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CPU: intel xeon e3 1230 v3 3.3g~3.7g 226USD
CPU Cooler: noctua nh-u9b se2 66USD
MOBO: msi b851 mini-itx 83USD
RAM: apacer ddr 1600mhz 16gb 8G*2 169USD
GPU: msi gtx760 gaming 2g 281USD
SSD: plextor m5s 256G 182USD
PSU: nzxt hale82 v2 550w 78USD
CASE: inwin 901 mini itx 195USD

HDD: 2TB 85USD

Total: 1365USD








*these pic are from the internet

I couldn't find R9-280X for the same price range (300USD) otherwise I would prefer it over the GTX 670.

I already have a 1440P monitor with keyboard, mouse and windows 8.1 64bit

Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated..thanks.
post #2 of 12
Which is your request?
post #3 of 12
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rate or review the build.. all suggestions are welcome.

this build is for work and entertainment.
Edited by Fromm - 1/10/14 at 12:04pm
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7.75/10

It would be 10/10 if it had an unlocked cpu for overclocking and a z87 motherboard and better heatsink
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i5-4670K price is like the xeon e3 1230 v3 but I preferred the xeon because of the hyper-threading..

i'm not sure about overclocking the i5-4670K in this small case.. unless if you know a good heatsink that can fit this case.
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Weirdly enough I like it, but $200 for a mini itx case seems quite steep. ...which probably explains why my mini itx build is in a mid tower laying sideways on top of my TV.
 
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Originally Posted by Eiko View Post

Weirdly enough I like it, but $200 for a mini itx case seems quite steep. ...which probably explains why my mini itx build is in a mid tower laying sideways on top of my TV.
for 170usd you get 2 cases... one ITX and other ATX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119290
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for 170usd you get 2 cases... one ITX and other ATX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119290

If I was in the market for cases, I'd be making more of my gear rackmountable. Space is a valuable commodity for me this year. And if I had $200 to burn, I would buy an 8-way KVM switch and 8 of the proprietary cables to use it on the off chance Tripp-Lite makes them EOL. Dragging my Dell monitor around to diagnose issues is a pain. xD
 
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CPU: intel xeon e3 1230 v3 3.3g~3.7g 226USD
10/10
If you're not overclocking this is the best CPU you can put in an ITX build in this price class. There are higher clocked hyperthreaded Haswell quads available both in the E3 and i7 line, but I don't believe they are necessarily "worth" the added cost.
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CPU Cooler: noctua nh-u9b se2 66USD
7/10
Stock cooler would technically work fine.
Wouldn't hurt to wait on the HSF purchase until after assembly so you can take measurements. CPU socket position varies by board. You may be able to use a smaller case for this build, in which case the cooler would have to change.

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MOBO: msi b851 mini-itx 83USD
7/10
MSI Z87i would be my recommendation even without any plans to overclock. I believe it brings a lot to the 1150 socket ITX form factor worth having in the long run. Wifi. Bluetooth. Heatsunk VRMs. More USB. More Audio I/O etc.
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RAM: apacer ddr 1600mhz 16gb 8G*2 169USD
I don't know which specific kit you have in mind so can't rate.
I would go with the low profile 1.35V 2x8GB 1600 Ballistix kit from Crucial personally. $165 last I checked and will maximize your CPU cooling options.
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GPU: msi gtx760 gaming 2g 281USD
Can't Rate, not sure which specific model.
There's an ITX specific version of the GTX760 from MSI for ~$276 shipped at the egg right now. It's only ~170mm long. If you're trying to minimize the size of the build, that would be the way to go IMO.
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SSD: plextor m5s 256G 182USD
8/10
The M5S is a great drive, and was a great drive nearly 2 years ago as well wink.gif (getting a little out-dated but is still a good drive)
The Crucual M500 240GB is usually ~$150 and offers some modern advancements in SSD tech. Better value IMO.
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PSU: nzxt hale82 v2 550w 78USD
5/10
This is a functional PSU but is not particularly great by comparison to other options. If it were priced at $50 I would give it a better rating for value reasons, but there are PSUs with higher efficiency and better regulation and part quality for less money. That said if aesthetics are in play, then the guts may just have to give a little.
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CASE: inwin 901 mini itx 195USD
7/10
I believe that with a smaller CPU cooler and the ITX version of the GTX760, you could go smaller than this for less money. However, this is a nice looking case, sometimes aesthetics are more important than on-paper value, so don't take my rating to critically if you like this case.
Alternatives: Rosewill Legacy V6-B ($70), LIAN LI PC-TU100B orPC-TU100A (~$100-120), Silverstone SST-FT03B-MINI ($125), LIAN LI PC-Q30X ($130)
Edited by mdocod - 1/11/14 at 4:47pm
     
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post #10 of 12
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Overclocking i5-4670K with h80i crossed my mind:)



however I'm thinking the hyper-threading and the 8m L3 cache could be more useful than overclocking the i5-4670K.

For the heatsink fan I couldn't find or actually i didn't try to search to find if there is better one out there.

The MSI Z87I GAMING AC price is 215USD vs the H87I AC 149USD which one you mean?

The ram can be Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3 1600 KHX1600C10D3B1/8G X*2.

GPU is the MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC GTX760 GAMING..

I could go for the mini itx version also with smaller case though I want a case that can handle normal full size GPU for max performance.

Crucual M500 240GB is good for 140USD I'll take it:)

SilverStone ST45SF-G SFX for 99USD

I like the PC-TU100A but it will only fit LP GPU, the LIAN LI PC-Q30X is very interesting:) I do like LIANLI PC-Q25 it's smaller (but not that much) than inwin 901 just it look like it's speaker and not sexy compare to inwin 901:)

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