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Mini itx build

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November 28, 2012 10:43:07 AM

Hi folks,

I am building my first from scratch and would love some help/advice/opinions. I will be using it for gaming and media.

ASRock Z77E

INTEL Core i5 Ivy Bridge 3570K - 3.4 GHz - 6 MB L3 Cache

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB : 2 x 4 GB Memory - DIMM 240-pin - 1600 MHz ( PC3-12800 ) - 1.5 V

Crucial 128 GB Internal SSD Serial ATA-600 2.5" M4

BitFenix Prodigy 'Yin' Mini-ITX Cube Case - White/Black [PRODIGY-YIN]

LiteOn IHOS104-06 4x Blu-Ray and DVD Reader

Corsair GS500 Gaming Series 500 Watt ATX PS/2 Power Supply Unit (80 PLUS Certified) Corsair CP-9020005-UK


Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB (7200rpm) SATA 16MB 3.5 inch Hard Drive

2 X Sharkoon Silent Eagle 1000 LED Edition blue Case fan(to replace standard bitfenix fans)

ZALMAN CNPS 8900 Extreme Processor cooler

Many thanks!

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November 28, 2012 10:45:50 AM

Sorry, should of added, there is smallish scope for increased spending?
November 28, 2012 12:14:38 PM

that cooler going fit ? not sure of your clearance around cpu to the ram slots and the pci-e slot being 120mm wide, as that case has heaps of room to have tall cpu coolers types might be better options out there
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November 28, 2012 2:36:07 PM

Any suggestions, i thought i may need a low profile but i see your point?
November 29, 2012 11:58:06 AM

it been designed to take tower type cpu cooler and seen some with Noctua NH-D14 coolers which are not small .

i would be tempted to do away with the wd Caviar and replacing it with a high capacity ssd /hybrid drive or even a laptop hd then remove the front hard drive bays to use a H100 water cooler system mounted in the front, You can mount upto 5x 2.5inch hard drives in there without the cages,
November 30, 2012 11:09:05 AM

it would if u mounted in the top of the case but i cant see why u couldn't mount it in the front also if the hard drive bays where removed
best review of the case I've watched was here
November 30, 2012 12:47:59 PM

cheers for the link, very informative. Thank you for your help, thinking i will go for 200mm radiator on the front, 1 120mm on the top and the H60 to cool the cpu.