High-end itx system making last checks

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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

Motherboard- Asrock z77e itx http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157312&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

Cpu cooler- H60(new version) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181030
$75-$15 mir

Ram- G.skill 8gb 1600mhz sniper low voltage http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

Hdd- seagate barracuda 1tb http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=65701&vpn=ST1000DM003&manufacture=Seagate&promoid=1387

Ssd- samsung 840 250gb

Case- bitfenix prodigy http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=71143&vpn=BFC%2DPRO%2D300%2DKKXSK%2DRP&manufacture=BitFenix&promoid=1395

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 http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Wireless-Gaming-Mouse-G700/dp/B003VAM32E/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1352504748&sr=1-1&keywords=g700+mouse

OS- windows 7 home premium 64bit http: //www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

about total $1200 without Gpu, headset, or fans

the leds are all from us.ncix.com 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
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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. i've decided on cooler to go with noctua c12p http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608019
    but im still unsure of which video card to get its 7950 vs 7970 vs 7970ghz edition my friend isnt really into overclocking so im thinking the 7970
  4. Here's a Prodigy with a NH-D14 and the Asus P8z77-I (third post down): http://www.overclock.net/t/1271326/build-log-snow-radar-bitfenix-prodigy-arctic-white-completed/30

    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.
  5. 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.
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