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October 11, 2012 1:52:50 PM

This will be mostly used for gaming, and a little video rendering.
My budget is around 1000.

This is the list that i came up with:

Fractal Design Node 304 $89.99

ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe mITX $194.99

Intel Core i5 3570K $219.99

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo $29.99

Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 $35.99

Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM $89.99

Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC 1100MHZ 2GB $259.99

OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w $99.99

Total Before Rebate: $1020.92

Total After Rebate: Around $900

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October 11, 2012 3:14:31 PM

very good build. i would add some more ram, but otherwise very good...

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October 11, 2012 3:58:47 PM
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My concern is with your case, PSU and graphics card. Make sure that graphics card which is 280mm will fit along with your PSU which is 160mm + modular cable extrusion.

Your case states that it supports: "ATX PSUs, up to 160mm in length (To fit in combination with a long graphics card, PSUs with modular connectors on the back typically need to be shorter than 160 mm)"

It also states that it supports: "Graphics cards, up to 310mm in length, when 2 HDD brackets are removed (Graphics cards longer than 170 mm will conflict with PSUs longer than 160mm)"

Make sure all will work with the above constraints. When I build a mini-ITX with an enclosure I haven't used before, I always buy the case first so I can make measurements myself and generate ideas. You don't need such a large-capacity PSU - that PSU is also pretty long (160mm) see if you can get something shorter like 150mm (ATX can have different lengths) and modular is a must.

If you plan to overclock then definitely get the Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe. Forget the Gigabyte, ASRock, Zotac, or anyone else who is selling mini-itx boards that don't have robust-enough VRM for a long-term stable OC. Those other boards are really just glorified HTPC boards. The Asus is a solid overclocker and has an excellent board layout.
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October 12, 2012 2:31:44 AM

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PSU is overkill, your never going to crossfire in a mITX system (500-550 w is more than enough, id try and get something modular), id get this.
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=PS-BP550UP

Make sure that ram is low profile, the regular vengeance's heat spreaders will wreck havok in your small case. Heres what a link to the low profile.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Unless you are uncomfortable overclocking yourself, its never a good idea to overpay for modest factory overclocks. Get this instead.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=69863&vpn=HD7870-DC2-2...

Make sure said video card and cpu cooler fits inside your case!

Unless you need specific features that the mobo you selected provides, id get this one instead for 60 dollars cheaper (has wifi too i believe).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Spend your savings on a nice SSD (crucial m4, samsun 830, ocz vertex 4, intel 330)! and if you saved enough possibly upgrade your GPU to a 7950 (will cost the same as the 7870 you selected ;)  )!



If the price of the Factory OC card is around the same as a card at stock speed, should i still choose to avoid the overclocked one?

Also, is the Basiq PSU a reliable PSU? I wish to have a quality PSU in this build, maybe something from Seasonic?
October 19, 2012 12:10:03 AM

Best answer selected by iceandele.
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