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Sub $800 Mini-ITX Build Final Thoughts

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August 30, 2012 5:36:55 AM

Hello there ladies and gentlemen.
I've been planning out this build for quite some time now and I finally got enough money to pull the trigger on this.

Now I know that mini-itx isn't really a typical gaming build, but I really need it since I want it to be semi-portable for my lan parties and for my dorm.

Now I just need some of your thoughts and a good power supply recommendation.
I need to keep the budget just under $800 because I still have to pay taxes and shipping. (I live in Canada)
So now, without any further ado, here's the current build.

Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($191.99)
Asus P8H77-I Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.38)
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Low Profile ($41.68)
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99)
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($218.18)
Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($49.99)
Total = $709.21

No Power Supply yet.
And still thinking if an optical drive is really worth it.
August 30, 2012 8:50:30 AM

I have the same case, with the same RAM, and a 7850 but mine is the MSI version. The PSU I am using is the Antec HCG-520 520W Modular, which seems to be out of stock but that Seasonic version is quite similar. I suggest going with the modular power supply as you won't have a lot of room to work with.

The optical drive is worth it because that takes up a large section at the top of the case which will be otherwise wasted, unless you mod the case to put a hard drive up there or some fancy cooling display unit. And it is only around $10 and nice to have it, you can play your music CD's, movie DVD's etc
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August 30, 2012 11:14:01 PM

Canadian Prices please... >.> I'm pretty sure I stated that. I'll be over budget for that,
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