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I am loving my current sig rig but I want to venture into SFF, whisper quiet computing and water cooling simultaneously.

The case I am looking at is the Cubitek Mini Tank and the specs. I have my eyes set of this case and I don't think I am budging.

Now I am putting this off until Bulldozer comes out. Once I see how it fairs up to the 2500k and availability of a Mini ITX Dozer board.

But for now I want to plan ahead of time to know how much I'll be spending to cut back on some of my luxuries for the next couple of months.

Now what can you suggest to help me get my new project up and going?

Its uses will be general web browsing, with rare instances of gaming here and there of various kinds. Maybe one month I'll play a lot of LoL or one month I may try RIFT or I'll just play a lot of QWOP for a week or two. Who knows what I'll do but I refuse to play on low quality settings after 10 years of it. :]
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Wish it was ITX
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 Samsung 1TB 5400 Asus generic SATA burner Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus pushpull 
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post #2 of 4
bear in mind that

small + powerful + water + quiet != cheap

I'd get saving, or rethink at least one of the above...
post #3 of 4
I think fernandude already knows it won't be cheap, based on the "cut back on some luxuries for the next couple of months" statement.

fernandude, what you want to do is to choose components based on power efficiency. For instance, Bulldozer might be very powerful, but will it be power efficient?

Why do I point this out? Power efficiency makes it easier to make a quiet system. Also small system, since big cooling isn't needed.
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That case is freaking sweet!
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