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    GPU Upgrade. The right choice?

    Dasa to the rescue again! I'm in pretty much the exact same position as Brad74, almost identical PC specs. I did a post on my build back in 2012 and in short went with: CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini ITX RAM: Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9W 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - low profile and low voltage GPU: Gigabyte Windforce GTX670 OC 2GB I'm also looking at the newer GTX970's but am a bit stuck on which model. I was excited to see that they now make the shorter ITX compatible cards, but surely if my case takes a full size GTX670, I may as well get a full size 970. These are likely to run cooler and quieter and faster? What are peoples thoughts on brand preferences these days? I've heard Gigabyte have the best warranty, but that the eVGA FTW cards have the best cooler. I see the gigabyte cards all have 3 fans vs 2 on the EVGA's. Also if I'm looking to potentially upgrade my screen size to run 1440p will this card still run at max FPS in WoW? Looking at benchmarks I may not actually get much more than 60fps (I have a 120Hz monitor at the moment so was hoping to get 120fps steady at ultra settings) how accurate do we think these benchmarks are...?
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    ITX Build

    Similar to my build, though I wasn't trying to push it as hard. Where have you ended up with the overclock, and did you upgrade the GFX? Dave
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    New Rig

    I built this little badboy in an SQ08 just a couple of weeks ago. Great case, all fits in nicely and still takes a good cooler. The issues people have been having with the Asrock ITX board is that any decent air cooler blocks the PCIe slot. This case also easily accommodates both the H60 and the H80.
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    Diablo III - Mini Box

    Same model. I wanted to keep the low voltage low profile corsair kit.
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    Diablo III - Mini Box

    And you will be all very pleased to know that I think it was the RAM. New set in after RMA'ing the first (which Scorptec provided excellent customer service with) and Prime and Burntest both running fine! OC'd to 4GHz and running at 75C max thus far on air. Cheers
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    Trouble with a new build.

    Not sure how helpful I will be but I'm going to try... First thing I would do, is try that GPU in another system, see if it has the same non specific issues. Or try running video through the onboard GPU to see if it has the same issue. I think you need to try to start eliminating hardware. However you could argue you have already done that by replacing the GPU. I would think that due to the issue being the same with 2 different GPU's, start running video through onboard and see if the problem persists. If you have already thought of all this, then I do apologise! Cheers
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    Diablo III - Mini Box

    I updated with 2 sticks in to a BIOS released today. Prime is running now, but it seems very intermittent. Ran a complete pass of memtest on both DIMM's with no problems. This ram is sposed to be 1.35v RAM. I'll have a play and see what I can find. Thanks for all your ongoing help with this Dasa!
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    Diablo III - Mini Box

    Not fixed. 2 cores have now crashed. 1 core at 22mins, the other at 56mins, 2 still running. This is very weird yes? What on earth else to do? Run an extended memtest with both DIMM s or individual DIMM's? Oh and those temps are with the chassis wide open!
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    Diablo III - Mini Box

    Ok, I've removed the GPU. I've run brief memtests on both DIMM's in both slots individually. Both DIMM's run P95 fine on their own. However I then put them back in together and got P95 fails straight away... I've also now set the MOBO into XMP mode to have the RAM running as it should be. 1600mHz and 9-9-9-24 @ 1.35V Max temp according to Core Temp 1.0 RC3 is 56C I'm stumped. Oh and to make matters better, all 4 cores are running P95 no worries for the past 5 mins which they have never been able to do, both DIMM's are installed!
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    Diablo III - Mini Box

    Hi guys, As far as the ODD goes, yes there is room for one, but I decided I didn't really need one. It has to take a slim line one, and I couldn't be bothered putting one in to begin with. Less cables etc. As far as temps go, I'm not OC'ing but I'll have a look for you (mobo said 25C while sitting in BIOS, not checked it while running anything as yet, I don't have that monitoring tool installed yet), I do however have an issue. I'm still running completely stock speeds at the moment, and I had a few random issues and restarts and wasn't sure why exactly, so I thought I'd run Prime 95 and guess what. First time, 3 cores got going, but 1 core didn't complete the self test, and I get Prime 95: FATAL ERROR: Rounding was 0.5, expected less than 0.4. So I tried it again, and all cores didn't complete the selftest. Now I've checked each stick individually, and they both get all cores up and running each time. Where too now? I've also pulled out my GPU for these tests, but don't believe that could have anything to do with it. Perhaps 1 dimm wasn't seated properly? Thoughts?
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    Diablo III - Mini Box

