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Hello everyone,

After spending the last few weeks trying to pick out parts for my new MINI-ITX build and through the help of several users here, I think I have almost finalized my build (Thanks to everyone who has helped so far!). This build is based around portability so I can take it around with me when I travel (you'll know when you see how small the case is). I don't travel often, but I'm not a huge of laptops so I would prefer to bring a small desktop around. The PC will be primarily used for general daily tasks, watching movies, and gaming. I tried to fit pretty powerful components in a small form factor while keeping heat in mind. These are the parts I've come up with:

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/9mswsY

The CPU cooler has been purchased already and the other parts will be purchased in about a month. I am using a SFX PSU for this build since the case is so small and I want to keep it as clutter free as possible (I am also getting a shorter cable kit for the PSU). As you can see, I will be gaming on a 1080p 144 hz monitor. The 970 probably won't be outputting enough power to drive 144 hz on maximum settings on AAA titles but I don't mind turning some settings down like AA and what not. I also opted for this monitor because it apparently has pretty decent colours for a TN panel (btw the price is about $40 less than what PC partpicker shows). I was debating between a blower styled GPU and an open air GPU but I think the open air cooler should be fine since there are quite a few vents in the case and the 970 appears to be quite efficient. This little guy will be replacing my ancient Q6600 system in my sig!

What do you guys think? Thanks thumb.gif
Edited by Waleh - 10/19/15 at 10:28am
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I would probably go for this case as it has more room for fans. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133260

I might also consider a blower style video card.

I think heat might be more of an issue than you are considering. 95w on the CPU and 145w on the GPU.
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I would probably go for this case as it has more room for fans. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133260

I might also consider a blower style video card.

I think heat might be more of an issue than you are considering. 95w on the CPU and 145w on the GPU.

I really like the SG13 and I'm pretty set on it. I saw it in person and loved it. The Thermaltake is a bit larger than I'd like. I know a few people with this case and they don't seem to have an issue with an open air design but I know why you are suggesting a blower type GPU. I can keep investigating. Thanks thumb.gif
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Ever considered a 970 ITX?
I don't have any experience in this department so hopefully someone may do. This thread may be of some help - http://www.overclock.net/t/541767/club-for-those-with-beastly-matx-itx-rigs
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Absolutely. I love EVGA cards. This seems to line up nicely with what you had in mind before. This card also has great reviews. And hey, Free Rainbow Six Siege or Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. thumb.gif
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Nice build.

Are you considering budget at all or is that relatively a non issue?

For an ITX build, I went with the Asus 970 DirectCu Mini.

It's a nice card, but it had some serious heating issues with a Rajintek Metis case I bought since it was just dumping hot air into a trapped portion of the case. My temps would rise to the mid and high 80s, which I just wasn't comfortable with.

I switched to the SG05 which follows the same design principles as the SG13, and the temps stay under 60c for the most part. Sometimes they'll climb to about 68 during really intense gaming sessions (Witcher 3), but overall, all of the vents holes on the side panel of the Silverstone case you're looking at will help a lot with both blower type coolers and internal exhaust coolers, so I'd just choose whatever one you like best that would fit the case.

Also, I wouldn't worry too much about keeping the CPU cool. I only game, and my CPU barely increases in temps, and I'm using a low profile CPU cooler that's probably not nearly as good as the Noctua (bought it for aesthetics mostly). System CPU temps idle around 30-32 and barely heat up during intense gaming sessions. The CPU cooler is kind of a non issue unless your case completely lacks ventilation which the Silverstone cases don't have to worry about since they are vented on almost all sides of its panels and have an internal front panel fan pushing intake directly onto the cooler. Honestly, I could probably run my CPU cooler without the fan and just let the front intake fan do the work if I wanted, and I still don't think it'd be much of an issue. Keep in mind, I'm also not overclocking my CPU (yet), Just hasn't been necessary with my ITX build.

High speed DDR4 probably isn't all that important either. If you wanted to lower your cost and invest it elsewhere, you could probably save some money on the CPU cooler and your memory.
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I wouldn't be too concerned about using a non-reference card; the following was measured in a DAN A4-SFX:

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Ever considered a 970 ITX?
I don't have any experience in this department so hopefully someone may do. This thread may be of some help - http://www.overclock.net/t/541767/club-for-those-with-beastly-matx-itx-rigs

The case fits a full sized GPU and I figured that a larger GPU might have better cooling and OC abilities.
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Absolutely. I love EVGA cards. This seems to line up nicely with what you had in mind before. This card also has great reviews. And hey, Free Rainbow Six Siege or Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. thumb.gif

Awesome!! thumb.gif
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Nice build.

Are you considering budget at all or is that relatively a non issue?

For an ITX build, I went with the Asus 970 DirectCu Mini.

It's a nice card, but it had some serious heating issues with a Rajintek Metis case I bought since it was just dumping hot air into a trapped portion of the case. My temps would rise to the mid and high 80s, which I just wasn't comfortable with.

I switched to the SG05 which follows the same design principles as the SG13, and the temps stay under 60c for the most part. Sometimes they'll climb to about 68 during really intense gaming sessions (Witcher 3), but overall, all of the vents holes on the side panel of the Silverstone case you're looking at will help a lot with both blower type coolers and internal exhaust coolers, so I'd just choose whatever one you like best that would fit the case.

Also, I wouldn't worry too much about keeping the CPU cool. I only game, and my CPU barely increases in temps, and I'm using a low profile CPU cooler that's probably not nearly as good as the Noctua (bought it for aesthetics mostly). System CPU temps idle around 30-32 and barely heat up during intense gaming sessions. The CPU cooler is kind of a non issue unless your case completely lacks ventilation which the Silverstone cases don't have to worry about since they are vented on almost all sides of its panels and have an internal front panel fan pushing intake directly onto the cooler. Honestly, I could probably run my CPU cooler without the fan and just let the front intake fan do the work if I wanted, and I still don't think it'd be much of an issue. Keep in mind, I'm also not overclocking my CPU (yet), Just hasn't been necessary with my ITX build.

High speed DDR4 probably isn't all that important either. If you wanted to lower your cost and invest it elsewhere, you could probably save some money on the CPU cooler and your memory.

So, I would say I'm at the upper end of my budget tongue.gif I was originally going to get a 6700k and a 980 but I didn't want to go too overboard and spend excessively. That's great to hear your cooling improved! My question is, would the 970 blower card maintain good temps and stay quiet? It has pretty good reviews on different websites. I actually bought the CPU cooler already and the difference in price between 2133 ram and 2400 isn't all that much. If I had gone with 3000 then there would be a substantial price difference. So, I'm okay with the price as it is.

+rep guys! Thanks a lot
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I wouldn't be too concerned about using a non-reference card; the following was measured in a DAN A4-SFX:


See, that's the thing! Some people will say that this case is fine with an open cooled GPU because it has decent ventilation and others will say to go blower style. I might have to roll a dice. wheee.gif
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