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Check out the compact slush or something in the case mod competition, he's got a 3770k and 570 WC'd in a very small build, with great temps.
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Originally Posted by Nocturin View Post

Check out the compact slush or something in the case mod competition, he's got a 3770k and 570 WC'd in a very small build, with great temps.
Thanks for the suggestion. I finally found it after looking quite a bit (not sure how I missed it in the MotM thread) and I can't believe all he has managed to do in that tiny of a space. The NES is still smaller, but I can definitely take a lot from what he's done.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), my Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced case just arrived today and now I'm wanting to throw a build in it, which I know would be much easier than the NES, so I'm fighting the urge to do that now instead. Still debating on which mobo to go with at this point.
    
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ASRock Z77E-ITX ordered and should be here on Thursday. I figured I'd have to buy something to get my interest back into the build, and I can always throw my i5-2500k into it, so thought I'd go ahead and buy the mobo.
    
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To my surprise, Amazon Prime comes through again and when I checked the tracking status the mobo will be arriving today instead of tomorrow like it originally said smile.gif I also ordered a Crucial M4 256gb mSATA SSD that is arriving ahead of schedule today as well biggrin.gif

I think I may put the stuff I have into my new case so I can test out the mobo and SSD to make sure everything is working fine, and then continue to work toward building the NES PC. I really don't know what I'm going to do for a graphics card at this point - that's going to take a lot more looking into since I want to be able to game.
    
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More and more folks are trying PCI ribbons so the video card doesn't stick out at a 90-deg angle from the mobo. That might be your only option in such a small space. An easy way to experiment would be to cut out a piece of cardboard that's the approximate size of the GPU you want (+ WC block and fittings) so that you can see if there's a way to configure the mobo location to make it work.

Looking forward to more progress! thumb.gif
 
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More and more folks are trying PCI ribbons so the video card doesn't stick out at a 90-deg angle from the mobo. That might be your only option in such a small space. An easy way to experiment would be to cut out a piece of cardboard that's the approximate size of the GPU you want (+ WC block and fittings) so that you can see if there's a way to configure the mobo location to make it work.
Looking forward to more progress! thumb.gif
A graphics card *can* fit into a NES, but I went for the ribbon cable in my build to avoid needing to cut the back out. It's definitely something to look into but I believe that either way it will work
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^^ I agree a 16x to 16x PCIe ribbon cable would work great, now all you need is like a single slot graphics card like this XFX Radeon HD 7750 Core Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5. or a single slot 7850, maybe even a single slot 6850 it's up to you.
Ribbon cable pcie extension (Click to show)

Edited by The_chemist21 - 12/7/12 at 5:12am
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Ribbon cables are also pretty cheap. Just don't get tricked into buying a $50 one and your good
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Sorry for the late reply - super crazy busy weekend and I've been feeling like crap so just haven't been on.

The PCI ribbon cable is a great idea, thanks guys! I was wondering about a riser card, but a ribbon would be MUCH better. I also was looking for a higher end single-slot video card, so thanks for the links and suggestions - I hadn't had enough time to start looking much yet. With the ribbon cable I'm sure I can make the graphics card fit, now all I have to worry about is finding a power supply that will fit or finding a power brick that will supply enough wattage.

I may have a few updates for deciding on parts and whatnot, but there most likely won't be any actual updates until after the holidays. Not much money right now and I'm busy the next couple weeks. frown.gif
    
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With the ribbon cable I'm sure I can make the graphics card fit, now all I have to worry about is finding a power supply that will fit or finding a power brick that will supply enough wattage. frown.gif

Take a look at the picopsu's, I'm using their biggest one and it seems like its enough.
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