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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hey guys, thanks for taking the time to read this!

This is a rather comprehensive problem that has questions branching out into peripherals, a graphics card and operating systems,
but at the heart it's about putting my PC into a smaller, easier on the eye, case.


My problem:


Both on my desk and particularly under it, things are a mess. There's cables anywhere, all the black peripherals are an eye-sore and it's impossible to dust where the PC stands.

How I want to fix it

First of all, I want to move my desktop on my desk, So I "need" a neat looking, small case, preferably in silver or white.

Here are my computer specs:
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Int Core i5-3570 3400 1155
Tt Munich 430W ATX23
D3 4GB 1333-999 NT GSK
GiBy GA-H77N-WiFi H77 RG SI
Samsung SSD 120 gb
Seagate Barracuda 250gb
iomeaga external HDD 1 TB

Given the fact that the computer will stand only a couple of cm away from my head, I would want it to be really quiet.

I don't game much, but I'd also want a real GPU to be able to play SC2 at higher settings than I do now.

Screen

That's actually rather difficult. As of now, I have two decade-old Samsung Syncmasters (1680*1050 resolution), 21 Inch screens.

Are there any affordable 24-27 inch screens out there (again, preferably in silver) that have this fancy 1080p resolution and don't look awful?
I would switch from two screens to one larger.

Peripherals

My Cherry Mechanical is pretty neat, but I'd love a wireless one for work. Are the Apple ones any good?
I absolutely hate my Razer Abyssus, it's ugly, unprecise, has mouse lags, feels really cheap and has an obnoxious blue light.
It works alright in SC2, but I hate working with it.

Other than that, I have a Logitech 5.1 system that I use as 3.1, it's been a treat sound-wise since 2005, but again, I'd love to unclutter.

Shopping List

[X] Geforce GPU: GTX 650 ti Boost (thanks Allanitomwesh)
[X] Mini ITX Case: Lian Li PC Q27 (thanks ataryens)
[_] Wireless Keyboard
[_] Wireless Mouse
[_] Screen

If I'm missing anything, please be blunt about.
Always assume that I'm technologically impaired (I am) and please don't crucify me when I failed to mention anything crucial.

All this IT stuff is pretty new to me, but I feel that I could be much more productive in my studies and music recording if I had a work-space that was less of a mess.

Cheers guys,

much appreciated!
Edited by FurryPaws - 7/9/13 at 12:22pm
post #2 of 25
Given that your power-supply is an ATX one, then that would mean you would either have to buy a new one or be limited in terms of case selection. Maybe look at node 304, silverstone cases and lian li cases.

A hd 7770 can max-out sc2.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161403
or
http://us.ncix.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&sku=70112&vpn=AX7750%201GBD5-DH&manufacture=PowerColor

hope that helps
post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the Lian Li cases, I wasn't aware of them.

I'm in love with this one: http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-q27/
would the PSU fit in there?

Oh, and I need Geforce cards, forgot to mention that.

Looking around for cases some more, what do you think of the

Silverstone SST-FT03S-Mini

If my hardware is suitable for it, I'd love to get that one, looks really fantastic.
Edited by FurryPaws - 7/6/13 at 6:14am
post #4 of 25
The q27 states ATX psu and it has 180mm dept so you should be ok.

the ft03-mini requires a sfx psu.

Why do u need geforce? Then you would have to spend more money going with a 650Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127725&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
post #5 of 25
650ti boost 2gb to be specific, or gtx 760 for even more bang for buck,but geforce budget cards don't perform.
Indeed, something like the FT03 Mini would work well for you,but as you have an ATX psu,you should Check out the Cooltek CoolCube. It'll fit the listed hardware, and a short graphics card. No slot loading drive on it though,if that matters to you.
Apple's keyboards aren't anything special,I find Logitech's wireless combo works better for cheaper.
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
The 650ti doesn't seem to work for the FT03S-Mini, according to a post from another forum, as the fan would be obstructed.

But it might work for the Lian Li one, which is pretty neat looking as well, but would take up more space on my desk.

Then again, I wouldn't need to get a new PSU and would save 50 bucks on the case alone, definitely worth it.

The CoolCube doesn't work for me as I don't really want to wait until September.
Edited by FurryPaws - 7/6/13 at 12:46pm
post #7 of 25
Get a 7850
Get a TV for the monitor more useful
Logitech keyboard and mouse
If you need a cse then the cooler master 120 for you already have a power supply
Edited by Milestailsprowe - 7/6/13 at 12:57pm
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post #8 of 25
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Thanks, but as I said, I need to use a Geforce Card.
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The 650ti doesn't seem to work for the FT03S-Mini, according to a post from another forum, as the fan would be obstructed.

Mostly it's true what Eatkebab answered you on [H]. Thing is that the 650ti doesn't produce much heat so open-shroud cooling would be acceptable (although indeed hotter than closed shroud option).

There is a closed-shroud 650Ti Boost made by EVGA. But their 650Ti regular version has a kind of half-closed shroud which should work fine in the FT03-mini as well.
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Thanks, but as I said, I need to use a Geforce Card.
get the 650ti boost then
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