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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
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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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Anything which can get into the case should be fine. Try to fit a GTX590?
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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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.

How much differences are there between a 6850 and a 6870?
 
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How much differences are there between a 6850 and a 6870?
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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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?
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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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?
1680x1050
 
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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.
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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HD6850 will be fine....The AMD cards run cooler anyway and use less power. Say then the 560ti
Thanks for the advice! 6850 is the final
 
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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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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.