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New ITX build feed back please! :D

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December 10, 2012 8:24:05 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: After Christmas

Budget Range: >1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, game recording, school etc

Are you buying a monitor: No




Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear.com scorptec.com.au

Location: Victoria, Australia mate!

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Unsure

Additional Comments: This Build is for a friend, i am not sure what res his monitor is cause he currently uses a laptop.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Bad compaq laptop.

My thoughts so far on this:
Case:
Bitfenix Prodigy White $89
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
This is the center of the build, I love this case :D 

CPU:
Intel Core i5 3470 $189
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GPU:
MSI Radeon HD7870 Hawk 2GB $269
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

SSD & HDD:
Intel 330 120gb $99
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003 $75
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Memory:
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9S-8GBXL 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3 $35
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

MotherBoard:
ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX Motherboard $165
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Optical drive:
Samsung SH-224BB/BEBS SATA DVDRW Drive OEM $19
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU:
Silverstone Strider 500W ST50F-ES $59
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Total is $999 (lol, i didnt know it totaled that...)

My concerns are:
Is the Best in the price range?
Is the PSU good enough?
Is the CPU to much?

Cheers guys.

More about : itx build feed back

December 10, 2012 8:45:01 PM

Build is fairly good, just some small changes.

If you want to overclock, you need a K series processor (the 3570k) and aftermarket cooling. A 212 EVO will fit inside the Prodigy.
If you dont want to overclock, you can swap to this H77 board.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Better and cheaper SSD.
Samsung 830. $95
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
Umart has a store in Melbourne.

Swap to this dual channel RAM. Its faster and dual channel config takes advantage of the RAM slots full bandwidth. Low profile as well.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Despite having the 750W version in my rig, I advise against the 500W. The lower wattage units arent all that great. Unfortunately, you will have to spend a fair bit more here than you anticipated.
Antec High Current 520W. $83
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
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December 10, 2012 9:08:19 PM

manofchalk said:
Build is fairly good, just some small changes.

If you want to overclock, you need a K series processor (the 3570k) and aftermarket cooling. A 212 EVO will fit inside the Prodigy.
If you dont want to overclock, you can swap to this H77 board.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Better and cheaper SSD.
Samsung 830. $95
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
Umart has a store in Melbourne.

Swap to this dual channel RAM. Its faster and dual channel config takes advantage of the RAM slots full bandwidth. Low profile as well.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Despite having the 750W version in my rig, I advise against the 500W. The lower wattage units arent all that great. Unfortunately, you will have to spend a fair bit more here than you anticipated.
Antec High Current 520W. $83
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...



I have never heard of Umart lol.
I wasnt really going for overclocking and was going with the z77 board as it has Wi-Fi onboard, which is nifty feature for an ITX PC. With the ram will probably go for the dual channel, but wanted to keep it upgrade-able still.

Thanks heaps!
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