Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

Gaming Mini-ITx build powerful, quiet, small < $600

Last response: in Systems
Share
April 18, 2014 6:04:43 PM

hey guys,
I want to build a mini-itx, small, powerful, quiet(if not silent) gaming pc that I will only use to game
I need some help plz. Here's my back story so you can help me better
I am a console gamer. Big jump into the pc gaming but only to be able to play some EXCLUSIVE pc games.(Smite, ... and some high end game pc games). I don't play on spending time into changing the settings/configurations/personalization.
I still gonna keep my consoles and keep buying the games for them. Im not switching over to pc gaming just an addition. I will most likely play pc games that are compatible with a controller( since I don't like the mouse/keyboard)
I have a ps3, ps4, wiiu already and it's gonna also be place in my bedroom under my 24" tv.

So now you have it, here's a list I made. was wondering, If I could still drop the price while keeping the performance. Also, please feel free to suggest any other mini-itx powerful build. I have never done that before so if I forget something. Please help. I want SSD and I want 2GB for the video card and small, so it looks like my consoles kinda.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3ucEA
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3ucEA/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3ucEA/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($67.99 @ Micro Center)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($47.50 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($23.29 @ Amazon)
Total: $726.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-18 20:44 EDT-0400)

Thanks for your help.

More about : gaming mini itx build powerful quiet small 600

April 18, 2014 7:05:19 PM

looks good. You may want to look into this GTX 750 Ti SC card for squeezing the most out of the new Maxwell GPU in that class card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And it doesn't even require a 6 pin connector, while having a faster core and memory clock.
m
0
l
April 18, 2014 7:53:37 PM

Hmm well I could make some changes for a better build, but would it be ok if I used different sites instead of just amazon?
m
0
l
Related resources
April 20, 2014 1:36:29 PM

RazerZ said:
Hmm well I could make some changes for a better build, but would it be ok if I used different sites instead of just amazon?


Yes!! It be definitely ok! I live in Canada. So im pretty open to any places. I decided to up my budget to $900 max. As long it's quiet, small(mini-ITx or Micro-Atx) and has SSD

Thanks!!!
m
0
l
April 20, 2014 1:49:13 PM

@ OP
I see CM made a major improvement to their Elite case. They got rid of the big ol' drive cage that used to sit in the way of the front fan. That case was a bear to cool. I had one of the old design. I could not get the CPU to run cool, and there were few after market coolers one could put in the small space under the PSU. And water cooling was out of the question.
Btw, be sure to mount your PSU fan up. When it is down, it is sucking all the air flow away from the CPU cooler.
m
0
l

Best solution

April 20, 2014 2:11:13 PM

Definitely some changes I would make.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.75 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($112.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($85.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($177.05 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($61.50 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.50 @ Vuugo)
Total: $859.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-20 17:09 EDT-0400)

-Using Ca.PcPartPicker.com so it only uses Canadian websites.
-Cheaper RAM, but also slightly faster.
-Better quality SSD. The Kingston V300 120gb SSD isn't that good anymore. It used to be a good drive but Kingston changed the type of flash used in that drive and now it's one of the slowest SSD.
-Added a 1tb HDD because a 120gb SSD won't be able to hold much on it's own.
-Better quality psu and also bigger watts.
-Stronger gpu. The 750ti and R7-265 are about the same price but the 265 performs about 15% better than the 750 ti.
Share
April 20, 2014 4:55:09 PM



Is this an overkill? And do you think think i should replace something there for something better?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3vnM5
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3vnM5/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3vnM5/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Gene Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DSX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($49.90 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($38.57 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($19.11 @ OutletPC)
Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1081.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-20 19:52 EDT-0400)
m
0
l
April 20, 2014 5:00:46 PM

1. You're using USA stores, not Canadian stores. Use Ca.PcPartPicker.com, not PcPartPicker.com.
2. You said you wanted a smaller form factor build. The Phantom 410 is a fairly huge case.
3. No point of such an expensive motherboard. Additionally, no point of going with a mATX board with an ATX case. Go either both ITX, both mATX, or both ATX.
4. This build is unbalanced for a gaming build. The GPU is out of place. You can get a much stronger gpu for a $1000 budget.

There's still more that I can point out, but I think you get it. Definitely not the best build and it also contradicts some of your requirements.
m
1
l
April 20, 2014 5:22:37 PM

realchaos said:
1. You're using USA stores, not Canadian stores. Use Ca.PcPartPicker.com, not PcPartPicker.com.
2. You said you wanted a smaller form factor build. The Phantom 410 is a fairly huge case.
3. No point of such an expensive motherboard. Additionally, no point of going with a mATX board with an ATX case. Go either both ITX, both mATX, or both ATX.
4. This build is unbalanced for a gaming build. The GPU is out of place. You can get a much stronger gpu for a $1000 budget.

There's still more that I can point out, but I think you get it. Definitely not the best build and it also contradicts some of your requirements.


1)I realize at the end I was using the .com one. Thanks
2) I went to Canada Computers and the guy there told me that the phantom was the best and was silent and all.
3):(  I get what you are saying. As you can see I have a first timer build I'd still want that pc still be within my requirements, it's just that I'm overwhelmed with the amount of informations that from all over the place.
4) iM gonna keep working on it. Thanks for your answers. Really appreciated
m
0
l
April 20, 2014 5:36:14 PM

Sorry about not posting a build, I was busy for a bit. But the one real chaos posted is great.

Just a warning, on pcpartpicker.com where a price is listed and the shipping is not such as 74.99+ that means that the shipping is not included in the price. And especially in Canadian sites they can really get you there, I'm talking around $20 added on to the original price. Just thought I'd let you know.
m
1
l
April 20, 2014 6:20:03 PM

So what are you searching for in a case? Do you want it to be small or quiet? I can tell you right now that the Fractal Design Define R4 is the quietest case on the market but it's fairly large compared to a console. Even so, if you go with a mini-ITX case, it shouldn't be too loud if you replace the stock cooler with something quiet.
m
0
l
April 20, 2014 6:26:30 PM

realchaos said:
So what are you searching for in a case? Do you want it to be small or quiet? I can tell you right now that the Fractal Design Define R4 is the quietest case on the market but it's fairly large compared to a console. Even so, if you go with a mini-ITX case, it shouldn't be too loud if you replace the stock cooler with something quiet.


I wanted the Prodigy M. But i dont know if it's gonna be too big. Im really excited to start playing online and playing pc games. Since my consoles are already under my tv I wanted a case small enough to be place there but also quiet.
m
0
l
!