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Mini-ITX Living Room Gaming PC (Xbox Killer)

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June 19, 2013 1:24:26 PM

Hi, I want to replace my Xbox as I have heard that PC gaming is better. I wanted my gaming PC to be an Xbox killer so I came up with this.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/189QA

What do you think? Will it run BF3 on High/Ultra settings? I'm going to overclock the CPU, graphics card and RAM to get as many FPS as I can. Let me know what you guys think.

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June 19, 2013 1:56:50 PM

Oh yeah that will definitely play BF3 on high/ultra settings. Only thing is I have no idea exactly the size of that case, and that CPU cooler is pretty decently sized
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June 19, 2013 2:12:20 PM

Are you going mITX based off the system builder marathon articles?

The one thing you have to keep in mind before taking the mITX plunge is cooling the system will be quite a bit more difficult than a regular ATX desktop will be.

If so I'd recommend something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X40 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($145.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1054.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-19 17:11 EDT-0400)

- Better case than the Cooler Master
- Sapphire 7950 is better than Power Color
- Added closed liquid cooler for overclocking (212 Evo won't fit in that small space)
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June 19, 2013 2:55:08 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Are you going mITX based off the system builder marathon articles?

The one thing you have to keep in mind before taking the mITX plunge is cooling the system will be quite a bit more difficult than a regular ATX desktop will be.

If so I'd recommend something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X40 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($145.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1054.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-19 17:11 EDT-0400)

- Better case than the Cooler Master
- Sapphire 7950 is better than Power Color
- Added closed liquid cooler for overclocking (212 Evo won't fit in that small space)


Thanks for the tips, here's the updated build

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/18buE

I kept the ASUS mobo because I've heard it's one of the best mini ITX mobo's for overclocking with. Also the Node 304 doesn't have an optical drive so I left that out.
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June 19, 2013 4:11:35 PM

You should make sure you get at least the dual-x or vapor-x sapphire card as those things run cold as ice. especially if you'll be using a small enclosure and overclocking. But man that looks really good, makes me want to build a console killer HTPC...
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June 20, 2013 12:04:20 AM

Drew010 said:
You should make sure you get at least the dual-x or vapor-x sapphire card as those things run cold as ice. especially if you'll be using a small enclosure and overclocking. But man that looks really good, makes me want to build a console killer HTPC...


Just double checked and the card is vapour-x
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