Originally Posted by pbpilot1025
I was always under the impression ITX was Intel Atom-like components. I guess I'm looking for an ITX build then.
Sorry for the mixup, I'm completely clueless when it comes to SFF systems
nah ITX (much like mATX) has come a LOOOOONG way recently here is the reference build
i usually send people to when they are considering a ITX gamer box. the parts used in that build are older, fortunately intel based boards have not changed in their layout since that build so you can get a z68 board of the exact same layout (i recommend the asrock Z68M-ITX/HT) and everything will fit exactly as he had in his build. of course you'd also put a 7970 in there instead of what he had so it's essentially a true gamer box w/o the gamer size.
the ONLY thing you CAN'T do in an ITX build is overclock
well not very far anyway. it's a limitation of the form factor that they aren't able to squeeze high quality VRM onto a board that small so you'd pretty much have to deal with VERY minor OC of between 3.7 to 4ghz. almost not worth the effort so i'd recommend you just let speedstep do its job and turn a blind eye to OCing ;p
here is an example of how portable the system can be with THAT much power inside the box