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Building my first small form factor system, But i need some help.

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December 16, 2013 4:13:44 PM

All my PC's to date have been huge metal beasts, so i thought it was time for a change of pace.

This PC will be for gaming and probably some animation.

Here's the specs:

Case: BitFenix Prodigy

Motherboard: ASUS Z87I-PRO OR ASRock Z87E-ITX

Cpu: i5 4670k

Cpu Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO

RAM: 2X4 GB G.Skill Ares

Storage: 1TB Seagate barracuda

Graphics Card: R9 290 When the after market coolers come out.

Psu: Antec True Power Classic 650W 80 Plus Gold

Additional cooling: BitFenix spectre 230 mm green LED

If you see anything wrong just tell me.

I will be overclocking this system.

Can anyone tell me which of the 2 motherboards is better for what i want to do?

Will the PSU fit in the case without any cable trouble

If i go with the ASRock H87E-ITX the build will sit at a comfortable 1630$
with a monitor.

And if i use the ASUS Z87I-PRO the build should come in at 1660$ with a monitor.

It will probably be less because i'm assuming the R9 290's with custom coolers will be around 550$ AUD.

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December 16, 2013 4:27:12 PM

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All my PC's to date have been huge metal beasts, so i thought it was time for a change of pace.

This PC will be for gaming and probably some animation.

Here's the specs:

Case: BitFenix Prodigy

Motherboard: ASUS Z87I-PRO OR ASRock H87E-ITX

Cpu: i5 4670k

Cpu Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO

RAM: 2X4 GB G.Skill Ares

Storage: 1TB Seagate barracuda

Graphics Card: R9 290 When the after market coolers come out.

Psu: Antec True Power Classic 650W 80 Plus Gold

Additional cooling: BitFenix spectre 230 mm green LED

If you see anything wrong just tell me.

I will be overclocking this system.

Can anyone tell me which of the 2 motherboards is better for what i want to do?

Will the PSU fit in the case without any cable trouble

If i go with the ASRock H87E-ITX the build will sit at a comfortable 1630$
with a monitor.

And if i use the ASUS Z87I-PRO the build should come in at 1660$ with a monitor.

It will probably be less because i'm assuming the R9 290's with custom coolers will be around 550$ AUD.



I'd get an XFX 650W, really high quality brand
Also I'd buy a WD hard drive, much more reliable than Seagate, but more expensive
My favorite mini-ITX motherboard is the Asus Z87I-Deluxe, and I don't have an opinion about the Z87I-Pro (I didn't even know is existed, shame on me :p ), but I quickly saw a review of it and is was really positive.
The rest of the stuff, very very well chosen :) 
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December 16, 2013 4:28:37 PM

The bitfenix prodigy is not exactly a small case 9.84" x 15.91" x 14.13".
Compare that to a Silverstone TJ-08E M-ATX case 15.16" x 8.27" x 14.72"

If you like that size, the tj08-e is a better case and the M-ATX boards will be less expensive.

If you want smaller. there are some new versions that are smaller.
I have used the lian li Q08 which is 13.58" x 8.94" x 10.71"

In a small itx case, I would avoid the fan type graphics coolers. You need good case cooling to dissipate the heat.
I would look at the GTX780/ti cards with a stock titan blower that gets air out of the case quickly.
Nvidia seems to run cooler and quieter than the R9 cards.

Can you use a 240gb ssd instead of a hard drive? Everything will be quicker, quieter, and cooler.
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December 16, 2013 4:59:57 PM

Can't do that, the R9 290 is at a better price point than the 780's.

And i thought about the airflow in this build, The fan type cards will be just fine.

1x 230 mm intake in the front
1x 120 mm exhaust in the back
1x 120 mm in the top. Intake or exhaust
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December 16, 2013 5:03:35 PM

I got the ASRock motherboard wrong.

This is the one ASRock Z87E-ITX.
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December 16, 2013 5:10:29 PM

Would you recommend a WD Blue?
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December 17, 2013 5:55:45 AM

That motherboard is really good as well.
The Blue is slower than the Black, but if you're on a budget, then I'd go for it
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