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May 10, 2012 11:31:55 PM

I am Looking for an extremely portable system of components to go along with the Lian Li PC-Q08.
It fits Mini ITX/DTX motherboards, an ATX PSU,4-6 HDDs, 1 x 5.25" bay.
I prefer an Intel CPU and an NVidia GPU.
I have a budget ao around $1500 plus Tax and plan to order everything I can from due to Newegg's shipping rates to Canada. The way I see it, the Case and MOBO from Newegg, everything else from

I was looking at the ASUS p8z77-I Deluxe along with the i5 3570k

Is this the best?
What other components should I be looking at for the rest of the build?

Thanks in advance,

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May 10, 2012 11:46:38 PM <----- this is the sticky topic at the top of this forum. Please copy & paste it on here. In the mean time try something like "shopbot canada" and see if you can find that board down below or something similar.
ASRock Z77E-ITX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard <----- a better look at that board.
May 11, 2012 12:36:14 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Few Weeks

Budget Range: $1500 including OS

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Multimedia, Web browsing

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, Newegg (their shipping is rediculous so avoid if possible)

Country: Canada (London, ON)

Parts Preferences: Lian Li PC-Q08, Intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: NO

Monitor Resolution: 1280*1024 (support for a second would be nice)

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May 11, 2012 12:37:15 AM

I also looked at the ASUS P8Z77-I DELUXE. It seemed great.
June 24, 2012 8:52:36 AM

I currently use a PC-Q08 for my ITX system and it's great. But make sure you really plan your build out ahead of time. If you're going to run an all-in-one water cooler make sure you get one that will fit. You will not be able to fit a larger Radiator with the PSU placement as the case sits. Also if you're not to attached to the case Bitfenix has a new case out now called the Prodigy. Will save you some money plus the layout is a little more efficient allowing you to use a tower cooler such as the Hyper 212 thus saving you even more money. But you can't beat Lian Li as far as the quality of the case goes. Here's a link to the Prodigy:

If this were my build this is what I'd get.

Lian Li PCQ-08

Asus z77-itx

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

Corsair Vengeance 8gb 2x4 Get low profile to be safe.

Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer CPU cooler (note: I use the pro version and it's way better than the corsair I've used)

Corsair AX650 PSU

Intel i5 3570k

Crucial M4 256gb SSD

EVGA GTX670 2gb

Your choice of DVD Burner

It maybe a little over your budget, but you could get a 128gb ssd instead of 256. Or get the ASRock Motherboard which is cheaper. Or even get a cheaper CPU cooler if you'd like.