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this is a reference for those looking to build an iTX setup and the info that i have come across



so far my build is:

Case SilverStone SG07 windowed Ordered
Cooling Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm SSO CPU Cooler (wont fit becuase of back plate and then mainboard) so i ordered the scythe yasya and the Scythe S-Flex 800rpm that is just awesome

Cpu Intel i5-655k Ordered
MB DFI LANParty MI P55-T36 LGA 1156 Ordered

Memory CORSAIR DOMINATOR 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Ordered
Video I have a 4870x2 i want to see if it works Working towards a Ati 5850 (under 300$)
HDD, 150GB VelociRaptor and 1TB WD Black sata3 6Gb/s(both i already own) might upgrade to 2tb and a a ssd (if i have the money)


i chose the Dfi for a couple reasons. One is that i dont need alot of HDD connections., it has 3. two is that it has a XFI (sorta) onboard so i will get decent sound and with there being no expansion slots i was something to weigh in. three is for the P55 vs H55/57 chips. H55 is nice but has less PCIe lanes , H57 has the same lanes as the P55 but has remote stuff that i DO NOT WANT on my personal machine .

i didnt want to to go with H55 because of the reason it is built around lower end chips that have GPUs built in. i will be going to a 875k or better proc once i have the money

i felt i would would be cheating myself to some degree because of the less PCIe lanes also. i would like some day to put in a 5970 card and without those extra lanes i may not have the unique opportunity to buy this same board in a year or so ( maybe sooner if i get a better job )


**amended** i have chosen to go with the gigabyte H55N-USB3 because it will overclock better and take more voltages and such. DFI can suck it because of their crap bios flash and less overclocking headroom. i want a beast of a machine and the gigabyte model can get me there (5ghz) . the extra TWO years of warranty may also help , i plan on using this iTX box for a while so i want it to last as long as possible. they still recommend using a less wattage proc to begin with because of how small the board is and the less power phases

i liked the timing in this case it was small and there was a "proper" iTX case available for a true gamer and is just released. and could take a real gaming card!

i am aware of certain restriction and not overclocking this mainbard, they have been knows to fissle out on occasion when going above 180BLK and higher voltages. i amended my decision to buying this board by getting the i5 655k that had unlocked multiplier.


i believe i might get better overclocking with the i5 655k because it runs cooler when overclocked and the unlocked multipliers my come to be an advantage. i dont know , there wasnt alot of reviews on this board let alone one that has this new chip in mind. so my next issue was cooling decently with the limited space and availability of actually good overlcoking coolers that were low profile. so i went on a tangent of reviws and research and came upon the Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm SSO CPU Cooler. then all over my keyboard

before i found this gem of a cooler i was looking into the Enzotech Ultra-X and the SilverStone version on this. i had some crazy ideas going that i would install two small fans one on the bottom and one on the top to do a pull-push to the top fan on the case. but i wasnt sure if it would work to well givin that i would have to stap them on and my experience with the long heatsinks that i would think lose there heat dispensation ability by the time it reached the fins. idk. so i looked up a review the heatsink is only really good an cooling a non overclocked machine. so i kept looking and found the noctua about 5-7 fan reviews later. the other crap part about the Enzotech is that you have to buy an additional parts to allow mounting on the 1156, so for 10$ more i could hve the noctua that competes against the best and hold its own.

the case was sorta hyped to myself by myself, it is a great cooling case and kind of a sleeper. it doesnt look anywhere near as dangerous as it can be. i liked the fact that it came with a considerably decent powersupply and would be able to hold a good sized gaming card. and they even took it further to make a window version for 10$ more that would allow better air hole and seemed to be good for the way stock cards are made. now with that said the video card is where i am stuck , i was thinking of different options such as unlocking a 465 or doing a 5850.the 475gtx seems to have issues with this case, but STILL WORKS.

the nvidia cards seem to pull alot of power and also create alot of heat, i dont mind so much but i am using a smaller case. so to buy one is illogical not imposable , or if i get one at a good enough price.

one thing i will this thread on for now is that after i purchased the case i kinda freaked out thinking about "i should have gone mATX i could get better clocks and not worry about it so much" and so on. the alternative was the . well i also thought about the uniqueness of having the i5 655k and the last DFI lanparty iTX to be made. also that the i5 655k doesnt make so much heat , the case comes with a power supply. it is sexy and will play anything i want up my standard. no lag no hickups. SO ITS ON! like donkey kong.

*update* i went with 2GB of memory. otherwise i will be waiting another week or so just for the memory. i also like that if the CPU cooler to mount right i can remove the find off of the Dominators that a sweet deal there. so i would be at a total loss . i really wanted the G.Skill Trident DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 they are soo fast but tall
*** i also am going to use my hard drives i already own so i can get this started asap


i will update with pictures and such throughout my build. i hope some people found this helpful. there really ISNT alot of information for smaller builds. so wanted to share my experiences with everyone so that it is here for those who are looking.

CASE MANUAL

PS i am open to suggestions/discussions so please let me know what you think
Edited by aCe_eXtreME - 7/29/10 at 12:07pm
    
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rsvp for pics of finished build

Uselfull links:
i5 655k power/wattage usage oc and not. 530 661 and i7 860 incl
Good list of reviews for 655k/875k
Discussion about phase power issue of DFI P55 6 phase

you should be careful on using higher wattage procs on the mitx, they just cant handle the power that is needed. so keep that in mind. esp if you are going to overclock. gigabyte says you should not go above 87watt SOURCE




Edited by aCe_eXtreME - 7/22/10 at 6:52pm
    
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personaly i would have chosen the i5 750. x4 > x2 no matter which way you cut it. or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819117226. same as the 750 but you buying better silicon so it will probably run cooler and take heat better in that small case, but you get a lower multi. just my thoughts anyway
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i hope you can fit the heatsink in there...
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i hope you can fit the heatsink in there...
I was thinking the same thing, the heatsink looks like it will barely fit without the fan.

Any plans on an optical drive or would not having one allow another 3.5" HD?
Edited by Jonny i5 - 7/11/10 at 12:13pm
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i hope you can fit the heatsink in there...
this..thats quite a big cooler
 
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the only reason i say it is because i have had problems fiting any heatsink into my ITX. check the build on the link for my little bro... I was looking for a cooler, but even the coolers i would find would push and get in the way of the ram sockets... these itx builds are picky as hell...
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i see alot of people around the net using the H50's for itx builds these days because its "low profile" and all you really need is a 120mm hole.
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i just checked dimensions... it fits.. barely by 3 mm LOL....
good luck with the build... and one tip i will give you, is have patience... lots of it.. these tiny builds tend to bend your hands in weird ways to plug things in...
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i hope you can fit the heatsink in there...
the noctua cooler has a height of 114 mm with fan
the case has a cpu cooler dimension of 117. i think worse case i can take out top case fan, bu i shouldnt have to.

i worry about some cap being in the way or the mainbaord heatsink , i really really hope that doesnt happen. 90$ mistake

i ordered the mainboard today , there is a special for them @ 123$ shipped from ewiz.

i messaged DFI to make sure the i5 655K would actually work with this board. the new bios allows for clarkdale 6xx series. but i wanted to be sure.

it is hard as hell to find anything about this board really. i found a good site here it is the most thorough review i have seen with the best technical usage. most places are vague and seem to skip through hardcore testing. sucks
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