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)
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.