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Been a while since I posted here. It's interesting how your ideas and preferences change? smile.gif

I want to build a mini-itx system but I think I'm a bit flexible. I will describe my current parts and ideas. Also, what the aim is and the plan.

My idea is to buy this system and then recoup some of the money by selling off my current hardware. This is what I currently have:
Antec 300, Asus P5Q vanilla mobo, 8gb DDR2 RAM, Audigy 2ZS, old nvidia card (not worth much), Corsair HX520W and some HDDs. I would like to re-use 1 or 2. I have a 1TB Seagate 7200rpm and 320GB HDD (WD).

Eventually, I'd like to get a SSD and am contemplating getting the Silverstone SFX 450W modular PSU. But, I thought I should get some opinions. The ATX power supplies can fit into some itx cases but it really limits an already restrictive number of options. So, what should I do? I figure I can get about $260-$270 from my parts. I'll sell separately, most likely.

Of the cases, the ones that caught my eye are:
Silverstone Elite 130, Corsair 250D, BitFenix Prodigy/Phenom, Fractal Design Node 304, Lian Li* (but, most likely, I'd need the SFX PSU if I choose a Lian Li case).

My ideas for a build:
Silverstone SFX 450W Mod.
i5-4570 (* might be getting it cheaper than new price)
H80i?
Gigabyte H87 wifi mini-itx 1150 mobo
SSD 128GB (later)
8GB Crucial Balistix LP DDR3
1 or 2 HDDs (1TB for sure - 3.5")

Should I keep my current PSU? It helps keep the price down but limits what cases I can choose. It also makes it a tighter fit unless I go for a larger, more spacious case, such as the 250D. I liked the concept of the case being portable. Although, it might remain in one place most of the time but there may be times I want to lug it someplace. As for a video card, I probably would consider a 750 Ti later on. For now, the cost restraints would mean the graphics card would be the last item to get. smile.gif

Comments? Suggestions?
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I found at Azza fanpage, they will sell their mini ITX case at May in US. That case is awesome, can use ATX PSU, can hold 240mm radiator and long graphics card

http://www.tomshardware.com/picturestory/644-9-build-an-azza-z-steam-machine.html

for other parts, I can't give suggestion, sorry ;)

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Been a while since I posted here. It's interesting how your ideas and preferences change? smile.gif

I want to build a mini-itx system but I think I'm a bit flexible. I will describe my current parts and ideas. Also, what the aim is and the plan.

My idea is to buy this system and then recoup some of the money by selling off my current hardware. This is what I currently have:
Antec 300, Asus P5Q vanilla mobo, 8gb DDR2 RAM, Audigy 2ZS, old nvidia card (not worth much), Corsair HX520W and some HDDs. I would like to re-use 1 or 2. I have a 1TB Seagate 7200rpm and 320GB HDD (WD).

Eventually, I'd like to get a SSD and am contemplating getting the Silverstone SFX 450W modular PSU. But, I thought I should get some opinions. The ATX power supplies can fit into some itx cases but it really limits an already restrictive number of options. So, what should I do? I figure I can get about $260-$270 from my parts. I'll sell separately, most likely.

Of the cases, the ones that caught my eye are:
Silverstone Elite 130, Corsair 250D, BitFenix Prodigy/Phenom, Fractal Design Node 304, Lian Li* (but, most likely, I'd need the SFX PSU if I choose a Lian Li case).

