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Gaming in Tight Spaces…..mini-ITX (featuring Gigabyte, Silverstone, and Prolimatech)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by miahallen, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. miahallen

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    I read the whole thing. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing. :D
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    Very nice. :)
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    Brilliantly done, I've been wanting to do a mini ITX build for a while now, just because it's more challenging I would say. This not only looks great, but it's very convenient I am sure :toast: Good job!
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    i've been pondering something like this for a while now, but i lack the funds to have two gaming systems.
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    Thanks guys, glad you enjoyed it :)
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    about to build one and ur review really helpfull, im definitely gonna grab samuel 17, ty bud :toast:
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    Impressive. Though, the 5850 looks like a tight fit and you're CLOSE to maxing out that PSU. Maybe I should do the same for an HTPC/backups server build I've been wanting to do.
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    I too have dreamed of a mini-itx build, almost exactly identical to this one even, well done! the build came up top-shelf.
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    Thanks guys :toast:
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    I'm planning to rebuild this with some proper modding in the next few months to turn it into the ultimate mini-ITX rig....what do you guys think of the following upgrades?

    Intel i5 750 CPU - Which I'd hope to run at 4.2GHz or more, plus it has a good IMC and 4 real cores. I'm not going to pursue an i7 because I'd turn off HT anyhow.

    Corsair H70 CPU cooler - all internal. I'll have to replace the 3.5" HDD with a 2.5" and then relocate both it and the SSD.

    Corsair Dominator GTX3 memory - rated at DDR3-2400 9-11-9-27, but I'll probably try to run DDR3-2000 CAS6 or DDR3-2200 CAS7.

    Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 SOC - stock clocks of 950 core and 1250 memory should give a noticable boost in GPU limited games. I'll have to mod the case a little for this to fit.

    500GB Momentus XT - to replace the 1TB Green drive I'm running now.

    And last but not least, I think I'd be pushing this 300W PSU a bit too hard, so I'll plan on upgrading to the new 450W SFX unit by Silverstone.
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    IF that 450watt from silverstone can do it.

    Thats my only concern

    Sounds good

    Would grab a i7 860
    undervolt it
    while overclocking it
    but i7 750 is enough for sure :toast:
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    Momentus would give you better performance (after a couple rounds of course) with less heat.
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    Based on my experience with the 300W that it came with (see the article for more details) the 450W unit will be more than enough ;)

    Hey, I could even put two in a RAID0 for about the same price as the VR, maintaining my 1TB size....hummmmmmm :toast:
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    Getting ready for the next upgrade. Playing around with some modling to verify my measurements. Looks like everything is going to fit perfect :)

    My mini-ITX v2.0 parts list:
    case - Silverstone SUGO SG05 (interior will be painted)
    PSU - Silverstone 450W SFX (cables will be recut for fit and sleeved)
    mobo - Gigabyte H55N-USB3
    CPU - Intel i5 750 (aiming for 4.2GHz or more)
    CPU cooling - Corsair H70 (with one 120x38mm 118CFM San-Ace)
    memory - 2x2GB Corsair Dominator GTX3
    graphics card - Gigabyte 5870 SOC (undervolted to 1.1V)
    OS storage - 80GB Intel X25M SSD
    games/media storage - 500GB Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive

    Just waiting for the last few parts to arrive :)

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    now thats badass
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    heh this thread is everywhere ... still a fun read ... cant wait for the upgrades and updates...
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    Yeah....hahaha, I've got 9 threads going around the net :p
    Probably a bit overkill, but it seems to be these smaller systems are gaining popularity, and I wanted to show as many people as possible how simple a basic setup is to build :)
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    Although it is possible to squeeze a relatively powerful setup into a very small build, a few things which I see might be a problem in mini-itx gaming builds (or any mini-itx for that matter) are PSU choice (unless you choose low voltage parts) and cable management (I wanna see a 500+ watt psu that will fit, be fully/semi-modular). And it would be nice to see other brands go into mini-itx boards.
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    Ok......Thats it. I'm building one!
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    looks really nifty seeing it all condensed into a small package i am really impressed, true that the mini itx has come along far
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    OK, Almost all the parts have arrived, and I've done the cutting mods on the case today for a test fitting.......EVERYTHING FIT :D

    :cool: teaser :cool:
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    I ordered the wrong molex connectors and I'm waiting on the correct ones to arrive....then I'll strip down again and paint, and sleeve, and post my article....so it'll still be a couple more weeks. H70 testing under-way :)

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