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Anyone do a Mid to High-End Mini ITX build yet?

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January 18, 2011 10:43:30 PM

Hello,

Looking to make a mid to high-end gamer Mini ITX build.

Approximate Purchase Date: February?

Budget Range: 700-1000$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Music/Video editing.

Parts Not Required: Windows 7 Ultimate

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca, NCIX, Tigerdirect, Canada Computers.

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: I like the Lian li PC-Q08 case cause you can fit a full sized GPU in it, but am open to others.

Overclocking: Never done it.

SLI or Crossfire: nada

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080+

Additional Comments: Just looking for a small portable enough Mini ITX system. It would seem they are getting more mainstream now that the new more efficient CPU's from SandyB' to AMD VISON ETC...

Intro:

Built one system so far thanks to the help of this forum. I am planning on my second. Would like to build a smaller one this time. Would like it to be small, powerful enough to run basically everything and at the same time maintain quality all for under 1000$. Should I wait until the new Micro ITX boards come out? Or should I jump on some discounted items now?

Originally what I wanted to do is actually build a sort of aluminum suitcase portable PC. I think I saw something like it on this forum. Some dude made a custom one which had 2 screens built in that folded out. It was SICK to say the least, but then I cam back to reality and thought that it would be above my level in terms of building. (BTW anyone still have that video)

So back to the Mini ITX system. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks guys.
January 18, 2011 11:26:14 PM

If the reason you want a mini ITX system is for portability a mATX should be small enough for you
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January 18, 2011 11:48:36 PM

I am leaning towards Mini ITX. Really want a desktop but hate the size. Isn't mATX like double the size of mITX once you do the box and everything? I just want something simple, small, and powerful.
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January 19, 2011 12:18:08 AM

Okay if mini ITX is the name of the game let's go

Case: Lian li PC-Q08B http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-112-... ($100)
mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... great little mobo ($90)
CPU: i5 2500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... won't be overclocking on that mobo ($210)
RAM: corsair 4gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($38 AR)
GPU: once the 560 ti is released the gtx 460 prices will plummet you'll be able to pick one up for like 120 ($120)
ODD: good asus http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($17)
Hard drive: 1tb cheap and fast best out there http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... after coupon code ($55)
PSU: ea500D http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($50)
Those are the guts do you need monitor, speakers, keyboard and mouse?

Gut total: $680
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January 19, 2011 12:28:30 AM

for externals here ya go:

monitor: great asus http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($160 AR)
keyboard + mouse razer gaming combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... ($75)
speakers: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($10)

External total: $245

Overall: $925

I'm sorry for not providing links to your requested sites, I give you the parts and you find the links and deals on the items at your websites
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January 19, 2011 12:29:33 AM

joelmartinez said:
Okay if mini ITX is the name of the game let's go

Case: Lian li PC-Q08B http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-112-... ($100)
mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... great little mobo ($90)
CPU: i5 2500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... won't be overclocking on that mobo ($210)
RAM: corsair 4gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($38 AR)
GPU: once the 560 ti is released the gtx 460 prices will plummet you'll be able to pick one up for like 120 ($120)
ODD: good asus http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($17)
Hard drive: 1tb cheap and fast best out there http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... after coupon code ($55)
PSU: ea500D http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($50)
Those are the guts do you need monitor, speakers, keyboard and mouse?

Gut total: $680



Looks like a decent build. Thanks for your input. What would happen to the price if I decided to go SSD, 2X4GB and modular PSU? I think modular would be a better bet since I would be building in a very tight space. I don't need KB or Mouse. My budget is just for the system itself.
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January 19, 2011 12:29:39 AM

newegg.ca should have everything I posted just with inflated prices, use it if you need a combo but for other stuff NCIX.com would be the best since they price match
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