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Gordo74
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join:2003-10-28
Monroeville, PA

Proposed Mini Powerhouse Build

Happy Tuesday!

In kicking the the tires a little bit, I decided to throw together a proposed build for a little later in the year.

Keeping in mind I run OSX as well as Win 7, I chose to add in 2 SSDs (500GB for OSX where most of my Data is stored and 250GB for Win7 for gaming purposes only). I also picked some parts due to their OSX compatibility.

I'd like to get your thoughts and inputs on this build. My goal is to make it as small and silent as possible without sacrificing any power (aside maybe from RAM capacity, but 16GB is enough).

I debated going with the 7870 Tahiti LE (Sapphire version with dual fans for silence) but with a 1440p monitor, I'm a little leery.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver Ceramique 2 Tri-Linear 2.7g Thermal Paste ($3.55 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($118.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($324.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case ($82.83 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Silverstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech 920-000914 Wired Slim Keyboard ($79.99 @ Logitech)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($34.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Auria 27" 1440p Monitor ($399.99)
Other: Auria 27" 1440p Monitor ($399.99)
Total: $2473.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-02 08:53 EDT-0400)


Dissembled

join:2008-01-23
Indianapolis, IN
If you're going to spend that much, at least get the G500 mouse.


a2nxtcrav3r
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San Jose, CA
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reply to Gordo74
are you putting those two in raid?

You are also limited to the read and write speeds of the lower performing drive, towards that build i would get 840 Pro's if not 830 are still better than 840 non pro.

any overclocking at all? 550W might be too low if you are OCing.

if you are spending over $60 on a keyboard I would make it Mechanical, MX blues or Browns
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Gordo74
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join:2003-10-28
Monroeville, PA
said by a2nxtcrav3r:

are you putting those two in raid?

You are also limited to the read and write speeds of the lower performing drive, towards that build i would get 840 Pro's if not 830 are still better than 840 non pro.

any overclocking at all? 550W might be too low if you are OCing.

if you are spending over $60 on a keyboard I would make it Mechanical, MX blues or Browns

1. No RAID. Separate drives. One for OSX, one for Win 7. I have used the Pro and non Pro side by side. There is zero reason for me to pay the premium for the Pro in my eyes. With my usage, the non pro's will last 10+ years already and they are plenty fast.

2. The entire build uses 390W according to my calcs at full bore, no OC. If I drop the video card down to a 7870 Tahiti LE, then it gives more headroom.

3. The keyboard is set in stone. I already have one and it is the best I have ever had the pleasure of typing on (Call me crazy but I like the low profile laptop-ish keys). The only reason I'm getting another is that this one is going to the wife with my old build. I have seen this keyboard for $30 refurb, so I'll probably just pick up an additional one when I see it around this price again.


Gordo74
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join:2003-10-28
Monroeville, PA
reply to Dissembled
said by Dissembled:

If you're going to spend that much, at least get the G500 mouse.

Good point. The G500 is laser and what I have now as well. I'm debating going the G700, but I don't want to deal with batteries. The only thing I don't like about the G500 is the cloth type covering on the wire gets rather ratty after about a year or so.


Krisnatharok
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Earth Orbit
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Which parts are specific to OS X compatibility, and which ones are not? It's a little hard to provide feedback and commentary without knowing what was picked for the hackintosh.
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Gordo74
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join:2003-10-28
Monroeville, PA
said by Krisnatharok:

Which parts are specific to OS X compatibility, and which ones are not? It's a little hard to provide feedback and commentary without knowing what was picked for the hackintosh.

Basically the only things that need fulfilled are:

Realtek Audio (motherboard)
Realtek or Intel Ethernet (motherboard)
No 7850 support (Video)
Socket 2011 does not support speed stepping/sleep (motherboard)

Gigabyte boards are the easiest, but I have enough experience to make almost any board work (barring the above conditions) if you have an argument another way.


Gordo74
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join:2003-10-28
Monroeville, PA
reply to Gordo74
Also keep in mind, the cost may seem high, but if you take out $800 for the monitors and an additional $120 for the peripherals, you're at $1300 for the build itself.


Krisnatharok
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reply to Gordo74
Is the 212 going to be too tall for the case? A low profile cooler or even a single rad closed loop might be better.

You might save some money going for a 3570K --how well does OS X use eight threads?

Don't forget an optical drive.
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Gordo74
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join:2003-10-28
Monroeville, PA
said by Krisnatharok:

Is the 212 going to be too tall for the case? A low profile cooler or even a single rad closed loop might be better.

You might save some money going for a 3570K --how well does OS X use eight threads?

Don't forget an optical drive.

1. I thought about that. Initially I had the same thoughts as you, it does fit however. The only thing i am afraid of is fan+pump noise in going to a single radiator closed loop system.

2. OSX uses 8+ threads beautifully, even better than Windows for the high intensive tasks I've found (encoding, Adobe work). I want this machine to have the best price/performance for what I do (video editing, image editing, gaming). That's where I came up with the 3770k over the 3570k.

3. No optical drive The case doesn't have space for one and I have not used one in my builds for years. I have a USB drive for emergencies.

me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO
reply to Gordo74
the g700 has a wire you can plug into the usb port to charge it when need be.

Or if you want a want to spend $40 get the g9x mw3 edition »www.amazon.com/Logitech-Gaming-M···05S0KHIC Yeah it has cod branding but its still a full g9x.


BonezX
Basement Dweller
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Canada
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reply to Dissembled
said by Dissembled:

If you're going to spend that much, at least get the G500 mouse.

get a g700 much nicer.


Ghastlyone
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join:2009-01-07
Las Vegas, NV
kudos:5
reply to Gordo74
3 my G700.

I'll never go back to cords again.