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September 5, 2012 11:48:06 AM

Hello all, I'm looking to build a mini ITX gaming rig, here is the template completed to begin:


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Within the next 2 months

Budget Range: Under £850

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming.

Are you buying a monitor: No - will be plugged into my TV via HDMI

Parts to Upgrade: Complete build

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: anywhere in the UK

Location: UK

Parts Preferences: No particular preferences, except must be mini ITX

Overclocking: No. In fact probably undervolting.

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1366x768

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My gaming laptop is now 3 years old. Time to upgrade. It's a first gen HP Envy 15 with a 1st gen Core i7 processor + mobility Radeon 4830 GPU. I was looking into replacing it with a lenovo Y580. I use a laptop purely because I have a small flat and no room for a desktop. The laptop is plugged into my TV via HDMI. However I've done some measurements and I can squeeze the Silverstone Sugo SG06 into the cabinet. I suspect that by moving to mini ITX I can either a) get much better performance for the same £850 budget or b) get the same performance for much less money.

What helps a lot is that I only need games to run in 720p resolution as I have a 720p TV. This means I really don't need an awful lot of GPU power.

I work in IT and am very comfortable system building. However I have never used mini ITX before and as I've been using a laptop as my main machine for the last 3 years I'm completely out of the loop when it comes to gaming on a desktop, so am just looking for general suggestions, help nad advice please baout component choice.

I'm currently looking on overclockers.co.uk and have come up with this, so any thoughts, ideas and suggestions gratefully received (I will also probably pick up a Zalman CPU cooler):

Sapphire HD 7770 GHz Vapor-X OC Edition 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card Sapphire HD 7770 GHz Vapor-X OC Edition 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £119.99

Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Hard Drive - Retail Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Hard Drive - Retail £113.99

Silverstone Sugo SG06 HTPC Case with 450W Power Supply - All Black (SST-SG06BB USB3.0) Silverstone Sugo SG06 HTPC Case with 450W Power Supply - All Black (SST-SG06BB USB3.0) £109.99

Intel Core i3-3220 3.30GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail Intel Core i3-3220 3.30GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail £99.95

Asus P8H77-I Intel H77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 MiniITX Motherboard Asus P8H77-I Intel H77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 MiniITX Motherboard £83.99

Corsair Vengeance Blue Low Profile 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CML8GX3M2A1600C9B) Corsair Vengeance Blue Low Profile 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CML8GX3M2A1600C9B) £44.99

Total : £584.89

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September 5, 2012 1:37:36 PM

Apparently you did a great job assembling this build!

I would only change the i3 for an i5. Many games already loves true quad core cpus.
September 5, 2012 2:01:48 PM

not to bad a build
seams like size will factor into your case choice
a BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX Case offers more options for itx gaming build but then u will need more room and need to add to the cost for the power supply
a Silverstone SG08 Black with 600W would look cleaner but its just a little bit bigger then the sg06 and some extra cost
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