My ideas for a build:
Silverstone SFX 450W Mod.
i5-4570 (* might be getting it cheaper than new price)
H80i?
Gigabyte H87 wifi mini-itx 1150 mobo
SSD 128GB (later)
8GB Crucial Balistix LP DDR3
1 or 2 HDDs (1TB for sure - 3.5")

Should I keep my current PSU? It helps keep the price down but limits what cases I can choose. It also makes it a tighter fit unless I go for a larger, more spacious case, such as the 250D. I liked the concept of the case being portable. Although, it might remain in one place most of the time but there may be times I want to lug it someplace. As for a video card, I probably would consider a 750 Ti later on. For now, the cost restraints would mean the graphics card would be the last item to get. smile.gif

Comments? Suggestions?
Keep your current PSU just because. If you are getting a dedicated GPU, then go for either the Phenom or the Prodigy. I usually lean more towards the phenom because its quieter. Granted there is also this case, the one I would be picking if I were to downsize
http://www.aerocool.us/ds/ds_case%20index.htm
They are about $100, so a little pricey, but they have so much room inside its not even funny.
Your build for the case looks good.
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Keep your current PSU just because. If you are getting a dedicated GPU, then go for either the Phenom or the Prodigy. I usually lean more towards the phenom because its quieter. Granted there is also this case, the one I would be picking if I were to downsize
http://www.aerocool.us/ds/ds_case%20index.htm
They are about $100, so a little pricey, but they have so much room inside its not even funny.
Your build for the case looks good.
Thanks for your feedback. I didn't know the Phenom was quieter. It's a bit larger? I looked at the Aerocool case and it looked really good. But, the reviews I read seem to indicate that they found it a bit loud and questionable cooling. Maybe you read something different? It could be just the fans they use? Many who bought the case were happy with it but I am still not sure. The right price, though. I really don't want to go over $100 for a case. wink.gif
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What do you guys think of the SilverStone Sugo Series SG05BB-LITE case? I could buy the Silverstone 450W SFX modular PSU to pair it up with. Or is that case a bit old? How does it compare to the Elite 130? Are these cases okay for a closed loop cooler? Anyone know if the H80i would fit?

Or is there something better out there? Please explain why and what you'd do with it? I just want a liquid cooler in there and as big of fans as I can use for good cooling. One other thing, is that some cases have the slot for optical drives. Should I care about that? It seems like the cage for that would take up space. I'm open to using an external drive or getting the slim drive like the SG05BB requires?
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What do you guys think of the SilverStone Sugo Series SG05BB-LITE case? I could buy the Silverstone 450W SFX modular PSU to pair it up with. Or is that case a bit old? How does it compare to the Elite 130? Are these cases okay for a closed loop cooler? Anyone know if the H80i would fit?

Or is there something better out there? Please explain why and what you'd do with it? I just want a liquid cooler in there and as big of fans as I can use for good cooling. One other thing, is that some cases have the slot for optical drives. Should I care about that? It seems like the cage for that would take up space. I'm open to using an external drive or getting the slim drive like the SG05BB requires?


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Where is the motherboard lol
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post #8 of 42
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I was wondering that, too.

I am now comparing the CM Elite 130 with the Silverstone SUGO SG08B-LITE (w/o PSU - I'll get my own). Is that a compatible comparison? They are relatively similar in shape and size?

Can someone tell me how you get a H80i in there and where you put it? Any pics or videos of this? Is that a good cooler choice?
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post #9 of 42
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Where is the motherboard lol

you can clearly see the VRM daughter board of the Asus Impact motherboard below the samsung SSD on the 2nd pic

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I was wondering that, too.

I am now comparing the CM Elite 130 with the Silverstone SUGO SG08B-LITE (w/o PSU - I'll get my own). Is that a compatible comparison? They are relatively similar in shape and size?

Can someone tell me how you get a H80i in there and where you put it? Any pics or videos of this? Is that a good cooler choice?

SG08/7 is a better choice then SG06/5 however i wouldn't go liquid with it. just get a good air cooler and you should be fine. as to which air cooler to use, that depends on your mobo selection. different mobo have the cpu socket on different locations so you must choose a cooler that works with the mobo.

i wouldn't get the case w/o the PSU. the silverstone units are not bad and they have short cables for the small chassis. if you get a different PSU, it may not fit and the cables will likely be too long for a small case like this.
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