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Should I go mini itx / sff?

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Hi guys,

I'm choosing between building with a new SFF system or sticking with a mid tower design. As it stands, I'm not exactly " restricted " when it comes to space nor would I be doing it for space reasons, more so transportation reasons and just downsizing the size of my desktop, being able to play it out int he living room etc.. move rooms or transport my system to a friends house for downloading.

I want to use this system as my main rig. My needs are quite simple - Gaming, Uni Work, Research, Music, Movies... I don't have alot of data and what data I need is mostly stored on external drives as I don't ever need the data right off and I usually download to an external. I wish to create a powerful SFF system, ( i'm looking at using the beautioful Lian Li Black PC-Q18. That I can use, and when I say powerful, I mean powerful...

I was wondering whether it'd be possible to get any triple monitor gaming out of one of these sff systems. for example, to set it up in the office with three monitors.. then be able to transport it to my friends house and plug it into his tv ( I use his internet to download any steam games I want ).

I'm not much fussed about the mid tower size either but I like the idea of being able to transport my computer with me. Any thoughts guys?>


Cheers
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What kind of budget are you looking at? and any preferences in Intel/AMD
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You could always go with GTX 690 for triple monitor support.

Other than that, you are stuck with single card setups with mitx form factor.
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You could always go with GTX 690 for triple monitor support.
Even my GTX660TI supports 4 displays, don't think you particularly need a 690, but can't hurt smile.gif
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Even my GTX660TI supports 4 displays, don't think you particularly need a 690, but can't hurt smile.gif

He is wanting to game with 3 monitors. So for best performance with single card setups, the GTX 690 will do him justice.
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Hi guys, as I am considering using this for my main rig my budget is sitting somewhere up to $2000, more if I was to get a card like The Gtx titan or 690. Intel is my preference as I've always built intel systems.
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Hi guys, as I am considering using this for my main rig my budget is sitting somewhere up to $2000, more if I was to get a card like The Gtx titan or 690. Intel is my preference as I've always built intel systems.

Here is a build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/H3Gc

I didn't include Case or Cooler. Pick parts similiar to the ones I have set aside, if you aren't comfortable with what I chose.

You will need to research about any clearnace issues for the parts you choose.
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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Scythe BIG Shuriken 2 Rev. B 45.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($43.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($1006.13 @ Newegg)
Case: Lian-Li PC-Q18B (Black) HTPC Case ($149.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1768.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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