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As IT guy of my family, I make sure the people closest to me have the latest in computer technology. I recently learned that my sister was still rocking an E4600 and a 5770 512MB. The 5770 has a venerable GPU, but the 512MB of VRAM and the weak Conroe-based CPU prevent her from playing Battlefield 3 on all but the lowest settings frown.gif February 15th is her birthday, and I wanted to get her something special. My sis deserves something that will show her BF3 and Skyrim in all their majesty.

I know how quickly silicon becomes obsolete in the rapidly-growing PC market, which is why I don't want to go too high-end. Hopefully I can still afford to buy her a cake when this is all over.

She has a REALLY nice 1440p P-IPS 27" monitor because she works with digital arts. I know she must be running games at non-WQHD resolutions, which breaks my heart. I want her to pimp out the latest games at the monitor's native resolution. That means 60 FPS minimum. Unfortunately, that also means at least a dual-card setup, which breaks my wallet.

And one more thing. She's grown accustomed to SFF (the E4600/5770 one is an ITX system). I'll have to cram two two-slot cards into an mATX case. It can be done, I know, but it'll mean very high temps. Non-reference cooling for sure. However, most non-reference cards simply blow air around the case, which can't be done in a SFF build. It'll have to be a centrifugal blower design.

Since she's finally going CUDA, I don't think she needs an i7, but I don't want to have to buy another system in 2 years due to a lack of cores, so I might throw one in there to keep it going slightly longer.

Here's what's set in stone:
-AS Rock Z77 PROFESSIONAL-M
-2x GTX 670
-Corsair TX850M
-Kingston Beast 16GB 2133MHz
-Mac OS X 10.7


Here's what's yet to be decided:
-i5-3570K or i7-3770K
-What kind of GTX 670's
-Windows 7 or Windows 8
-Case
-H80i or NH-C14 or NH-D14 (preferably H80i if case allows)

Here's what she has:
-27" 1440p P-IPS monitor
-Das Keyboard Model S for Mac MX Brown
-Logitech G9

I need the help of the regulars here on the SFF forum to find the correct components. I have no idea if an impeller graphics card cooler would work. Now that I think about it, I could use a few fans to suck hot air off the cards so it doesn't float around in the case. Which would become too weak first, the 670's or an i5? Would an i7's extra threads slightly extend the lifespan of this PC? And I have no clue what case to buy. Silverstone's Sugo line looks good, but how do they perform? I need your help.

Thank you for your time.
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Bitfenix prodigy
not the smallest case around but it comes in many colors and fits most stuff.
Viable option if you weren't set on going sli

But since you're set on getting going sli why not PC-A04

If the tubing is long enough you can stick the radiator in fron.
Get reference model GPU that throws air out the back.
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5 2500K Asus P8P67 Pro  6950 DCII G.skill 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Intel 330 Seagate Barracuda WD Green OCZ Vertex 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
H212 W7 21.5 Sidewinder x4/Lenovo with Trackpoint 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec 900w Define r2 MX518 Qpad 1.5mm 
Audio
Edifier R1900TII 2.0 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
II X4 965 Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H Sapphire 5770 DDR3 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 500gb DVD H212 windows 7 
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3x Benq 21.5 inch X4 chieftec 650w Define mini 
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I need the help of the regulars here on the SFF forum to find the correct components. I have no idea if an impeller graphics card cooler would work. Now that I think about it, I could use a few fans to suck hot air off the cards so it doesn't float around in the case. Which would become too weak first, the 670's or an i5? Would an i7's extra threads slightly extend the lifespan of this PC? And I have no clue what case to buy. Silverstone's Sugo line looks good, but how do they perform? I need your help.

Most of the Sugo series is mITX. But have a look at the new SG10. At 23 liters volume it's much smaller than the Prodigy or any mATX/SLI case. You don't need closed-shroud "reference" GPUs in that case provided you install the 80mm front right fan. The 180mm air penetrator blowing down from above creates an air buffer to partition CPU and GPU areas.
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Stick them into a Silverstone TJ-08E and you're good to go! thumb.gif
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