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3 years ago#1
So my last build (technically 2nd to last, did a mATX build for my cousin recently) was done in the humongous Obsidian 800D. It was great, it was cool, played all the games at a good framerate, looked good. But it is damn heavy, i swear it must weigh like a hundred pounds, and is a general pain in the butt to move because of it's size and weight. So I ordered an FT-03S-Mini and a GIGABYTE GA-Z87N-WIFI motherboard. I'm gonna order the GTX 770 (wanted the 780 but I heard it doesn't fit without modding) and optical drive next week and the rest of the parts (RAM, SFX PSU, SSD, CPU, CPU cooler) later this month but I'm stuck on which processor to order. I could go with the standard i5 4670K, or I could get the i7 4770K. With the new consoles being 8 core units and their release being fairly close at hand I'm wondering if I should get the 4770K for it's additional 4 virtual cores.
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3 years ago#2
It's going to take years for HT or even 6+ core CPUs to ever be on "recommended" requirements lists anyway. You're fine with a quad core before that happens. Go i5
i5-2500k Hyper212+ @ 4.6Ghz, ASRock z77 extreme4, x2 Samsung 830 128GB SSD, 16 GB DDR3 RipJaws X, SLI GTX 680 Lightning, AX850, Antec 1200 v3
3 years ago#3
The i7 if you can afford it.

Also, a reference GTX 780 is only 10.8", so you should double check if you can fit one. It's only 0.8" longer than a reference GTX 770.

Sweet case btw!
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3 years ago#4
I think I read somewhere that 10.32 inches is the amount of space available in the FT-03 Mini series. The case and motherboard should arrive Thursday so I'll know for sure then.
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3 years ago#6
Intel should release an i6 CPU to bridge the gap. It would only have HT on two cores or something.
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