    Hehe, thanks mate, oh and I forgot to mention, that YES it also plays D3 quite nicely!
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    Diablo III - Mini Box

    Rig Built! Ok so I finally went with... Case: Silverstone SG08 w/600w PSU CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini ITX - Main reason being it could take a decent cooler without interfering with the PCI-e slot, the Asrock board had none confirmed when I wanted to buy. CPU-Cooling: Noctua C12P-SE14 RAM: Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9W 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - low profile and low voltage SSD: Sandisk Extreme 240GB SSD HDD: Hitachi 3TB GPU: Gigabyte Windforce GTX670 OC 2GB ODD: none using external OS: Win 7 Home Prem 64bt Monitor: BenQ XL2410T - 23.8" 120hz etc etc. I also bought a nice new logitech keyboard to top it off. So basically it went from just build a budget PC for D3 to, lets fit a fair beast into a small case. I'm happy with the results! Thanks for everyones help, Dasa who helped kick it all off and various others for their input. It's great to have such good resources close at hand! Also thanks to madllama for being nice enough to sell me a cheap copy of D3 AND hand deliver it to me! Some pics!
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    Diablo III - Mini Box

    Ok thinking has changed to smaller, ITX smaller. So now the build looks a little something like this... Case: Silverstone SG08 w/600w PSU (don't think I can change it out, but it should do the trick) CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini ITX - Pricey but good reviews thus far CPU-Cooling: Still researching what air solutions will fit, otherwise the Corsair H80 has been done successfully already. RAM: Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9W 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 (this will do the trick eh? Low profile, and slightly lower voltage. Is there any advantage with 16GB over 8GB unless I'm doing video editing or running a bazillion things at once?) SSD: Crucial M4 SSD 128GB - More expensive than the Sandisk previously chosen, but not by much and I think it's sposed to be faster... HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB GPU: Dunno really, see what cash I have left over, but I'm thinking at least an HD 7850 ODD: I'll use my external if I ever need one. OS: Win 7 Home Prem 64bt Looking good? Only concern really is the PSU that comes the SG08 is not as nice as the Seasonic X-650 I was planning to use. I think it will still do the job though and I can change it out later if I really feel the need!
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    Diablo III - Mini Box

    So at the moment, I'm thinking the Seasonic X-560 is the way to go. Considering I still have fans on both the CPU and GPU, is running a fanless PSU gonna make that much difference? Especially when I doubt I'll be pushing the X-560 much and so it should run fairly quietly. Next question is RAM. Most people seem to be favoring the G.Skill Ripjaws over the Sniper. As far as I can see it's pretty much the same stuff with a different heatsink and the the sniper runs at a lower voltage and will = cooler? Is the tradeoff a smaller heatsink and less OC ability? Need to do some research on my CPU heatsink still. Also now finding more Z77 chipset mATX boards out there so need to play with that still. Really it's all a bit much work! And I'm also thinking it might be fun to stick a water cooler in there... I'll be sure to keep you guys posted on how it all works out and I'll be asking more questions too!
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    Diablo III - Mini Box

    Damn it Dasa, I was on that site looking for a review like that and somehow missed it, I do promise I'm not completely useless and have sought info elsewhere! However good find. That one reviewed is the same cooler as on the Asus gtx560 1GB direct CU. However I've decided to sod the nVidia chips and just go with a Sapphire 7850 2GB OC - centrecom has them the cheapest and are my preferred shop. All my problems are pretty much solved, I just had one more question about SSD's. I know the Sandisk's are fairly new to the market, but for a simple 120GB system + commonly used programs drive, the SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB will do the trick yes? So the final build looks a little like this... CPU: i5 3570K - $241 MOBO: AsRock Z77 Ext 4-M - $145 Cooler: NZXT Havik 140 - $79 RAM: G-Skill Sniper F3 2 x 4gb - $60 GFX: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $255 SSD: Sandisk 120GB - $129 HDD: WD Black 1TB - $135 DVD-R/W: Pioneer Black DVD-R/W - $25 OS: MS Win7 Home Prem 64 - $99 Case: Silverstone TJ08-E - $99 PSU: Seasonic X560 Modular - $175 Total: $1442 Should be a pretty punchy, yet quiet little rig, much like my PC Maniacs Fragbox I had a couple of years back! To be bought from both Centrecom and PCCG. Thoughts?