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  1. xkm1948

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    I am building a MiniITX for my GF. Here is what I am thinking right now

    Case: LianLi PC-Q08A
    CPU: i5-2500K
    HeatSink: Scythe Shuriken Rev. B
    Mobo: Asrock Z68M-ITX
    Mem: Kingston HyperX 2x4gb ddr3-1600
    PSU: Cosair CX500V2
    HDD: WD Black 1TB
    Optical: Lite-on DVD/RW

    Now the question is graphic card. We need something that can be used in the MiniITX build and yet powerful enough to play dragon age(she's a rpg fan) What will guys suggest?

    I have never built a MiniITX before so i am just using my previous experience. Thanks for any advice!

    Oh, the budget is only up to 850.
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    Anything which can get into the case should be fine. Try to fit a GTX590?
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    GTX590? I havent been paying attention to the nvidia/ati game for a long time so I have no idea which card to choose,

    Will a GTX 590 be too expensive. The total budget is only 850
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    If you want to stay under $200 on the GPU, I would suggest you look at AMD HD6850 or maybe a HD6870.

    On the NVIDIA side, GTX 560 is a good option.
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    How much differences are there between a 6850 and a 6870?
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    I would get the 6870 if you can afford it. If not, look at the 560 first.

    Check out which has good temps. Might be important in a small case.

    Read some reviews to get a better feel of them. This site has a good review database. :D
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    I agreeHD6850 or Gtx 560 Ti, if needing to be cheap with this take a look around for a 2nd hand hd5770. Maybe another alternative could be HD 6790.
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    with that case definitely pick a card that exhaust air in the back, i tried my asus 580gtx direct CU II and it gets really hot
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    Hmm, 560ti is pretty expensive. Guess I will take the cheap route and get a 6850.

    Found a 6850 with XFX brand that only goes for 129 after MIR. Good buy or not?

    Also. Do you guys think the Scythe heatsink can be fit into the LianLi Case? I will do a little OC so that's why I am getting a aftermarket heatsink.

    It seems quite impossible to find a z68 mini itx. Should I go with 2500K+Z68 or just 2500+H67? I dont think my GF needs to overclock, but its nice to know it can OC.
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    I was referring to the GTX 560. (without ti)

    Probably more in your range and still a good buy.

    If not, 6850 will get the job done.

    Edit: Also, what resolution will you be using?
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    Then 6850 is probably good enough. :)
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    any card except dual gpu cards will fit. i have the same case for my machine and i've had up to a 6970 in it without any problems.
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    Good to know!

    What do you think of the quality of that case? What type of heatsink are you using?

    I am also concerned about the DVD drive. Since it is really hard to find a DVD drive with a silver bezel now. Do you have a pic of your case?
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    HD6850 will be fine....The AMD cards run cooler anyway and use less power. Say then the 560ti
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    Thanks for the advice! 6850 is the final
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    im using the corsair h60.

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    So you can use the DVD bezel functional with your DVD drive? I cant find a silver DVD drive. It is good to know it will be color matched, Thanks!
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    Hey xkm, sent you a PM. ;)
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    works great yeah.

    thats a 6850 in my pic. i've had several different cards in there though. 6990 doesnt work i know.
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    Do u overclock your miniitx rig? If so any heat related problems? Any useful tips during installation?

    Thanks a lot for your help Fitseries3.
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    im just using a 2400 chip but i have OCed it 350mhz without any issues. it runs extremely cool and for the most part, extremely silent. i dont imagine having any problems even with a 2600k running 5ghz.

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