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 Post subject: Mini-ITX Gaming Computer Advice
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:12 am 
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Hello everyone,
I am finally, after like 6 years, building a new Gaming PC. This time though, my goals are slightly different than usual. I want to build (in order of priority) a small, quiet, and power efficient box.

I put together a spreadsheet with the build details, but in short:
  • Case: SUGO SG05 w 450W
  • CPU: Core i5-4670
  • CPU Cooler: Silverstone NT06-E
  • Motherboard: MSI H87I H87 S-1150
  • RAM: Ballistix Sport 2x8GB
  • Graphics Card: MSI Twin Frozr GTX760
  • SSD: Samsung 840p 256

There is no hard drive as I am using a NAS for storage.

My main technical concern is cooling. For noise I was planning to use the power supply fan to cool the otherwise passive CPU heat sink. The heat sink was designed to do this, however, I believe it is primarily designed to work with ATX power supplies that have 120mm instead of 80mm SFX fans. A little Googling around seemed to indicate that this was acceptable with an SG05 case. It doesn't seem to fit quite right, but there is like 1 or 2 mentions of it working fine with ivy or sandy bridge CPUs. I do not plan on overclocking anything.

I thought about going with the gold version of the power supply, but research indicated it is actually noisier than the bronze version.

My original build also included a 512GB SSD and GTX 770 instead, but cutting those down to 256 and 760 respectively saved me quite a bit of money. I don't necessarily mind spending the extra money if you guys think those components are worth the price.

Any advice anyone here is able to provide would be greatly appreciated, thank you.


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