Once again, thank you all for the awesome feedback!
Originally Posted by stealthybox
The AsRock board, in my opinion is the way to go as well.
Just reiterating, should you buy the board and processor from microcenter, in addition to the 50$ savings you get from not buying the Asus, you save 50$ off the processor and 50$ off the board.
It's a pretty insane deal. Just make sure to order online for in-store pick-up to insure you lock in that price before they can tell you no. That Samsung LP 1600 RAM is also available at microcenter for a comparable price to newegg. You may want to pick that up if it's cheaper or more reasonable to buy in store.
As for the Antec 620, there's a thread on here about a horrible RMA experience with Antec regarding this product. The tubing failed and essentially ruined an expensive board and graphics card. Antec would not assume full responsibility. Corsair will not show you the same terribad treatment and will replace your system in full if their product fails. I would go with the H60; also available from micrcenter and, typically, competitively priced.
As always, check Newegg and Amazon before buying in store.
You may even be able to get them to price match.
Just went out tonight and picked up the 3570k/ASRock combo, definitely worth the $80 savings! As for everything else, prices were comparable so I'll be ordering that stuff online to avoid the sales tax.
Also, duly noted on the Antec 620. After some research it seems as though the H60 fits the ASRock board without any problems, it was the H50 that had backplate issues, so I should be good to go with the H60.
Originally Posted by The_chemist21
But with a Bitfenix Prodigy case you can run a custom loop so that you can put your cpu and gpu on
The Prodigy seems like a popular choice around here! As awesome as it is that you can do a full W/C loop on an mITX build with it, that flexibility would just be wasted on me since I just can't see myself dropping the cash on a legit W/C loop. So that leaves me inclined to stick with the smaller footprint of the FT03-mini, which also appeals to me a bit more style-wise.
Originally Posted by psyclum
not that it matters a whole lot, but something you should be aware of is that EVGA is also putting a board into the ITX market. no release date yet, performance difference may not be worth the wait, but it's something to keep an eye on if you aren't in a hurry to build your machine.
I had seen the leaked picture of that board but without any de facto distinguishing features I didn't really see a reason to wait. Plus, knowing EVGA I feel like it'll be a bit pricey as well. (And as I mentioned above, I just pulled the trigger on the ASRock tonight... so hopefully the EVGA board doesn't have an tricks up its sleeve that make me regret it!)
Originally Posted by WiSK
I've recently ordered a FT03-mini, and planning eventually to fill it with similar components as you've listed, maybe a 670 instead. I will wait for the ST45SF-G and shorten all the cables to minimum. Looking forward to hearing what temps you get on the Evga 680 with stock cooling. Thinking of doing a custom liquid loop myself, but if the 680 is relatively cool on air then I might save myself some money/effort.
You did get some good advice here. Good luck with your build!
I'll be sure to report back with pictures and temps once I finish the build. If all goes according to plan I'll hopefully have everything together this weekend!