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Upgrading Mini-ITX PSU and adding Graphics Card, $200 Budget

Current System Specs:
CPU: Sandy Bridge Pentium G620
Motherboard: ASRock H67M-ITX
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3 1333
Case: Rosewill RC-CIX-01 (150 watt PSU) Mini-ITX
PSU: Channel Well Technology Model: DSP-150
Connected through HDMI to my TV @ 1080p

I built this system primarily as an HTPC and it works great. Playing 1080p content without a hitch.
I've recently been playing some games on it (Walking Dead, Arkham Asylum, Sleeping Dogs)
Games run fine as long as I lower my resolution to 720 or less and lower all the detail settings.

Now I've decided to finally add a separate GPU so I can run these current games much better.
Since I have a Mini-ITX case I'm limited to a single slot Video Card and dont want to spend over $200.
Another problem I have is that the case only came with 150W and I know I have to replace it with a much powerful one at least 300W? so it can handle the new video card.

What PSU can I get that will fit my case and what's the best video card I can get for less than $200?

I've been browsing Newegg and I'm think this PSU might be good enough?
Athena Power AP-MFATX35 350W Mini ITX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817338063

Looking at these Video Cards:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102958
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007Z3T5JC/
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062HIQLU/
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  1. Those cards will be about the most you can safely run with a small PSU. Here is a hierarchy chart for comparison, but the HD 7760 would be the fastest and latest technology of the 3. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html Assuming your case will accept the length of the card, it would be a good choice.

    Use this PSU calculator to see what size you need based on the devices in your system. But the 350W should be more than enough.
    http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/ I did a quick run thru assuming you had a Blu-Ray drive and regular SATA HDD and came up with you needing a 254W PSU. If the one in your link fits your case, that would be a good choice.
  2. out of all the cards I think this is the only 7750 card that would fit in my case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131461

    and i might just grab a 400w mini itx PSU since reviews are saying it performs better than the previous 350W model.
  3. This one's a few bucks less and has free shipping.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161403
    I don't think you'll ever add enough power hungry devices to that HTPC to warrant a bigger PSU. But bigger can't hurt ;)

    Whatever you decide on, it appears you've thought it out carefully.
  4. Another option I thought off is to get a slightly bigger case with lets say 300-350W included. Might be cheaper than to just get an $80 mini-itx 400W?
  5. Most of those built-in power supplies are low quality and way over rated when it comes to watts. The 400W one you originally linked to is probably OK, though, for a card that gets all its power from the PCIe slot.
  6. I see.
    I was thinking lets say i get this one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147099
    I would be saving around $30 and wouldn't have to worry about the size of the GPU but then I don't know if my mini-ITX board would mount on this case.
  7. flipside927 said:
    I see.
    I was thinking lets say i get this one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147099
    I would be saving around $30 and wouldn't have to worry about the size of the GPU but then I don't know if my mini-ITX board would mount on this case.

    The 4 holes in a mini itx board line up with the same 4 holes on a mATX board. There will be no problem there.

    If you decide on the mini tower, the PSU has a 14A and 13A +12V rail. That would be suitable for getting a more powerful card too. Is this for a HTPC installation, or are you undecided? Your case size is getting a bit big for an HTPC.
  8. clutchc said:
    The 4 holes in a mini itx board line up with the same 4 holes on a mATX board. There will be no problem there.

    If you decide on the mini tower, the PSU has a 14A and 13A +12V rail. That would be suitable for getting a more powerful card too. Is this for a HTPC installation, or are you undecided? Your case size is getting a bit big for an HTPC.


    That's awesome!
    I don't really mind the size since not going to be in a shelf or anything. It will be on the floor next to my tv.
    It would probably give me a good start if I ever want to further upgrade my parts in the future.
    If decide to go this route an HD 7770 would be a good upgrade? Put the savings into the card instead?
  9. They do make a 7750 low profile now, so if you want to do that that might be more interesting:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202002&Tpk=7750%20low%20profile
  10. Deemo13 said:
    They do make a 7750 low profile now, so if you want to do that that might be more interesting:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202002&Tpk=7750%20low%20profile


    I was looking at that card too. The hight isn't really a problem as to the thickness and length. The problem with my tiny case is the length of the slot is a little less then 7". the cables from the PSU comes out where the video card would line up.
  11. If you want to maintain the HTPC look, then you can go for something like this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119261

    It fits full size graphics cards and full size power supplies.
  12. Deemo13 said:
    If you want to maintain the HTPC look, then you can go for something like this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119261

    It fits full size graphics cards and full size power supplies.


