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Anyone have a mini ITX gaming build?

post #1 of 9
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I'm thinking of building a mini ITX gaming machine for my sister. It would contain an I5 CPU and mid-range card like a GTX 650 Ti or HD 7850.

I'm interested in hearing if anyone has done a mini ITX and how it has worked out.
post #2 of 9
No but I want to build one too!

I'm thinking about some USFF (ultra small form factor) gaming/media computer for my bedroom using the newest A10 chip from AMD.
post #3 of 9
I actually just set one up (though in a temporary case while I wait for a few potential options I like better).

I went high-end on mine, so it's a little different than what both of you mention, but the goal is going to be that it'll replace my main gaming and media PC as soon as I'm sure everything is working properly.

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770S 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX4 4g Thermal Paste
Motherboard: ASRock Z87E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Plextor M5M 256GB mSATA Solid State Disk
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Gold 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified SFX12V Power Supply
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (64-bit)
Other: Panasonic UJ-265A Blu-Ray Writer
Other: Slimline SATA Adapter
Other: Western Digital WD10JPVX 1TB SATA3 2.5" HDD
Other: Inteset Internal USB IR receiver

I had a bit of a scare with the motherboard socket pins, which got bent during the CPU install even though I did things properly. After I confirmed Newegg wouldn't accept a RMA on it, I bent the pins back into place myself and (shockingly) everything is working fine. I wanted a motherboard with built-in Bluetooth and Wifi, even though this PC will almost always have a wired LAN connection, because of potential Wifi Direct features and because I didn't want a dongle anymore for Bluetooth like I've used in the past.

Even though this temporary case supports a full-sized ATX PSU, I went with the smaller SFX one for flexibility in permanent cases; the same goes for the slimline Blu-Ray drive. (My current preferred case, for what it's worth, is one that a guy on Hardforum is machining. If he makes more of those, it's likely I'll go with that.) The Elite 120 is a cube case, but I'd prefer something not nearly as tall, that instead uses a PCIe riser for the GPU.

Anyway, the 450W is more than enough for this system, which is using ~330W (according to my Kill-A-Watt) while running Furmark and Prime95 together. It idles at about 30W.

I really wanted the GTX780 for a few reasons, even though it's probably slightly overkill. One is for gaming in stereoscopic 3d, which I still do occasionally and so I wanted extra power there. But also, I really like the Titan-style cooler for a smaller case, since it doesn't just recirculate air inside the case, but blows it out the back.
Edited by jhoff80 - 6/18/13 at 1:33pm
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by jhoff80 View Post

(My current preferred case, for what it's worth, is one that a guy on Hardforum is machining. If he makes more of those, it's likely I'll go with that.)
That is a nice system.

What makes the machined case preferred, is it looks or something else?
post #5 of 9
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That is a nice system.

What makes the machined case preferred, is it looks or something else?

Mostly looks, but also it's only 4" tall instead of the cube case look. Something more like the former would fit with the rest of my components much better, and there aren't many options like that that fit a high-end gaming GPU (though a few were shown at Computex, plus Asus has a model of the GTX670 that uses a much shorter PCB). But yeah, my problem with current cases is mostly aesthetic.
Edited by jhoff80 - 6/18/13 at 1:39pm
post #6 of 9
" is one that a guy on Hardforum is machining"

Thread link please! I'm a machinist and love picking apart how other people did their work.
post #7 of 9
I have one in this case:

http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/chassis/prodigy/

Although the size of the case itself is far closer to microatx - it has like 9 HDD bays, and can fit an extra long video card.
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by darklordjames View Post

" is one that a guy on Hardforum is machining"

Thread link please! I'm a machinist and love picking apart how other people did their work.

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1750863

Though there aren't any pictures until page 24: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1750863&page=24
post #9 of 9
Ironically, just as I posted about that case, the project has died.

Anyway, more on topic, here's my build in the case I'm using now.

The internals aren't really much to show, there's a bunch of wires in a small space (though I did my best to keep them away from the motherboard area to keep good airflow.



I really wish that the case didn't have one silver-ish panel on the front of it, but like I said, it's just a cheap case because I'm not happy with the alternatives at the moment. And it does work pretty well with the 5.25" - slim drive adapter I bought, which also let me drill a small hole in it to put the IR adapter behind.
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