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$1700 MINI ITX BUILD

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May 27, 2012 12:40:14 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: June...ish

Budget Range: $1700 before rebated and 13% HST

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching movies, web surfing

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard (I NEED AN OS AND A MONITOR)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tigerdirect.ca (anywhere that has good shipping rats, and/or in store locations.

Country: CANADA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, NVIDIA GPU (If AMD has a better deal I't take that too), Mini ITX case and MOBO( I was thinking the ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe with The Lian Li PC-Q08)

Overclocking: Yes (How much depends on what CPU cooler I can cram in there)

SLI or Crossfire: No (mini itx)

Monitor Resolution: Yet to be detirmined (advice on monitor please)

Additional Comments: SMALL!!! I am also wondering if I could put a water cooling 120mm radiator in the top fan mount. (eg. corsair H80)

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May 27, 2012 2:11:40 PM

why not micro atx. its only slightly bigger and you can cram so much more hardware
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May 27, 2012 2:40:43 PM

I'm not planning on mmore than 1 GPU or 2 internal drives or 1 external drive so I thought I would go as small as possible.
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May 27, 2012 3:04:56 PM

I am currently using a Q08 as a back up pc. I am considering converting it to a gaming system, and it looks very good for that purpose. Take a look at the red version. I have one, and the color is stunning.

It will hold the longest of graphics cards. I suggest using one of the newer 28nm based cards which will eliminate any cooling issues. With your budget, a GTX680 is good, but a GTX670 will really be all you need for a single monitor.
If you go crazy, even a GTX690 will work.

The case will hold a standard ATX psu. 650W should do it. Because of the limited room, I suggest a modular psu.
The seasonic X650 would be good.

I would plan on using only a single large 250gb SSD if you can. It should be sufficient for the OS and more than a dozen games. Add a hard drive for overflow if you must.

One issue with the case is the limited height for the cpu cooler.
After research, the best one I can find that fits is the tr AXP-140.
Noctua now makes the NH-L12 cooler which I think will fit.
I love the noctua fans, so check that one out.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The supplied 140mm intake fan delivers plenty of airflow for both the cpu and the graphics card.
Some will try to fit a liquid cooler into the case, but the radiator will take out one of the supplied cooling openings and screw things up by delivering heated air into the case. That may be good for the cpu, but not for the graphics card. I don'r think it is really necessary. If you oc a 2500K or 3570K to 4.0 or so, you will have no heat issues, and that is plenty fast for any games.
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May 27, 2012 3:12:55 PM

Best answer selected by Logan77.
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May 27, 2012 3:13:02 PM

Thanks
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