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Originally Posted by Kvjavs;13593005 
Blasting? No. Not at all.

Also, hate to "blast" you again, but the Maximus IV GENE Z68 is a mATX board. It won't fit in a Mini-ITX case. Maybe it'll fit in the Cubitek if you have the side panel off though.

Otherwise you'll need to get a mATX case if you wanna get your hands on that board.

Now before you go on and yell trying to say that I'm blasting you again, here's a helpful suggestion if you want to get the Maximus IV GENE:
Silverstone SG-03B-F

It's nice and small, light weight, and allows for full sized PSUs. You should be able to cram a GTX 570 or so in there as well. The NZXT Vulcan is not a bad choice either, it also comes with a carrying handle.

Or the Elite 341, that's another nice lightweight case that can accommodated nearly anything (except PSU's over 6.5" in length if you want optical drives).

Other than that, the build is looking nice. Not my personal choice of CPU for an H67 board, but hey, if you get the Maximus IV GENE then more power to ya.

I didn't think you were blasting me at all. It was the other guys on the other forum. In fact, I thanked you for the post.
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Uggh! Thanks! It's nice to get a little appreciation after dealing with those other guys blasting me about what I should do after I already bought the stuff. That thread is here. May answer questions.
I am completely aware the Maximus IV Gene is micro-ATX as I mentioned it as such in the previous post.
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Z68s are taking over. There is a huge demand for the capabilities of the chipset. It is just a matter of time. The Maximus IV Gene-z Micro-ATX Z68 ROG motherboard is coming out in a month. There are a handful of mini-ITX cases out there now supporting dual expansion slots. It may be a few months, but I'm patient.
My point was that the Z68 chipset is being put into more and more boards and on more and more form factors. This Mini Tank case also supports full sized VGAs.
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Originally Posted by GILavco;13593016 
Cant overclock on H67............... Good thing its temp! biggrin.gif
Here we go again? Please go to this link and read the details on the H67 chipset on the recent ASRock and ASUS motherboards.

The capabilities are available in the H67 chipset already. It just depends on which features are turned on. ASRock is a budget brand of ASUS. I looked into it and although it is not listed as such on the details in the ASUS board I chose, it is also supposed to support Intel K-Series Unlocked CPUs like the ASRock board now does. As far I know, these are the only two mini-ITX motherboards available that do this yet. If the ASUS board does not after I was told it would, I will correct this, but the ASRock board clearly states that it does.

Another example of this is how some manufacturers are implementing the Z68 chipset with certain features such as GPU switching available as it is generally known to be while others are "Turned Off" and not available on certain motherboards still with the Z68 chipset. Just because a chipset is generally known for a certain thing, doesn't mean those particular settings are will always be implemented into every single board by every single manufacturer until the end of time.

Referencing this article among many regarding this.


Besides, "It is temporary" and even IF I can only overclock it to 3.7GHz on this board, guess what? I will already have the CPU I need when the Z68 minis come out. NOT buying the K-Series CPU at this point would be the real waste of money. I don't see what the big fuss is about when the difference between an i5 2500 and an i5 2500K is only $16. Why anyone would NOT buy the K-Series is beyond me. These CPUs last for years. Who knows what I will want to do with it in the future? -And when I clearly state that is is temporary and that I will be buying the 1st fully functional mini-ITX board that is available.

I'm a paraplegic and moving around my last 60+ pound custom UHAF case was seriously difficult for me. This will be a one of a kind, super small and very nice tidy build when it is all done which I will be able to easily pack around whenever I need to. Hopefully that answers all the questions of why everything on this build. I need small form factor. I want small form factor. I am limited by this. -For now.
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Originally Posted by pcnoob1;13597248 
You should look at some of the AC Ryan fans. They usually have a different color shroud than than the blade. Maybe you can find some blue and orange colorways. Would be perfect for your build.
Awh, you're talking about those Black Fire 4 fans, right? They do look cool, but not available in 140mm. Also, I think the 120mm fans are almost 30db. Too loud. Ever since I got that Black Knight CPU cooler from Xigmatek, I have been a fan of their fans; really long lasting and very quiet. The 140mm fans I chose for this build are 63.5CFM and only 16db. smile.gif I am so done with blue LEDs anyways. That is why I went with Green fans back when I did my last build and why I am sticking with white LEDs on this build. I thought the orange blades on those Xigmateks would be a nice bonus. I'm curious as to how much of the orange will be visible through my case. I wanted to get orange LED fans, but was not happy with the selection. In hindsight, I'm glad I'm going mostly colorless with lighting. I will be modding in different LED into the PWR and HD LEDs with either white or orange ones. Not sure yet. I still have some multi-color changing LEDs left over too that I may use for the PWR LED. I really like those, but like I said, been there, done that too.

