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Don't build another mATX rig for college.. I'm also in college and I love my mediocre laptop so much more than my rig because i CAN'T fking carry it around and do my homework as shizz you know. Desktop gaming for college is a bad idea overall because it's for college and it needs to be portable. So in this case, you'd MUCH better off getting the sager.
My room usually is the social post, if I move somewhere I use my current craptop. My current rig I take with me when I move in to my dorm is my sig rig, the mATX will be more for home use so I can retire my craptop to homework and college traversing only.
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Don't build another mATX rig for college.. I'm also in college and I love my mediocre laptop so much more than my rig because i CAN'T fking carry it around and do my homework as shizz you know. Desktop gaming for college is a bad idea overall because it's for college and it needs to be portable. So in this case, you'd MUCH better off getting the sager.
I think the whole point of this thread just went over your head. He is leaving his rig in his dorm and keeping the mATX rig at home for home gaming/LAN parties.
    
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post #23 of 74
If you want a laptop keep the crap that is made for office/browisng and than take your rig with you if you really wanna play some games cause laptops aren't meant for playing really I have tried it trust me you will regret it within a year cause than the heating issue will start to appear and can't really fix it unless you send it back in and hope they will accept it.

Edit: blah I can see you already have craptop and I missed the part of you using your rig at college already my bad :S but yeah definitely get that mATX cause when you get back how you can start using it as a server or something like that.
Edited by Casz - 7/24/11 at 8:17pm
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I probably didn't state that at all in my OP. I really just wanted to see opinions which seems mostly in favor of the mATX build.
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As I suggested in PM if you are getting the Asus Gene IV and want some close to SSD performance try getting a 20-60gb SSD drive preferably SATA 3 as well so you can take advantage of SSD caching that way you can get close to SSD performance while keeping cost low.
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As I suggested in PM if you are getting the Asus Gene IV and want some close to SSD performance try getting a 20-60gb SSD drive preferably SATA 3 as well so you can take advantage of SSD caching that way you can get close to SSD performance while keeping cost low.
Yea, just added up a slight underestimate with the most expensive pieces I have listed in the OP.... $1320. Coming out a bit higher than I want, but I haven't priced around yet. Still have a budget of $1600, but I would prefer to have some money left over for the school year lol.

Edit: forgot to add CPU cooler to the price.... fixed now
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I'm not completely biased towards small systems (wait.... yes I am), but I'd say build an mATX system. However, if you need to go even smaller an ITX system might be the ticket, but that might be too weak for you.
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For what you are looking for, a mATX build will be perfect.

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The Corsair PSU is good but I would recommend the OCZ since its modular and will free up cable clutter.

If your concerned with weight either get the Lian Li or Silverstone since that Thermaltake looks like a brick and rather ugly.

The Lian Li and Silverstone case can take to a Noctua NH-D14 which would be better than any pre-filled water kit corsair can bring in 120m form factor.
Noctua NH-D14 should be able to crank some nice overclocks out.

Start out with 4gb and see if that's enough if not get 8gb ram or you can start with 8gb depends on what you would be doing on the computer

Remember Chunk you can always add that SSD later on if you feel the need but really I am just giving you a suggestion on something that might be cheaper.

I am also going with SSD but that's because I want some better performance and I could go with SSD caching cause it is a good solution but why not go 120gb when you have the money

Edit:
Lots of recommend PSU's from OCN peeps!
http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...-supplies.html
Edited by Casz - 7/24/11 at 8:46pm
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The Corsair PSU is good but I would recommend the OCZ since its modular and will free up cable clutter.

If your concerned with weight either get the Lian Li or Silverstone since that Thermaltake looks like a brick and rather ugly.

The Lian Li and Silverstone case can take to a Noctua NH-D14 which would be better than any pre-filled water kit corsair can bring in 120m form factor.
Noctua NH-D14 should be able to crank some nice overclocks out.

Start out with 4gb and see if that's enough if not get 8gb ram or you can start with 8gb depends on what you would be doing on the computer

Remember Chunk you can always add that SSD later on if you feel the need but really I am just giving you a suggestion on something that might be cheaper.

I am also going with SSD but that's because I want some better performance and I could go with SSD caching cause it is a good solution but why not go 120gb when you have the money

Edit:
Lots of recommend PSU's from OCN peeps!
http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...-supplies.html
The Corsair PSU is modular that I linked. I will double check it just in case I linked the wrong one. I think the Thermaltake Case is out of the picture just because it is 15lbs on its own compared to about 10 with the others. DDR3 RAM has gotten so cheap I feel the need to equate this to my sig rig, also helps preventing games such as Garry's Mod from crashing when I have to many addons installed that have memory leaks... Even a boot drive SSD may be out of the picture, this is already over what I would like to spend, not out of what I can spend though I will check out that PSU link and decide based off that. Thanks for your input!

Edit: Good catch on that Corsair 500W not being modular, maybe I thought it was the professional series I copied... I don't know. Also looking like the Noctua is going to be my choice, might be a sketchy fit though. One of my friends got a mid tower and his air cooler is much smaller than this and he has about 3mm of clearance from the side panel...
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