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Need advice on an Intel based mATX build. I've been out of the loop for 4 years (see sig) and have no idea what parts are good.
Suggested parts are welcome. smile.gif

I can order from ncix.com, newegg.ca, memoryexpress.ca, etc.
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For that price range I would base your build around two 2GB 650ti boosts if you can find them for as cheap as this. In SLI they are supposed to be in GTX 670-680 range performance wise. I think it would be fine to save the 30$ and go for the 3570k over the 4670k. That might start to get out of budget pretty quick, but the 650ti boosts are awesome value.

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Edited by Namkab - 6/10/13 at 9:24pm
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edit for clarity* not anything against the above advice, but u should figure out gcards last as they really don't have any effect on the build, other than power requirements and mobo selection (SLI). the difficulty is in determining the core hardware that is right for your uses, the gcards will just determine how nice your games look.

I would actually also recommend an sli setup if you can fit it in the build cost. depends what you are looking to do and what all u need.

I will assume the following:

you intend to keep all your peripherals and monitor
intend to get new power supply, case, HDD
you have boxed windows license so you can move it to the new rig
you intend to get an SSD

do u use only for gaming? what games?
reuse the optical drive or new one? $20

ill toss a build together on ncix to see what it comes out to. I highly recommend this supplier to any1 in Canada.
Edited by Jollyburner - 6/11/13 at 1:28pm
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Originally Posted by Jollyburner View Post

not anything against the above advice, but u should figure out gcards last as they really don't have any relationship to the build, other than power requirements and mobo selection. (SLI)

I would actually also recommend an sli setup if you can fit it in the build cost. depends what you are looking to do and what all u need.

I will assume the following:

you intend to keep all your peripherals and monitor
intend to get new power supply, case, HDD
you have boxed windows license so you can move it to the new rig
you intend to get an SSD

is the primary use gaming, or?
reuse the optical drive or new one? $20

ill toss a build together on ncix to see what it comes out to. I highly recommend this supplier to any1 in Canada.
From the title it seems to be a gaming build and some LAN party fun too...

Also mATX, I'm really not certain any boards can SLi in this form factor... especially if he wants a small case too, then the air flow and space requirements are going to be tight, to non-existant....

just my 2 cents. also, price match using NCIX and pricebat.ca or shopbot.ca, you can save quite a few dollars that way.

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There are plenty of mATX boards that support SLI, along with mATX cases that support it. TJ08-E for example.
Are we getting mini and micro mixed up? Im thinking micro.
Edited by Namkab - 6/10/13 at 10:04pm
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From the title it seems to be a gaming build and some LAN party fun too...

Also mATX, I'm really not certain any boards can SLi in this form factor... especially if he wants a small case too, then the air flow and space requirements are going to be tight, to non-existant....

just my 2 cents. also, price match using NCIX and pricebat.ca or shopbot.ca, you can save quite a few dollars that way.

H3||scr3am

ya I didn't think about mATX SLI, surely there would be some SLI on that form factor though?

at any rate, the concerns you bring up are definitely valid, a single gcard may be the way to go for small form factor, especially due to air flow restriction.

ill edit my other post to be more clear.
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Intel Core i5 4670K Unlocked Haswell Quad Core 3.4GHZ Processor LGA1150 6MB Cache Retail
$249.99
ASUS Z87M-PLUS mATX LGA1150 Z87 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 DVI HDMI Motherboard
(cheapest mATX i found, noSLI, dont even know if this is worth buying, everything else is $200)
$149.99

$400 before tax and pricematch for CPU/MOBO

knock $60 off if you go with ivy. ($10/50 cpu/mobo)
$340 on ivy


Antec HCG-620M 620W ATX12V Modular SINGLE-RAIL 48A 80PLUS Bronze 135mm Fan Active PFC Power Supply
$99.99 CAD

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
$66.99

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5in Internal Hard Drive - OEM

$67.99 CAD

SSD - Samsung 840/ Crucial M4 - 120gb
$100

optical drive - samsung
$20

~ $360 standard components


case - $40 +
gcard - ~$200 (min $150)


as you can see its going to be tough to build anything on an $800 budget. its more like $1000 to get anything done.

this totals out @ $940 before pricematch. ($1000 on haswell)

if you can find some used sandy/ivy parts, that would be a good way to get closer to budget. cannibalize or find anyhting you can, u can drop $70 off the build with no HDD, and im sure u can pricematch a good chunk of this away.

id spend like $200 on a gcard, i think best case scenario with a cheap case your coming out like $900 before tax if you buy everything new.

check this guide for other parts ideas, its for ivy but has alot of good parts listed:
Selecting parts for a PC

*edit*
forgot to add, you don't need an SSD. if you want one, great, I don't have one, and while it has its downsides, gaming doesn't seem to be one of them. desktop apps, game load times, memory swapping/thrashing, these are great benefits. ingame FPS isn't on the list. you drop the SSD and u make budget easy. or get a better gcard
Edited by Jollyburner - 6/12/13 at 6:07am
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