So.. Im building my first PC and i am interested in following the Mini ITX form factor; its main purposes will be for video games and streaming hulu/netflix on the device, the monitor will be my samsung 1080p tv screen, and i already have a cordless mouse and keyboard, and i would like to use my PS3 controller as well (for the use of Steam games through big picture mode) I dont have all the money in the world but would like to build this system in the next 2-3 months while keeping it around $900-1200, i would also like the system to be able to live up to upgrades down the road as well as hold its own it terms of performance right now and for the next few years.
this is what i have compiled so far. i generally have the noob question of, does this even make sense? what are my PSU options, and what kind cooling/fan options should i be exploring?
dont see the hype behind the prodigy. it weighs as much as a m-atx case, uses components that cost as much as a m-atx case (matx boards), and is the size of a matx case. also limits what you can put inside
i like how the prodigy has the audio and usb ports on the lower right side, as where as the fractal design case looks like it still has all the ports on the side, i do however like the recommended PSU and the cheaper SSD drive. Thanks!
all the ports are on the top of the case. i doubt you would be using the headphone jacks if this is a media center pc and the usb drives often if you are to watch movies from it
you can easily benefit from the silencing foam that the define mini has to offer. and the non-wobbly legs
-liquid cooling is not a great idea. a fair bit louder than what a heatsink can provide
-for itx boards, you pay more for less. i dont see the logic
-most ram from a good company is the same. corsair ram is no better than gskill
-7950 performs better from what i know. and comes with 3 free games which makes it a much better value
-note that the power connectors on the 660ti are in the middle of the card, cabling will look terrible
thanks for the info on the cooling system, and ive been now comparing the difference benchmark results for games that i play (borderlands 2 , skyrim, the witcher 2) that i would like to play and am interested in the 7950, thanks for your input - and i will definitely look into changing the mobo as well to a stand matx design.
and this is where im at now...
my better 1/2, my wife, is insisting on the case design because she likes its design and the usb portals are useful to her, she puts video/photos from her laptop to view on the television (part of the system has to make up for a broken PS3 and the pedestrian internet priveldges it brought to our household...)
May I recommend the Sugo SG05 if you want a REALLY small case which, I believe, should be able to handle your gpu. It's a nightmare to change anything inside it but once you are done you will have a really awesome small pc which can still pack quite a punch. With the sugo sg05 also comes a high quality 450 watt Silverstone PSU which should be enough if you don't plan to do any serious overclocking.