Looking at venturing into building a Mini-ITX Game system and was wondering if a system built with these parts would be a good system.
I also prefer AMD, ATI, and ASUS.
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE
Motherboard: ASUS M4A88T-I Deluxe
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 Dual Channel Kit
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3, will upgrade to SSD when the newer ones are released.
GPU: XFX ATI Radeon HD 5770, or the 6xxx series whenever they might be released.
I need help looking for a case that can hold 2 3.5" HDD, and hold a 5770. Or if it can hold 1 3.5" HDD for now, and that will give me room for 2 SSD's later on. I am also hoping to use a Corsair H50 for the CPU. And if I can, I would like to use the Cooler Master Elite 460W PSU I currently have.
The Asus ITX mobo only supports 95w CPUs, so I'd probably go for an X4 945 or a 95W X6 1055T instead (unless you found a 95W 955BE for sale somewhere or are going to undervolt). For a case, maybe a Lian Li PC-Q11? Not sure about the H50, but it'll support your HDDs and PSU and will fit the 5770.
I prefer it because it doesn't need to hold anything more than 1 HDD, or 2 SSD, a 5770, and an ODD. Also would it be a good idea to get a modular PSU, like this one, OCZ Fatal1ty 550W?
it's slightly overkill, but it is modular which will help airflow, it's only $65.
moving a computer really isn't that hard, i use mid tower (ATX) and they are easy to move, it's not like if you go ATX you have to get a EATX motherboard. It gets even easier if you get the straps to move the computer with
ie i move my file server to LAN events and to friends houses all of the time, it's in a Cooler Master Centurion 590 and has 5 HDD's 1 ODD and i'ts not that bad (i don't even have the straps to carry it easily)