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I'm building a mini itx gaming system and I'd like you to review it.

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December 24, 2013 1:58:39 AM

I've been wanting to build a powerful, portable, overclockable system that can make games look gorgeous for a while now and i think i've devised a good part list.

I will be playing games like: Battlefield 4, Far cry 3 And a whole bunch of other graphically intesive goodness.

Here's the specs:

Case: Bitfenix prodigy black with mesh front.

Motherboard: ASRock Z87E-ITX Mini ITX Motherboard.

CPU: i5 4670k.

Cpu cooler: Hyper 212 EVO.

RAM: G.Skill Sniper F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3.

Graphics Card: ASUS Radeon R9 280X DirectCUII TOP 3GB.

Storage: Western Digital WD Blue 1TB WD10EZEX.

Monitor: ASUS VX238H 23in Widescreen LED Monitor .

PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus 600W ST60F-P.

Adittional Cooling: 1x Bitfenix spectre. (Blue LED)

That just about does it.

If you see something wrong with this build just tell me.

Will this build overclock and run graphically intensive games?

(I'm ordering everything from pc case gear)

Grand Total: $1482

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December 24, 2013 2:13:33 AM

Great system, no problem at all, it will overclock but i always disrecommend it on Mini's. But hey if you know what you are doing and monitor the tempratures well then theres no problem ofc. Although i do monitor Mini's for a longer period of time for tempratures and fan speed.
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December 24, 2013 2:23:13 AM

Looks great! The only thing I'd'd change is to bump the storage up to a Seagate 3TB drive and a 120GB SSD. That's about all I'd change! Although, if you wait, Samsung are bringing out mSATA ssd's (it's rumoured) for around $10 more than the usual ssds, and that motherboard has an mSATA port underneath the PCB, which i find awesome, and is the reason I'll'll probably go for this mobo when i build my LAN machine :D 

It'll overclock as much as you'd expect from an ITX board, but with ample cooling and some fine tuning you should be able to squeeze out a decent amount of performance.
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December 24, 2013 2:23:44 AM

The Prodgy has alot of ventilation. Also with 2 120 mm exhaust fans on the back and top and a 230mm intake in the front the system sould run nice and cool.
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December 24, 2013 2:25:03 AM

And i hear good things about the Hyper 212 EVO.
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December 24, 2013 3:05:47 AM

There's been a change! The new morther board is the ASUS Z87I-PRO Motherboard.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 24, 2013 4:33:26 AM

It'll overclock pretty well. The airflow, especially with a 200/230mm fan in the front is pretty excellent, and both the Asrock and Asus boards are good performers.
I have no idea why a gaming build would need a 3Tb Hdd, though a 120Gb SSD wouldnt be a terrible investment.
The main downside I would say is that the Prodigy isnt as small or portable as I'd like it to be. It's wider than most full towers and the handles are a bit wobbly and awkward for carrying. Not really a 'do not buy', I did, but be aware of its limitations.
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December 24, 2013 4:34:49 AM

Will that PSU run this system?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 24, 2013 4:40:54 AM

Oh. For the PSU, Id probably pick an Atenc HCG-M or True Power Classic, Pccasegear sell both at pretty similar prices to the Silverstone. 600w is plenty
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December 24, 2013 5:33:42 AM

High current games is looking pretty good. I'm wondering if a 600 w psu will power this system overclocked
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a b 4 Gaming
December 24, 2013 6:20:26 AM

Absolutely, very comfortably. The HCG620M would give you plenty of headroom, modular cables and a great OEM - its basically a rebranded Seasonic M12II 620 which is usually a lot more expensive.
The True Power Classic is also Seasonic made and 80Plus Gold which is nice but no modular cables.
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December 24, 2013 6:24:57 AM

I was worried, The rivews on the graphics card i picked said it used a quite a bit of power.
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May 2, 2014 2:13:28 AM

I was going for something similar, just a little bit more investment to make it last a few years.
Have you built it yet?
How is it going?
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