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High-end itx system making last checks

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November 9, 2012 10:04:54 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 weeks

Budget Range: $1600-1800(with tax & shipping)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, gaming recording, everyday stuff

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, ncix, & amazon

Location: central texas, Usa

Parts Preferences: amd(gpu) Samsung (ssd)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 tv

Additional Comments: This a build for a friend that wants a mini-itx that is relativley quiet. Im also stuck on which gpu (7950, 7970, 7970ghz edition). He also is getting a siberia v2 headset but he is still deciding on what color it varies from like $70 to $95. Also he wants green and white leds(front green 230mm, side seen through vent white 12cm, top 2x120mm one green, one white) if it seems like a bad color mix up just tell me its still somewhat in debate and fans are all bitfenix spectre pros and alchemy led strip.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My friend is making the console to pc gaming jump with a large budget in mind. He wants a quiet, efficient, & powerful itx system.

Cpu- i5-3570k

Motherboard- Asrock z77e itx

Cpu cooler- H60(new version)
$75-$15 mir

Ram- G.skill 8gb 1600mhz sniper low voltage

Hdd- seagate barracuda 1tb

Ssd- samsung 840 250gb

Case- bitfenix prodigy

Psu- Antec ea-650 80+ platnium (140mm deep already looked into this and non-modular)

dvd writer- lite-on ihas424-98(he wants a dvd drive and this one sata 3gb if it makes a difference)

keyboard- logitech g510(going to be in living room so no mechanical keyboard)

mouse- logitech g700

OS- windows 7 home premium 64bit http: //

about total $1200 without Gpu, headset, or fans

the leds are all from i found best price from them. right now i can't use there search to work don't if its just me

bitfenix spectre pro 230mm green $23.99

bitfenix spectre pro 120mm green/white $12.99 each

bitfenix 12cm white led strip don't remember price
November 9, 2012 11:03:24 PM

The H60 isn't worth the money. You can fit a good aircooler for the same money in the Prodigy which will outperform the H60 and be quieter. Any watercooling [closed-loop or not] will have a humming noise from its water-pump. It's like a soft ticking sound very much unlike air flowing that some people don't particularly like.

The ASRock mini-ITX board is ok, but the Asus P8Z77-I is a better, more reliable (and probably longer-lasting) board for OCing. It's also more expensive.

Short is good, but is there a reason you want a non-modular PSU?
November 9, 2012 11:18:02 PM

I picked the asrock z77 itx because it got better overclocking results but giving the asus z77 itx another look it seems better. Do you know a good air-cooler for a small form factor? i picked the non-modular because people said a power supply that was bigger than 140mm deep was tricky to get in and the modular cables add more to that length. the psu area has only 170mm deep so i would have even less with modular cables.
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November 10, 2012 2:03:58 AM

Here's a Prodigy with a NH-D14 and the Asus P8z77-I (third post down):

Regarding RAM - to minimize any clearance issues use low-profile ram (must have very short heatspreaders).

I'd personally go with a GTX 670 especially if he's on a single monitor... less power, less heat, one with a super-duper cooler that is nice-n-quiet... Haven't looked at any lately though to recommend specifically.

I'd still say, get a short, modular PSU, storing/hiding the extra cables is a pain.
November 10, 2012 4:36:54 AM

This is for friend and he is into the led kinda of thing and also he wants portability and that cooler is heavy and i have to ship it to him. On the video card side i will ask him tommorrow about a gtx 670. He wanted the three game pack but since this is an itx build a gtx 670 would be a smart choice.