Few questions regarding gaming PC build

By Obzoleet
Aug 12, 2013
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  1. Obzoleet

    Obzoleet TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 164   +7


    I see your point,

    And yes , I will wait....I was stupid enough to believe that if it costs 750$ . then it will be converted to the pound price in UK....but most likely it will just be 750£ instead, which is a tad bit expensive...But we will see :)
  2. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,132   +493

    Indeed, the price of 750 euro would be pretty high honestly, I hope for yalls sake it wont be that high but I highly doubt it will be on the regular reference models at least because that would be more than a 100 dollar difference in price from US. Im still anxiously waiting to see them launched so we can actually start the judging, I hate pre judging because it does not matter whether its CPU, GPU, or whatever and what the company says, its always some how different. I remember the samples of Ivy Bridge-E coming out and they showed almost no easy overclocking and now people seem to be able to hit some pretty nice clocks.
  3. Obzoleet

    Obzoleet TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 164   +7

    Hello again,

    I have been thinking of converting this into a micro gaming computer, any thoughts on that?

    I assume I might have trouble with higher temperatures but is there anything else I should be aware of?

    Best regards! :)
  4. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TechSpot Guru Posts: 629   +115

    For a brief period A few years ago I tried using a smaller form factor. I used a micro atx board with a micro atx case. First off, I almost broke my 6870 just trying to fit it in. You'll def want to measure your card and make sure it will actually fit. Secondly, if you're getting an aftermarket CPU cooler I would also measure to make sure it will avtually fit. Many of those air cooled coolers take up A LOT of room and the radiators on the liquid coolers can be large as well.
    Anyway, after fitting all my components in the micro atx case it turned out that my 6870 consistently overheated because the board sealed off like have the case and that killed the airflow.
    All that and the micro atx motherboard had less featured than a comparably priced standard atx board.
    To sum things up, I had a bad experience with the micro atx form factor. I imagine your going to be able to get more performance out of a full size desktop. At the least it will be an easier build.
    Maybe someone else can chime in who has had better luck.
  5. Obzoleet

    Obzoleet TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 164   +7


    I could imagine, however I read this review on techspot regarding a mini pc build , http://www.techspot.com/article/697-small-form-factor-gaming-pc/ and it seemed to be doing just fine on temperatures, perhaps it depends on case?

    I have been thinking of going with an AMD R9 280X card (or wait until later for NVidia price cut) ,

    and I saw they had been released, I was looking at this site http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?groupid=701&catid=56&subid=1842

    Which R280X card is best here? I am not looking to overclock?
  6. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,132   +493

    If your going for Micro-ATX or ITX you have to be careful of size and heat. Those are going to be your two primary concerns but it is way more than possible to do. Out of all the 280X cards listed, I would say go for the gigabyte windforce for a couple of reasons.
    1: Its the smallest 3 fan card
    2: Its a good cooler
    3: Its price is the best considering the cooler
    Its more than feasible, but I would if I were you, pick the case first, check on measurements, then order the rest because that could change your build.
  7. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    The R9 280X is just a 7970 rebrand so just get a 7970 as there will probably be decent deals to be found.

    If you choose a decent case then heat won't be much of an issue with a non-OC Haswell and single GPU build. You don't really need an aftermarket CPU cooler either so won't have to worry about clearance.

    I did a recent build with a Bitfenix Prodigy, can totally recommend that case, although it's very big for a mini-ITX.
    GhostRyder likes this.
  8. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,132   +493

    Indeed, however you can overclock by putting a liquid cooler on as it will totally fit in the case (a 120mm one at least). I have a friend who has a Bitfenix prodigy as well and hes got an i7 3770k overclocked to 4.5 in it and a GTX 690 inside, it stays cool enough for even a dual GPU card so you don't have anything to worry about in that regards.
  9. Obzoleet

    Obzoleet TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 164   +7



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