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So I'm thinking of building an mITX build for my next rig.

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a c 278 4 Gaming
May 24, 2013 12:02:17 PM

The plan would be to sell my current gaming / entertainment rig for a much smaller, more portable system based around a Fractal Design Node 304. It wouldn't be until the end of the year but this is what I had in mind:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X40 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($176.43 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case ($85.79 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($154.78 @ Newegg)
Total: $1524.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-24 14:53 EDT-0400)

Of course when I'm ready to buy I would get a Gigabyte Z87 mITX motherboard and an i5-4570K.

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably end of the year.

Budget Range: $1500, more or less

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, entertainment, everything

Are you buying a monitor: No, using 42" Vizio TV

Parts to Upgrade: Would be fresh build since I'd be going mITX

Parts not required: If fresh build, I do not need mass storage drives, optical drives, monitor, keyboard, or mouse

Do you need to buy OS: No, have spare Windows 7 and 8 licenses I can use

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, but whatever's cheapest, I live in Los Angeles and have access to the Tustin Micro Center for CPU purchase

Location: Los Angeles area, CA

Parts Preferences: Definitely Intel CPU

Overclocking: Most definitely

SLI or Crossfire: No since case will be small form factor

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080P

Additional Comments: Would like to hear from people who have / own mITX rigs

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Either I'll strip my current rig for parts and sell case, motherboard, what I do not need, and reuse what I can (drives, optical, etc) or I'll sell my rig and start fresh.
a b 4 Gaming
May 24, 2013 12:19:00 PM

I built a mini-ITX gamer in a PQ-Q08R, and the mobo died, I believe from heat, even though the CPU was not overheating and it got good airflow. Maybe I got a bad board, but I think perhaps the radiant and "splash" heat from my HD7870 may have done it. I would therefor strongly suggest you get a card that exhausts its heat.
Since you're not planning to do anything before the end of the year (perhaps after Black Friday?), you'll probably need to revisit your ideas close to that time.
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a c 278 4 Gaming
May 24, 2013 12:25:49 PM

Onus said:
I built a mini-ITX gamer in a PQ-Q08R, and the mobo died, I believe from heat, even though the CPU was not overheating and it got good airflow. Maybe I got a bad board, but I think perhaps the radiant and "splash" heat from my HD7870 may have done it. I would therefor strongly suggest you get a card that exhausts its heat.
Since you're not planning to do anything before the end of the year (perhaps after Black Friday?), you'll probably need to revisit your ideas close to that time.


I'm wondering if it's even a good idea to begin with. Before I consider taking the plunge there's quite a few things I would like to know. That thing about heat is one such thing, and I know I have a thing against liquid coolers but because of the small form factor that would be really limiting. I might even think if I could get enough for my current rig to buy a Falcon Northwest Fragbox or Tiki, that would be another way to go.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 24, 2013 12:45:16 PM

Insofar as liquid coolers do not cool the VRMs the way tower-coolers do, I would avoid liquid cooling for this box.
Another option for the graphic card is one of the HIS "Black Hole" models that exhausts its heat. I believe the most powerful model is "only" a HD7950 though. That cooler is also very tall, and the cards are long, so make sure it would fit.
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a c 278 4 Gaming
May 24, 2013 4:54:00 PM

Onus said:
Insofar as liquid coolers do not cool the VRMs the way tower-coolers do, I would avoid liquid cooling for this box.
Another option for the graphic card is one of the HIS "Black Hole" models that exhausts its heat. I believe the most powerful model is "only" a HD7950 though. That cooler is also very tall, and the cards are long, so make sure it would fit.


Yeah I was thinking maybe a top down cooler like a Noctua L12 would be a better option than an NZXT Kraken.
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May 24, 2013 5:10:49 PM



BitFenix PRODIGY! Best mini-ITX case ever!
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a b 4 Gaming
May 24, 2013 7:03:25 PM

^I am indeed tempted to get one of these. Were I to see one on a Shellshocker, I probably would get it.
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a c 278 4 Gaming
May 26, 2013 12:45:31 AM

mattius92 said:


BitFenix PRODIGY! Best mini-ITX case ever!


Yeah I've been going back and forth between the Prodigy and the Node 304, I'm leaning more toward the Node 304 because of the portability factor, but if I'm doing that I might as well get a Falcon Northwest Fragbox.
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