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post #21 of 26
With the current price it is hard to argue anything other than the Node for a gaming ITX based build. The key as has been mentioned is making sure you have a good PSU for size. Depending on how hard you intend to push you will be surprised with how small of a PSU you can go. I have had good luck with Fractal's Integra R2 as well as Corsair's CX models. I know these are not the highest end PSUs but they have been rock stable for my builds. Including using the Integra R2 650 for a Haswell i7 4770 and an HD 7970, both overclocked.
post #22 of 26
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I would 100% consider ugly options. I already HAVE an h60, which is why going with the CM 130 would be cheaper for me. I'll have to take a look at the sg09/10 though! I also have an h100 coming in, so I could just go with a prodigy and be done with it.

The SG09 would probably be the best option if you still had your phanteks. The case does cost 100 dollars, but it can fit the Phanteks, 2 gpus, and your psu. The money saved on not buying any new components could be used to buy a different mitx/matx board which would allow you to keep the Phanteks. If you are going with the P8Z77-i, I can confirm that the Phanteks fits (and looks ridiculous on such a tiny board).
post #23 of 26
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I have a 680 classified, not a 7990, and I'm still leaning towards the 130 because I would ONLY have to replace my mobo then, instead of my mobo/psu.

I was referring to my build I had posted above with the 7990 in the case. I meant that I really wanted that Raven Mini-ITX (or something that layout with a riser and the video card flat) but I wasn't sure my card would fit.

If you have an H60 you would then only need a new PSU (ST60F-PS - $105) to use the Node 304 ($50).

The CM Elite 130 is only like $50 also though so if you only have to buy the case there, that should save you a few bucks.

Also on that PSU yes you can buy a cheaper one but only if you want to mod it to have 2 8pin PCIE. Most only have 1 8 (or 6+2) and 1-3 more 6 pin. I'm not really sure if this is a big deal or not as the 2 extra pins are just grounds. Most inexpensive PSUs these days seem to just hook into 2 of the grounds on the 6 pin cable anyway.
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I would 100% consider ugly options. I already HAVE an h60, which is why going with the CM 130 would be cheaper for me. I'll have to take a look at the sg09/10 though! I also have an h100 coming in, so I could just go with a prodigy and be done with it.

The SG09/10 and Prodigy are pretty cool cases and all but what's the point of putting together a mITX build to use a case that makes it end up like 20% smaller than a full ATX build?

Realistically with a bit of creative modding you can fit some pretty crazy **** in a lot of these cases. People fit Titans + full ATX PSUs in a Sugo SG05, you just have to dremel out the front a little. You could make a small metal bracket, cut a few holes, and mount the PSU in a node 304 to the top of the case where the HDs hang, and then probably be able to fit your 750W in that case as well. To me the fun part of mITX is seeing how ridiculous you can be with it haha.
Edited by mven - 8/30/13 at 8:02am
post #24 of 26
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Haha, yeah I understand the fun of modding builds, unfortunately, if I would mess it up, I could guarantee me buying a new case wouldn't make it past the wife filter. A CM130 would be MUCH smaller than my current 500r, and as I have said, I'd only need a new motherboard with it. I'm just waiting for it to come out so I can see the vendor reviews.
post #25 of 26
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Haha, yeah I understand the fun of modding builds, unfortunately, if I would mess it up, I could guarantee me buying a new case wouldn't make it past the wife filter. A CM130 would be MUCH smaller than my current 500r, and as I have said, I'd only need a new motherboard with it. I'm just waiting for it to come out so I can see the vendor reviews.

Yeah, the CM130 is small enough I think to qualify for being a worthwhile size reduction imo. The Prodigy is just too damned big lol.
post #26 of 26
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Yeah, the CM130 is small enough I think to qualify for being a worthwhile size reduction imo. The Prodigy is just too damned big lol.

I have to agree with this, I understand there is a lot of Prodigy love around here but in the end my build has left my Prodigy for a different case and I have the Prodigy case for sale locally to anyone that wants to come pick it up.
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