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A lightning strike recently fried my Xbox and TV so It was time to build a gaming machine. I wasn't aiming for a gaming beast but I think that for its size, its a tiny monster :)

I'm also using it for school and web browsing.

The small case does not allow for any cable management but zip ties can tidy things up!

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  • 91 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, you've got a pretty good build as far as 1080p gaming goes, so great job. What mouse do you use?

  • 91 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Its my first build ever, I bought a BFG Nvidia GPU for my old Compaq PC back in 1999! I had to research all these new parts for about two months before I felt comfortable dealing with the new tech.

I bought a Microsoft Sidewinder X3 mouse. It was about $16.00 on ebay and my first gaming mouse so I don't know how it compares to other mice. I plan on buying a Logitech G9x soon though.

  • 91 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, have fun with your build, since you're one of the few people with a truly balanced build. I bet you could edit videos without too much problems on your build.

  • 91 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks again, I don't do much video editing besides Windows Movie Maker but I may try some flash animation.

  • 91 months ago
  • 2 points

Out of curiosity, have you considered getting the 3450k and overclocking it a little? (4Ghz?)

Also, you could have gotten a 7870 Ghz Edition. It's on sale at amazon!

  • 91 months ago
  • 1 point

I had considered getting into overclocking and all that but since I decided to go with a small MicroATX sized rig, it wasn't so appealing anymore. I dont have to mess with water-cooling or an aftermarket CPU heatsink. I can play in full 1080p on my single monitor. My SSD makes things super quick and the i5 3450 is doing great!

And my HIS 7870 IS a GHz edition :D

  • 91 months ago
  • 2 points

I want to buy the same case and I was worried about fitting in the video card. Turns out I don't have too! Great build!

Question about fans: the case only comes with one front 120mm fan, right? Do you think it would be necessary to buy another one for the back?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

The case does only come with the front fan, I did buy one 92mm fan for the back to help the cpu.

  • 91 months ago
  • 1 point

why value series? their ripjaws series is cheaper! other than that, good job :)

  • 91 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! At the moment I bought the parts from newegg, the value series were a good $8.00 cheaper. Besides, I didn't need the silly heat spreaders for the RAM since I wouldn't be overclocking the CPU... And it saves space since its a pretty cramped build!

  • 91 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that SSD? I've heard good things about it.

  • 91 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything you've heard is the truth. Its a solid performer. Its my first SSD, I use it to boot Windows 7 and keep programs I use most like SpeedFan, Microsoft Office and my most played games on there, like BF3. Everything else goes on my old WD 500gb HDD.

Its so fast to boot Into Windows, from power button press to Window's desktop, it does it in less than 8 seconds every time :O

Office and games load up super quick as well!

  • 91 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet, can't wait to get it now. :)

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you SURE that video card fits okay? I'm looking into doing a build very similar to yours here, and I'm worried about things being a little too snug. Overall, it looks like you came to some of the same conclusions I did as far as what you can get out of a mid-range mATX gaming build.

Also, now that you've had some one-on-one time with this build, how do you like it? Anything you'd change or add?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I am very sure the gpu fits very well in this case!

So far, I am very glad with this build, the only thing I'd want to add now is a higher capacity SSD!

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  • 91 months ago
  • 1 point

I know! I was waiting for it to be back in stock too. I added myself to the Newegg auto-notify list for this card. I got an email last week at 9am that it was available and I jumped on it! It was sold out again in less than 12hrs!

Because of the blower style cooler on the card, I believe it works great for small cases (That is, small cases that have room for a large card). Most of the hot air is pushed out the back!

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  • 91 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure thing! There is only one thing that may boil down to a faulty card or my lack of overclocking knowledge but it doesn't seem to stay stable with over a 1200mhz overclock on the GPU... its a very quiet card though!

I haven't tried Sleeping Dogs yet but I've been playing BF3, BFBC2 and Dues Ex on ultra/high settings no problem :D

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  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I still have the Sidewinder keyboard and recently swapped out the mouse for a CM Recon. The mouse swap has done wonders for my fps gaming!