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post #1 of 15
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Looking for input. Opinions, ETC.

None of my friends are really into build and modding computers SO, I'll reach out to the internet. haha.

What I have now:
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Thermal Compound: Gelid Solutions GC-Extreme 3.5g Thermal Paste
Motherboard: ASRock Z97M OC Formula Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage: Plextor M6e 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
Case: Silverstone SG10B MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Gold S 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
Case Fan: SilenX EFX-09-15 42.0 CFM 92mm Fan
Case Fan: SilenX EFX-09-15 42.0 CFM 92mm Fan
GPU is a gtx 275, I need to upgrade and that, along with the severe limitations of the SG10, is what got me thinking ITX switch.
I clocked the 4790k at 4 ghz @ 1.05v. Figure there is no point pushing it while the gpu is bottlenecking.

What I have in the closet.

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor - ran for a year at 4.4 ghz
Motherboard: ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard Brand new, great deal at microcenter.
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Casebrand new, great ebay deal
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supplybought cheap as an emergency unit.
Was gonna get some ram and use this to run all my old HDDs.

What I want
Modded, water cooled, EVGA Hadron Air with a legit gaming system

Here is my issue.
I don't really want to swap the 4790k It really doesn't get much better right now but that limits my motherboards. Seriously limits them. pretty much stuck with an Asrock z97e ITX ac.. But, I'd be screwed on m.2 options. And I really want that m.2...(I could try a 500gb 2260 and double sided tape.. but... thats a pain in the ass)

I could look for a used motherboard, but those aren't gonna be popping up anytime soon. I was thinking of asking around for an Asrock z87e itx . It's an older chipset, but it has an msata slot which I could get a 1tb drive for and the black looks MUCH better.

Third option would be to go with the Asrock X99e ITX setup with a 5820k and overclock the piss out of it. Then sell the 4790k.

4th option is skylake.. which I'm not very interested in for various reasons. The only.. ONLY plus there for me would be motherboard selection, but at the same time, i'm not exactly impressed with a lot of the z170 ITX boards...

I could easily use the 4790k in my h97 motherboard while I collect parts and sell MATX stuff.
I could survive on the g3258 while I sell everything.
when I buy a z97 or x99 setup I'll run it in the node till I'm done with a hadron.

Anyways.
Lets hear what you guys think..
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post #2 of 15
Not sure how much it'd cost but for gaming getting a z87/z97 chipset itx board would be your best bet, even if you downgraded your storage to a regular SSD.

On the plus side (sort of) itx boards only have 2 dimm slots normally so you won't need to get any more RAM for the HDD box.
post #3 of 15
I love the idea of a mini itx x99 system. I would go that route if i were you. Like you said get by on the g3258 while you get everything pieced together
post #4 of 15
First off 750 watts is way overkill for that system and you dont need more then a 550 watt PSU.
And second SilverStone PSUĀ“s are average so the Cooler Master V is a much better option, its almost as small as the SilverStone but is much better.
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post #5 of 15
If you are able to get asus impact vii, then you are able to use samsung 950pro at its full spec. I have this board, but different m.2
post #6 of 15
For the power supply... if you want it quiet, then go for 750W. The main idea behind the higher wattage would be to have the psu to be at its sweet point in term of efficiency under full load. This means also quieter operation. Or you maybe also able to go for dual gpu
post #7 of 15
Oh please not that old myth again
50% Load Myth

No you dont want or need a 750 watt PSU for a system with a single video card in it.
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post #8 of 15
If you are able to avoid fan to be turned on = silence. Plus the option to go for dual gpu if wanted.
post #9 of 15
BTW: My current system overclocked and water cooled draws only 320-340w from the wall. Therefore 500W psu is more then enough. But in case of dual gpu you would need more. Therefor first the initiator needs to know what gpu he wants to go for
post #10 of 15
-points at sig rig for an high end ITX gaming rig example- I run the 4790K at 4.4ghz with an undervolt on my Z97e. I honestly feel no need for more CPU speed. Used to run a i5-4670K with a mild OC at 1.3v-ish, no complaints from the Z97e's VRMs.

Also, 750w for ITX is ridic, as Shilka mentioned - 550w is plenty. In fact, I run my FuryX/4790K on a 550w and the only fan I ever hear is the one on my H80s humming away at 1650rpm.

Keep in mind:
Hadron requires an SFX psu anyways if you go that route, so limited in wattage.
True SFF ITX cases are small and limit GPU choice, my Fury X just barely clear my PSU in the FD Core 500 and it's on the large side of SFF. IIRC, current high end choices are pretty much Fury X, Fury Nano, and the ITX versions of the 970. There are, of course, plenty others to choose from, but if you go for an X99 build, it'd be silly to throw in a 940 GT.
Speed, silence, temperatures. Pick two. You can't have all three, easily, with SFF AND high end components. 100% performance and a bit "warmer than average" is worth the sacrifice of being quiet. Although intelligent positioning of the case will assist with that. I have mine sitting under a table next to my desk on an elevated surface to ensure the PSU can breathe. I could run both AIO fan's at full speed it it won't be overly bothersome.
Edited by Decade - 2/29/16 at 11:29am
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