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Check it out! Second build for portability and LAN parties :)

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So I kind of had my mind set on a nice small form factor build I could bring with me to events like LAN parties and stuff. I also was planning on bringing this thing (shipping) to university when I do graduate.

Ideally the Bitfenix Prodigy case as it's so well built and looks fancy shmancy.

Here's the parts I have so far; no need for a monitor/keyboard/mouse as I have a ton of them sitting around.

PCPartPicker

Here's the kicker: is there a way to preserve performance and cut down on the price?
I'm willing to take a little off the processor (i5-3570k is still at the higher end of things) but I have no idea which processor to go with otherwise, so I just have that there.
I'm NOT willing to go below the GTX 660 Ti or equivalent in AMD terms (I have no idea, new to AMD but now I'm willing to try it out now that they've improved relative to nVidia recently). However I DO prefer nVidia a little bit as CUDA acceleration is available in a bunch of software that I use (namely Adobe CS5)
8GB of RAM as I may be doing render work here and there.

Otherwise bounce all your suggestions off me,

Thanks!

-AznRage
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BUMP! as I want some suggestions smile.gif
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You could try finding a used i5 2500K. I've seen them go as low as $135 on either OC.net or hardforum and are usually in the $140-160 range. That way at least you still have the option to overclock the processor if you need the extra horsepower.
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Hey AznRage,

Here is what I came up with after a quick look around PCpartpicker Canada

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.87 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($121.88 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.99 @ Computer Valley)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.02 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($247.48 @ DirectCanada)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($74.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($109.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1104.10

Okay let me run you through the changes.

Got rid of the H100i, it's a great cooler but pretty expensive. Around 9% of your total budget. Unless you are looking to push past the 4.6ghz- 4.8ghz range the Hyper 212 Evo will be perfect. $70 bucks saved there. thumb.gif

Switched out the Asus Mini ITX board. This Gigabyte board has almost identical specs and is $50 bucks cheaper. The only problem with it is you can't go past 1600Mhz on your memory. Since that is a standard memory speed that's not really a problem but if you want to overclock your ram then go up to the AsRock Mini-ITX Z77 board. It's still $25 cheaper than the Asus and offers the faster RAM options.

There was no price listed with the Samsung memory so I don't know if this is saving you any money. But I do know it is making the inside of your computer a whole lot prettier. What is up with Samsung and making their RAM all kinds of ugly?

That WD Black drive is way overpriced. This Seagate will give you the same level of performance and a $65 saving. wink.gif

I pumped a little bit of the savings back into a bigger SSD. 64gb just won't cut it. Personally I prefer recommending a 256gb minimum but most people seem comfortable with rec'ing a 120gb. Samsung and OCZ are the two brands that people seem to favour.

These Gigabyte and Asus model 660Ti's perform identically and yet one costs $40 bucks less. Easy savings there. biggrin.gif

A Platinum 520W power supply? Why? Way more expensive then you need. Gold rating is more than sufficient. Heck I use a Silver rated 650W PSU in my rig. Save yourself $70 right there.

So there you have it. Even with the beefier SSD you are still getting a $250 saving with my build mate. Hope this helped thumb.gif
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Very good reasoning, thanks a lot for the advice. I'll be sure to get back around when I get the parts and put the build together; I'll be using up some of my excess sleeving from my previous build to nice up the insides smile.gif
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