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#1 Zarcasm

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 07:13 AM

I haven't bought a new desktop in about 8 years and I am totally lost.

My budget is around $600, though the cheaper the better.
I mostly will be using the computer for general web browsing (email, IM, etc.), music, graphics/digital art (mostly painting in photoshop with a graphics tablet) and some gaming.
Photosop CS3, itunes, animation shop, etc.
Most of the gaming would be WoW, but some older games as well. Being able to play Portal/Portal 2 would be a plus.
Typical programs open: itunes, web browser, AIM, and MSN, sometimes with Photoshop or WoW running (never both).
I store a lot of photos and music, lots of large PSD files from art.

The only catch is the tower needs to fit inside a 9.3"W x 16.5"D x 20.9"H storage compartment on a desk, which seems to be a bit small.
I have a monitor/keyboard/etc. already, so $600 is the budget just for the computer itself.

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 09:03 AM

iBUYPOWER LAN Warrior 531B3

7"W x 16"D x 16.6"H

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 09:39 AM

iBUYPOWER LAN Warrior 531B3

7"W x 16"D x 16.6"H


That's the exact one I was looking at, but after shipping & warranty it ends up well over $600.

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 10:29 AM

I'm having a hard time finding one that will fit in that compartment which suits you needs.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 11 June 2011 - 05:57 PM

I'm having a hard time finding one that will fit in that compartment which suits you needs.


This is my exact problem. Either the size isn't listed at all, or it's too big. I've contacted Newegg on one that seemed like it would be fine, but it did not list any physical specs on it. They provided me with these when I emailed them, and it's also too big.
You would think a desk would be made to accommodate most computers, but apparently not.

The one you first posted is still a possibility, I'd just prefer if I could keep it under $600. Thankyou for your help anyway.

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 06:24 PM

While searching i did found a very good one but the diameter was a bit longer.

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 11:38 PM

While searching i did found a very good one but the diameter was a bit longer.


I might be able to just have it hang out the back a bit, if it's only a tiny bit bigger in length, it's the width and height I can't do anything about.
Link?

While searching i did found a very good one but the diameter was a bit longer.


I might be able to just have it hang out the back a bit, if it's only a tiny bit bigger in length. It's the width and height I can't do anything about.
Link?

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 02:26 AM

iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 567D3

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 12:01 AM

iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 567D3


I looked at this one too. I'm a little worried 20.78" might bee too tight of a fit for a 20.9" space. Hm. The other one is probably a better choice, just a little more than I wanted to spend. Oh well.
Thanks.

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 12:11 AM

The LAN Warrior seems to be the perfect size desktop for desk compartment.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 13 June 2011 - 08:15 PM

None of my business, but I happened to read this and my thought was- why not get a new desk? Or a new used desk, ala Craig's List, garage sales, etc. Desks can be very cheap compared to computers.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 12:39 AM

That could be a option.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:27 AM

None of my business, but I happened to read this and my thought was- why not get a new desk? Or a new used desk, ala Craig's List, garage sales, etc. Desks can be very cheap compared to computers.


There's a weird box thing sticking out of the only wall I can put a desk on, so most ones with a hutch/etc. won't fit right. Most other desks are also too big to fit in here too.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 03:18 AM

It's all up to you now.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 04:11 PM

Well, if it were me, I'd buy whatever computer case was cheap, had all the ports I wanted etc, and then just sit it beside the desk. If the wires are too short, try setting the case to the other side of the desk, moving the monitor slightly to the right or left etc. to make sure all the wires can reach.

Do you by any chance have a drawer above the compartment? If so, you might want to remove the drawer if the tower is too high, might give you another 4 to 6 inches of height.

Or as someone suggested, buy a new desk. Although, if it were me, you wouldn't catch me spending $100 on a fancy block of wood to prop my computer on; I'd sit the tower on the floor, keyboard in my lap, and mouse&pad on a night stand; save that money for more RAM LOL.




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