Originally Posted by reflex99
So guys, i was thinking about coming back the the SFF world.
I really like the looks of something like PC gamer's rig above. I don't really like the box type cases like the SG02.
So what i was thinking of doing:
-CM Elite 341 ($55)
-ASUS Maximus III Gene ($154)
-i7 860 (reuse)
-CM 212+ until i can find a cheap H50/60
-Power supply is still up in the air. I want some thing modular that will allow me to get any 2 GPUs in there, (even 2 6990s), so i'm thinking 1KW would be nice. Maybe a Kingwin LAzer since they are on sale right now. ($135)
Total after taxes:
-$100 (sell GD80)
-$50 (sell TX750)
Good rig. The 212+ will fit by the way incase you were wondering just don't put any side fans on the case.
I wouldn't recommend getting a 1KW PSU in the 341 unless you don't have the top 2 optical drives taken up. And if you do get a 1kw, don't get the Corsair ones, they're just too long. You'll want a PSU less than 6.5" in length if you want optical drives, and no more than 8" if you want no optical drives.
That's essentially the same rig i had a few months ago, except the i7 I had a Xeon X3440.
Be sure to cut out the mesh on the chassis of the 341 at the front to reduce intake fan noise. Same with the side.
What you listed is essentially what I was going to be upgrading back to from my Phenom II set up but since the Maximus IV GENE-Z is so close to release, I opted to wait.
The 341 is, in my eyes, the best mATX case.. it's cheap and has plenty of room for long cards, it's wide enough for tall coolers such as the 212+, and you can have 4 120mm fans in it.