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Hey guys,

I've been out of the loop since Ivy was released so I'm really quite lost in terms of the advancements made in the last year or so.

I'm looking for a $1000-1500 mITX rig that will be able to game relatively well (not asking for Very High and 1600000x MSAA or whatever) on a U2713HM (2560x1440).

Looking for bang for the buck here, also important to me are noise and heat. mITX is a requirement. Fitting in a 256GB SSD would be nice, with a roomy hard drive to boot.

No brand preferences GPU wise or at all really, just as long as it's a good brand with good support and customer service.

What are my options?

Cheers and thanks in advance,
Mucinex
Edited by mucinex1029 - 7/27/13 at 8:50am
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Originally Posted by mucinex1029 View Post

Hey guys,

I've been out of the loop since Ivy was released so I'm really quite lost in terms of the advancements made in the last year or so.

I'm looking for a $1000-1500 mITX rig that will be able to game relatively well (not asking for Very High and 1600000x MSAA or whatever) on a U2713HM (2560x1440).

Looking for bang for the buck here, also important to me are noise and heat. mITX is a requirement. Fitting in a 256GB SSD would be nice, with a roomy hard drive to boot.

No brand preferences GPU wise or at all really, just as long as it's a good brand with good support and customer service.

What are my options?

Cheers and thanks in advance,
Mucinex

Ivy was only last year. Haswell on the LGA1150 socket is the latest thing now, however Sandy/Ivy Bridge are still widely available.
2560x1440 would need some serious power for gaming. Were you going for a single card or SLI/Crossfire setup?
   
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post #3 of 78
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Originally Posted by PoisonousRakija View Post

Ivy was only last year. Haswell on the LGA1150 socket is the latest thing now, however Sandy/Ivy Bridge are still widely available.
2560x1440 would need some serious power for gaming. Were you going for a single card or SLI/Crossfire setup?
Since he wants it to be silent I assume he'd like it to be 1 card.
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AFAIK SLI/CF isn't possible on any available mITX boards.
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AFAIK SLI/CF isn't possible on any available mITX boards.

actually you can, but VERY limited with dual-gpu cards such as a 690 or a 7990
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Initial recommendation would be an i5, a 770, and 8gb of memory on whatever itx board has the features you want/need.
Heck, a 760 will do the trick.
Proof

I would say go Ivy over Haswell because you can get some good deals on used ivy processors these days, and the motherboards have gone down in price.

Other than that, pick the parts that will suit you.
If you have been out since Ivy, you already know the big products to pay attention to.
Beyond the new processors and the usual shakeup in motherboards with a new socket and chipset, the landscape hasnt changed all that much.
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Since he wants it to be silent I assume he'd like it to be 1 card.

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AFAIK SLI/CF isn't possible on any available mITX boards.

True, that's why i asked seeing as both an ITX yet silent rig is what they were going for.
2560x1440 for gaming would need some serious GPU power however it depends on the games and settings they want to play them at.
I would have said something like a 3570k seeing as there should be some better prices on Ivy right now, and GTX 680, 770 or 780 for a single GPU solution to play mainstream games at that res with decent FPS and settings.
   
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Hey guys, thanks for all the great recommendations.
Here's what I've got so far:

Thinking about triple 1080p, which is why I put a 7970 in there (3GB of VRAM over 2). Is that the right choice, or will the 770 do better?
Is the PSU's wattage enough to handle either GPU?
Thanks smile.gif
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Hey guys, thanks for all the great recommendations.
Here's what I've got so far:

Thinking about triple 1080p, which is why I put a 7970 in there (3GB of VRAM over 2). Is that the right choice, or will the 770 do better?
Is the PSU's wattage enough to handle either GPU?
Thanks smile.gif

Depends. You going to OC that 4670k?
Most vendors recommend 500w or 550w at least. This is only a generic recommendation, however i'd put at least a 600w, quality 80+ PSU in there either way.
   
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