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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.
Well, I may not do it now, but I'm hoping I'll be doing some computer-related profession sometime soon that will make use of it. Figure it'd be worth the $90 now rather than having to spend extra to upgrade to it later down the line.


Anyway. since everybody seems to be suggesting different cases and a bigger motherboard, I looked into it, and found this motherboard to have pretty much everything I'd want:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128503
(I'd have to buy a wireless card, and I think I'd add a sound card to fill the last slot)

But that leaves the problem of the case. I've narrowed it down to these:
-Lian Li PC-A04 (seems nice in just about every regard...but I hate the "chrome" interior)
-Silverstone FT03 (like the design, and how you have to have a slot-load drive...but looks like cable management might be a pain)
-Fractal Design Mini (I'd love the sound-dampening features, but I'm not sure how negatively it'd affect cooling, and I don't know of a place that sells it)

Of course, if somebody can recommend a really compact ATX case that will still fit the GTX590, I can look into it, but I can't promise I'll like it
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http://www.lan-gear.com/langear-home

and

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131599

or go x58

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131658

just suggestions. i always really wanted to do a SFF build.

oh and this one but its out of stock... maybe somewhere else will have?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188064



honestly SFF is what i should have done... i have no interest in SLI and i would rather have the room than the water cooling...
Edited by Skoobs - 5/16/11 at 8:29pm
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-002-_-Product

^^The slightly bigger brother of the case you liked... It is only 1.8 Inches higher and 1.2 Inches Deeper. You would be able to fit a standard ATX, miniatx, and micro mobos in there which would give you all the room you need in a pretty small case.
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(I'd have to buy a wireless card, and I think I'd add a sound card to fill the last slot)
Just fyi, the graphics card will cover the slot you would need for a WiFi and/or sound card. I looked to find a wifi card for pcie but I don't see any. I guess you could always go USB though.
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why mini itx?
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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...
You guys... this is in the "Small Form Factor Systems" board. Why not ITX? It is small, after all.

Regarding heat, as long as the case is decent for airflow (and the Lian Li, Silverstone and Cubitek cases are) there should be no problems with temperatures. Also, Sandy Bridge CPUs do not need much cooling if you aren't going to overclock them super high. Heck, at stock speeds it hardly needs any cooling at all - the tiny retail box heatsink is more than sufficient (as long as it is properly installed).

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So...anything to change?
Yes, change the time you ask about this to around a week before you actually order the parts. Things can change between now and then. Your budget can go up or down. Z68 ITX boards may finally see the light of day (or not). New cases can come out (or not).
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Overclocking will be limited on itx and you really will be limited as far as expansion goes.
Mini itx is a cool idea but you just can't make a full blown gaming rig with it.You got too at least have room for a sound card and a wireless card imo.Also a 2600k isn't going too make a difference in a gaming rig,a 2500k is the way too go.If anything it should run a little cooler with no hyper thread.
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http://www.lan-gear.com/langear-home

and

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131599

or go x58

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131658

just suggestions. i always really wanted to do a SFF build.

oh and this one but its out of stock... maybe somewhere else will have?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188064



honestly SFF is what i should have done... i have no interest in SLI and i would rather have the room than the water cooling...
I'd love to use a LanGear case - but I've never seen one in stock anywhere.

And I'm not really interested in 1156 or 1366, having done a 1156 build in the past.


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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-002-_-Product

^^The slightly bigger brother of the case you liked... It is only 1.8 Inches higher and 1.2 Inches Deeper. You would be able to fit a standard ATX, miniatx, and micro mobos in there which would give you all the room you need in a pretty small case.
Is the HDD cage removable? I can't find mention of it or see it removed in any review...


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Just fyi, the graphics card will cover the slot you would need for a WiFi and/or sound card. I looked to find a wifi card for pcie but I don't see any. I guess you could always go USB though.
There's a few PCI-e x1 wireless cards on Newegg, that wouldn't be a problem.


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Yes, change the time you ask about this to around a week before you actually order the parts. Things can change between now and then. Your budget can go up or down. Z68 ITX boards may finally see the light of day (or not). New cases can come out (or not).
Good idea. I guess I'll ask again around that time then.


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You got too at least have room for a sound card and a wireless card imo.Also a 2600k isn't going too make a difference in a gaming rig,a 2500k is the way too go.If anything it should run a little cooler with no hyper thread.
Well the mini-ITX board already has wireless, it just doesn't have space for a PCI/PCI-e sound card. And as I said earlier, I'd like to get the 2600K simply because there's a decent chance I'll actually make use of the hyperthreading at some point.
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I'd love to use a LanGear case - but I've never seen one in stock anywhere.

And I'm not really interested in 1156 or 1366, having done a 1156 build in the past.




Is the HDD cage removable? I can't find mention of it or see it removed in any review...




There's a few PCI-e x1 wireless cards on Newegg, that wouldn't be a problem.




Good idea. I guess I'll ask again around that time then.




Well the mini-ITX board already has wireless, it just doesn't have space for a PCI/PCI-e sound card. And as I said earlier, I'd like to get the 2600K simply because there's a decent chance I'll actually make use of the hyperthreading at some point.
I learned something today lol. I wasn't aware you could use x16 slots for x1 cards. +1 for you because you saved me a big headache!

Yes HD case appears to be removable.
Edited by firedude721 - 5/17/11 at 5:34am
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