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My fiancee suggested ~$2000 cash for a birthday present, and my birthday is in like two months, so I figured I'd start planning now =3 Anyway, here's what I have now - keep in mind that I really want to do a black/blue color theme here:
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/P...umber=12863754

Along with that, I'd use this case (unless somebody can suggest a better mini-ITX case for the setup intended):
http://www.cubitek.com/products/chas.../features.html

And then I'd replace the motherboard's wireless card with an Intel 6230 (to get Bluetooth while I'm at it), add a Panasonic UJ-235A slot-load Blu-ray burner (with a media reader underneath), and finish it off with a 5.25" bay fan controller. And I'd probably use the Acer 3D/120Hz monitor from my old build (as opposed to selling it, as I originally planned).

The GTX580 is a "place-holder," as I'd like to get a GTX590 instead (but Newegg only has the out-of-stock EVGA one).


So...anything to change? And anybody got a good recommendation for a CPU heatsink that will fit on a mini-ITX motherboard (no taller than 160mm, and preferably matches the overall theme - meaning no copper colors and whatnot on the heatsink)? And reason I chose that particular PSU is because it's fully modular and I can buy shortened and single-braided replacement cables from FrozenCPU, if I ever decided to do so.
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All i can think of is that I like to have a smaller but faster mechanical drive for applications that don't fit on my OS drive (your SSD) plus a separate storage drive for music/movies. Can't go wring with a high-end Intel build, go for it.
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Alright, get a different mouse, get a different keyboard, also why mini itx? Don't spend $600 on ssds and then get a 5400rpm HDD. Can't suggest a mouse since I don't know your grip type but I would suggest you go look at the mechanical keyboard guide if you want a mech keyboard or go with a sidewinder x4. Case looks nice, not sure how good silverstone's lower wattage psu's are but if they're sub par look at the corsair hx750 and the xfx 750BE. Finally, don't buy a gtx 590 until the revised ones come out in june or so, they should have much better vrms so they don't explode with overclocking.
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Is there a good reason you 'need' to go mini-ITX? I can't say i'm real experienced with that small a form factor... i would worry about hear in a smaller case like that with out a really good cpu cooler and that card... could you ditch one of the SSD's? and get a bigger case? even a nice mid tower i would think would be a lot better...

Plus i have that mouse and i'm not a big fan... gaming is a pain in the butt...
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All i can think of is that I like to have a smaller but faster mechanical drive for applications that don't fit on my OS drive (your SSD) plus a separate storage drive for music/movies. Can't go wring with a high-end Intel build, go for it.
I've pretty much been running off nothing but a 40GB SSD for all my needs (including games); the HDD is for extra media storage and backup purposes only, not running anything off of it.


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Alright, get a different mouse, get a different keyboard...Can't suggest a mouse since I don't know your grip type but I would suggest you go look at the mechanical keyboard guide if you want a mech keyboard or go with a sidewinder x4.
I picked them for the mini-USB receiver; I'd like to be able to use the mouse at least with my laptop too, and having a mini-USB one like that is pretty important to me. I have an older/similar version of the mouse and I have no problem using it too. Not too concerned about the keyboard, I don't play games competitively or on higher difficulties, and don't type much either - mostly picked it since it has the mini-USB receiver too. And overall, it being wireless doesn't matter to me - again, don't play competitively or on higher difficulties.

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also why mini itx?
I was originally looking at a laptop, but it'd be too expensive to get the same performance. Anyway, I want something not too big or power-hungry. I don't ever want a dual-card setup, or ever have the need for more than one expansion slot. Won't need more than 8GB of RAM for a while. In short, there really isn't reason for me to go anything but mini-ITX. If I went with ATX, for example, I'd have to deal with a bigger/heaver case and a more expensive motherboard with lots of ports/slots I wont ever use.

I guess I could consider going microATX, but the only case I can see myself getting would be the Silverstone FT03, and then I'd lose the fan controller and media reader. Most other microATX cases I've seen either can't accomodate a card as long as the GTX590, are cramped or not well-thought-out, or are too big and have lots of useless (to me, at least) stuff like lots of HDD bays or something.

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Don't spend $600 on ssds and then get a 5400rpm HDD.
I'd only use it for media/storage/backup purposes, I don't need a 7200RPM drive for that.

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not sure how good silverstone's lower wattage psu's are but if they're sub par
They're actually pretty good, not sure what you're talking about:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...tory5&reid=183

And again, doing it for the fully modular design that would make it easy to single-braid sleeve and also reduce number/length of cables for easier/cleaner cable management.

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Finally, don't buy a gtx 590 until the revised ones come out in june or so, they should have much better vrms so they don't explode with overclocking.
Yeah, I heard about that, I wasn't intending on buying one until then, and I'm assuming they'll be available by the end of July.
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I think you will be happy. You could shave a few pennies off my using the i5 2500k and buying 3 1tb 7200 rpm hds and raid 0 them for about 50 bux less. I would also suggest a slightly larger case with larger mobo form factor. It will be way easier to keep cool. I bought a miniATX mobo and case and I had to buy a lot of noisy fans to keep it cool. Water cooling wasn't an option for me.
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is it even possible to oc on that motherboard? if not, then go with the non-k 2600
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I think you will be happy. You could shave a few pennies off my using the i5 2500k and buying 3 1tb 7200 rpm hds and raid 0 them for about 50 bux less. I would also suggest a slightly larger case with larger mobo form factor. It will be way easier to keep cool. I bought a miniATX mobo and case and I had to buy a lot of noisy fans to keep it cool. Water cooling wasn't an option for me.
Eh, I figure I'll be keeping the build for a while, and am already getting a GTX590, so I might as well get a 2600k too. And I'd love to do the 3x1TB idea, but the motherboard I picked only has a total of 4 SATA ports (2x SATA 6.0, 2x SATA 3.0).

And I'm still looking for a case that isn't too much bigger than the one I'm looking at if I'm going to go with a bigger formfactor...again, I certainly don't want to go full ATX as that's just too much wasted space for me. I'll post if I find something I like.

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is it even possible to oc on that motherboard? if not, then go with the non-k 2600
Well I hear Zotac is going to have a Z68 mini-ITX motherboard soon, if that's true I can get that instead and then overclock, otherwise I think I'll get it just for the resale value - it's only what, $15 extra?
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Eh, I figure I'll be keeping the build for a while, and am already getting a GTX590, so I might as well get a 2600k too. And I'd love to do the 3x1TB idea, but the motherboard I picked only has a total of 4 SATA ports (2x SATA 6.0, 2x SATA 3.0).

And I'm still looking for a case that isn't too much bigger than the one I'm looking at if I'm going to go with a bigger formfactor...again, I certainly don't want to go full ATX as that's just too much wasted space for me. I'll post if I find something I like.



Well I hear Zotac is going to have a Z68 mini-ITX motherboard soon, if that's true I can get that instead and then overclock, otherwise I think I'll get it just for the resale value - it's only what, $15 extra?
Don't get me wrong man, I love the 2600k, LOVE. But unless you are folding, encoding, 3d Video editing, etc. you won't really see a difference.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...2100-tested/15

You could get a better mobo that overclocks well (p8p67) and will have enough ports for everything you would ever hope to do.
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Well I hear Zotac is going to have a Z68 mini-ITX motherboard soon, if that's true I can get that instead and then overclock, otherwise I think I'll get it just for the resale value - it's only what, $15 extra?
good point.
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