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Is this a good mITX build that will last me all 4 years of college and max out most games?

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($145.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($443.98 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1405.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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post #2 of 36
Looks like really solid build. It should offer you good gaming performance for years to come. thumb.gif
    
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Looks good, but are you sure that the 212 evo can fit inside the little cute prodigy? smile.gif
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Zillerella View Post

Looks good, but are you sure that the 212 evo can fit inside the little cute prodigy? smile.gif

The prodigy has very good room for CPU coolers and can fit coolers even larger then the hyper. It should not be an issue at all.

As an example here is a prodigy with a noctua nh-d14 crammed in to it.
    
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post #5 of 36
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The only question I have left is should I get Windows 8 or 7?
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Kind of a personal choice, but there aren't too many obvious advantages of Win 8 over Win 7.  It's generally faster, but the look is kind of love-it-or-hate-it.  I've tried both and ended up back on Win 7 - the learning curve didn't seem worth the gains to me.

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That build has a lot of similarities to mine and I love it. I think you will be happy with it. As far as the W8 or 7 question, I'm running and loving 8 on my rig. For something I was going to use through college though...might go with 7. I love tinkering and figuring things out in 8 but there isn't anything to figure out in 7, and that's what I would be looking for. You are going to have enough on your plate with your studies.
That hyper 212 will fit on the board but I'm pretty sure it will do so by just blowing against the video card. Here is a list of coolers that will fit without blocking the pcie slot:

Intel Stock Cooler
Coolermaster TX3
Coolermaster 212
Coolermaster vortex
Coolermaster geminii s524 (this is what I used)
Scythe samurai ZZ
Noctua NH-U9B
Xigmatek Praeton ld964
Xigmatek Aegir
Akasa 859
Edited by Cavey00 - 5/23/13 at 12:01pm
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post #8 of 36
I'd go with Windows 8. Just be sure to get StartIsBack.

Overall I'd have to say that is a very good build. Very nicely informed. Probably one of the best builds I've seen for first posters. Only thing I'd recommend looking into is getting a WD 1Tb Blue. I'd also recommend you look into an Amazon Prime(student) account as you might be able to get some things from cheaper from there and it'll prove invaluable in college for non-computer part things as well.


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.98 @ Newegg) $223 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg) $24 @ Amazon
Motherboard: ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($145.66 @ Newegg) $140 @ Amazon
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg) $130 @ Amazon
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ Newegg) WD 1TB Blue $65 @ Amazon
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($443.98 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
Edited by Ryleh - 5/23/13 at 11:58am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TripleRPD View Post

The only question I have left is should I get Windows 8 or 7?

Having used both, I use windows 7 on my desktop still and windows 8 on my touch ultrabook. I can't say I can recommend windows 8 on a non-touch interface. That being said, it's fantastic for touch, with start is back that is. While games do perform better on windows 8, that is only true after you can manage to make them run. A lot of games are really finicky with windows 8. I would recommend windows 7 on your desktop.

Also, I'd say pick up a 7950 instead of a 7970, the performance jump isn't too much that you'd notice, and get a non-asrock board if you're going to be doing any sort of overclocking. I absolutely hated my z77 extreme4 I was using before upgrading to a z77a-GD65 gaming. The Asus p8z77i deluxe is a monster of a mITX board, and I can promise will do you much better.

Just my two cents. I couldn't get coolers to sit right on my ASRock board due to the thin PCB (just from my desktop experience) and the VRM heatsinks are extremely cheaply made.

EDIT: 2GB is plenty for 1080p gaming on a GPU, and the boost from 7950-7970 is minimal. That being said, there IS still an increase. Either way, it's definitely a great build, and a fantastic choice of components. Be careful with a modular power supply in a prodigy. From what I've heard there's not much room in there for the modular interface. I'm not sure about that specific power supply, maybe somebody else would have more knowledge on the specific PSU than I.
Edited by Jupakazoid - 5/23/13 at 12:12pm
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Originally Posted by TripleRPD View Post

The only question I have left is should I get Windows 8 or 7?

Having used both, I use windows 7 on my desktop still and windows 8 on my touch ultrabook. I can't say I can recommend windows 8 on a non-touch interface. That being said, it's fantastic for touch, with start is back that is. While games do perform better on windows 8, that is only true after you can manage to make them run. A lot of games are really finicky with windows 8. I would recommend windows 7 on your desktop.

Also, I'd say pick up a 7950 instead of a 7970, the performance jump isn't too much that you'd notice, and get a non-asrock board if you're going to be doing any sort of overclocking. I absolutely hated my z77 extreme4 I was using before upgrading to a z77a-GD65 gaming. The Asus p8z77i deluxe is a monster of a mITX board, and I can promise will do you much better.

Just my two cents. I couldn't get coolers to sit right on my ASRock board due to the thin PCB (just from my desktop experience) and the VRM heatsinks are extremely cheaply made.

What games do you have a problem with? Only game I have only problems with is Dark Souls and that's only with DSFix's implementation of borderless fullscreen. Outside of that it is perfect.

Out of everything in my library none of my games give me any more of a problem then they would in Windows 7: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Steam:
Alan Wake
Alan Wake: American Nightmare
*Arma 3 Alpha Lite
Bastion
Batman Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition
Batman Arkham City
Bioshock 2
Bioshock Infinite
Closure
Counter-Strike Global Offensive
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Darksiders
Darksiders II
Dear Esther
Deus Ex Human Revolution
DOTA 2
Dungeon Defenders
Killing Floor
Left 4 Dead 2
Legend Of Grimrock
LIMBO
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Magicka
Metro 2033
Portal
Portal 2
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call Of Pripyat
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow Of Chernobyl
Shank 2
Snapshot
Spec Ops: The Line
Team Fortress 2
The Binding Of Isaac
Thief 2
Thief Deadly Shadows
Thief Gold

Origin:
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Crysis 1
Crysis 2
Crysis 3
Crysis Warhead
Dead Space
Dead Space 2
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2
The Saboteur
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