The deciding factor on why I chose the orange/black/white LED scheme:
17-139-020-Z99?$S300W$
post #13 of 123
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Promising article found about Gigabyte. They say they will be releasing a mini-ITX Z68 motherboard soon! Here is the article:

http://www.itxgamer.com/news/gigabyte-drops-p67-favors-z68/
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Originally Posted by Paraleyes;13599959 
Promising article found about Gigabyte. They say they will be releasing a mini-ITX Z68 motherboard soon! Here is the article:

http://www.itxgamer.com/news/gigabyte-drops-p67-favors-z68/

That is awesome news! If the K chips supported VT-d I would totally have waited.
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Any updates?
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Originally Posted by Morizuno;13693538 
Any updates?
Just got back from camping. I'll be hitting it hard tomorrow! smile.gif I have been waiting on my P-PCs.com order so I can get started on sleeving the PSU and lining the case. Tracking has it showing up tomorrow. :DI did load everything into a little media system case last week so I could load Windows on it ahead of time.

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Sweet. Where did you order your case btw? I'm gonna upgrade from my Q08
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Originally Posted by Paraleyes;13592965 
Uggh! Thanks! It's nice to get a little appreciation after dealing with those other guys blasting me about what I should do after I already bought the stuff. That thread is here. May answer questions.


I already had all those drives, so I couldn't see spending the money for one quite yet. I just put them in that list to show the whole build. I think I mentioned this already, but if not- The plan is to run my two velociraptors in RAID-0 until I get the Z68 board. Then I will get an SSD at that time and take advantage of the SSD Cashing. smile.gif For now, I only have 4 SATA to work with.


This case allows for a full-sized PSU! smile.gif No power issues to deal with. Don't know if that's what you meant. Z68s are taking over. There is a huge demand for the capabilities of the chipset. It is just a matter of time. The Maximus IV Gene-z Micro-ATX Z68 ROG motherboard is coming out in a month. There are a handful of mini-ITX cases out there now supporting dual expansion slots. It may be a few months, but I'm patient.

well my case only has maybe less than 4 inches in height and less than foot wides and about 8 inches long i plan on running a full dedicated gfx card so if any thing i'd want a board with no gfx and as far as overclocking i doubt that would be a good thing to try. Either way it sounds like the Z68 might not be bad idea for me as well. if and when i can afford to make the build.
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Just got my goodies from P-PCs.com! I'm off to work! -Or play actually! hehe
I did rig up a 40mm fan bracket to snap onto the stock ASUS heatsink. I have all kinds of crazy solutions for motherboard mods on this thing, but I have to keep telling myself that it is temporary.
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Lots more to come! I got tons to do! 'Bout time I get to use my modding tools again!wheee.gif
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Okay, I got most of the sound deadening in. Some places have been left off so I can finish the mods I need to do 1st.

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I got the bottom removable fan filter installed for the PSU.

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The front panel wires are sleeved.

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USB 3.0 wires plug into the back of the MB. I cut out a notch for them in the corner of the case. Worked out about perfect.

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Rather than using the mini-PCI-Express connector for that wireless N card, I decided to do something much cooler.

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With a little help from this:

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I will plug it into my Creative Fatality Professional card. I am going to cut out an mount it behind the front panel just below the other I/O front panel stuff. It will take some careful dremel and drill work, but I'll get it done right.cool.gif

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I'm also thinking about buying a REAL water loop. I want to see how this Antec H2O 920 works 1st though. Plus I want to buy a good video card 1st too. I was wanting to run water over that too so I figured I may as well start looking into parts. Here's my Danger Den parts list. I was planning on stacking 2 140mm radiators since I have so much room.


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Black Ice SR1 140 Black Ice SR1 140

The Black Ice® SR1 platform is the new PC radiator technology from Hardware Labs designed for ultra-low airflow applications.

Black Ice® SR1 radiators feature a custom compressed core width utilizing streamlined 45 micron copper fins giving it unparalleled performance from sub-800rpm to 2000rpm fans and flow constricted systems.


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Fat Boy Fittings: 2 - 3/8 Inch OD Fittings
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MC-TDX Block for LGA 1155, 1156 i3, i5, i7 MC-TDX Block for LGA 1155, 1156 i3, i5, i7

The MC-TDX waterblock is designed to provide optimum performance to the Multi-Core and Multi-Die processors currently on the market and soon to be released products.

Works with the new 1155 (Sandy Bridge) & 1156 LGA socket for applicable i3, i5, and i7 chips.


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Fittings: 3/8" OD Fat Boy Fittings
Acrylic Back Plate: Acrylic Back Plate


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Tygon 3603 Tubing Tygon 3603 Tubing

The highest quality, most reliable tubing on the market.


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Tubing Size: 3/8 Inch ID Tubing 1/8 Inch Wall


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DD-CPX-Pro 12V Pump DD-CPX-Pro 12V Pump

The newest pump available at Danger Den. It can beat the DDC3.2 pump in many pumping applications using less power and even costs less!


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XSPC 5.25" Bay Reservoir - Clear / Silver / Black XSPC 5.25" Bay Reservoir - Clear / Silver / Black

This acrylic water cooling reservoir mount in any 5.25" drive bay. They are individually pressure tested and come with both colored black and silver face plates. Not installing a bay cover leaves the reservoir clear. Installation screws are included!

Note: Fittings are not included and available in the options below.


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Purchasing these products will qualify you for 17 Reward Points!
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