help me build a tiny gaming pc

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  1. jason612

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    alright so my current setup blows, its old, i was planning on ocing but i blew my other hd so decided not to fuck with it,
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    Processor: 194$ 
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    Video Card: 165$ 
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    RAM: 239$ 
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    Motherboard: 77$ 
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    PSU: 105$ 
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    HDRIVE: 75$x2=150$ 
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    Keyboard: 23.75$ 
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    DVD Burner: 35$ 
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    most of the links prolly wont work because apparently most of my stuff are outdated or discontinued :hsd:


    but thats besides the point, after spending a year lugging my huge case from my house to my dorm and back during breaks, i want to make a gaming pc thats in a small case like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144140 but im not sure if i can make a good gaming pc with such a small case, like would quad core, or w/e is the new hip cpu (i thought i7 was an operating system :rofl:) any way if you guys know if small cases like those are capable of holding good parts?

    i dont want to ask you guys to build me a whole setup but if you feel the need to , please do :wiggle:
    my price range is ~$1000 but if its more let me see and ill see if i can afford it, getting a job for the summer
     
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    would be tough to fit the good graphics cards,... which are 10"-11" long
     
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    it would be cool to fit an i7 and gtx 295 into a little case. i don't know if it'd all fit though, not to mention heat would be a huge issue.
     
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    those gtxs even have trouble to fit on some mid-tower cases

    if i want that kind of hardware for travel,... i'd probably look at acrylic cases
    or cases with wheels
     
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    hmm well its not so much travel issues, but just space, dorms are tiny at my school and i hate laptops

    i been reading up alittle on i7 and the debate on its actual performance increase from quad core or w/e, and to be honest, i dont really need the top notch hardware at the moment, a good core 2 duo or quad core should be good for me, if i were to get either quad or duo (which one do you guys think is best for gaming?) ( i also dont plan to upgrade for prolly 2 years unless theres a specific part i sohuld definately upgrade), would graphics cards still have trouble fitting in?
    it doesnt have to be that specific case, i just chose that cause i like how its like a cube and small, i basically want to minimize the size as much as i can, of course without sacrificing hardware because it wouldnt fit. are there any fans or what not that i can put in to avoid it from over heating?

    and are microatx mobos just as good as atx mobos? i dont know the difference :\
     
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    Get a Shuttle XPC barebones kit. They're even smaller than micro-ATX, and some come with integrated carry-handles.
     
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    hmm yea my friend actually ha da shuttle but how will the gtx or those kinds of cards fit in that case? and is heat a b ig issue?

    someone on a different forum also suggested this:
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    hows that look?
     
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    i don't know if it will be a huge issue for your video card since most the dual sized video cards vent their heat out the back of the case, although the ambient case temperature might be a problem.
     
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    You can't get a single-slot video card?
     
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    its not out of the question, i mean id consider it, what do you suggest?
     
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    I don't have any recommendations, really; as far as I knew all the dual-slot cards were available in single-slot configurations also, because the second slot is just to allow for a larger cooling fan.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Is the height of the case your only concern? Because that's a fairly wide case. Any normal micro atx case would use up less real estate than that one will.

    :dunno:
     
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    Depends on the case. If you look really hard at dimensions, you can usually find a couple of ATX cases that are close to the size of Micro-ATX in height and width. Depth seems to be the one dimension they can't squeeze down without shrinking the motherboard.
     
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    Well he posted an example of a case that was pretty wide.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Silverstone is very solid stuff. An actual manufacturer.
    But I would still get this instead.
    Corsair 650 watt - $70 after rebate, with free shipping.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&CMP=AFC-C8Junction

    If you decide to do that though, you need to watch your mail carefully. Corsair sends you your rebate in the form of a prepaid charge card.
    So you don't want to throw out anything that looks like a credit card offer until you get the Corsair rebate.
     
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    Silverstone is nice, but I never really thought the fancy milled aluminum bezels were worth the cost. I like Gigabyte cases; they have 90% of the good looks and cost a lot less. Like this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811233045

    You can't see unless you zoom in, but the entire front of the case is perforated like a Mac G5, and there is a HUGE filtered vent on the left side of the case.
     
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    I know your original spec was for a "tiny" gaming PC, but going Micro ATX is going to pose pretty substantial problems for cooling. When I moved my Athlon XP setup from a Micro ATX case to an ATX case, the case temperature dropped by 10 degrees C -- and that was without a high-end video card.
     
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    Now that you bring up wattage, he should throw in a Kill-A-Watt meter to see how much power his setup is really using. (Later on he can go nuts testing everything else in his house.) I have a 520W Corsair PSU that I bought, mostly, because I wanted the modular cabling (which actually works well on Corsair PSUs), and later when I got a Kill-A-Watt meter I was very surprised to find out I was only using 203W under full load, even with 3 Raptors and a power-hungry Athlon XP.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I've got one of those.

    :coolugh:
     

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