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MIni-ITX Build - Please give feedback and opinions?

Hey guys,

Here is my setup I am about to build. Just looking for some feedback on what could be improved/changed.

CPU: Intel Core i5 4670k 3.4 GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Impact
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-2133 (F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL)
HDD: WD Blue 1TB 7200rpm
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270x 2GB Double Dissipation
Case: Corsair 250D Mini ITX
PSU: Antec HCG 620W Modular

Look forward to feedback. Cheers guys.
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  1. Two things:
    1. Get 1600MHz CL9 RAM, you probably won't notice the difference in anything else but the price.
    2. That motherboard and CPU are expensive since they're meant for overclocking. Either change those to their cheaper non-OC variants or get a CPU cooler you can overclock with.
  2. Nothing wrong there :) except that motherboard is overkill and you could get something cheaper like a Z97 motherboard from Asuss save some money? Also if the price difference isn't that much you can change your 1TB 7200RPM to a 1TB SSHD. Also if the price difference is less than $30 I recommend using the extra $50+ you saved on the motherboard to get Intel's new I5 4690K. And you still save about $20 or so :) And you can use the remaining money for a CPU cooler like Hyper 212 evo.
  3. CAaronD said:
    Nothing wrong there :) except that motherboard is overkill and you could get something cheaper like a Z97 motherboard from Asuss save some money? Also if the price difference isn't that much you can change your 1TB 7200RPM to a 1TB SSHD. Also if the price difference is less than $30 I recommend using the extra $50+ you saved on the motherboard to get Intel's new I5 4690K. And you still save about $20 or so :) And you can use the remaining money for a CPU cooler like Hyper 212 evo.


    Good points, but in this case water cooling is the only viable option (see case dimensions here).
  4. Eduello said:
    Two things:
    1. Get 1600MHz CL9 RAM, you probably won't notice the difference in anything else but the price.
    2. That motherboard and CPU are expensive since they're meant for overclocking. Either change those to their cheaper non-OC variants or get a CPU cooler you can overclock with.


    Thanks for feedback. The difference in price of the RAM was only $1-2 AUD between 1600mhz CL9 and 2133 CL11. With the ASUS ROG I believe I can easily overclock RAM to 1600 CL9 or better? Is this correct?

    Also with CPU overclocking would I have to go with something like the corsair h100i or would something a little cheaper (still in the corsair line) still do the job for overlocking to 4GHz or so?
  5. CAaronD said:
    Nothing wrong there :) except that motherboard is overkill and you could get something cheaper like a Z97 motherboard from Asuss save some money? Also if the price difference isn't that much you can change your 1TB 7200RPM to a 1TB SSHD. Also if the price difference is less than $30 I recommend using the extra $50+ you saved on the motherboard to get Intel's new I5 4690K. And you still save about $20 or so :) And you can use the remaining money for a CPU cooler like Hyper 212 evo.


    With the Motherboard it only cost me $209AU from my local store. (I think they only had a few left). The price difference between A Z97 board and the VI Impact was only $10-$20 as I am looking for something with built in wifi and a very high quality soundboard.
  6. Zargox said:
    Eduello said:
    Two things:
    1. Get 1600MHz CL9 RAM, you probably won't notice the difference in anything else but the price.
    2. That motherboard and CPU are expensive since they're meant for overclocking. Either change those to their cheaper non-OC variants or get a CPU cooler you can overclock with.


    Thanks for feedback. The difference in price of the RAM was only $1-2 AUD between 1600mhz CL9 and 2133 CL11. With the ASUS ROG I believe I can easily overclock RAM to 1600 CL9 or better? Is this correct?


    Yes, you could probably OC RAM pretty easily on that setup, but if the price difference is only a few AUD, just go for the 2133 CL11 RAM kit.
  7. Eduello said:
    Zargox said:
    Eduello said:
    Two things:
    1. Get 1600MHz CL9 RAM, you probably won't notice the difference in anything else but the price.
    2. That motherboard and CPU are expensive since they're meant for overclocking. Either change those to their cheaper non-OC variants or get a CPU cooler you can overclock with.


    Thanks for feedback. The difference in price of the RAM was only $1-2 AUD between 1600mhz CL9 and 2133 CL11. With the ASUS ROG I believe I can easily overclock RAM to 1600 CL9 or better? Is this correct?


    Yes, you could probably OC RAM pretty easily on that setup, but if the price difference is only a few AUD, just go for the 2133 CL11 RAM kit.



    Sorry I forgot to ask. I would eventually like to OC the CPU. For OC'ing to something like 4.0-4.3GHz would I need something as big as the corsair h100i to be safe or would something a bit cheaper (preferably from the corsair line for case compatibility) do the job?
  8. Best answer
    Zargox said:
    Eduello said:
    Zargox said:
    Eduello said:
    Two things:
    1. Get 1600MHz CL9 RAM, you probably won't notice the difference in anything else but the price.
    2. That motherboard and CPU are expensive since they're meant for overclocking. Either change those to their cheaper non-OC variants or get a CPU cooler you can overclock with.


    Thanks for feedback. The difference in price of the RAM was only $1-2 AUD between 1600mhz CL9 and 2133 CL11. With the ASUS ROG I believe I can easily overclock RAM to 1600 CL9 or better? Is this correct?


    Yes, you could probably OC RAM pretty easily on that setup, but if the price difference is only a few AUD, just go for the 2133 CL11 RAM kit.



    Sorry I forgot to ask. I would eventually like to OC the CPU. For OC'ing to something like 4.0-4.3GHz would I need something as big as the corsair h100i to be safe or would something a bit cheaper (preferably from the corsair line for case compatibility) do the job?


    Well the H100i would be what I'd recommend. If you simply can't afford it, the H60 should do as well, although I wouldn't recommend it.

    @Your previous post about the motherboard: Well if you are getting a good deal on it, go for it.
  9. Thanks very much for your help Eduello!
  10. No problem :)
  11. Then I guess you're right. But definitely a cheaper motherboard. Although water cooling isn't worth it at this price point, it's the only cooling that can be put in that case? So better to overclock little or none at all? So just get an I5 4690 right?
  12. Sorry didn't see.
  13. CAaronD said:
    Then I guess you're right. But definitely a cheaper motherboard. Although water cooling isn't worth it at this price point, it's the only cooling that can be put in that case? So better to overclock little or none at all? So just get an I5 4690 right?


    I don't understand. Could you explain a little why water cooling isn't worth it at 'this price point'?
    Also for the features of the Maximus VI Impact you don't think it is worth the extra $20 - $30?
  14. All the advice you have had is pretty good - if you want to use a 250D then a H100i with an Asus motherboard is about the best way to do it (though the daughter-board on the Impact will block the side fans slightly, it's better than some other companies which put connectors here).

    One thing I would point out is that most of your build is pretty high end and expensive, but your graphics card is decidedly mid-range. There's nothing wrong with it today, and if you are just gaming at 1080P then it should serve you well. My concern would be that if gaming is the primary focus of this system, you would have been better off forcing more funds into graphics over CPU (by CPU I mean all of the costs associated with CPU overclocking, they are fairly significant) as it won't have a huge lifespan relative to your other components.
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