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 Post subject: $500 mini itx gaming rig build assistance
PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:46 am 
Thunderbird
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Hello.. I need some assistance on building a mini itx gaming rig.

I've got an Intel i5 2500k gaming rig already however I need something portable to take with me on lan parties etc, will be used for gaming & general usage.

Location: USA

OS: Already have Windows 8 Pro 64bit

Budget: $500

Case wise I'd like to build around would be the Bitfenix Prodigy if that's a recommend case for itx that has pretty good cooling, can upgrade fans later.

Parts I do need: Motherboard, PSU, Case, CPU, RAM, CPU cooler won't be overclocking but want something quiet

Games / Settings I'd like: World Of Warcraft & Diablo 3 both on High / Ultra settings. Other games like BF4, maybe BF3 on Medium / High settings if possible.

Parts I've got currently and can reuse if possible: Optical Drives, HDDs / SSD's, Monitor 1920 x 1080, 560ti femi, already have a Corsair HX850 PSU but would be willing to replace it for something in an itx.

Any suggestions or recommendations?

Thanks..... Sniper2k1


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 Post subject: Re: $500 mini itx gaming rig build assistance
PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:06 am 
Smithfield
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http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/ Cheerio sir.

Case: BitFenix Prodigy White ($59). Because you wanted it.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 ($186). I went with Intel because the last time I checked, AMD is severely lacking in mini-ITX and the only ones available are for the FM sockets (APUs). The 3470 performs slightly worse than the 3570K, the common go-to, but costs ~$30 less.
Motherboard: ASRock H77M-ITX ($99). You won't need a full blown Z77, and the board has some nice features like 2 SATA 6Gbps ports and a USB 3.0 front panel header
RAM: 4GBx2 Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1333 ($57). It's pretty cheap for the cost these days and there's not much of a performance benefit to going to DDR3-1600. I did find a single 8GB stick for $50, same RAM model, so you could go with that if you want to upgrade later (just make sure it's the same exact model).
PSU: Corsair CX600 600W. Should have plenty of room for your GPU and future upgrades.

Total: $477. $437 after MIR.


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 Post subject: Re: $500 mini itx gaming rig build assistance
PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:34 am 
Thunderbird
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The link you posted don't show the info. That Asrock H77M-ITX is out of stock currently from Newegg any other Motherboard you would recommend? You mention a 600W PSU from Corsair this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817139028 should fit inside the Prodigy?


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 Post subject: Re: $500 mini itx gaming rig build assistance
PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:24 pm 
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Aha, whoops. I forgot to use the actual URL they give, apologies.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813128568 Might be better. As for the PSU fitting in the case, the Prodigy was designed to components a larger case could take, but only accepting Mini-ITX boards. It's a pretty big case for a Mini-ITX case, in fact, it's comparable to MircoATX cases.


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 Post subject: Re: $500 mini itx gaming rig build assistance
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:41 pm 
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Thanks for the response LatiosXT I must be lost but what's the difference between the Motherboard you linked & http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813128567 as this one is cheaper its an H77, then one you linked was a Z77. Z77 is probably a better chip set vs the H77?


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 Post subject: Re: $500 mini itx gaming rig build assistance
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:16 pm 
Smithfield
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Z77 allows multiple graphics cards and overclocking, H77 does not. Considering you can only fit one video card anyway, Z77 is kind of useless here :P

If you find them for cheaper, Q77 is basically the same as the H77. B75 has one less SATA 6Gbps port (it goes to a SATA 3Gbps) and 8 USB 2.0 ports (as opposed to 10).

So you could probably skirt by with cheaper boards. Just make sure they're from ASUS, ASRock, Gigabyte, or MSI.


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 Post subject: Re: $500 mini itx gaming rig build assistance
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:39 pm 
Thunderbird
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So really since I'll be using a Single GPU and probally won't OC, something like http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1lkHI would be better then? Includes the Prodigy & the 600W PSU.


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 Post subject: Re: $500 mini itx gaming rig build assistance
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:45 pm 
Smithfield
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Looks good.


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 Post subject: Re: $500 mini itx gaming rig build assistance
PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:11 am 
Thunderbird
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LatiosXT I made a change on the PC that I'll be buying parts for to build, the big change is the PSU. Will go with a EVGA 650W PSU full modular for $70. Hear anything about the EVGA's PSUs?


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 Post subject: Re: $500 mini itx gaming rig build assistance
PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:20 am 
Smithfield
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If I read my source correctly, it's a rebadged FSP Group PSU... but considering one of them on Newegg has 5/5 stars out of 195 reviews, I think you're good there.


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 Post subject: Re: $500 mini itx gaming rig build assistance
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:01 pm 
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FSP makes a lot of PSU's for a lot of companies that design them and then have FSP build them. They have a very good reputation. I would not hesitate to use most any power supply FSP makes.


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 Post subject: Re: $500 mini itx gaming rig build assistance
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:52 am 
Thunderbird
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One more question before I do get the rest of the build LatiosXT. I'll be playing the new Final Fantasy Reborn that setup will that be able to handle it on Mid to High, along with like BF4 Mid to High settings? I know the 560ti probably wont be able to but I'll upgrade that also but not in the $500 build.


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 Post subject: Re: $500 mini itx gaming rig build assistance
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:39 pm 
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I imagine at least Final Fantasy would be fine. BF4 I'm not so sure.


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 Post subject: Re: $500 mini itx gaming rig build assistance
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:17 pm 
Thunderbird
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LatiosXT wrote:
I imagine at least Final Fantasy would be fine. BF4 I'm not so sure.


If you scroll down on http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/product/ shows minimum & recommend. Looks like I need to pickup a 660+ soon to meet recommended.


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 Post subject: Re: $500 mini itx gaming rig build assistance
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:12 pm 
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LatiosXT wrote:
Aha, whoops. I forgot to use the actual URL they give, apologies.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813128568 Might be better. As for the PSU fitting in the case, the Prodigy was designed to components a larger case could take, but only accepting Mini-ITX boards. It's a pretty big case for a Mini-ITX case, in fact, it's comparable to MircoATX cases.


And this just in, Bitfenix has rejigged the Prodigy...to hold....a mATX mobo....

http://www.maximumpc.com/bitfenix_reeng ... boards2013

More options are now open to the OP.


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 Post subject: Re: $500 mini itx gaming rig build assistance
PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:20 am 
Thunderbird
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That's the only thing that stopped me from getting the last piece nbrowser, I mean I like the Bitfenix Prodigy mini itx but I also want more space & portability looks like I either wait for the newer Prodigy or go for another matx case with mobo, ram, cpu & psu and then once the new Prodigy comes out then go after it.


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