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Mazty said:

Is small the new big? If you haven't guessed the meaning, I mean are small gaming builds now "better" than full tower cases? If you had to make a new PC, would you go for a full ATX setup, or go for a mini-itx setup?

This all depends on the purpose. For a builder like me, given my occupation, a smaller build/tower just won't cut it. But, I imagine, for the average PC gamer, smaller works fine, better in many cases.



                                                                                                                                                           

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CGI-Quality said:
Mazty said:

Is small the new big? If you haven't guessed the meaning, I mean are small gaming builds now "better" than full tower cases? If you had to make a new PC, would you go for a full ATX setup, or go for a mini-itx setup?

This all depends on the purpose. For a builder like me, given my occupation, a smaller build/tower just won't cut it. But, I imagine, for the average PC gamer, smaller works fine, better in many cases.


Do you use SLI or need a lot of cooling? One of the most interesting applications the Titan I read was that they said it gives a lot of potential for small builds to kick out extraordinary power. Though personally I like the idea of a silent gaming rig which isn't currently achievable with a small build. 



Mazty said:
CGI-Quality said:
Mazty said:

Is small the new big? If you haven't guessed the meaning, I mean are small gaming builds now "better" than full tower cases? If you had to make a new PC, would you go for a full ATX setup, or go for a mini-itx setup?

This all depends on the purpose. For a builder like me, given my occupation, a smaller build/tower just won't cut it. But, I imagine, for the average PC gamer, smaller works fine, better in many cases.


Do you use SLI or need a lot of cooling? One of the most interesting applications the Titan I read was that they said it gives a lot of potential for small builds to kick out extraordinary power. Though personally I like the idea of a silent gaming rig which isn't currently achievable with a small build. 

Yeah, the Titan is better for cooling and manageability than mine (690). Of course, with that card, I'm using SLI, with decent air cooling for most of my components, and water cooling for my CPU.



                                                                                                                                                           

ishiki said:

I sold my 560 Ti for 100USD, and I got a Radeon 7950 for $255! yay aha zarx in dusk.

I'ma overclock that tonight heh.


Must resist urge to upgrade GPU....

Must wait until next gen GPUs with double VRAM are released....

Must resist...



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zarx said:
ishiki said:

I sold my 560 Ti for 100USD, and I got a Radeon 7950 for $255! yay aha zarx in dusk.

I'ma overclock that tonight heh.


Must resist urge to upgrade GPU....

Must wait until next gen GPUs with double VRAM are released....

Must resist...

I tried to too, I like to skip gens, I just lol impulse buy. (I guess not really since I did sell the other one but)... 

zoh well I've had this processor for a long time, so it evens out?



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ishiki said:
zarx said:
ishiki said:

I sold my 560 Ti for 100USD, and I got a Radeon 7950 for $255! yay aha zarx in dusk.

I'ma overclock that tonight heh.


Must resist urge to upgrade GPU....

Must wait until next gen GPUs with double VRAM are released....

Must resist...

I tried to too, I like to skip gens, I just lol impulse buy. (I guess not really since I did sell the other one but)... 

zoh well I've had this processor for a long time, so it evens out?


I'm still rocking a AMD Phenom II 955 which becomes unstable if I overclock it even a little bit lol. I think I might upgrade that before my GPU actually, I just got to see if moving to Intel with Haswell (probably a i5 4670) which would probably be more expensive or go with AMD again when they launch their FX-Vishera 2.0 CPUs and get an 8 core as that might be better in the long run if console ports are going to be designed around 8 core CPUs.



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Mazty said:

PC gamer here. Running the GTX560 Ti on an outdated DDR2/940 setup, but still powers through most games.

The question I'd like to ask people here is:

Is small the new big? If you haven't guessed the meaning, I mean are small gaming builds now "better" than full tower cases? If you had to make a new PC, would you go for a full ATX setup, or go for a mini-itx setup?


