New PC build help. Air Pro's wanted!

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  1. Desi26

    Desi26 Member Guru

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    Hey guys! Hope everyone is doing well. I havent posted in a LONGGG time, but know you have all been the best of help when ever I am in a decision rut....

    My daughter agrees with me that she has been absolutely spoiled by me and that its time Dad gets to get himself a new toy for all his hard work ;)

    I am scraping for room. I need a small build that I can use for everyday use and gaming, with the best possible air flow/space ratio I can find. The only place to put this build out of a 5 year olds reach is across the room on top of an entertainment center. My desk is too low, so Im using it as an HTPC with a good wireless Keyboard/mouse set back to my desk when I play on my monitor. These are the parts I was looking at.........

    1. Corsair Obsidian series 250D ITX case-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139033

    2.Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI LGA 1150 mobo-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128615

    3.Intel Core i5-4570 CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116896

    4.Corsair Hydro series cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010

    5.Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148653

    6.SilenX EFX-08-15 80mm Effizio Quiet Case FansX2 for back exhaust

    7.EVGA ACX Cooler GTX 780
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130918

    8.OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341052

    Main issues that was bugging me is if this case would work for a gaming rig as well as my HTPC? The cooling looks sufficient, but would this hardware in such a cramped space make things a lot hotter than a larger case. Or would airflow actually be improved with more air to.......travel distance to exhaust? It seems like air circulation would be constant...but Im not very knowledgeable about proper air flow dynamics in theory.....

    Any parts about the same price you would change, and if so why?

    Help about this build would be greatly appreciated. The case is perfect size for the space I have....but worried about using it as a gaming rig...I wont be overclocking, but may the video card a bit..Thanks guys!


    As a note....I no longer have the system posted on my specs..I will update as soon as I build next month. Thanks!
     
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  2. clawhamer

    clawhamer Ancient Guru

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    I don't have that case yet, but I will be picking one up in the next few months for a basic compact build I'm planning.

    This review should ease your mind about the case.

    MB, CPU and GPU look good and the cooler should work OK.

    I'd consider this RAM instead of the Ballistix and I'd change the PSU to this one.
     
  3. Loophole35

    Loophole35 Ancient Guru

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    I agree with claw on the RAM and PSU.
    On the GPU side the ACX are hit and miss some seem to develop a audible resonating sound from the fans I would suggest this one if you value temps and noise.
    On the cooler side I'd suggest the new h105 it has a larger surface area and will cool better plus it comes with SP120 PWM fans so they will be quieter.
     
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    And I'll also agree with loop's suggestions over what's currently in your list.
     

  5. Loophole35

    Loophole35 Ancient Guru

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    Was just looking at the motherboard you have listed and it's kinda lacking in a few places only 2 fan headers, no heasinks on the VRM's and the CPU header is only a 4pin.
    I know on the 1155 boards that ASrock had a non-K overclock setting that would allow a slight overclock on the non-k SKU's that meant all cores would run at max turbo multiplier.
    You may want to consider this
     
  6. Desi26

    Desi26 Member Guru

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    Great! Thank you guys! The main reason I was looking at the crucial ram was because it was a single 8GB chip, low profile, so I could upgrade to 16GB a bit down the road when needed, it was cheap also, but I havent used the Ballistix before so wasnt sure.

    PSU looks good!

    The mobo I wasnt planning on any OC and fit in the price range, but would spend a bit more if it meant a more stable board.

    I was looking at the Gaming series GPU before but it seemed like a wider card and wasnt sure if it would fit in the 250D without touching the side vent...I may be wrong though, ill have to look at the dimensions a little closer.

    I was contemplating on the HAF XB also and was my case of choice until I came across this case, which takes up much less room and would be a better fit. I could buy a tower but I like the motherboard positioning horizontal....long story...but I had a lot of issues with GPU's being too heavy and warping the PCI-E slot and causing sag.....

    Also.....Ive been contemplating the Classified now as I can find it slightly used for $460 right now....but has the same cooler is that correct? nShould I stay away from the EVGA cards in the 700 series?
     
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  7. Loophole35

    Loophole35 Ancient Guru

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    No I didn't say stay away from EVGA just giving you the heads up about a potential noise. EVGA has top notch customer support and would make things right but the TwinFrozer IV cooler is quieter than the ACX. Either will work great for you.

    On the overclock side of things it does not hurt to go ahead and pick up the better board and a K sku CPU you don't have to overclock immediately but having the option to overclock later would give the system a longer usable life span.

    With the RAM the reason we say get a 2x4GB set is so you take advantage of dual channel ram.
     

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