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post #11 of 20
Good deal on the Retail Edge CPU thumb.gif

The Gigabyte Z77 itx board is not really very good.
You really want to go for the Asrock or the Asus board.

The Asrock is cheaper, but limits you in terms of CPU coolers, the CPU socket is very close to the PCIe slot, and there are some components on the back of the board that can prevent you from installing back plates.
I think you'll be ok using the H60 on the Asrock board, but don't quote me on that tongue.gif


I'd also agree with Grmadness and Radmanhs, get a better quality PSU, maybe something like:

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&manufacture=XFX
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post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by Kyronn94 View Post

Good deal on the Retail Edge CPU thumb.gif

The Gigabyte Z77 itx board is not really very good.
You really want to go for the Asrock or the Asus board.

The Asrock is cheaper, but limits you in terms of CPU coolers, the CPU socket is very close to the PCIe slot, and there are some components on the back of the board that can prevent you from installing back plates.
I think you'll be ok using the H60 on the Asrock board, but don't quote me on that tongue.gif


I'd also agree with Grmadness and Radmanhs, get a better quality PSU, maybe something like:

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&manufacture=XFX

What makes the gigabyte not a good board ? Is there any specific feature that the asrock/asus have that the gigabyte board doesnt ? because its a 65$ difference frown.gif

And i changed for a cx600 i just edited my first post
post #13 of 20
CPU 150$

Case 70$

PSU 65$

SSD 100$

CLC 60$

GPU Go for a decent 7770, ASUS AMD Radeon HD 7770 2GB 145$ (NCIX)

GIGABYTE GA-Z77M-D3H 120$ (110$ after rebate, 7$ shipping) (Newegg.ca)

RAM Corsair Vengeance 8 GB 60$ (Newegg.ca)

You may also consider an HDD, which will save you ~40-50$
   
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post #14 of 20
The MSI Z77IA-E53 seems like a nice little board, it's $150 though. The ASRock Z77E-ITX seems really nice, but also seems to be hit or miss. If they aren't DOA, people seem to love them.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by Grmadness View Post

CPU 150$

Case 70$

PSU 65$

SSD 100$

CLC 60$

GPU Go for a decent 7770, ASUS AMD Radeon HD 7770 2GB 145$ (NCIX)

GIGABYTE GA-Z77M-D3H 120$ (110$ after rebate, 7$ shipping) (Newegg.ca)

RAM Corsair Vengeance 8 GB 60$ (Newegg.ca)

You may also consider an HDD, which will save you ~40-50$

The 7770 you linked is more expensive than the 7850 i chose. And I want a m-ITX motherboard.



And I'd like a general opinion on the Seagate momentus XT 2nd gen 750gb
post #16 of 20
That thing is fast. Not SSD comparable, of course, but one of (if not the) fastest mechanical drive out there. A bit pricy though.
   
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post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by Jomboh View Post

What makes the gigabyte not a good board ? Is there any specific feature that the asrock/asus have that the gigabyte board doesnt ? because its a 65$ difference frown.gif

And i changed for a cx600 i just edited my first post


Despite being Z77, the Gigabyte itx board does not support voltage adjustment, which will limit you in terms of what you can achieve in terms of a CPU overclock.
I personally think that that alone is enough of a reason to stretch for at least the Asrock Board, but it is up to you.

In regards to the PSU, it is not as much the wattage as it is the quality of the PSU.
The CX600 is generally perceived to be a 500W unit.

You'd be better off with something from the TX line of PSU's instead, or the XFX that I posted earlier.
In the Bitfenix prodigy, it is generally easier to use a non-modular PSU, as you can encounter problems with the modular connectors in the small PSU cage.


Hope that this helps smile.gif
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post #18 of 20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kyronn94 View Post

Despite being Z77, the Gigabyte itx board does not support voltage adjustment, which will limit you in terms of what you can achieve in terms of a CPU overclock.
I personally think that that alone is enough of a reason to stretch for at least the Asrock Board, but it is up to you.

In regards to the PSU, it is not as much the wattage as it is the quality of the PSU.
The CX600 is generally perceived to be a 500W unit.

You'd be better off with something from the TX line of PSU's instead, or the XFX that I posted earlier.
In the Bitfenix prodigy, it is generally easier to use a non-modular PSU, as you can encounter problems with the modular connectors in the small PSU cage.


Hope that this helps smile.gif

tbh I really dont plan on overclocking anything. I wanted to get an i3 or an i5 and a basic motherboard. It just happened that the i7-3770k was cheaper because of the deal i got from retail edge.
I wanted to get the P8H77-i from asus just just not overclock.
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by Jomboh View Post

tbh I really dont plan on overclocking anything. I wanted to get an i3 or an i5 and a basic motherboard. It just happened that the i7-3770k was cheaper because of the deal i got from retail edge.
I wanted to get the P8H77-i from asus just just not overclock.

Then by all means go for the Gigabyte board or an H77 board.

It is also worth noting that Gigabyte has an H77 wifi itx board as well:
http://uk.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4338#ov


Personally, I would go for the Gigabyte H77N wifi if you will not be overclocking, as I'm sure that wifi can come in handy on an itx rig.
It also has better onboard audio, and is only £5 more expensive than the Asus H77 board, where I am anyway.
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post #20 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kyronn94 View Post

Despite being Z77, the Gigabyte itx board does not support voltage adjustment, which will limit you in terms of what you can achieve in terms of a CPU overclock.
I personally think that that alone is enough of a reason to stretch for at least the Asrock Board, but it is up to you.

In regards to the PSU, it is not as much the wattage as it is the quality of the PSU.
The CX600 is generally perceived to be a 500W unit.

You'd be better off with something from the TX line of PSU's instead, or the XFX that I posted earlier.
In the Bitfenix prodigy, it is generally easier to use a non-modular PSU, as you can encounter problems with the modular connectors in the small PSU cage.


Hope that this helps smile.gif

Will the cable management be fine? I have the TX650W V2, and cable management was hard.
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