Well. It depends on where the build is going and what it's main purpose is going to be and what kind of components you're looking at.

My HTPC for instance has a Radeon 7770 in a Mini-ITX case, My AMD FX build is in a Micro-ATX case and my Intel build is in a Full-ATX case.
In-fact because I've sold my 3x Radeon 7970's in my Intel build and now looking for some reference 7970's so I can throw everything under water... I'm actually looking to go with a larger case again, which has the benefit of better cooling and hopefully lower noise and more expandability.
Plus it doesn't exactly stop you from using smaller compact components either, but smaller cases do limit your choices with larger components though.

It all comes down to what you want and where you want to put it in the end, doing water cooling in a Mini-ITX build isn't exactly a cake walk.



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Pemalite said:
Mazty said:

PC gamer here. Running the GTX560 Ti on an outdated DDR2/940 setup, but still powers through most games.

The question I'd like to ask people here is:

Is small the new big? If you haven't guessed the meaning, I mean are small gaming builds now "better" than full tower cases? If you had to make a new PC, would you go for a full ATX setup, or go for a mini-itx setup?


Well. It depends on where the build is going and what it's main purpose is going to be and what kind of components you're looking at.

My HTPC for instance has a Radeon 7770 in a Mini-ITX case, My AMD FX build is in a Micro-ATX case and my Intel build is in a Full-ATX case.
In-fact because I've sold my 3x Radeon 7970's in my Intel build and now looking for some reference 7970's so I can throw everything under water... I'm actually looking to go with a larger case again, which has the benefit of better cooling and hopefully lower noise and more expandability.
Plus it doesn't exactly stop you from using smaller compact components either, but smaller cases do limit your choices with larger components though.

It all comes down to what you want and where you want to put it in the end, doing water cooling in a Mini-ITX build isn't exactly a cake walk.

Oh yeah having a non-closed loop water cooled mini-itx would be incredibly challenging in the smaller cases. Although is there really a need for water cooling? Sure the overclocks are nice, but unless you're doing insane rendering/media work, is there any game that really pushes cards hard without being a result of crap coding?



Mazty said:

Oh yeah having a non-closed loop water cooled mini-itx would be incredibly challenging in the smaller cases. Although is there really a need for water cooling? Sure the overclocks are nice, but unless you're doing insane rendering/media work, is there any game that really pushes cards hard without being a result of crap coding?


There is always a need for more exotic cooling. This is the PC gaming master race remember. ;)
Besides, this hot Aussie summer has shown me that my Corsair H100 is struggling to keep my Core i7 3930K within decent temps, with a proper loop I *should* be able to push to 5ghz and call it a day.
And.. 3x 7970's struggles with high-end games with everything on max at my resolution, hence the need to get cards I can push harder untill the 8000 series launches.

Untill then, I'm using a couple of old Radeon 6950's out of my AMD rig, which actually give any single GPU a good run for it's money still, which surprised me.



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Pemalite said:
Mazty said:

Oh yeah having a non-closed loop water cooled mini-itx would be incredibly challenging in the smaller cases. Although is there really a need for water cooling? Sure the overclocks are nice, but unless you're doing insane rendering/media work, is there any game that really pushes cards hard without being a result of crap coding?


There is always a need for more exotic cooling. This is the PC gaming master race remember. ;)
Besides, this hot Aussie summer has shown me that my Corsair H100 is struggling to keep my Core i7 3930K within decent temps, with a proper loop I *should* be able to push to 5ghz and call it a day.
And.. 3x 7970's struggles with high-end games with everything on max at my resolution, hence the need to get cards I can push harder untill the 8000 series launches.

Untill then, I'm using a couple of old Radeon 6950's out of my AMD rig, which actually give any single GPU a good run for it's money still, which surprised me.


Ah that actually makes a lot of sense being in Oz where the ambient temps are high enough to warrant lush cooling systems. You gaming at 2560x1600/higher?