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So I've been wanting a really small, really portable machine for the past 6 months or so, and I figure this is the place to ask for that kind of build.

The budget is around $800 shipped, but if it will be dramatically better if I spend a bit more, then I'd be okay with that.

The main uses will be gaming, but nothing too heavy. Other than that, it will be used for coding and watching movies.

Out of excitement, I've already made up a build. I checked the dimensions of the case and the card, and this should work. But, if you think the build is crap, then please let me know.

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WiFi on the motherboard is a bonus, as is USB 3.0, but Sata III is a must. The monitor resolution that I'll be hooking up to is 1920x1080. Don't bother adding a hard drive, I have a few that I can use. Make sure the case has a least two 3.25" internal drive bays.

Thank you for reading my post!
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sataiii wont matter unless u get a ssd. just a fyi. i'd be interested to know how well that fanless psu works. been contemplating a htpc build on a m-itx platform...
dont see anything wrong with the build...ram is on the slow side...
 
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The fanless seasonic is great, but not as good as the superflower one imho (kingwin sells 'em rebranded).

The build looks good, nothing wrong with it really other than the Lian Li case but that's just me as I hate lian li (no painted interiors). Cubitek Mini Tank would be awesome case tongue.gif
But yeah, gpu is ok, cpu is ok, mobo is ok, psu is ok, ram is ok.
edit: how about a aftermarket cpu cooler?
Edited by Blizlake - 2/1/12 at 1:15am
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Excellent Build thumb.gif, the graphics card should be a tight fit but that's cool. Good luck with your build and don't forget to post some pics biggrin.gif
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That Zotac board has some fairly mediocre reviews. I would recommend the ASUS P8H67-I but nobody seems to sell it in the USA anymore...
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Originally Posted by subnet View Post

That Zotac board has some fairly mediocre reviews. I would recommend the ASUS P8H67-I but nobody seems to sell it in the USA anymore...

^This, I was contemplating this type of build once but decided against it. When you get done let me know your thoughts. wink.gif

Also nice avatar there subnet, Gintama is awesome. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by itsMEnara View Post

sataiii wont matter unless u get a ssd. just a fyi. i'd be interested to know how well that fanless psu works. been contemplating a htpc build on a m-itx platform...
dont see anything wrong with the build...ram is on the slow side...

I do plan on getting an SSD in the near future.

Which ram would you recommend? 8GB would be nice, as sometimes I do some video editing and image editing. Plus it makes it easier to sell later down the road.
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@itsMEnara
The fanless seasonic is great, but not as good as the superflower one imho (kingwin sells 'em rebranded).
The build looks good, nothing wrong with it really other than the Lian Li case but that's just me as I hate lian li (no painted interiors). Cubitek Mini Tank would be awesome case tongue.gif
But yeah, gpu is ok, cpu is ok, mobo is ok, psu is ok, ram is ok.
edit: how about a aftermarket cpu cooler?

I will admit, I am rather picky about my power supplies. But if you can supply a link to a review of one that will fit (and is modular!) in an m-ITX build, I would consider it.

I really like how classy the exterior looks. I'm okay with a non-painted interior. Also, I looked up that Cubitek Mini Tank, and while I really like how roomy it is, it is so ugly in my opinion. I don't really know many m-ITX cases, though, so if you can recommend other ones, that would be great.

Yeah, the GPU could be better, but I do plan on getting a 7850 or 7870 when they come out, depending on which will fit the case length-wise.

With that case, the CPU has just enough room to have the stock cooling. If you can find me a case that can have aftermarket cooling, I would look at that, and probably go with a 2500k.
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Excellent Build thumb.gif, the graphics card should be a tight fit but that's cool. Good luck with your build and don't forget to post some pics biggrin.gif

Thanks. I won't be purchasing it just quite yet, I want to make sure I get everything just right.
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That Zotac board has some fairly mediocre reviews. I would recommend the ASUS P8H67-I but nobody seems to sell it in the USA anymore...

Honestly, the main reason I choose it was because it has WiFi and Sata III. Would you mind linking me a board you thing is better?
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The PSU I was talking about:
Newegg page - Jonnyguru review
Stryker is a bit on the expensive side though and the seasonic seems to be on discount atm. But still, the fanless psu I'd buy.

And yeah, the cubitek mini tank isn't what you might call "pretty", plus it has the same fugly bare interior most Lian Li cases have. I've never bought an mitx case and I've only seen such mobo once, so I ain't a expert on the form factor. What I've heard is that there isn't many good mitx boards out, and the few that are fine aren't that awesome. That zotac board is one of the "better" ones iirc. And even if I were to find a mitx case that you like and can hold a decent cooler, there's no point in buying the 2500k if the mobo is H67/61
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The PSU I was talking about:
Newegg page - Jonnyguru review
Stryker is a bit on the expensive side though and the seasonic seems to be on discount atm. But still, the fanless psu I'd buy.
And yeah, the cubitek mini tank isn't what you might call "pretty", plus it has the same fugly bare interior most Lian Li cases have. I've never bought an mitx case and I've only seen such mobo once, so I ain't a expert on the form factor. What I've heard is that there isn't many good mitx boards out, and the few that are fine aren't that awesome. That zotac board is one of the "better" ones iirc. And even if I were to find a mitx case that you like and can hold a decent cooler, there's no point in buying the 2500k if the mobo is H67/61

That looks to be a pretty sweet PSU. Thanks for the post.

Derp, I just realized that getting a K processor on a H61/67 is nicht gut. Plus, any ITX board that I've seen has the weakest VRMs and only a 4 pin CPU connector. No overclocking for me. frown.gif
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That looks to be a pretty sweet PSU. Thanks for the post.
Derp, I just realized that getting a K processor on a H61/67 is nicht gut. Plus, any ITX board that I've seen has the weakest VRMs and only a 4 pin CPU connector. No overclocking for me. frown.gif

Z77 "may" offer better boards with proper overclocking. Current Z68 ITX boards either have bad rep (Zotac) or down throttle too much due to VRM load/heat (ASrock). I was going to recommend an Asus P8H67-I (not the deluxe version) but nobody seems to sell it in the USA anymore.

EDIT: Found this!:

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18366157

and this:

http://www.shuttle.eu/products/mini-pc/sz68r5/specification/

That's not all folks:

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Edited by subnet - 2/1/12 at 11:51pm
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