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For my new build, I have decided to go ITX since I have gotten over the monsters that are 50 lb towers... Here is the parts list that I will reuse in this build:

Corsair AX850 PSU (one of the driving factors for picking the CM 120 elite)
Corsair F120, F40, Intel 520, Samsung 840 SSDs
ASUS GTX 570 GPU


New Parts:

i7 3770k (got it for a great deal, couldnt pass it up) LINK
ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Mobo LINK
8 gb Samsung "Awesome Ram" LINK
Antec Kuhler 920 CPU cooler LINK
CM 120 Elite Case LINK

I am still waiting for the RAM and case to come in so the actual build wont start until next week but I wanted to go ahead and start my thread. Based on my research, the parts i have chosen will fit in the case (i am going to remove the HDD cage and possibly the 5.25 cage)

Edit:

Here are some of the completed build photos (they aren't great since I used my phone...). Full build photos are on page 2.






Edited by thebigrobbyrob - 1/19/13 at 9:01am
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post #2 of 21
thats a nice setup! make sure to take a lot of pics
post #3 of 21
sweet thumb.gif
post #4 of 21
This looks interesting. I think it is a rather overlooked case. When water-cooling is mentioned everyone talks even more about the Prodigy.
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This looks interesting. I think it is a rather overlooked case. When water-cooling is mentioned everyone talks even more about the Prodigy.

Well I really liked the Fractal Node 304 and Prodigy better (from a looks point of view), but both of those cases would require me to buy a new PSU (and both cases are more expensive..). Maybe Bitfenix will figure out that if you cut a bigger hole in the PSU enclosure, you can support a longer PSU... Either way, the Elite 120 is the smallest of the 3 (so I can put it on my desktop) and it can accommodate the majority of my current rig.
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post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by thebigrobbyrob View Post

Well I really liked the Fractal Node 304 and Prodigy better (from a looks point of view), but both of those cases would require me to buy a new PSU (and both cases are more expensive..). Maybe Bitfenix will figure out that if you cut a bigger hole in the PSU enclosure, you can support a longer PSU... Either way, the Elite 120 is the smallest of the 3 (so I can put it on my desktop) and it can accommodate the majority of my current rig.

I really liked the Node 304 and at the time I abhorred the 120, however, since buying it, I have started to warm to the looks. It is definitely one of the cases that needs to be seen in the flesh. I also have it on my shelf, out of the way, moreover, I can only see the side of it. Best of luck with the build, I hope you post some pictures!
post #7 of 21
Given that you have a quality PSu, it could have been sold for a decent price, as 850W is way in excess of anything you could need for an ITX build, even with a GTX 690 and and a clocked i7 under water.

IMHO

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post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by 2002dunx View Post

Given that you have a quality PSu, it could have been sold for a decent price, as 850W is way in excess of anything you could need for an ITX build, even with a GTX 690 and and a clocked i7 under water.
IMHO
dunx

I considered that, but I figured I would just keep it.
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post #9 of 21
TBH I was expecting an 850 W PSU to be bigger than the standard ATX spec.... redface.gif

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post #10 of 21
Check my build out: http://www.overclock.net/t/1333679/build-log-ice-box
I absolutely had to remove the HDD cage for 2 reasons, 1 the hoses wouldn't fit nor would the rad's for the WC loops, 2nd I needed the space for everything else. I cant fit a DVD drive bc I've got a full size ATX PSU in it, even when its modular, you still need the room for the SSD/HDD/and cables...

Good luck! My only thing I'd do different would be to custom cut the lengths of each PSU cable....
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