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Laptop replacement and it was cheaper. Planning on taking this to my dorm for full time use, laptop will be for walking around campus. Sig rig is staying home for weekend use. The reason I went small is so it is light enough and small enough to fit in my car if I decide to go to a LAN party. These links are just for reference and not all are what I paid for the items.

Parts List:
Case - Fractal Arc Mini
Motherboard - Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z
CPU - Intel i5-2500k
CPU Cooler - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...018&Tpk=nh-d14
Graphics - MSI GTX 560 Ti OC
RAM - G. Skill Ripjaw X 1600 (Blues which is 8-8-8-24)
PSU - OCZ Fatal1ty 550W
HDD - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM taken out of my sig rig since I was not using it
DVD Drive - Asus OEM
OS - Windows 7 HP
Monitor - Asus VH238H

Issues: Dropped the PSU on my foot after unbalancing its box. Side panel was stuck, took some effort to finally get it to slide back. HDD tray was quite different than what I have worked with before.

Graphics card and CPU Cooler have not arrived yet, hence why they are not installed. As of right now this is my test bed. Looking like they will arrive Monday.

Pictures in next post.
Edited by Chunkylad - 8/10/11 at 9:12pm
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Edited by Chunkylad - 8/10/11 at 9:25pm
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subed for pics
    
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Up and running after putting my new parts in. Letting the TIM set right now, will upload pics of how cramped it is with that NH-D14 in there. I had to plug a fan in behind the heatsink and now my fingers are raw from messing with it. Still can't figure out why the front USB 2.0 plug will not go onto the pins all the way, using the 3.0 for now.

Pics coming tomorrow, too tired right now to take any, plus as I said before I am letting the TIM set. Still need my peripherals, I am getting tired of stealing my sig rig's keyboard just to use it. Might order those tomorrow too.
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How do you like the board? I am gonna downsize for my dorm room and plan on getting that board but in a Lian Li case.
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Everything is cramped. This motherboard so far has taken my physical abuse quite well. To be honest, I think it is better getting a mid tower case for this just for the extra head room to do some cable management. When I post pics you will see just how hard it is to reach some of the PWM's with a full size heat sink, let alone all the other cables.

Only thing I don't like about the board is that it only supports 5 fans, which was enough for my heat sink fans and case fans. If I wanted to add any more to the 4 open slots on my case I would need a fan controller (A single fan controller came with the case, but I haven't set it up yet). Depending on how quickly I get everything finalized, we will see how well the board overclocks
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More pics are up in the second post, taking more later after I can find a keyboard around my house so I don't have to take my sig rig's anymore. Still haven't installed an OS yet so it will be another day or 2 before I can start doing any benchmarks.
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Even more pics, still haven't found a good outlet to keep it stationed yet so I haven't been able to do benchmarks. Might move it next to my sig rig so it can at least get internet.
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I bought an extremely similar set of components but choose to go with a liquid-based cooling solution, looking forward to seeing your build completed.
    
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[2x WD RE4 500 GB RAID 0] [ASUS DVD-RW] [Windows 7 Home Premium SP1/Various Linux Distros] [Dell ST2210 & Dell SR2220L] 
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Promise benchmarks and stuff between this weekend and Wednesday of next week. This rig has been sitting on a bed nightstand for I have no more room on the table I am using my sig rig on.... darn you old outdated and large HP computer from 2000 taking up space. Kind of wishing I had done another RAID 0 setup after installing MS Office on it.... seemed to take forever.
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