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Building my first mITx build ever (Ivy)

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So yeah, I want to try this. I'm tired of huge cases that make a lot of noise and take up space. I want a small and tight case that looks ace.

I have a budget of 800 that can be increased to 850.

For that money, I need a mITX FULL MODULAIR PSU, a mITX motherboard, 256gb SSD, a high end GPU that fits, cpu cooler that fits and of course... a good case that is quiet with good airflow!

I want a full modulair PSU because I will have limited space and cable management with my semi modulair psu is already a pain in the ass with my big ATX case.

I already have an Ivy Bridge 3570K and 8 gigs of ram, so you can take that off the costs.
post #2 of 7
I'd recommend you deciding on a case, or a few cases, before asking for some more input. It is the biggest limiting factor and really affects your builds. How small do you want to go? Is noise more important to you than size? Is looks important? Do you need a dvd drive? How many HDDs and SSDs need to fix?

One suggestion for quiet GPUs, try any ASUS DirectCU II card, they tend to be the quietest card at load and are just as good idle.
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Something like the Prodigy-M is what I want. I had a corsair 550D before it though, so I value quietness. Looks are kinda important, that's why I really like the Prodigy (M). I don't like the Phenom though. DVD Drive would be nice, but not most important factor.

I will use one single SSD for now. I only use HDD's externally. Might upgrade to a second SSD in the future, but not more. I need space for a CM 212 Evo cooler too.

I also got the type wrong. I want a Micro-ATX build. mITX is nice too, but the Z77 motherboards aren't that good tbh, better and more choice with Micro-ATX.
post #4 of 7
I'm not sure that micro-ATX is really a SFF MoBo. I'm doing a build for a friend who will be using the machine for programming and am going with the Silverstone Temjin TJ-08E. PSU will be Seasonic X650 which is modular.
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256 GB Samsung 850 PRO WD 2TB Caviar Black Noctua NH U12S Win8.1 
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post #5 of 7
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Well

The Gigabyte G1 Sniper M3 is currently $99 here, it's a Z77 Micro-ATX board
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For the powersupply, I would get a semi-fanless one (ones that will operate at fanless at idle/low temps). These are new and well priced, as well as fully modular http://www.corsair.com/us/power-supply-units/rm-series-power-supply-units.html

Yeah mITX boards are limiting, you are stuck with on board audio and wireless, though the Asus Maximus VI Impact is a decent option to get sound card quality audio, but it's $225 (Though Mini ITX boards with decent wireless and overclocking start at around $150, so paying $75 for sound card quality audio in a form factor that doesn't normally allow it, is a decent deal).

For cases I kinda like the TJ08B-E, it has good airflow, and a big front fan.
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Originally Posted by PcZac View Post

For the powersupply, I would get a semi-fanless one (ones that will operate at fanless at idle/low temps). These are new and well priced, as well as fully modular http://www.corsair.com/us/power-supply-units/rm-series-power-supply-units.html

Yeah mITX boards are limiting, you are stuck with on board audio and wireless, though the Asus Maximus VI Impact is a decent option to get sound card quality audio, but it's $225 (Though Mini ITX boards with decent wireless and overclocking start at around $150, so paying $75 for sound card quality audio in a form factor that doesn't normally allow it, is a decent deal).

For cases I kinda like the TJ08B-E, it has good airflow, and a big front fan.

Sorry, said I'd rather go Micro-ATX. I heard some good things (especially audio) about the Gigabyte G1 Sniper M3 and it's $99 atm. It used to be $180-190
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