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    Mini ITX build YAYYYYY



    A friend on mine has £1200 to spend (give or take) for a mini-ITX system build, maybe a uATX if this thing is gunna tug on the power requirements a bit.

    What do we think, will the power supply handle it? anything you would change?

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    Re: Mini ITX build YAYYYYY

    As per the MSI 5770 HAWK review, the test system pulled 232W at full load, so you should be OK on a 300W PSU.

    Were budget vaguely an issue I might consider an i5 750 as an alternative, but I guess with a £1200 budget there's not a lot you could spend the savings on! Otherwise it looks like a mighty good build...

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    Re: Mini ITX build YAYYYYY



    this is with in spitting distance of my next "LAN focused" build

    you know a Corsair H50 fits in that case right?
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    Re: Mini ITX build YAYYYYY

    Quote Originally Posted by MadduckUK View Post
    [IMG]this is with in spitting distance of my next "LAN focused" build

    you know a Corsair H50 fits in that case right?
    Interesting...

    So is that another +1 for power supply is safe? He wants to order it tomorrow so im kinda pressed for time.

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    Re: Mini ITX build YAYYYYY

    Just had a thought... will that restrict the GPU size at all?

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    Re: Mini ITX build YAYYYYY

    will what restrict it?
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    Re: Mini ITX build YAYYYYY

    This post suggests you could fit a 5850 in that case,
    will push the price of the build to the top end of the budget though

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    Re: Mini ITX build YAYYYYY

    I'd maybe consider using the remainder of that budget to put the 1TB HDD out of the case (either as a NAS or an external drive. A 3.5" HDD really blocks airflow from the front fan in that case. It's not a problem at this time of the year, but last summer on hot days my system would overheat any time I tried to game. I wound up replacing the hard drive with a laptop drive, solving the problem.

    If you have any questions that I can help you with about the SG05 then let me know I hope you'll keep us up to date with the build too, it's quite a system to jam in a mITX!

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    Re: Mini ITX build YAYYYYY

    Im wondering if a H50 coolers extra thickness due to the radiator will mean that it will take up some of the space that would otherwise have the end of the GPU + 6 pin power or if the GPU rests nicely against it?

    Some images as examples





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    Re: Mini ITX build YAYYYYY

    Quote Originally Posted by McPhee View Post
    I'd maybe consider using the remainder of that budget to put the 1TB HDD out of the case (either as a NAS or an external drive. A 3.5" HDD really blocks airflow from the front fan in that case. It's not a problem at this time of the year, but last summer on hot days my system would overheat any time I tried to game. I wound up replacing the hard drive with a laptop drive, solving the problem.

    If you have any questions that I can help you with about the SG05 then let me know I hope you'll keep us up to date with the build too, it's quite a system to jam in a mITX!
    Thanks for the tip, maybe if i used the 3.5 drive cage with an adaptor i could stick the SSD In there and then put a laptop drive in the 2.5 inch slot, might not block it so much?

    Also i might get him this ram instead... no point wasting £30 extra on the corsair
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    Re: Mini ITX build YAYYYYY



    nope, the card misses the fan, as shown hyarr

    the chunky pipe connecting bit is only on one side of the radiator, and im not sure why the person in the photo have put it in that way rather than 180degrees so its out of the way, because the other side sticks out no more than the fan
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    Re: Mini ITX build YAYYYYY

    hmmm on this pic it looks like there is an extrusion on both sides


    I could maybe mount it at 90 degrees to what the other dude had?

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    Re: Mini ITX build YAYYYYY

    Yes and it might get in the way of the video card, or the pci-e connector to be exact, this is where an nvidia card with it's side mounted connector would be handy.
    Shame there's no real decent ones about.

    You could try for a cheap gtx 275 or 4890 but that will push up the power demand.

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    Re: Mini ITX build YAYYYYY

    i think il play it safe and stick with air cooling

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    Re: Mini ITX build YAYYYYY

    I would check some of the SG05 builds in the last few pages of this thread over at OcUK:

    http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/sho...247892&page=12

    You can always fit a better PSU and I would look at the be quiet! 350w SFX Power:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?W...source=froogle

    Here is a review for the PSU:

    http://www.overclock 3d.net/reviews/power_supply/be_quiet_350w_sfx_power_psu/1


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    Re: Mini ITX build YAYYYYY

    doesnt that require a bit of modding?

    Edit - found the answer to my own question (i think).

    assuming the FSP unit used in the silverstone is one of these, I should be ok as the Be Quiet dimensions are 125 x 100 x 63,5 mm (according to scan).

    Not really sure what else this opens up the door for though as the HD5770 is probably the best performing card you can physically fit in there. It does give me a good peace of mind though.
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