Im going to start with the case as i feel this will change a lot of choices below,
lian li pcv-354
I think two best cooling cases for a small factor are Silverstone TJ08-E and Bitfinix Prodigy, even though the Prodigy is mini ITX its similar to TJ08-E in overall dimensions, maybe a little smaller but not by much as they design it to fit big gpus, and a can use 200mm fan on front, and has the handles that even elevate it some.... so at the end is a very similar foot print. Both should handle a gaming config fine, i like more the TJ08-E out of having a little more room to work and organize cables etc, but with some effort the prodigy can end up very nice also, the prodigy has easier managing of hdds, but if you were to run one ssd + one mechanical the TJ08-E ends up better imo. At the end between the two is what you like more, both should do a great small factor pc.
I was thinking of using the Lian Li PCQ-08 (as the smallest case) though I am not sure now with the Asus Z87i-motherboard as it has that separate PCB board on it. Here is a tomshardware build with a msi motherboard
, As you see in the picture, the SATA ports of the MSI are limiting the water cool setup. Based on that, is is not possible to install the watercool fan inside the case, which is annoying. Asus z87i-deluxe
, Asus ROG
will not work with a watercool at the top. The Asus H87-plus
works, but there is no built in wireless. The MSI board will not work also as the ports are all at the top
. Gigabyte Z87
too. The Asrock board
, might work, though I am not sure.
Q08 is slightly smaller but not not small, but it comes with only 1 140mm fan on front 120mm on top, hdd cages obstruct the airflow and the PSU is on top of the GPU/CPU, this will not allow the use of tower cooler, even horizontal coolers are limited, there are options out there but wont be as cool as tower, imo not worth it. Both Prodigy/Tj08-E are better cases for a gaming, the Q08 imo is better for a small server with lots of 3.5 hdds, than a gaming case.
Intel i5-4570s -65W
Personally i dont find S/T cpu worth the buy, they are simply downclock versions, and all sandy/ivy downclocked to same default clocks, and consume similar so I would go for the standard if you are not overclocking Intel Core i5-4570
CPU Cooler:? I think stock cooling is fine? But if watercool is worthwhile, I will consider it.
I would go with an aftermarket cooler (no watercooling) that will allow you to run it a very low rpm and still keep good temps. But it will depend a lot into which case you end up. Just going to suggest a couple of threads where you can see builds and you can get an idea of what you can fit in terms of cpu cooler,OCN Silverstone TJ08-E Owners Club
and OCN Bitfenix Prodigy Owner's Club
, my personal suggestion would be Thermalrigth HR-02 Macho
, on the TJ08-E it should fit great, on the Prodigy you wont be able to use the back fan, but i dont think it will matter much, specially if you use the 200mm fan
on the front.
Asus Z87i-Deluxe-wifi/bt feature. I wanted a gigabyte sniper.m5, but they don't make a mini-itx version with build in wireless card.
Would be ideal to go with something like in the thread above, most of them use Asus Z77 Deluxe-i, as it has the CPU socket a away from the PCIe allowing the use of tower coolers on it. So my suggestion goes into look for a mobo that has similar disposition of the components, im going to assume (but you crosscheck it) that the Z87 Deluxe-i has the same. Asus is launcing soon the ROG Maximus Impact wich will be the first gaming oriented mini itx mobo, so might be worth the wait, then again you are not overclocking so might not be worth paying premium for such a nice motherboard. The impact will have a module for PCIe wifi card on the IO shield, but worth mentioning the WIFI is not included, so you will need to purchase it seperatly.
Now if you go micro ATX, since you like the Gigabyte Sniper M5 and add a wifi PCIe card, like Gigabyte GC-WB300D 1Mbps/2Mbps/3Mbps Data Rate Exclusive Bluetooth 4.0/Wi-Fi Expansion Card Motherboard
. Also Asus Maximus IV Gene, is micro ATX as the snipper, but has a PCIe on the close to the I/O (on the top) that should take wifi card (its the same module as with the impact), but the wifi card doesnt come with the motherboard, you will need to get one, but there are lots of options out there, like Intel Ultimate N 633ANHMW
+ you will need some antennas, if you want to place them internally maybe in the back of the case, Laptop Notebook Wifi Bluetooth WWAN/EVDO/HSDPA Broadband Internal Antenna
MSI NV760 TF 2GD5//OC -60C full load 312 W. or the MSI Lightning 770 (327W) but I don't play Farcry 3 or FPS now (retired some 10 years ago) and the most intensive game I have is XCOM:EU. Most of my games are lego games or indie titles with 2 player capability via steam.
As steve pointed out before, MSI Gaming N760 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
seems to be one of the best GTX760 atm, it has great performance/noise.
PSU:? I think a 550W PSU is enough?
It should be more than enough for your setup, SeaSonic G Series 550-Watt ATX12V/EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply SSR-550RM
should be a decent choice. If your budget allows look into Seasonic X-560 or Kinging LZP-550.
Any ideas on the RAM? 8 GB ram or should I get 16 gb? Most demanding work software: Adobe Photoshop. If not the rest are MS Office.I do tend to open 30 tab browsing at once and go from tab to tab as my net is not that fast.
Ram get something that its on the approved list of the motherboard you chose to garantee compatibility, Asus is fairly good at having a PDF for all the memory they tested and works. HR02 macho will allow to use almost any memory, even tall as the design doesn't interfere with the memory. I would probably go with 16gb of ram, for gaming 4 is enough, 8gb is recommended, but i usually im gaming with lots of webpages open, sometimes even in two games, maybe not playing both but in Auction house in one and playing the other... and so on, sometimes 8gb gets almost used, so i would build with 16gb since you like to have much stuff open, but this is something you can also upgrade later, so if your approaching your budget, i would go with 8gb.
The Prodigy is fine (simple answer, but is it possible to do it in a smaller case?). The handles/feet of the Prodigy are things I can do without. Makes the case shorter in the process.
You shouldn't take the handles off, the PSU breaths through an opening on the bottom, so it needs that spacing for it to grab fresh air, with the feet/handles it almost the same dimensions as the TJ08-E, so either will be fine.
Is it possible to outsource the Dell X51 desktop case and PSU? Then everything can be fitted to something smaller.
I doubt it. Its their own design. Personally i strongly suggest against proprietary components like cases/psu as down the road you will not be able to upgrade it, so again you will have to spend full amount for PC, while most of the times building your own you can gradually upgrade according to your needs, with 4k monitors coming in the next few years, you might want to upgrade to sli, etc. Its better to have options open.
Case has to be quiet too, as a noisy case is also useless.
On TJ08-E i can tell you that even with the low (900rpm) switch the 180mm fan is not quiet, you will need to undervolt it around 600rpm becomes decent at less than feet, but its farther away you might be fine with 900rpm, i would still recommend to grab a Zalman Fanmate2 that will allow you drop it down 600rpm and will end up with enough cooling and very quiet setup (or if you go with asus to use FanXpert2 to setup the the fan), this is how my TJ08-E is atm. Try if you can to invest on the Seasonic X-560 / Kingwin LZP 550 it will be fanless most of the time and very quiet when your gaming, while the G550 always have the fan on.
Good luck with the PC,