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#1 +Nik L

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 13:36

Since my topic on Iris graphics on the Haswell chipset pretty much says no to gaming I am looking at building a nice little computer to run relatively quietly:

 

Graphics:
Not bleeding edge but gaming should be acceptable?

http://www.expertrev...-radeon-r7-260x

 

Case:

Nice and attractive, but not huge

http://www.bitfenix....micro-atx#specs

 

Processor: An i5 Haswell

 

Ram: 16gb

 

Hard drive: SSD

 

Mobo: Something relevantly size and modern with all the win8 bells and whistles.  Starts up quickly, etc

 

Sorry, not been in this position for years.  Care to advise?




#2 Fahim S.

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 13:39

What do you consider huge when it comes to a case?



#3 Jason S.

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 13:55

i think it'd be best to get your budget too. the 260X is fine, but ho-hum.



#4 OP +Nik L

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 16:29

Sorry, budget, I guess to about £600?  Maybe a little more?

 

Gaming is not my main impetus, but would be a "nice to have" for some occasional fun.  That said, the stark honesty is that I don't have time to game.

 

Case... Well I would like quiet and small-ish (like that one pictured), certainly not a full tower or midi tower.

 

For note: I was considering a Mac Mini recently - based upon the silence of running one and their unobtrusive nature.



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Posted 25 March 2014 - 20:34

If you want a small case you could go mini-ITX
http://www.bit-tech....de-304-review/1
http://www.scan.co.u...o-psu-(std-atx)
Cooler Master VS Series 550W
http://www.scan.co.u...-120mm-fan-eps-
Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI
http://www.scan.co.u...i-hdmi-mini-itx
Intel CPU i5-4570
http://www.scan.co.u...atio-84w-retail
Corsair Memory Vengeance LP Black 16GB
http://www.scan.co.u...buffered-cas-9-
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB
http://www.scan.co.u...410mb-s-256mb-c
Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X
http://www.scan.co.u...-896-streams-dp

This is for under £700

You could go micro ATX 8GB of RAM and a HDD to bring it down or just use the Intel graphics and add a card in later.



#6 OP +Nik L

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 20:49

And that system would be fine for average gaming?

 

Nice, cheers.  I always assumed mini-itx was for low spec systems?



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 10:32

And that system would be fine for average gaming?

It can play Crysis 2 going by the link you posted so it should do well.

 

 

Nice, cheers.  I always assumed mini-itx was for low spec systems?

Well it can only have one card and limited depend on the case overclocking can be limited along with cooler size depending on case and PSU limits to which that case can fit a long card plus a PSU could be 650W depending how long it is.



#8 OP +Nik L

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:59

It can play Crysis 2 going by the link you posted so it should do well.

 

A game released 3 years ago... ;)



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Posted 27 March 2014 - 11:23

I think it might help mentioning what monitor you have, or what resolution you run. It makes a difference for graphic card recommendations, whether you run in 1920x1080 or 2560x...



#10 OP +Nik L

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 11:42

Oooh ok.  Well currently I have a crappy Dell 21" touchcreen, but will be moving to dual monitors, no idea about resolution, nothing overly high.

 

My sticking point seems to the gfx card.  I want to find the best bang-for-buck really so I can game but not spend a small fortune.



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Posted 27 March 2014 - 12:05

Here's what I got for you. It is £659.54.

 

Here you go: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3hj6t



#12 Jason S.

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 13:20

Here's what I got for you. It is £659.54.

 

Here you go: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3hj6t

pretty good build. The only thing i'd change is the graphcis card and the PSU. 430W seems a bit low.

 

Also, i realize youre not trying to spend too much, but a GTX760 is going to be MUCH faster than the 750. In the end, though, the cost difference might be too much.

 

although, you could split the difference and get a 750Ti



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Posted 27 March 2014 - 14:19

pretty good build. The only thing i'd change is the graphcis card and the PSU. 430W seems a bit low.

Also, i realize youre not trying to spend too much, but a GTX760 is going to be MUCH faster than the 750. In the end, though, the cost difference might be too much.

although, you could split the difference and get a 750Ti


I mean it is well above the estimated wattage. 750Ti would be worth it, or a 2GB 750.

#14 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 14:31

If you want to go the small ITX route, you could consider this case:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119261

 

I've used it for a couple builds and love it.  In one of them, I drilled out the rivets that hold in the hard drive cage and put in a water cooler radiator.  The hard drives I relocated to the 5.25" bay with an adapter.  It works awesome.

A single GPU will fit in there no problem.  It's amazing how much you can pack into such a tiny case.



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Posted 27 March 2014 - 15:52

What do i know but, Maxwell and Haswell Gowell.

I'd wait a bit.





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