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So I'm starting a m-itx build that will be fully watercooled.

My initial choice of gpu was the gtx 650 ti 2gb by evga. Chosen because it has such a short pcb. But then again a 7770 ghz edition would perform better, but yet its length is longer.

I only see myself (or girlfriend) playing sims 3, maybe dirt 2/3 and such.

I'm just not sure. A card that will be efficient, short in pcb, cost is $140ish, good reputible manufacture and will perform decently.

I run at 1920x1050 and probably only expect to run gfx at medium.

Probably will buy from Tigerdirect (CompUSA), just down the road and i cant have an inoperable pc after selling my gpu.

Side note: since I want the m-itx to be WC'd do they make universal blocks for such cards like the 650 or 7770 or 7750? I know it wouldnt be needed but Id want the case to be universal

Thanks everyone!
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post #2 of 21
Get the Bitfenix Prodigy and you can slap a 690, 680 or 7970 in there, why restrict yourself thumb.gif

Can also fit a nice rad in the front or top for WC
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The prodigy is huge for m-itx. Volume size you can get a small m-atx case.
I'm thinking miniature, like a PC-q07

Or node 304
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post #4 of 21
if you are going to be water cooling there are not many mitx cases that you will get 2 120s or a 240 in, so if you are water cooling the Prodigy is a good case.
the cheapest current gen card with a full water block is a hd7850 but there is no point in water cooling one because after you buy the block you could have just got a hd7950 or gtx 660ti
you can put on a universal block block on some cards but you will still need cooling for the vrms.
also i think a gtx 650 ti will beat a hd 7770
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I'm probably only gonna be running a 2500k and the 650 ti on the loop. Thats not much heat

The thing is, a 7950 or 660ti is far larger, defeating the purpose of a m-itx build.
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I'm probably only gonna be running a 2500k and the 650 ti on the loop. Thats not much heat
The thing is, a 7950 or 660ti is far larger, defeating the purpose of a m-itx build.
will you be overclocking?
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post #7 of 21
True watercooling and itx don't really go together with the exception being the prodigy. Of course as you pointed out, you might as well go micro atx at that point.

Yes they do make universal blocks that you could get to work on lower end cards, but they do have limitations of being ugly and not providing vrm cooling. True it is fun to try to watercool in a small package, but unless you want to go crazy with mods and such, past a closed loop cooler it's more trouble then it's worth.
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No overclocking because a stock 2500k speed is sufficient (even for the gf during photoshop editing)

Well you havent quite looked at my current rig build log. I dont mind modding, thats the whole point of this m-itx build. To make me be creative and push my designing limits smile.gif Its fun for me. vram cooling would be heatsinks and natural air in the case.
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Hmm, i dont really know to much about ATI cards .. so wont comment on that but the short pcb on the 6 series of cards really can be helpful with itx watercooling. biggrin.gif But be careful with full watercooling with intake rads, i had some issues with heat build up in my case, which caused temps to raise around to 71c. Eventually put the rad as an exhaust and temps dropped to 57c redface.gif
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I usually have my rads as exhaust.
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