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Need mini-itx case for minimalist gaming build? Parts chosen

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May 11, 2014 2:52:12 PM

-This is for my wife and I. We're tired of paying $60 for xbox games and steam is the answer. We want it to be simple - Leave a couple of 360 controllers in at all times, fire up an ISO, and within a couple minutes start gaming.

Low quality graphics are fine. We probably won't play games from the past 3 years on it. We have some catching up to do. But see below, I've found a mini itx friendly gfx card with no 6pin requirement and 300w psu compatibility.

No optical drive needed. only 1 ssd, gtx 750, ASRock H61MV-ITX LGA 1155, and an ivy bridge i3. I've got the ram.

followed this for most of what I'm going for: http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/guides/geforce-gtx-750...

Really just need some help finding the most compact case out there for those parts and nothing more. No 3.5" drives..No room for improvement..mini itx psu only. A front panel isn't even a big deal. Wireless gamepads and we're set.

The xion 720p and cooler master elite 120 are wasting too much space and are larger than I'm looking for. The thing I'm really unsure of is what I'll need to have enough cooling to keep it from failing. If a case isn't out there, I'll seriously look into rigging something. I'm pretty good with building anything custom, but I'd rather pay than sweat it out for the next month.
Any help is appreciated. If I left out any vital info, kindly let me know. I work in IT, but sometimes things slip my mind.
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May 11, 2014 3:50:29 PM

''No optical drive needed. only 1 ssd, gtx 750, ASRock H61MV-ITX LGA 1155, and an ivy bridge i3. I've got the ram''

ok ..if i understand?..you need a ssd + gpu + motherboard + cpu + mini itx case and you got the ram ( which ram you have??)

what is the budget of that rig?
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May 12, 2014 7:39:06 AM

badboyrog2 said:
''No optical drive needed. only 1 ssd, gtx 750, ASRock H61MV-ITX LGA 1155, and an ivy bridge i3. I've got the ram''

ok ..if i understand?..you need a ssd + gpu + motherboard + cpu + mini itx case and you got the ram ( which ram you have??)

what is the budget of that rig?


Correct. I'll be purchasing the mobo, cpu, and gpu (750, non-ti version) seen in the link I provided, as well as any hard drive I can find for no more than $60. Any non-ssd 2.5" drive 120gb+ would be fine. Not sure why I was thinking SSD for this one. Got 4gb of kingston ddr3 I'll slap in there.

Trying to keep the budget around $450 since I've got the ram.

So:

$120 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750
$120 i3-3240 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz LGA 1155
$50 ASRock H61MV-ITX LGA 1155
$60 2.5" HDD

Leaves about $100 for the case, psu, and fans. Hopefully there's something out there with integration of those components that's small enough.
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May 12, 2014 10:14:03 AM

ok i am a little bit over your budget...but i personnaly choose the hardware like it was mine
i know the mobo is a little bit pricy ..but it will last longer because of his heasink over mosfett and choke
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3IC13
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87I GAMING AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 2GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($43.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $518.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-12 13:13 EDT-0400)
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May 12, 2014 11:18:11 AM

The Prodigy is massive, and bigger than most mATX cases lol

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This one is great, and only slightly bigger than an XBox One.

Here's a build just over $500 with the case above with a GPU better than the 750, and a better power supply.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80+ Certified SFX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Other: Silverstone Case Linked ($89.99)
Total: $524.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-12 14:19 EDT-0400)
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May 13, 2014 8:17:17 AM

Thanks guys. I did some research, and the SG05 from Silverstone is my best bet. Bigger than I wanted, but reliable and leaves room for modification and expansion. The raven and ML07 were runners up, but the cube form will fit my entertainment center better.

I'll take you up on the 3420 and the asrock mobo as well to save some cash and get newer tech than ivy bridge. I've decided to turn this build into a steam OS box, so hopefully the 3420 will handle newer, cpu intensive games, at least on their low settings. Seen a LOT of good gaming feedback on the pentium G 860 and the chips after that. Worst case..I get a few months out of it and ask for an i3 for Christmas.

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May 14, 2014 9:34:50 AM

The Pentium is a fine match for a 750, so you'll be fine there :)  You'll get just fine performance in low/medium at 1080p, and some games maybe even better (not new AAA titles though lol)
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