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    Motherboard/case/cpu cooler recommendations for a small gaming PC

    I'm after an small form factor gaming PC, i'm wondering if any of you guys in the know have any recommendations. Currently I have a GTX 580, a Corsair 550W psu, and a 2.5' SSD that will come from my current PC. I just need some info on parts that will fit with this setup in a small (possibly ITX if it will fit) case. This is based around the new sandybridge platform. Room for a 2nd large HDD is preferable.
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    Re: Motherboard/case/cpu cooler recommendations for a small gaming PC

    If you have a standard ATX PSU ( which I'm assuming your Corsair is) then your case size will be driven by the fact that you will need to fit that in it. The Lian Li Q07 and Q08 are both ITX based cases that can take a full ATX PSU so I would start there. They ain't cheap though.

    Some details on the Q08 here: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cas...c-q08-review/1

    Some info on the Q07 here: http://aphnetworks.com/reviews/lian_li_pc_q07

    Both cases can take at least two HDDs so no issue there. Also AFAIK, both can take full height video cards as well if that's a consideration..

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    Re: Motherboard/case/cpu cooler recommendations for a small gaming PC

    I like the look. Having trouble finding a skt 1155 itx motherboard though!
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    Re: Motherboard/case/cpu cooler recommendations for a small gaming PC

    Last edited by kmac; 14-03-2011 at 03:46 PM.

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    Re: Motherboard/case/cpu cooler recommendations for a small gaming PC

    These guys have a couple of Skt 1156 board with USB 3 even...

    http://www.mini-itx.com/store/?c=71#GA-H55N-USB3

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    Re: Motherboard/case/cpu cooler recommendations for a small gaming PC

    I would be careful that you don't end up getting a motherboard which is probably not a B3 revision.

    IMHO,it would be better to wait a few more weeks until you are sure that you can get a B3 revision mini-ITX motherboard.


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    Re: Motherboard/case/cpu cooler recommendations for a small gaming PC

    Ulti had quite an interesting build on here which includes a nice case.

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    Re: Motherboard/case/cpu cooler recommendations for a small gaming PC

    Quote Originally Posted by kmac View Post
    These guys have a couple of Skt 1156 board with USB 3 even...

    http://www.mini-itx.com/store/?c=71#GA-H55N-USB3
    Cool. I'm after a 1155 though .
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    Re: Motherboard/case/cpu cooler recommendations for a small gaming PC

    Not too sure on CPU cooler. Obviously shorter the better, but I quite like a quiet PC too.
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    Re: Motherboard/case/cpu cooler recommendations for a small gaming PC

    Quote Originally Posted by yamangman View Post
    Cool. I'm after a 1155 though .
    oops yeah my bad

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      • Memory:
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      • Storage:
      • 2 Samsung F3 500GB each
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ATI HD4770
      • PSU:
      • Enermax Modu 82+ 525W
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    Re: Motherboard/case/cpu cooler recommendations for a small gaming PC

    Quote Originally Posted by yamangman View Post
    Not too sure on CPU cooler. Obviously shorter the better, but I quite like a quiet PC too.
    I use this one in my ITX build

    http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/pro...ers/vf2000-led

    Can regulate fan speed, good balance between low noise and cooling

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    Re: Motherboard/case/cpu cooler recommendations for a small gaming PC

    Sugo SG07 if you like the style and an Intel ITX sandybridge mobo as per my sig - sorted
    SG31G2 - E8600@4g - 4gig tracer - Raptor system for sale
    SX48P2-D - Q9650@3.6 - 8gig DDR3 - 128SSD - 9800GT
    Corsair 600T - DP67BG - I7 2600k - MSI GTX560Ti - C300 SSD - 2Tb WD - 16 gig ddr3


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    Re: Motherboard/case/cpu cooler recommendations for a small gaming PC

    I use a Silverstone SG06B case this model has a 300w psu but there is a model with a 450w psu. This case can also take full length graphics cards. I used a zotac mini itx motherboard with it and used a scythe big shuriken cooler (although it took a bit of effort to get the big shuriken installed)

    The case uses a large fan with golfball blades to keep it quiet, but I also installed a fan speed controller to reduce the fan speed a little.

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