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Multiple instances of VMs, video encoding/converting, a media server running in the background 24/7 that does conversion on the fly, a lot of emulation including PCSX2 and Dolphin. There's more, but I can't think of anything else demanding off the top of my head.

you need an i7 bro, you will benefit alot from hyperthreading. if you are going to buy a processor and a z77 motherboard from microcenter there will be ANOTHER 50 dollar discount for the motherboard. i said another because the processor is also discounted.
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It won't get moved much, but I was hoping to fit it into a small cubby on my Ikea desk. The opening is around 13" H x 13" W x 16" D. I would prefer to keep it off of the floor since I have cats and the house gets quite dusty. It is quite unlikely that I would end up going SLI; the best GPU I've owned was an HD 4770 and that handled the majority of the games I play at 1080p. A single 560 ti would probably be plenty.

Maybe look at smaller MicroATX cases that'll fit a full size video card. That way you still have 2 expansion slots left in case you decide you want to upgrade or get a sound card. They make a lot of Lan oriented MATX cases for under $100. Those will probably fit in the area you have. That way you'll save ~$50 or get a higher quality MATX board. On the other hand, the MITX boards have WiFi included. Do whatever you want to do man. That ITX Prodigy idea doesn't sound bad at all! You'll have to remove some of the racks for a 660TI OR 560TI to fit in it.
Edited by M3T4LM4N222 - 9/2/12 at 5:33pm
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Updated OP. Still looking for a mATX case.
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You can get a M-ATX case and still get a full ATX mobo thumb.gifM-ATX build (Click to show)
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Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Other: i5 3570k (Microcenter) ($189.99)
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OP updated. Picked up the CPU, mobo, and ram.
Edited by hermitmaster - 9/7/12 at 8:06pm
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7950 > 660ti they are about the same price as well
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I'll likely end up with a Gigabyte HD 7870. I really don't want to spend $300+ on a GPU.
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Theres a $299 HD7950 on newegg right now, I think it was powercolor I dont remember.
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Theres a $299 HD7950 on newegg right now, I think it was powercolor I dont remember.
I'm probably going to go with the HD 7870, as I need to get the budget down a bit more and I still need to buy a case. Furthermore, the most powerful GPU I've ever owned was my HD 4770, so anything is going to be a huge jump over that. Hell, I've been gaming on my sig rig for months and two other Dell/Alienware laptops before this.
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