    Thanks! that case actually looks pretty amazing
    can you recommend a good 350W PSU that would be good for this and my mobo?
  13. Deemo13 said:
    If you want to maintain the HTPC look, then you can go for something like this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119261

    It fits full size graphics cards and full size power supplies.

    When did that show up on Newegg? Or did I just overlook it? I was looking for a low cost case like that awhile back for an HTPC build. I like that. Of course, now I'm not in the market for one.
  14. I dunno, as far as I know its been there. I almost got one to take with me to college, but I went with an Antec Sonata instead.

    And a good PSU for you would be the CX430:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=cx430
  15. So here are the parts I've decided to go with.
    What do u guys think?

    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $182.96
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-27 10:52 EDT-0400)
  16. Sounds good. If you want a beefier GPU, you can go for the 7770, which shouldn't be too much more.
  17. Those choices are OK, but I gotta ask... since you now are going to have a case that supports full size 2-bay graphic cards, and you can use a full size PSU of any size, why are you limiting your self to such an anemic graphic card? It will be OK compared to what you are used to, but it will struggle at 1080p with most games.
  18. clutchc said:
    Those choices are OK, but I gotta ask... since you now are going to have a case that supports full size 2-bay graphic cards, and you can use a full size PSU of any size, why are you limiting your self to such an anemic graphic card? It will be OK compared to what you are used to, but it will struggle at 1080p with most games.


    I would like to stick to my $200 budget. Also, I'm just going to be doing some light gaming. Don't really need Ulta settings or anything like that.
    Probably in the future when i decided to really turn it into a gaming rig I have the option to do so
  19. Best answer
    flipside927 said:
    I would like to stick to my $200 budget. Also, I'm just going to be doing some light gaming. Don't really need Ulta settings or anything like that.
    Probably in the future when i decided to really turn it into a gaming rig I have the option to do so

    As Deemo13 mentioned above, you can move up a tier to the HD 7770 and still stay in your budget: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006662%20600298539&IsNodeId=1&Description=hd%207770&name=Radeon%20HD%207770%20GHz%20Edition&Order=PRICE&Pagesize=20
    But whatever you decide, enjoy the build.
  20. clutchc said:
    As Deemo13 mentioned above, you can move up a tier to the HD 7770 and still stay in your budget: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006662%20600298539&IsNodeId=1&Description=hd%207770&name=Radeon%20HD%207770%20GHz%20Edition&Order=PRICE&Pagesize=20
    But whatever you decide, enjoy the build.


    I'll definitely consider it.
    Thanks for the all the help guys!
    I'll update you once I complete the build.
  21. Good luck!
  22. Apparently that CM Elite 120 Advanced case is a new release: http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/News/312782,cooler-masters-new-elite-120-advanced-looks-like-a-tiny-powerhouse.aspx No wonder I didn't find it when I was looking. That may be my case for my next miniITX build though.
  23. Hmm. I did not know it was a new release! Its a nice looking case.
  24. Best answer selected by flipside927.
  25. So I went with HD 7770. Should be arriving later today!

    If I decide to upgrade my CPU from a G620 to an i3 would I see a difference in watching HD movies and gaming? That's basically what I do in this computer.
  26. flipside927 said:
    So I went with HD 7770. Should be arriving later today!

    If I decide to upgrade my CPU from a G620 to an i3 would I see a difference in watching HD movies and gaming? That's basically what I do in this computer.

    Gaming, yes. HD movies, no. Even the integrated Intel HD Graphics is more than capable of good video for HD movies. Of course, streaming HD movies is dependent on a fast internet connection. But for everything else, including gaming, there will be an improvement.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/406?vs=289
  27. clutchc said:
    Gaming, yes. HD movies, no. Even the integrated Intel HD Graphics is more than capable of good video for HD movies. Of course, streaming HD movies is dependent on a fast internet connection. But for everything else, including gaming, there will be an improvement.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/406?vs=289


    Thank you so much for the quick reply!
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