Mini ITX for modest gaming


First time builder, aiming to setup a mini-itx system for modest gaming as well as satisfy a modest budget.
Please offer feedback on what I have thus far, I welcome any recommendations, or if something isn't going to work well together let me know.

Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz

Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW120G3K5 2.5" 120GB

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W

GIGABYTE GA-H67N-USB3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel H67


Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack

LIAN LI PC-Q11B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower

I'm torn on video card, open to suggestion. Looking at the following:
XFX HD-567X-YNF3 Radeon HD 5670 512MB
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VX-2L Radeon HD 5770

Trying to keep the system around 1,000$ give or take a bit. Plan on playing Witcher 2, Guild wars 2, Skyrim and the like on it. Would purchase within 2 months given availability of parts and pieces.

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  1. for $1000 you can push a much more powerful system.

    Gigabyte ITX H67 board + 4 GB Corsair RAM: $144.98

    i5-2400: $189.99
    its only $5 more than the i3.

    OCX Vertex 2 120GB SSD: $199.99
    Better than the Intel one.

    WD Caviar Green 5400 RPM 1TB Hard drive: $59.99
    We're going with the green since this will be a storage drive only.

    HIS HD6850 1GB: $164.99 w/ $20 rebate
    Its only 9" long, so it will fit in the case below

    SILVERSTONE Sugo Series SG05BB-450 ALL Black Plastic / SECC Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case with SFX 450W 80+ Bronze PSU: $119.99
    It has a massive 36a on the 12v rail. More than enough. Can also hold a full-height 9" card.

    LG 24x DVD Burner: $18.99

    Windows 7 Home Premium: $99.99

    total: $998.91
  2. You're build is not bad for a budget system, but ScrewySqrl has some good suggestions. Especially about the video card. The 5770 is a good card but you'll be much happier with the 6850. I have the Gigabyte 6850 in my mini-ITX rig and its perfect. A friend of mine has the same Sapphire 5770 that you're looking at and he is considering moving up as it's just not quite enough.

    I'm partial to the Lian Li cases myself, but the Silverstone SG05BB-450 is probably the best bang for your buck. The styling is iffy ;) but its a solid case and a solid psu. There is a couple of good SG05 builds shown here:

    Good luck with your build.
  3. I appreciate the feedback guys. I think both suggestions of going with the 6850 graphics card are good ideas, perhaps more than I need now but more room for growth.

    I am pretty set on the LIAN LI PC-Q11B case, considered the Fortress ft03 but its a bit overpriced and slot load DVD/CD is a pain. So in keeping in line of the maximum card the Lian case allows (230mm/9inches) I'm looking for a good 6850 that will fit.

    So far the only cards that fit the bill seem to be the

    GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850


    PowerColor PCS+ AX6850

    Any thoughts on the better of these 2, or other cards to consider?

    Thanks again
  4. Quote:
    So far the only cards that fit the bill seem to be the

    GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 [...] llFullInfo

    That's the one I'm running in my system.
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