I've been thinking about knocking together a htpc/light gaming pc for awhile. I wanted to keep it on tight budget and it will be connected to my 720p/1080i (1366 x 768) tv.
I just wanted the all clear given but some people who know a damn site more then i do.
Any advise or recommendation is much welcome.
id love to go for the sg08 or something like that but it would just push the price up to high unfortunately. I really did want to go for a matx/atx case purely as, this being my first build, i thought it would help to have a bit more room. the coolmaster does look a bit cramped! unfortunately any decent looking matx/atx case is always bloody expensive.
Regarding the GPU i figured at the resolution id be playing at it should do nicely. Dunno if i'd hit the dizzy heights of Ultra on BF3 but should still be better then current gen consoles right?
If i could find a hd7790 (or even a hd7850!) at a good price id consider that.
It doesnt have to be mitx but all the uatx seem to be either really expensive or really rubbish. I've really struggled to find a middle ground. It would need to be a desk top case that could sit in my TV cabinet. Maybe something like an sg05 but even they are expensive.
wow! i just posted the question regarding almost same build yesterday. Very budget friendly.
I've the same priority so far ie; 3220 i3 and HD 7770. My other option was to go with i5 4430 with intel HD 4600 but most guys recommended against it.
What were you other motherboard preferences in the same price range? Thanks.
Take a look at the Silverstone SG02 or SG09. SG02 is going to give you a little more room to build. SG09 is a performance oriented case - may be overkill for what you need.
Keep in mind that the equivalent uATX motherboard runs (at least in the US) $30 cheaper than the ITX version. (Looking at the ASRock H77M uATX motherboard).
SG09 will run your build price up because it needs a slim optical drive (if you're going to include one). SG02 uses standard 5.25 bays.
I've read through the reviews on both and have built with the SG08. I think the SG02 will be a much easier build.
But don't be too afraid of the Mini-ITX build with that Cooler Master case. My first build was with the Silverstone SG08, and Silverstones are known for their tricky build. The Cooler Master is well reviewed, supports standard components, and looks very well laid out. Just take your time, and the build will be fine.
It all depends on what size you want to fit in your media cabinet vs. how much future expandability you want whether you go with the Cooler Master or something like the Silverstone SG02.