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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
My current computer is starting to do funny things, so I'll be looking into replacing it in the months to come.

I'm attending university and will be studying the next three years, so I'll need something that can be trusted and won't fail me when I've got assignments to write.

I've got a few ideas for the build, but I'll need suggestions for a solid combination of hardware that's 100% compatible with eachother.

Here's my requirements:
CPU Brand: Intel
GPU Brand: nVidia (I've had ATI the last 3-4 years and it's served me well, but I want to make the switch)
Case: I need a case that fits an optical drive, most likely a blu ray drive. I've fallen in love with the Prodigy as it has room for cable management etc. I'd really prefer something smaller than the prodigy tho. Something like the Node 304 or the Sugo SG08, but those get a bit messy inside. Maybe a Node 304 with an external optical drive?

Is it possible to make it close to noise less? My current GPU makes alot of noise and it's really annoying. All help is appreciated.


Undecided on case, see new thread about m-atx:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1416475/intel-gaming-build-need-help-deciding-on-parts
Edited by Flaskehals - 8/8/13 at 6:21am
post #2 of 18
Well for starters we need a budget
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post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
I knew I missed something.

I've got a budget of 1700$, but that's likely to be plenty more than I'll be spending.
Price/performance is key. I won't be buying something that's expensive if it just gives 5% more performance.
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Flaskehals View Post

I knew I missed something.

I've got a budget of 1700$, but that's likely to be plenty more than I'll be spending.
Price/performance is key. I won't be buying something that's expensive if it just gives 5% more performance.

Im heading out for the evening, but I will mock something up on Pcpartpicker for you later if no one else has.
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post #5 of 18
I'm very interested to see what comes up in this thread too. I'm thinking of going with the SG08, and like the node 304, as well. This is what I have in mind, but I've never built a SFF so I may miss some of the details that need to be addressed.

EDIT: Realized I forgot about an optical drive and the OS if you need them.

Case: SG08

Mobo: ASRock Z87E-ITX

CPU: Intel Core i5 4670k

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 770 2gb

PSU: 600W Stock w/ Case

Memory: ADATA XPG Gaming V2.0 Series 8gb (2x4gb)

Storage: Samsung 840 Pro 128gb SSD and Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD

I think that should be everything. Should fall within your budget and may even leave room for some upgrades (like a 256gb SSD). I'm not really sure about cooling though, so I left that out.
Edited by pcoutu17 - 7/31/13 at 6:15pm
post #6 of 18
OP, can you take advantage of Microcenter deals, do you have a local store?

I like the above, I would drop the GTX770 to a GTX760, unless you are hard core on your needs you can really get away with a GTX660 or even GTX650TI Bost, it will game 1080 very well. My GTX660 is phenomenal, it's also quiet.

Then get a 256gb Samsung SSD...

If you are willing to go with a Prodigy I would get a Silverstone PS07B and go mATX, it is smaller than the Prodigy and you get way more expandability. The only reason to go with a Prodigy is for looks, it does not make sense to go so large and still use an itx mobo.
Edited by Gabe63 - 7/31/13 at 7:32pm
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post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'm from Norway, so I do not have access to a Microcenter.

The Node 304 and the SG08 is really tempting because of the size.
post #8 of 18
Do you plan on overclocking the CPU? I'd go with the Node 304 just because it uses a standard PSU. The 600 watt psu in the silverstone really isn't necessary, a 500-550 watt psu would be better depending on the graphics card you choose.
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post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'm planning on overclocking slightly, nothing massive or record breaking.

The thing is. I've fallen in love with the Silverstone FT03-mini. It seems to have everything I'm looking for:
-Rather small, takes up less space on the desk than the cube-cases due to the orientation.
-Optical drive
-Can fit a 10" GPU

Is there any downsides to chosing a FT03-mini? It seems to be able to fit a fat radiator in the bottom if you remove the HDD-cage. I'll likely only be using a single SSD.
Anyone can help me pick solid components which aren't crazy expensive to fit the case?

Here's something I've come up with:
Case: Silverstone FT03-mini
PSU: Silverstone ST45SF-G 450W (modular)
MB: ASRock Z87E-ITX or Asus Z87I-Pro? Is the 8-pin connector really needed or can I use a cheaper MB with 4-pin connector with a slight overclock?
CPU: Intel i5 4670K ?
GPU: GTX 670, 760 or 770? Can't seem to find a 770 which can fit, they all seem to be longer than 260mm
Memory: No idea. I've had good experience with Corsair.
CPU cooler: Corsair H60 fits without any modification, but I've seen someone with a H80.

Can it be done without too many compromises? If there's a huge amount of compromises, I might pick the bigger version (but less is more in this case)
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Flaskehals View Post

My current computer is starting to do funny things, so I'll be looking into replacing it in the months to come.

I'm attending university and will be studying the next three years, so I'll need something that can be trusted and won't fail me when I've got assignments to write.

I've got a few ideas for the build, but I'll need suggestions for a solid combination of hardware that's 100% compatible with eachother.

Here's my requirements:
CPU Brand: Intel
GPU Brand: nVidia (I've had ATI the last 3-4 years and it's served me well, but I want to make the switch)
Case: I need a case that fits an optical drive, most likely a blu ray drive. I've fallen in love with the Prodigy as it has room for cable management etc. I'd really prefer something smaller than the prodigy tho. Something like the Node 304 or the Sugo SG08, but those get a bit messy inside. Maybe a Node 304 with an external optical drive?

Is it possible to make it close to noise less? My current GPU makes alot of noise and it's really annoying. All help is appreciated.

1. air or liquid?
2. what is the purpose of the machine? gaming? F@H? mining? MS office?
3. you live by yourself or in a dorm? roommates? how "secure" is your room?
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