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Originally Posted by Mitche01 View Post
Hi Jen,

Sorry - to make my point clear - OP mentioned about using 2 GPUs - this is not possible as far as I am aware (please correct me if I am wrong) as there is only ever 1 PCI-e 16x slot on the mini-itx mobos.
I was thinking the 2 GPUs if I went the m-ATX route, with the money I'd save. 2 GTX460s 1GB can be had for $260!!!

Sorry about the confusion.


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Originally Posted by rui-no-onna View Post
microATX allows more room for expansion. With Mini-ITX, you're pretty much limited to 1 GPU. If you can live with that, then you shoukd be fine. A decent 450W PSU should have no problem with single GPU configurations unless you're talking about the GTX 480 or higher.

Nowadays, there's barely any price premium comparing M-ITX with mATX. I was speccing out a couple of builds for myself and the mATX ended up being more expensive (mostly coz of the case). Motherboards, pricing is almost on parity.

My favorite case for use in M-ITX gaming rigs is the Sugo SG05BB-450. The SG07 and PC-Q08 are way too big for me.
Sweet, that's the one I'm planning on getting!
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That's a really nice case. It's probably smarter to use that, but I was thinking the smaller SUGO, that comes with a 450W PSU already...
Reason I pick this Lian Li case was because it is small, but not to small, as you can fit a good sized GPU in there as well as an H50 to liquid cool it. Sucker runs silent and you will never have to worry about heat
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Yea that Sugo is pretty sweet, never seen that one before. Sucks you only have the 1 fan though... but that really not that big of a deal since all that mesh will give you plenty of airflow
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Yea that Sugo is pretty sweet, never seen that one before. Sucks you only have the 1 fan though... but that really not that big of a deal since all that mesh will give you plenty of airflow
That's a good idea. I'm just worried that an H50 and a PSU will push the price up higher than it needs to go

With a 3-year warranty on the CPU, maybe I should just say "screw it, if it breaks, it breaks?"

Then again, I bet I could OC a 2500K to 5Ghz with the H50...
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That's a good idea. I'm just worried that an H50 and a PSU will push the price up higher than it needs to go

With a 3-year warranty on the CPU, maybe I should just say "screw it, if it breaks, it breaks?"

Then again, I bet I could OC a 2500K to 5Ghz with the H50...
Either way with a decent low profile cooler and some good air flow in the case, it's not gonna burn up. As far as 5Ghz go, I dunno about that but I like your enthusiasm For sure though, the H50 in that Lian-Li case is probably the best ITX cooling one can get without getting to large

Besides the cooling of the H50, for an HTPC you really wanna keep it quite, and with a low rpm fan that H50 is hard to beat
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Important to note, that at this moment (and no solid news otherwise) there is virtually no overclocking the i7 2500k on an mitx platform, so you'll be pouring it down the drain to consider an extravagant cooling solution with the current state of things.

There's nothing wrong with pouring it down the drain however, in hopes that the Z68 boards arrive in the mitx form factor soon.
    
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The Asus ITX board I mentioned earlier does have some decent OC options, so you will be able to crank it up a bit, but obviously not as much as a micro atx.
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Important to note, that at this moment (and no solid news otherwise) there is virtually no overclocking the i7 2500k on an mitx platform, so you'll be pouring it down the drain to consider an extravagant cooling solution with the current state of things.

There's nothing wrong with pouring it down the drain however, in hopes that the Z68 boards arrive in the mitx form factor soon.
Fair enough, I wasn't going to OC anyway, until I heard people reaching 5Ghz on stock coolers...

I'll probably wait for Bulldozer though...that a cheap Llano laptop and I'm set for the next 4 years
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Bulldozer in an HTPC would be taking "overkill" to an entirely new level But I like it!


There are also some sweet AMD asus ITX boards that can roll a Thuban X6. Little cheaper than Intel setup and plenty of power to go around.
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Bulldozer in an HTPC would be taking "overkill" to an entirely new level But I like it!


There are also some sweet AMD asus ITX boards that can roll a Thuban X6. Little cheaper than Intel setup and plenty of power to go around.
True, but an extra 30W and not as good gaming performance = Sad Mainly the extra 30W (and heat).

It's not an HTPC though, small like one, but a full-power rig for one or two games a year, VM, line-in recording from my amp, and all the other goodness of a full-sized atx machine.
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