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July 10, 2011 2:28:05 AM

Hey guys. This is my first build, so I don't know exactly everything I want. What I want to do is make a mini-itx build, fit for today's gaming. I have looked around for boards, and I am hoping to find one that has Wifi and supports I7/I5 CPU. I am hoping to get in 8gig RAM, maybe 16gig later when it gets cheaper, so I would like a board that goes up to 16gig. I plan to get a Monitor that does 1080. For graphics, I was looking around a Geforce GTX 560 Ti, or GTX 460, or something else around the range.

I am open to suggestions for mini-itx motherboards, along with graphics cards. I would like to get a smooth FPS in a game on High settings such as Metro 2033.




Approximate Purchase Date: This summer. Hopefully soon.

Budget Range: $900 Max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Coding, Surfing, Movie Watching.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, 8gig RAM

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I would like to get an Intel I7 or I5, an Nvidia Core Geforce 560 Ti, something around there.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Mini-ITX motherboard (onboard wifi, 16RAM max)


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July 10, 2011 3:12:35 AM

That's like saying: "I want to buy a ford model T and have it run the same speed as a Lamborghini without upgrades" ... It's not possible.
You can however go with a micro-ATX build
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July 10, 2011 3:16:04 AM

^+1

Metro is a demanding game, even GPUs like 560 Ti/6950 have hard times running it. Both get hot with low airflow and that's what you should expect in a mini-ITX build.
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July 10, 2011 3:21:08 AM

Smooth settings in Metro on high would seem to be impossible since systems with dual graphics cards can struggle to do that on high resolution monitors .

ITX limits you to one gfx card , and an H67 chipset so you cant overclock
So as a guideline

i5 2500

AsRock H67M-ITX/HT LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

2 x2 gig of DDR 1333 RAM

SILVERSTONE Sugo Series SG07-B Black Aluminum / SECC Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 600W 80+ Bronze Certified / Single +12V rail Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and either a Radeon 6950 or an nVidia GTX 570

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July 10, 2011 3:27:47 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Smooth settings in Metro on high would seem to be impossible since systems with dual graphics cards can struggle to do that on high resolution monitors .

ITX limits you to one gfx card , and an H67 chipset so you cant overclock
So as a guideline

i5 2500

AsRock H67M-ITX/HT LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

2 x2 gig of DDR 1333 RAM

SILVERSTONE Sugo Series SG07-B Black Aluminum / SECC Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 600W 80+ Bronze Certified / Single +12V rail Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and either a Radeon 6950 or an nVidia GTX 570


I think we have a problem...
Dimensions for the case: 8.74" x 7.48" x 13.78"
length of Radeon 6850 (lowest): 8.9"
length of GTX 570: 10.5"
I don't think the card is going to fit...since there is a PSU in there
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July 10, 2011 3:30:15 AM

^+1
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July 10, 2011 3:51:54 AM

Looks sleek, but seriously. It doesn't look like it's possible! But I'm seeing reviews where it will.
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July 10, 2011 4:24:17 AM

r0aringdrag0n said:
I think we have a problem...
Dimensions for the case: 8.74" x 7.48" x 13.78"
length of Radeon 6850 (lowest): 8.9"
length of GTX 570: 10.5"
I don't think the card is going to fit...since there is a PSU in there


Either card would fit .
the case is 13 .78 inches long , the gfx card only 10.5

"Exhaustive testing was conducted to create unique VGA fan duct and exhaust vents that enable SG07 to not only accommodate the longest consumer graphics cards physically (up to 12.2 inches/310mm) but also capable of supporting graphics thermal profile of up to 400W through overclocking. For the CPU and motherboard area, a record-breaking use of 180mm fan (bigger than the Mini-ITX motherboard!) with vortex generating design was utilized to provide possibility of fanless CPU cooling of up to 95W"

Im guessing you have to have small fingers to plug everything in though !
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July 10, 2011 4:30:51 AM

You know what small fingers mean... Small gloves of course.
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July 10, 2011 4:45:05 AM

I just watched the video on the newegg page .

Im sure its not an easy build
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July 10, 2011 6:32:50 AM

I'm not using a case, I'm doing that all custom, so I don't have to worry about space. I thought Metro 2033 would be fine, since the benchmarking on the Nvidia site for the Geforce GTX 560 Ti: http://www.geforce.com/#/Hardware/GPUs/geforce-gtx-560t.... They say it can run Metro 2033 at 30 FPS. I don't really want to spend $300+ on a graphics card, will the GTX 560 Ti work fine? Also, is it worth getting an I7, or will an I5 work just fine for what I want to do? I don't want to spend extra money if it isn't worth it. Thanks much guys.
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