Originally Posted by Scuba Steve in VA;15229751
Looking for a little help...if folks are game.
I like the size and looks of the Arc Mini...and am considering building one. I have built a number of PCs over the years, but my latest is about four years old...so I am way out of touch.
My high-level goals for the build:
- Mid-range price...perhaps a bit more
- Probably won't overclock (never have)
- Will most likely air cool (always have)
- Would like it to be relatively quiet...but it doesn't need to be dead silent (yeah, a Define Mini would probably be better)
- Will leave it on 24/7...as I do with my current PC...which doubles as a home server
- Will game on it as well...COD, BF3....and then it can be noisy
- I don't see much in terms of decent choices for a new MicroATX board...so I'm thinking about a ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68
- Would like an efficient PSU since it will be on 24x7...and quiet...and probably modular
- Need at least 8GB of RAM
- Would like a GPU that can handle upcoming games...and can drive two monitors
- Not really interested in an SSD
- Already have an OS license, so I am set there (64 bit 7 Pro)
The Gene-Z is probably overkill for my purposes, but it has some other nice non-OC features...and leaves the door open. It seems like the Arc Mini cutout doesn't align properly with the board, so the cooler could be an issue....but folks seem to manage. I'll likely only drop in two drives...perhaps three...so the top cage is coming out.
Any help on any subject above would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
If you're not OC'ing, yes, Gene-Z is throwing away money. With that being said, I have no reason why you wouldn't want to OC. To get a mild 4.3-4.5ghz OC, you literally change two values - multiplier and voltage. Hell, you're on the Overclock.net boards, time to get OC'ing!
If you are leaving it on 24/7, and are concerned with energy bills, I'd suggest going for an AMD card. The idle wattage pulls on them is absolutely fantastic. 6950 2GB would suit you well. If you can hold out a few months, the 7870 is looking to be a really fantastic card.
Any of the Seasonic X series PSU's will suit you well, as they're 80+ Gold. With a single card and a light OC, you won't need more than 600W.
Also, you *should* be interested in an SSD.
Finally, yeah, the cutout on the Arc tray does not match up with the backplate holes, and it needs to be assembled out of the case. I'm not sure what other issue that cases that you're referring to. You simply install the heatsink with the motherboard out of the case.
Define Mini does sound like it'll suit you a bit more, but I do have to get a shoutout to the Arc. Can fit a lot of really nice hardware in a small enclosure. Attached is my hasty post-build pic.