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Hey guys, I'm a pretty much recent member and I've been enjoying this forum quite a bit. This is a world and I keep feeling like a kid in a candy store. I hate to make threads like this, even more two in such a short time, but I'm a bit constrained on time since this was a request by a friend. Also I'm sorry if this isn't the correct section but I wasn't sure where to put it considering this is both intel and a Small Form Factor System.

He's a University Student and he managed to get a budget of 875 euros from his parents since his current laptop is failing and he needs it to keep working. Besides working with multimedia he also plays some games. He no longer needs as much portability so he decided to stop using laptops and go back to towers. I've been keeping him informed on options and he decided to go with a Small Form Factor Systems for now since he still needs to transport it every 4 months. He doesn't mind adding an extra 30 euros from his pocket. He isn't going to overclock.

I wanted to keep reading everything and find the answers by myself but my friend wants me to order everything today, and this section is a world filled with mods tempting me. Thanks to that I have a build suggestion but not really sure if everything really fits and with postage it kinda of breaks the budget.

These are the specs so far:
  • Case:BitFenix Prodigy (69,90 75,75€), he loved this case but I think he wouldn't mind a better alternative for the same price;
  • Ram: CML8GX3M2A1600C9B (48,90 60,45€ €), not sure if it fits with the stock cooler for some reason I had some mistake here and the ram was in fact low profile. Since appleg33k85 confirmed the high profile fit the LP should;
  • GPU: SAPPHIRE RADEON HD7870 XT WITH BOOST LIGHT-RETAIL 2GB GDDR5 (239,60€), I know I need to remove the middle cage in order to fit, no problem there;
  • CPU: Intel core I7 3770K (284.90 296,90€), I explained the difference between the i7 and i5 and he insisted on the i7;
  • Motherboard: ASROCK Z77E-ITX (137,45€), he isn't overclocking but as far as ITX goes this seemed the best board for the budget. ;
  • PSU: XFX PRO450W V2 CORE EDITION (49,85€), changed according to the list WiSK gave and by using the PSUCalc tool;
  • HDD: WD10EZEX (61,03€), right now he rather go with this one and get an SSD down the road;

Total: 921,03€ + Postage

Of course I'll keep on researching around here, and considering how tempting this section is I might even build one SFF for me down the road.
Edited by Twosevenska - 4/1/13 at 7:44pm
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Its a pretty good setup, especially for a "non clocker" - You definitely have gone over kill in several areas. Here are a couple thoughts from me:

1. Memory will fit, stock orb won't touch a thing.
2. If you're not overclocking then the Xeon 1245v2 usually tends to be a bit cheaper, is binned better, and will perform just as well.
3. PSU is immensely overkill - a 450W PSU of good quality is what you want.
4. I would personally go for the GTX 660ti as it generally performs better than the 7870, and hits the 7950 quite a lot.

I can't really comment on the prices as they are a bit different here in the states, but even with your current setup everything would be fine as is, these are just slight tweaks IMO.
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First of all thanks for the reply appleg33k85. I just checked the prices and around here and the Xeon costs only 5 euros less and doesn't cover postage which is free on the i7. As for the GTX 660ti, that one is way more expensive than the 7870 and I can't stretch it any further. As for the PSU I'm now looking for a good one and it might just save some money.

Once again thanks for checking the setup and relief my mind on the size issues, they've been stressing me out a bit since I can't really fail seeing as this is not my own money.

Edit:

After some search and price checking I found a CORSAIR CX-500W for 53,70€ which seems good.

Edit 2:

The store from which we were going to order both the Ram and the CPU just raised the price. I tried checking the Xeon on other stores but the ones with a reasonable price are all out of stock, so no luck in there. As for the Ram I've checked and I might need to change it.
Edited by Twosevenska - 4/1/13 at 7:20pm
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After some search and price checking I found a CORSAIR CX-500W for 53,70€ wich seems good.

Better to pick a PSU from this list:
http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies
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Better to pick a PSU from this list:
http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies

When I saw this post I had already delivered the list and the final budget size to him. I've gone through the 450w-599w options and almost all of them deviate a lot in price from the CORSAIR CX-500W. These were the only reasonable ones:
  • XFX PRO450W V2 CORE EDITION - 49,85€
  • ANTEC VP550P 550W - 62,90€


I can't however bring myself to tell him to go with the Antec considering he is already stretching his wallet to support the raise of the RAM and CPU prices... Is there any chance at all he can make a safe overclock with the XFX? I'm just asking because I don't really want to cut off his chances, as this may be a temporary set of mind. I'm still going to look at >600w options despite being too much power in hopes of finding something affordable.

Current build price: 924,88€

Edit:

Updated OP

Edit2:

After taking a look around the PSU section (I'm going to need quite some time to get on pair with every section here) I used the PSU calculator and it seems the XFX will handle the system quite well, so I guess I'll just change to it and end all this.

Current build price: 921,03€
Edited by Twosevenska - 4/1/13 at 7:42pm
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After taking a look around the PSU section (I'm going to need quite some time to get on pair with every section here) I used the PSU calculator and it seems the XFX will handle the system quite well, so I guess I'll just change to it and end all this.

Indeed. It will be absolutely fine with a good quality 450W PSU.

Good luck with the build smile.gif
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Since you're considering an i7 + discrete GPU build, perhaps you should consider the Xeon E3-1230 v2 for the CPU. It's essentially a non-overclockable 3.3GHz (3.7GHz turbo) i7-3770 without integrated graphics.

As for pricing, I'm not exactly sure where you'll be buying your stuff from (except that it's in the Eurozone), but in America the i7-3770K costs $320 while the E3-1230 v2 costs $240. It's at least worth looking into. appleg33k85 had the right idea, but the pricing on the 1245 v2 (which is 100MHz faster and has an IGP) isn't nearly as favorable as the 1230 v2.
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Since you're considering an i7 + discrete GPU build, perhaps you should consider the Xeon E3-1230 v2 for the CPU. It's essentially a non-overclockable 3.3GHz (3.7GHz turbo) i7-3770 without integrated graphics.

As for pricing, I'm not exactly sure where you'll be buying your stuff from (except that it's in the Eurozone), but in America the i7-3770K costs $320 while the E3-1230 v2 costs $240. It's at least worth looking into. appleg33k85 had the right idea, but the pricing on the 1245 v2 (which is 100MHz faster and has an IGP) isn't nearly as favorable as the 1230 v2.

When searching for the 1245v2 I searched around the forum a bit and also ended up reading about the 1320 v2. Now here's the catch, in Portugal I can't find Xeons at reasonable price since they're so scarce. So in the end they're either out of stock or overpriced.


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Indeed. It will be absolutely fine with a good quality 450W PSU.

Good luck with the build smile.gif

Thanks WiSK and thanks everyone for all your help. I'm right now ordering the parts smile.gif
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