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Old 08-16-10, 03:29 PM Thread Starter   #1
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Gaming in Tight Spaces: Mini-ITX (featuring Gigabyte, Silverstone, and Prolimatech)


Gaming in Tight Spaces: Mini-ITX (featuring Gigabyte, Silverstone, and Prolimatech)
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…things have been steadily progressing in the small form factor (SFF) world. So, I wanted to find out…Is it now possible to build a competent gaming PC, or is this market better left shrouded to the HTPC and misc PC sections?

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Old 08-16-10, 05:14 PM   #2
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Another computing community I help moderate is owned by craig brugger and is specialized for small form factor computer builds.

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I've been watching that OSIDIAS build at XS.....amazing

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Old 08-16-10, 06:51 PM   #4
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i have always wanted a sweet little rig like that! awesome build!

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In most switching power supplies efficiency increases as load increases. In reality if your system only ever pulled 300-400W then an 800W PSU is just going to be wasting a little more power in heat. (Now it might run cooler because it was designed to handle a higher heat load, but it would be using more power to do the conversion.)

Either way, excellent write up.
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Fantastic read, great article Miah!
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Old 08-16-10, 08:52 PM   #7
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I've always wanted a powerhouse mini ITX build. This article just makes me want one more.

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Great article and well worth the wait

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I've always wanted a powerhouse mini ITX build. This article just makes me want one more.
Me too...

Is there a powerhouse mini ITX club?

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Great Write up.
I believe it would be one great little folder.....

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Is there a powerhouse mini ITX club?
SOunds good....Maybe I'll start on after the next upgrade

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Old 08-17-10, 08:26 AM   #11
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awesome creation


Really like what you did here. I need to think small!! I've gotten stuck on large!!. I've got 2 big Coolermaster Cosmos cases haha. I'm at the opposite end. I guess I'm stuck always thinking "I might need more room"? Anyway i like what you did. Totally cool.

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Great read MIAH! The hits keep coming!

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Great read, I'm really impressed with Gigabyte for offering such a great board with a good bios at a decent price.
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Yup....they totally hit the ball out of the park on this one IMO

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In most switching power supplies efficiency increases as load increases. In reality if your system only ever pulled 300-400W then an 800W PSU is just going to be wasting a little more power in heat. (Now it might run cooler because it was designed to handle a higher heat load, but it would be using more power to do the conversion.)

Either way, excellent write up.
Nope, there's a curve. Efficiency goes up to a point (around 50% or so) then goes back down.

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I'm planning to rebuild this with some proper modding in the next few months to turn it into the ultimate mini-ITX rig....what do you guys think of the following upgrades?

Intel i5 750 CPU - Which I'd hope to run at 4.2GHz or more, plus it has a good IMC and 4 real cores. I'm not going to pursue an i7 because I'd turn off HT anyhow.

Corsair H70 CPU cooler - all internal. I'll have to replace the 3.5" HDD with a 2.5" and then relocate both it and the SSD.

Corsair Dominator GTX3 memory - rated at DDR3-2400 9-11-9-27, but I'll probably try to run DDR3-2000 CAS6 or DDR3-2200 CAS7.

Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 SOC - stock clocks of 950 core and 1250 memory should give a noticable boost in GPU limited games. I'll have to mod the case a little for this to fit.

500GB Momentus XT - to replace the 1TB Green drive I'm running now.

And last but not least, I think I'd be pushing this 300W PSU a bit too hard, so I'll plan on upgrading to the new 450W SFX unit by Silverstone.


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Like I said, I like what ya did, but case this whole PC thing goes
belly-up at least with my two big Coolermasters I'll have some
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Thats the same motherboard I plan on using for my parent's next computer build. They don't need a full-size board and large case, but common parts are a must.

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