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Hey everyone. I am building a new computer coming up pretty soon, just getting ready for Battlefield 3, and to leave behind my dual core. The only thing I am changing with the standard set up is that I want to try a compact micro case. I have a gtx 260 ill keep using, hard drive and the H50 (which fits ).

Here is the build:

Cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115070

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131709

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811163169

Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231295

Prices will be a little cheaper because of Micro center (i7 2600k $280) and the case is $210 free shipping no tax on amazon as a student.

If you have suggestions please let me know. I don't have a price limit.

One question is, I adore this motherboard, but I am assuming the laptop RAM will limit me compared to desktop ram in some way. If so could someone please tell me how, thank you.
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And before battlefield 3 actually comes out, I think I'll add a gtx 460 2win since it fits in that case

Unless it becomes outdated, don't ask me why I like it, I have never had a high end gpu or dual gpu.
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no cpu multiplier overclocking on a H67 board.
     
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Yeah, you want a P67 chipset with a K-Series CPU. The problem is that I don't see any mini ITX P67 boards on Newegg. Honestly, I doubt they make them. Also, if all you are doing is gaming (no video editing/rendering/CAD), you don't need the 2600k; the 2500k is more than sufficient. If you aren't overclocking, an H67 board and a regular 2500(non-K) is what you want.

Another thing that worries me here is heat...

EDIT: If you are building this for Battlefield 3, which comes out in November, why are you doing it now? Is your current system sufficient for your needs for a few more months? If it is, I'd just wait and see what new goodies come out in the meantime. Bulldozer, GTX 600 series, Radeon 7000s, new SSDs, etc. Get more for your money.
Edited by ayyini - 5/9/11 at 3:23pm
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Although with the h67 I believe (someone check me on this) you can overclock via the turbo multipliers which would max out at 4.2 GHz for the 2500/2500k and 4.3 for the 2600/2600k. The only difference between the -k and non-k for you would be the quickboost if you use that (although it may be cumbersome to use with a discreet gpu).

If you are set on mini-itx than that would pretty much do it for you as most games dont scale much above 4.2 GHz unless you have a four-way GTX 580 sli setup (and even that levels out around 4.8), otherwise go for a p67 micro-atx build.
Also by the way a good air cooler for the same price point will berform just as good/better and will be quieter than the h50.
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Originally Posted by ayyini View Post
Yeah, you want a P67 chipset with a K-Series CPU. The problem is that I don't see any mini ITX P67 boards on Newegg. Honestly, I doubt they make them. Also, if all you are doing is gaming (no video editing/rendering/CAD), you don't need the 2600k; the 2500k is more than sufficient. If you aren't overclocking, an H67 board and a regular 2500(non-K) is what you want.

Another thing that worries me here is heat...

EDIT: If you are building this for Battlefield 3, which comes out in November, why are you doing it now? Is your current system sufficient for your needs for a few more months? If it is, I'd just wait and see what new goodies come out in the meantime. Bulldozer, GTX 600 series, Radeon 7000s, new SSDs, etc. Get more for your money.
Thanks for the response.

I will be rendering and doing a lot of 3d modeling this summer for a senior capstone project.

I am planning on building it later in august or september (and i agree with your upgrade plan and waiting), but I really want to get an idea of good parts/ideas/heat and what not since i've never done a mini itx build. I've never done an intel build, so even though I was excited for bulldozer, I think I might switch for the experience.

I have an H50 so the heat shouldnt be horrible. I've seen people with stock heatsinks sporting pretty decent temps.

This motherboard supports voltage tweaking, so over clocking could be an option, that's why I picked the 2600k, plus its only $30 more than the 2600.

asrock makes a $90 mini Itx 1155 though, which would work since Im not really worried about overclocking on one of these boards.

So why are you worried about heat? The has a good design to try and keep it cool. Here is another case I was thinking about, its cheaper, more HD space and I can use my own 650hx:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-265-_-Product

Any gpus that are cooler than the average? I was thinking about the 6950 just go for the 6850 since Ill be shooting for an i7.

Im running a 23inch asus monitor. and I am not worried about max aa and what not. But it would be nice if it worked out.
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Although with the h67 I believe (someone check me on this) you can overclock via the turbo multipliers which would max out at 4.2 GHz for the 2500/2500k and 4.3 for the 2600/2600k. The only difference between the -k and non-k for you would be the quickboost if you use that (although it may be cumbersome to use with a discreet gpu).

If you are set on mini-itx than that would pretty much do it for you as most games dont scale much above 4.2 GHz unless you have a four-way GTX 580 sli setup (and even that levels out around 4.8), otherwise go for a p67 micro-atx build.
Also by the way a good air cooler for the same price point will berform just as good/better and will be quieter than the h50.
The reason for the h50 is because I already have it and it wont be blowing hot air into the case. I thought that would be a better idea of a mini build
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The reason for the h50 is because I already have it and it wont be blowing hot air into the case. I thought that would be a better idea of a mini build
That's probably going to be a tight fit but it should work.

Edit: upon further further inspection what I thought were 120 mm holes from afar were really just part of the grille and there are no other fan holes. If you are set on your h50 you will need to mod the case to accomodate the radiator mount.
Edited by dinkledork - 5/9/11 at 5:21pm
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That's probably going to be a tight fit but it should work.

Edit: upon further further inspection what I thought were 120 mm holes from afar were really just part of the grille and there are no other fan holes. If you are set on your h50 you will need to mod the case to accomodate the radiator mount.
For both of these cases I would have to mod it?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-265-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-169-_-Product

I know for the lian li q08 I would have to get a slim 120mm fan, but scythe makes one I can pick up.
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The lian-li looks like it should be good, the silverstone looks the same as the other one. Looking at the way the fan is fastened on the lian-li it looks like you might be able to use the silverstone but I can't really say for sure without it in front of me.
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