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Building My First ITX Gaming Build - Need Some Help, Pls

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April 11, 2013 8:13:59 PM

Hi,

I've never built an ITX build before and I just want to make sure the parts I have are the best for the money and everything will fit!

My budget is around $800 to $1200. (I'm in Australia, parts are not as cheap as the US over here.)

CPU - Intel Core i5-3570
CPU COOLER - Cooler Master Hyper TX3
MOBO - ASRock B75M-ITX
RAM - Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB
GPU - ATI Radeon HD7870 2GB
HDD - Seagate Momentus XT 750MB (Not sure whether to go with this or get an 120MB SSD and a 1TB 7200RPM HDD)
OPTIC - Samsung SH-S223 22X SATA DVD BURNER WRITER
CASE - Cooler Master Elite 120
PSU - CoolerMaster Extreme Power Plus 500W
OS - WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM 64 Bit

The idea of the build is to play all the latest games and have it sit in the lounge room pretty hidden away behind the TV. Hopefully not too noisy either. This is a lounge room build, so I'm not after a honking big size case, I have one of those!

The TV is a 42 inch LCD LED TV.

This is a fun build for me, I'd like to keep costs down, but I don't need to go super low spec.

Is there anything better for the money or smaller even? Anything that you would change out of this build to make it better?

Any help is appreciated!

Thanks so much.
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April 11, 2013 8:38:35 PM

Since you aren't able to overclock, don't bother with a CPU cooler.

Upgrade your GPU as much as you can - is the 7870 XT available there? If not, go with a 7950.

For the hard drive, I highly, HIGHLY recommend you get a Samsung 840 120GB and then a 500 or 1TB Western Digital Blue.

Consider the optical drive - you can install windows form a USB stick, and if you don't need it, having the extra space in the case will be nice.

This is the only part of your build that's a really bad idea - that's a shoddy power supply. You really need to upgrade it to something reliable, such as a corsair, seasonic, xfx, ocz, or antec that's 80+ rated or better.

Other than that, what's the resolution of the TV?
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April 11, 2013 8:44:22 PM

Hmm, This is similar to a build I have been considering. I really like the small size of the Cooler Master Elite 120 case. Based on your requirements and your circumstances it looks really good although you don't really need the I5-3570. Any I5 CPU clocked at 3.0Ghz or better would be plenty fast. I would suggest you save a few bucks and get a i5-3330. Also, if you are not overclocking then the CPU cooler is probably not necessary and that particular one probably won't fit in the case anyway. It needs 151mm of vertical clearance and I seriously doubt that case has that much clearance above the CPU.
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April 11, 2013 10:23:33 PM

Thanks for that, appreciate it!

Resolution is 1920 x 1080

DarkSable said:
Since you aren't able to overclock, don't bother with a CPU cooler.

Upgrade your GPU as much as you can - is the 7870 XT available there? If not, go with a 7950.

For the hard drive, I highly, HIGHLY recommend you get a Samsung 840 120GB and then a 500 or 1TB Western Digital Blue.

Consider the optical drive - you can install windows form a USB stick, and if you don't need it, having the extra space in the case will be nice.

This is the only part of your build that's a really bad idea - that's a shoddy power supply. You really need to upgrade it to something reliable, such as a corsair, seasonic, xfx, ocz, or antec that's 80+ rated or better.

Other than that, what's the resolution of the TV?


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April 11, 2013 10:24:24 PM

That's a good idea about the CPU. It looks like a nice case.

Thanks for your help!

JKatwyopc said:
Hmm, This is similar to a build I have been considering. I really like the small size of the Cooler Master Elite 120 case. Based on your requirements and your circumstances it looks really good although you don't really need the I5-3570. Any I5 CPU clocked at 3.0Ghz or better would be plenty fast. I would suggest you save a few bucks and get a i5-3330. Also, if you are not overclocking then the CPU cooler is probably not necessary and that particular one probably won't fit in the case anyway. It needs 151mm of vertical clearance and I seriously doubt that case has that much clearance above the CPU.


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April 11, 2013 10:55:08 PM

auspcbuild said:
Thanks for that, appreciate it!

Resolution is 1920 x 1080


Then yeah, you're going to want at least a 7870 XT, unless you're okay with low-medium settings.

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