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Hi Everyone,

I currently have a large build in a 650D that I love but my wife says needs to be downsized if its going to stay in the living room attached to the TV. I'm ok with that since it gives me the perfect excuse to upgrade! Its attached to a 1080p TV so I think I'm fine with the 760 I already have. Heres the build I am contemplating so any advice you could give would be awesome! I will be using this for multimedia and gaming, right now I will be playing splinter cell, assassins creed 3 and soon 4, Bioshock Infinite etc.

Case: CoolerMaster SG10B or Bitfenix Prodigy M

CPU: i5-4670K

Mobo: Either the Asus Maximus VI Gene or Asus Gryphon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CRJUGTC/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1WX8LU2F8HYT&coliid=I3USG2SZQJNHCO

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-GRYPHON-Z87-DDR3-Motherboard/dp/B00CRJS6OY/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1383544948&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+gryphon+z87

SSD: Samsung 840 Evo 250 GB

Memory: Corsair Vengence DDR3 1600 8GB

CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro h100. New Egg sells refurbs for $50, do you think it is a good deal or should I not risk it?


I am sourcing the PSU, HDDs and Bluray Drive from my current build so I dont want to replace them if I can avoid it.

PSU: Corsair TX 650 v2

GPU: Asus 760 GTX


I am most concerned about advice for the Case, MOBO and CPU cooler. Id like to start overclocking, but I dont necessarily want to go overboard. My budget is about 800 for the build. Thanks in advance for your advice!
post #2 of 7
Hi,

I just sumbled upon your thread after posting this

http://www.overclock.net/t/1203528/official-nvidia-gpu-mod-club-aka-the-mod/4690#post_21119981

The AIO watercoolers are Cooler Master Seidon 120XL 2x

It is small, powerfull and quiet and also not that expensive smile.gif
I'd recommend Cooler Master 130 - it is basically identical to one in the images (but I had to mod it myself)

Also you can use any (short of MB) components from your last PC - but the GPU has to have that plastic cover that blows the air from the back of the case - if you use regular GK with cooler like this, it will overheat (personal experience):


So in Cooler Master Elite 130 case you could use this GK:


Or mod it with AIO watercooling and get super quiet and cool gaming pc smile.gif

Enjoy, Lukas
post #3 of 7
What does your current system consist of?
If you're running a socket 1155 system you could just change the motherboard. It looks like there's still some easily available.

If you can live without the blu-ray drive also check out the Fractal Node.

Definitely go with at least a semi modular power supply. If you're going SFF you'll pull your hair out trying to stuff all those wires away.
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Damn my video card is just like that msi card you posted. Will that pretty much prevent me from using a sff case, or just the prodigy? I was reading somewhere I could put two fans on the top of the case to provide ventilation and then mount an aio with a 120 or 140 radiator on the back of the case. Any idea if that would prevent the overheating issue?

I would prefer to avoid using the coolermaster elite 130 if I can. Sadly its aestetics are important and I dont really care for its look all that much.
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Its an i7 860 so its running on 1156. I can salvage the ram if need be but I am planning on donating the old parts to my sister so I can go either way. I really like the node 650, but I am very concerned with its thermal performance, not to mention it being about 60 dollars more. Do you have any experience with that case for gaming?
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Originally Posted by rwiepking View Post

Damn my video card is just like that msi card you posted. Will that pretty much prevent me from using a sff case, or just the prodigy? I was reading somewhere I could put two fans on the top of the case to provide ventilation and then mount an aio with a 120 or 140 radiator on the back of the case. Any idea if that would prevent the overheating issue?

I would prefer to avoid using the coolermaster elite 130 if I can. Sadly its aestetics are important and I dont really care for its look all that much.

Well, when you have bigger case like Bitfenix Prodigy, you should be OK with your card .. prodigy has more space then cooler master elite ...
Also if it would overheat, you could solve it by adding a fan to blow air towards the card ...

Lukas
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What other home theater equipment and furniture do you currently have? Reason I ask is because if you have normal sized equipment (such as AV receiver) and you have shelf space for them, you may want to consider similarly sized cases such as the Silverstone Grandia mATX cases (GD05, GD06, etc). They can take mATX, your graphics card, your PSU and your drives, plus they are the same size/shape as an AV receiver.
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