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May 5, 2012 6:57:21 AM

I was considering building a mini itx pc for lan gaming and general portability (in addition to my main system) with a Silverstone case later this year but can anyone come up with a custom itx build to beat the Alienware x51 for $200 less considering the following model [http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=d...] and swapping in a 7870 (already done buy a few x51 owners successfully) and selling the 555 ( for $90 to $100) thus approximately a $250 net addition thus a total of $1400 so the custom build needs to be $1200 and faster than the x51 and include keyboard, mouse and optical drive and at least Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

NB: Neglect the x51 lacking Ivy bridge as we would assume that Dell would refresh their x51 to around the same price. thus a i7 3770 is the focus and no overclocking would be done!

The Alienware x51 has

No Monitor
Alienware Multi-Media Keyboard
Alienware Optical Mouse, MG100
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
Intel® Core™ i7-2600 3.4GHz (8MB Cache) with Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
8GB (2x4GB) Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz
Matte Stealth Black with Dark Chrome Accents
1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 555
1TB SATA 3Gb/s (7,200RPM) 32MB Cache
DW1502 Wireless-N WLAN Half Mini-Card
Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD±RW, CD-RW)
AlienFX Color, Quasar Blue
Steam and Portal™ Factory Installed
330W External Power Supply

I am not a fan of any brand, company, organization or product etc. my loyalty goes to the best on the day because I don't think they are fans of me and my pocket as a result I prefer doing my future builds myself as usual especially mid to full tower but when it come to mini itx I am not sure the alienware x51 looks ok for value (usually to **** expensive like the Aurora) and my main rig would beat it anyway (when I upgrade). Suggestions, advice and comments would be greatly appreciated!

May 5, 2012 7:34:47 AM

actually if your lazy go with x51 it's not bad actually but you do pay premium for stuff you don't need.

for itx i'll search around for something nice.
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May 5, 2012 1:43:38 PM

SilverStone Sugo SG08B Mini ITX / Mini DTX Case w/ 600W PSU - Black (SST-SG08B) (Newegg is out of these right now N82E16811163187 )
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14563
$200

Sony Optiarc 8X Internal Slim DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7740H-01 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16827118064
$36.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16822152185
$109.99

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition OC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16814102983
$359.99

ASRock H77M-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16813157311
$99.99

Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16819116502
$319.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16820233186
$49.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16832116986
$99.99

Logitech MK120 Black USB Wired Slim Desktop (Keyboard and mouse)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16823126097
$19.99
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$1,296.92 you get Ivy and a HD 7870 (newegg shipping is $12.45 w/o the silverstone case will be $30 with it)

scaling back the GPU to a HD 7850 would put you under your $1200 mark
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$250
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May 5, 2012 2:25:07 PM

Silverstone PS07B- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 79$

MSI Z77MA-G45- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 125$

i5 3450- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 200$ (or you can get a 2500k if you want to overclock, but also look into small aftermarket heatsink like this- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or a closed loop water cooler like this- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

G.Skill Ares 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 45$

PC Power & Cooling 750w- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 90$ After Promo Code

Asus 7870 2gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 350$

Sony 24x DVD Burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 18$

Windows 7 Home Premium- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 100$

Also do you want an ssd or just a hard drive?

Total=1007$

This build will allow you to crossfire 2 7870's.
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May 5, 2012 2:27:10 PM

Tavo_Nova said:
actually if your lazy go with x51 it's not bad actually but you do pay premium for stuff you don't need.

for itx i'll search around for something nice.


Well said, the premium is why I created the $200 buffer for the aesthetics of the case and stuff I really don't need!
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May 5, 2012 2:28:49 PM


Also do you want an ssd or just a hard drive?

Around the same price point, but 1tb or 2tb hard drive
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May 5, 2012 10:53:56 PM

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