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Hey guys, I want to build a small form factor rig for use as I will be visiting my home country China for 2 months at the end of the year. Since I don't own a laptop I thought I take this opportunity to build a SFF and bring it back to New Zealand. (After all components are quite affordable in China compared to where I live.)

I've considered laptops but couldn't find anything that I want at the price point for the long term, as product design student I prefer Macbooks but don't have the money for one at the moment.

The rig would be used for some light gaming (Simcity, FSX, GRID etc.) and also Adobe Creative Suite at times (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign etc.)

At the moment here's what I have in mind.
  • Has to be Intel based (From experience Intel seems to offer better reliability.)
  • ITX form factor build (Small and light enough that I can fit in a typical luggage case with room to spare, preferably kept under 10Kg)
  • SSD (Won't be installing a lot of stuff so I would like something fast.)
  • Lowest power consumption possible. (Don't really want it to run too hot since it a SFF after all.)

I have quickly put together something myself, I think there's room to improve on. As I haven't been around the scene for a while I might of missed something that I should have in this rig, so if you think you can do better feel free to suggest.

Intel Xeon E3-1230v3
Asrock H81M-ITX
Sandisk 128GB SSD
8GB DDR3-1600 Samsung Low Voltage memory (4GB*2 in dual channel)
Colorful Low Profile Radeon HD 7750
Segotep Desert Eagle II with 250W PSU

Also a little note, you can use US links for components as long as the whole rig adds up to around 800NZD; around 650 in USD (Price between China and the US is about the same, I wouldn't worry much about it...) and also I have my own keyboard, mouse and monitor.

Thanks for your time!

Edit 1: I just realized that my actual budget would be around 650 in USD, apologies I'm quite OCD'ed about my writing lol.
Edited by nGm@ze - 11/13/13 at 6:17pm
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Would you be interested in overclocking, ect?
Edited by ZephyrBit - 11/13/13 at 7:54pm
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Would you be interested in overclocking, ect?

That would be a bonus, what do you have in mind?
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post #4 of 5
why not go with 4670k? it is 10$ cheaper and you can underclock it if you want low power consumption and overclock it if you want performance

im not sure if 250w is enough for 7750

edit : maybe going with xeon is better since you aren't using z87 mobo smile.gif
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