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Hi guys,

I've been wanting to build an ITX rig for some time and it would fit in perfectly with my life style as I have to travel back and forth from uni a fair amount.

I have done a fair amount of research and have picked out a few components, if you have a moment please comment and offer alternative products as i'm not 100% sure everything will work together! Thanks for your help/pov.

Case: Lian Li PC-Q08b - http://www.google.co.uk/products/cat...IwAw#scoring=p



PSU: seasonic x650 - http://www.google.co.uk/search?aq=f&...w=1440&bih=799 - Now i know this is pontentially i tight fit with the top HDD cage but from what I can see and have read it should just about fit. I normally go with corsair but I quite liked the idea of it not needing the fan 100% of the time. If anyone can suggest a similar SFF PSU im all ears



Memory - Corsair Dominator GT 8GB - http://www.google.co.uk/search?sourc...w=1440&bih=799 - I love the warranty and quality of Consair memory, however, I cannot find dimensions and I know there is only 100mm clearance between the board and the PSU - Can you confirm that this will fit please?



SSD - OZC Vertex 3 120gb - http://www.google.co.uk/search?sclient=psy&hl=en&tbs=p_ord&tbm=shop&sour ce=hp&q=%22OCZ+Vertex+3%22+120GB&aq=f&aqi=g1&aql=& oq=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1440&bih=799& cad=h - This is really just for my OS, apps and games.



HDD - Western Digital 3TB Caviar Green - http://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=Western+Digital+3TB+Caviar+Green#q=Western+Dig ital+3TB+Caviar+Green&hl=en&tbs=p_ord&tbm=shop&p rmd=ivns&ei=sJb2TZSuB4Wl8QPe_427Bw&start=10&sa=N&f p=1&biw=1440&bih=799&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&cad=b- Storage drive...



CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz - http://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=Intel+Core+i5-2500K+3.30GHz#q=Intel+Core+i5-2500K+3.30GHz&hl=en&sa=X&tbs=p_ord&tbm=shop&prmd =ivns&ei=6pb2TeS1MIe78gPep-W9Bw&ved=0CAoQuw0oAQ&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=45d b57b78e0b3c5c&biw=1440&bih=799 - Here i was originally going to go with the i7 2600k but I think that is going to be overkill, what are your thoughts?



Graphics card - geforce gtx 260 - This is my current card, it can play mw2 etc at a decent res on my current monitor so I will keep it till i need to upgrade. It will just fit in the case.



Motherboard - ZOTAC Z68-ITX WiFi*-http://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=Intel+Core+i5-2500K+3.30GHz#sclient=psy&hl=en&tbs=p_ord&tbm=sh op&source=hp&q=ZOTAC+Z68-ITX+WiFi%C2%A0&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,o r.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=45db57b78e0b3c5c&biw=1440&bih=799 - This was a hard choice between the Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 but I prefer the board it can take more ram and supports better speeds, plus i dont need the onboard graphics chip...



CPU Cooler - oolIT Eco A.L.C. 120mm CPU Watercooler - http://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=Intel+Core+i5-2500K+3.30GHz#hl=en&tbs=p_ord&tbm=shop&sa=X&ei=H Tn3TZD1LcWp8QP9pIHmCw&ved=0CEkQBSgA&q=coolIT+Eco+A .L.C.+120mm+CPU+Watercooler&spell=1&bav=on.2,or.r_ gc.r_pw.&fp=45db57b78e0b3c5c&biw=1440&bih=799 - I plan to bolt this to the top of the case and replace the fan wit the slim fan below. I was originally going to go with the h50 corsair one but I dont like the pump noise you often get from them. Apparently this ones alot better. Im not sure if if the fan is changeable though? Also does it perform similarly?



Additional fan - Scythe*Slipstream*120mm*2000RPM Slim*Case Fan* - http://www.google.co.uk/search?sourc...w=1440&bih=799 - Are there any better alternatives to this fan?



And that's about it! I hope all those components will play nice, and any advice feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Will
post #2 of 20
I can't check out the links as I'm on my phone but what I'd suggest is getting a corsair H50/60/70 as they are great coolers and they perform better. I have no pump noise from my H70
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OK cool, I am a fan of Corsair and there are not many reviews of the other loop. Apparently the pump noise I was referring to is actually suitable for RMA with corsair so I dont need to worry!

Thanks for your help
post #4 of 20
I would suggest antec kuhler 620/920 as they perfkrm better than the corsair counterparts
    
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I would suggest antec kuhler 620/920 as they perfkrm better than the corsair counterparts
Love my Antec kuhler 620, currently cooling a i7 950@ 4.1ghz idle at 40C, in a hot room as well good suggestion on that. overall the build looks good If you are worried about pump noise I hear it turn on but once it staarts going I don't hear it anymore.
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Cheers guys, i'll have a look into it now!
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Love my Antec kuhler 620, currently cooling a i7 950@ 4.1ghz idle at 40C, in a hot room as well good suggestion on that. overall the build looks good If you are worried about pump noise I hear it turn on but once it staarts going I don't hear it anymore.
40c at idle? o____O christ whatre your load temps?
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Definitely look into the Antec Kuhler ranger, they are better than the Corsair's

If you're not overclocking, no need for the i5 2500k, just get the i5 2500 (non-k version). Also for the ram, I have that exact same kit but in the 3 x 2GB modules (since I use LGA1366 chipset) but for Sandy Bridge it is recommended to use memory modules that run at 1.5v. Those Dom GT's run @ 1.65v which may cause chip degredation of your CPU due to pushing the IMC to its limits . Since 1.65v is the absolute max you want to use on SB and some people have seen CPU degredation with memory at that voltage (not all, but some).

So go for a ram kit that runs stock at 1.5v. For this you can look at the Corsair Vengeance line;

http://www.google.co.uk/products/cat...ed=0CFUQ8wIwAQ

Or G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL;

http://www.google.co.uk/search?sourc...=1920&bih=1070

While the G.Skills are 1600MHz compared to the 1866MHz of the Corsair's, the real world difference between 1600MHz CAS9 DDR3 and 1866MHz CAS9 DDR3 is asbolutely nothing. You will only see the difference in benchmarks.

So I would recommend getting either the Corsair Vengeance or the G.SKills (Would be my personal choice) since they run @ 1.5v. However you can use the Dom GT's but its not really recommended
Edited by Vengeance47 - 6/14/11 at 5:15am
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post #9 of 20
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Ahhh cheers Vengeance47, I read that somewhere back when they first came out and had completely forgot, I usually go with Corsair but i've heard good things about g. skill and am pretty tempted to give them ago. Have you heard of any problems with the ram?

As for Antec Kuhler it looks pretty epic im glad i checked my build with OC.net, just to confirm is the 620 sill better than the corsair H60? I looks a fair bit better than the H50...
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Ahhh cheers Vengeance47, I read that somewhere back when they first came out and had completely forgot, I usually go with Corsair but i've heard good things about g. skill and am pretty tempted to give them ago. Have you heard of any problems with the ram?

As for Antec Kuhler it looks pretty epic im glad i checked my build with Overclock.net, just to confirm is the 620 sill better than the corsair H60? I looks a fair bit better than the H50...
I think they are about the same. I believe the Antec Kuhler 620 is quieter though.

Also, G.Skill memory is fantastic. Lifetime warranty like Corsair and I've never heard of anyone have an issue with G.Skill memory. I have heard about some issues with the Corsair Vengeance line though. Some people having trouble getting them to run at specified clocks/voltage etc.

But in the end either one will do just fine
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