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October 16, 2012 11:28:13 PM

Thinking about a Mini-Itx gaming pc this fall. This is what I've come up with; http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ksqs . I have a 1 terabyte hard drive and a DVD drive already, so that's why they aren't listed. Anyone have any other suggestions? I would've liked to go with an AMD cpu, but there aren't really any good Mini-Itx AM3+ boards.
a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2012 11:39:45 PM

*mATX
a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2012 11:39:52 PM

Any particular reason why you want Mini ITX? It's pretty small, and very limiting. I'd go with mATZ at the least.
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October 16, 2012 11:45:59 PM

Well I will be taking it with me on the weekends some time, so portability is pretty important to me, and I just think it's a cool form factor. Also there are a few pretty good 1155 mini itx boards out now. But if you've got any suggestions on the matx front I'm open to them.

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a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2012 11:56:08 PM
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this is what i would build also i heard that win 8 isnt even going to be that good so it is your choice

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.44 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($93.20 @ Amazon)
Total: $1130.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

for CPU cooler it can vary, seen some with a nice H40 inside though.
October 17, 2012 12:04:27 AM

That looks pretty good to me. I heard the same so I may end up sticking with 7, but I'll see what games are compatible with 8 and what people think of it when it comes out.
a b 4 Gaming
October 17, 2012 12:05:00 AM

Erm, one thing to think about, just as a side note, is that dvd drive of yours. Is it going to fit in a case that small, or are you going to have to buy a notebook drive?
a b 4 Gaming
October 17, 2012 12:10:17 AM

If you're going with mini ITX, the best case to get is the Bitfenix Prodigy, hands down. Lots of room and looks great.
October 17, 2012 12:14:41 AM

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October 17, 2012 12:14:44 AM

Looks pretty good, I'll see if they've got one down at microcenter that I can see in person.
a b 4 Gaming
October 17, 2012 4:21:59 AM

for CD drive see if any of your friends have USB CD drives or just open the case connect sata ports and stuff and install drivers from the CD drive and then download the rest later
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