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Hey everyone, its been awhile since I've posted anything computer related here (sandy bridge and flashing the 6950 bios were the big things)

Anyways, I'm moving to the other side of the world sometime soonish where space is a premium, and am thinking about building a small rig that, should I need to, be able to be taken apart for planes and moving and the like.

CPU: i5 6600k

The last time I built a computer the rule was i3 for web, i5 for gaming, i7 for video editing and the like. Does that still hold true?

CPU cooler: H100i

Both cases I am looking at can fit it, and I was thinking about liquid over air just due to stress on the motherboard while lugging it around places.
Is the H100i still the best value for money, or should I be looking at some low profile air coolers as well?

Motherboard: HELP???

I need mITX, good built in WiFi, and some overclocking headroom.

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16gb

Is this the standard now?

GPU: GTX1070 or RX480

Either one of these would be a quantum leap from my 6950 and 680m.
The power draw seems too low to be true and the performance is ridiculous.

CASE: Corsair 250D or Bitfenix Prodigy or Phenom maybe an ft03 mini? SUGO13????

Both seem so be sturdy and small, fitting full length gpus and ATX power supplies.

PSU: HELP???

I figure I won't need more than 500 watts comfortably, but I'm worried about cable management.
Are there any standouts around this price point that are semi-modular?
Quiet?

I'm trying to save money where possible, but I want a tangible upgrade from my old sandy bridge rig (2500k / 6950)

Input on individual parts or the whole thing would be greatly appreciated.

I'm also trying not to buy a laptop due to weight and thermals. I would prefer to have this at home and a chromebook or the like for my job.

Thanks!
Edited by pangolinman - 6/6/16 at 12:42pm
post #2 of 7
You are better off with a low profile air cooler yes.
As for the PSU there is the semi modular Cooler Master V which is very small.

Have you looked at Phanteks cases?
Phanteks is a newer company and is often overlooked.
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I have a Corsair 250D (for over a year now) and I was considering getting the Bitfenix Prodigy at the time. My wife got the 250D for me as a birthday gift because she saw me looking at it. It is a good case, but if I had to go back and do it over, I would get the Bitfenix Prodigy for three reasons.

First it isn't as wide-standing, so that takes up less desk space.

Second, after using the 250D, I find the hard drive enclosures to be cheap (broke the cheap plastic clips on one...) and difficult to slide in or out... there isn't enough clearance for the 2.5 inch slots to properly fit the power cables unless you use custom/modified. Also I end up disconnecting hard drives by accident all the time.

Third, the Prodigy appears easier to carry with those handles on top. May not be a big deal for you but I like to bring my computer to the living room sometimes, or a friends.

You mentioned it being easy to open... the Prodigy will definitely reveal your components easier. It is hard to see into the bottom of the 250D.

... also I've been eyeballing the build this fella did. http://www.overclock.net/t/1594833/build-log-lian-li-pc-q33-silent-vr-ready-sff
I'm thinking of going the compact route for my next build (provided the slim graphics options aren't terrible). I like how that case flips open too.
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

You are better off with a low profile air cooler yes.
As for the PSU there is the semi modular Cooler Master V which is very small.

Have you looked at Phanteks cases?
Phanteks is a newer company and is often overlooked.

So something like a noctua nh-l12?

For lowpro air cooling that allows for a noticeable overclock am I looking at just the noctua NH-L12 or are there other options I can't find?
The coolermaster looks like a great option, though a bit expensive. I guess that comes with the modularity.

I could never get into the phantek aesthetic. It seemed a little too busy for me.


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Originally Posted by crash4fun View Post

I have a Corsair 250D (for over a year now) and I was considering getting the Bitfenix Prodigy at the time. My wife got the 250D for me as a birthday gift because she saw me looking at it. It is a good case, but if I had to go back and do it over, I would get the Bitfenix Prodigy for three reasons.

First it isn't as wide-standing, so that takes up less desk space.

Second, after using the 250D, I find the hard drive enclosures to be cheap (broke the cheap plastic clips on one...) and difficult to slide in or out... there isn't enough clearance for the 2.5 inch slots to properly fit the power cables unless you use custom/modified. Also I end up disconnecting hard drives by accident all the time.

Third, the Prodigy appears easier to carry with those handles on top. May not be a big deal for you but I like to bring my computer to the living room sometimes, or a friends.

You mentioned it being easy to open... the Prodigy will definitely reveal your components easier. It is hard to see into the bottom of the 250D.

... also I've been eyeballing the build this fella did. http://www.overclock.net/t/1594833/build-log-lian-li-pc-q33-silent-vr-ready-sff
I'm thinking of going the compact route for my next build (provided the slim graphics options aren't terrible). I like how that case flips open too.


Wow, great input.
Honestly ever since I did my build 4 years ago I've had a little void in my heart knowing I didn't get a bitfenix case. They're really appealing. I wasn't sure whether the 250D was more builder friendly but I'm definitely leaning towards bitfenix now.
The lian-li is gorgeous but I'm not sure I want to do a SFF gpu as well, though the 480 might fit. I dunno.
post #5 of 7
The new Noctua NH-C14S is worth looking at if you have room for a 115mm high cooler.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Noctua/NH-C14S/
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post #6 of 7
I'd suggest a Raijintek Pallas if you want a lower profile cooler. It'll help save space and possibly move to a smaller case. If you're going ITX, I'd check the SFF club, you'll get the best suggestions there based on the hardware you'll choose.
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Meanwhile back on the low cost itx case ranch, my picks would be, the Fractal Core 500 or Thermaltake V1. Both can fit big video cards - Core 500 has a little better gpu cooling (among the best in sub 30L cases). The Core V1 is a fun case to mod - with great front-to-back air flow (post mods).

Check the Core 500 review at SPCR - The Core 500 can fit tall tower coolers as well, like Noc U14S/TR TS140. Both can fit ATX psu - altho the core is best used with a SFX.



The V1 is technically limited to 140mm coolers, so the Noc C14S or Cryorig C1 are great choices. However, there's actually 150mm of height available (at least with my ASUS itx board), so the Scythe Fuma or CRYORIG H7 will fit as well. V1 in black is $39.99 AR at the egg.




TT Core V1 owners club here at OCN
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