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Moving from ATX mid tower case to a mini ITX case. Help.

post #1 of 24
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Currently I have:

Antec CP-1000 1000W Power Supply
Antec P183 V3 Case
Asus 24x DVD-RW SATA (don't need)
Asus Xonar DS PCI
Puget Hydro CL3 Liquid Cooling System
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB (012-P3-1570-TR)
Intel 520 120GB Sata 6Gb/s 2.5inch SSD
Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4GHz Quad Core 8MB 95W - Overclocked to 4.6GHz
Kingston DDR3-1333 4GB (x4)
Western Digital Caviar Black 1.0TB Sata 6Gb/s

When I got this rig I had no clue how often I was going to be moving it from place to place. It has become too much to handle. Therefore, I have decided to go smaller. I have been looking at many mini ITX cases and have decided that my favorite is the Fractal Design Node 304. Basically, I want to take everything I possibly can from my current case and transfer it to the Node 304. Obviously, I'll need another motherboard. I'd really appreciate it if you guys could guide me in choosing the best and affordable components for my new case.
post #2 of 24
So basically all you need is a motherboard right? Check the GIGABYTE Z77N ITX board out smile.gif
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post #3 of 24
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Well, I'll need new ram also, since I have 4 and as far as I have seen there are no mini-ITX boards with 4 ram slots, so 2 that would give me only 8Gb instead of 16Gb. I may also need a new power supply if mine is to big. I don't know if it is or not. Also, the puget liquid cooling component I mentioned, i'd like to know if it would work with this case or not.
post #4 of 24
the gigabyte z77n does NOT overclock.
Either get the P8Z77I-deluxe or the Asrock Z77E-ITX
post #5 of 24
Valid point, I was just looking at price tongue.gif
The asus ITX seems the best. But also the most expensive. Worth the extra if you'd ask me though biggrin.gif.
For the ram, check out patriot RAM. They perform great and look great. Corsair and G.Skill are nice too!
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post #6 of 24
The asus board is good but the asrock overclocks the same as the asus and is 50$ less.

But the asrock has poor socket placement so alot of coolers will not work.
On the asus board even a D14 can be mounted
post #7 of 24
True biggrin.gif
@actionhero: I've never heard of puget, so I couldn't tell :s
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post #8 of 24
There is also no internal optical drive in the Node. The PSU fan might make it so long that it will block the GPU from fitting in the Node, not to mention the extra length with the modular cables. Water cooler should be fine in the rear position.

EDIT: Also, with only 1 PCIe slot on just about all MBs, you would end up losing the sound card, too.

I'm building my second mITX in a Node 304 right now biggrin.gif Its tough to get everything to fit right. Check out the specs page on FD's website, it has pretty extensive measurement information that will be useful for you.
Edited by theonedub - 3/22/13 at 3:12pm
 
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Intel Core i7 3770K @ 4.1ghz Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH EVGA 780Ti Classified HydroCopper Samsung 16GB (4x4GB) Wonder RAM 
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Corsair Performance Pro 256GB  Western Digital Elements 2TB Samsung F4 2TB EK Supremacy  
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3770K @ 4.1ghz Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH EVGA 780Ti Classified HydroCopper Samsung 16GB (4x4GB) Wonder RAM 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Corsair Performance Pro 256GB  Western Digital Elements 2TB Samsung F4 2TB EK Supremacy  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-CoolStream XTX 360 (X2) D5 w/ EK Top XSPC Photon 270 Tube Reservoir EK Compression Fittings 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Yate Loon Medium (x13) Windows 10 Pro x64 Dell UltraSharp U2715H  Corsair Strafe RGB w/ MX Cherry Silent 
PowerCaseMouseOther
NZXT Hale90-1000-M Caselabs SM8 Logitech M705 Marathon  NZXT Sleeved Extensions 
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post #9 of 24
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Thanks for everyone's advise so far. I think I'm leaning towards the ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe right now.

Here is the description of the Puget Hydro CL3 Liquid Cooling System on pugets website:

"The Hydro CL3 is a self-contained CPU liquid cooling solution based on the CoolIT Eco II. It is designed as an all-in-one upgrade for the normal, CPU air-cooled units found in most computers. The benefits it offers over most air-coolers are better temperatures (which allows for overclocking) while maintaining moderately quiet operation.

We have noticed that removing the fan from the CPU's physical location on the motherboard can sometimes increase the temps of the chipset. This largely depends on other factors, such as the size of the computer case. Please check with your Puget Service Representative to see if additional fans or a different case should be used when choosing this cooler.

The Puget Hydro CL3 Liquid Cooling System fits AMD's AM2, AM2+, and AM3 CPUs as well as Intel's socket 775, 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011 processors - and includes a 120mm PWM fan for cooling the radiator."

Would this fit my new rig and either of the motherboards mentioned?

post #10 of 24
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@theonedub I know I'll be losing my sound card. Its a shame. But I'd rather have the smaller case.
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