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Nov 18, 2013
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Hi all,

Need some friendly advice on building a new rig but need to build a matx or itx. I have a budget of £700 max, I currently have a ASUS GTX760 & 250gb Samsung evo ssd.

Thinking of getting
Intel i5 4670k
Corsair h100i
8 gb corsair 1866
750w cosair RM Fully modular

I'm stuck on the case and mobo I was originally thinking of corsair obsidian 250d and the Asus Z97I-PLUS, Z97, Itx.
But the thing is corsair is releasing the Corsair Carbide Air 240 and I must admit It looks awesome that means for the mobo I would get the: Asus MAXIMUS VII GENE, Z97, Matx .
May 3, 2014
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System Name Daedalus
Processor AMD FX 6300
Motherboard ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0
Cooling Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO
Memory 8GB Kingston HyperX Genesis (2x4GB)
Video Card(s) MSI R9 270X Gaming 2GB
Storage 1TB Seagate Barracuda
Display(s) LG Flatron E2442 (main - 24in 1080p)
Case NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal Edition)
Power Supply XFX Pro 650W
Mouse Steelseries Siberia [RAW]

One thing I would suggest is if you're not planning on doing SLI, you can save a bit of money and get a Corsair RM 550W instead - this would be fine for a single GTX 780 if you needed to upgrade. I think the Corsair 250D is a good case choice, although I think the Carbide Air 240 looks very promising too. In my experience, unless you get a proper m-ITX case, it would seem a lot of m-ATX cases are a similar size to mini-ITX cases anyway, especially the high-end hardware oriented cases, so choose whichever one you like I guess.

Nov 18, 2013
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Hello Layton,

the difference in price between a 550w RM and a 750 RM is only £7.
Just brought a GTX760 about 4 months ago so if I decided to go the matx I might SLI eventually. But if I go for the ITX I might go for a better GPU.
It Depends on the case size of the Carbide air 240.
I also want to know what Intel ITX Board people would go for?
As there are not many reviews for the Z97 ITX boards.
Dec 15, 2011
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Sydney NSW, Australia
System Name Белая коробка | Alienware 13R3 | Asus T300 Chi | Synology DS416 w/ 4X6TB WD Red | Huawei P10
Processor Intel i7-7700k @ 4.8GHz | Intel i7-7700HQ
Motherboard Asus ROG Strix Z270G | Dell/Alienware thing
Cooling Noctua NH-D15S w/ A15 & F12 | Double fan
Memory G.Skill 2X8gb Trident Z RGB DDR4 3000mhz | DDR4 2X8GB 2400mhz
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2 | Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Storage Samsung 960 EVO 500GB, Crucial MX200 500GB, 1X WD 4TB Black | 256gb M.2 SSD, 512GB Intel 600p M.2
Display(s) LG 27UD68 & BenQ FP241W (ANCIENT!) | 13" 1080p IPS & Sony X7000E 49" 4K HDR TV
Case InWin 301 (white) | Alienware 13R3
Audio Device(s) Creative Sound Blaster Z | onboard sound -Onkyo 808 Receiver
Power Supply InWin Classic Series 900W | Dell 180W brick
Mouse Logitech G403 Wireless | Logitech G602
Keyboard Logitech G810 | Red Square OLD SCHOOL TKL - Gateron Blue
Software Windows 10 Home | Windows 10 Home
Benchmark Scores 2018 BMW 125i F20 LCI-2 | M-Sport | Sunset Orange | Shadow Line | Sunroof
I can't say for Z97 ITX boards, but I have an ITX Z77I-Deluxe from Asus. I've had that matched with an i5-3570k for a bit over a year and a half and it has been running at 4.4ghz all this time without any problems. I was really impressed I achieved that OC on an ITX board. So if it were me, I'd stick with Asus for ITX boards.

If you are considering the Air 240 you might want to look at the Node 804 too. Similar design but a little wider to fit more drives and more cooling options and also has 5 expansion slots. It can also house a slim optical drive if you need.
Although it sounds like you are pretty set on Corsair designs so up to you.