, the Lian-Li PC-V35x line and Silverstone Sugo 1 and 2 are about it. For tower, there's the NZXT Vulcan, CM Elite 341, Sugo 3 and 4, and Lian-Li PC-A04. There's also the Silverstone Temjin 08, but I don't know anything about that case.
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post #6 of 14
I would get an AM3+ motherboard, so when bulldozer comes out you can sell your 1090T and get something much better.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128490

I would also get a 600-650w @ max power supply.. I wont link to it.. but you should have no problem with 600.
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post #7 of 14
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thanks for the heads up on the power supplies. don't want to spend unnecessary money.

as for the motherboard....that msi board was one of the only i found that had a second pci-x slot in case i wanted to crossfire in the future. should i just upgrade to a 2gb+ card when i want to upgrade?

and for the processor....is there any reason i should go six-core right now or would a quad-core be more than enough for today's games?
Edited by mchlmacdonald - 7/17/11 at 10:26am
post #8 of 14
if you are more focused on SFF than extreme performance, then I would say get a mini-itx that can handle a solid processor, has performance bells and whistles, and a single GPU and spend the money on a great GPU so you dont ever need to go Crossfire or SLI. Your two choices would be:

Intel (any 1155 CPU, Sata III, USB 3.0, 1333 ram max 16gb, no wireless but mini pci-e slot)... this is my current board and it is great.

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...TX-Motherboard

AMD (can handle 95W CPU, USB 3.0, laptop sized ram but OC to 1600 max 8gb, built in wireless, Sata II only)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131659

if you put a high end card like a 570, 580, 6970, 6990 in one of these, you will be smoking.

but if performance is more important to you than SFF, you will have to go to a micro-ATX size board. it is a tough decision to compromise on. I went with smaller size and good enough performance, games just fine for me (with an old Nvidia 275 GTX) for SCII, WoW, CoD black ops, LFD2, and Star Wars Old Republic (beta tester).
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post #9 of 14
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- updated components -

CASE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811108236

POWER SUPPLY:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341017

MOTHERBOARD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128490

PROCESSOR:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103808

MEMORY:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231445

want to keep this thing low on price but high on performance.

changed my motherboard (thanks lapengu), also my power supply (thanks again to lapengu and a pet rock). changed my processor as well, i can upgrade to a bulldozer AMD cpu when they are released. changed my ram because i want to give g.skill a try, have only used mushkin,ocz, and corsair in the past. and i chose the in win dragonslayer for my case. i love the looks and it has great air flow and lots of nice features.
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Originally Posted by mchlmacdonald View Post
- updated components -

CASE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811108236

POWER SUPPLY:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341017

MOTHERBOARD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128490

PROCESSOR:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103808

MEMORY:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231445

want to keep this thing low on price but high on performance.

changed my motherboard (thanks lapengu), also my power supply (thanks again to lapengu and a pet rock). changed my processor as well, i can upgrade to a bulldozer AMD cpu when they are released. changed my ram because i want to give g.skill a try, have only used mushkin,ocz, and corsair in the past. and i chose the in win dragonslayer for my case. i love the looks and it has great air flow and lots of nice features.
just so long as you understand, this case is 16" tall. this is hardly in the realm of SFF anymore. are you sure this is going to fit on top of your desk? my mid tower is just above 16 inches, but perhaps height is not an issue with your desk.

if it is, here are some short(er) micro-atx cases that can all handle multiple video cards:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811163112

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112222

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112300
Edited by dutchgenius - 7/17/11 at 8:18pm
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