How to Build: An Nvidia Titan into an ITX Case

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Vesuvius

I prefer the form factor of this case, of course you cant go titan
but you can go 780 which is enough for most people and is the easiest case you can buy to travel with which for some is an issue. Tucks in the easiest behind your monitor if you are not interested in displaying your computer. Personally I dont think the shoebox shape lends itself for display, Also the Mini Fortress is same thing as far as amount or real estate it takes up. To make a clean build you must go sff 450 gold modular, drop the optical drive and the hard drive cages or you have a mess of cables. On the mini put one ssd near the motherboard. IF you have the sg05 or sg06 velcro one ssd in a 500gb model. This is how I would go about it to be small, lean and mean and clean.

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wcj786

The overall price for your system is VERY wrong. You quote $1983, but adding up your own figures gives the price of $2407. This is a huge price differential.

Other than that, this is a pretty good article and gave me things to think about when attempting a SFF build.

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joeyjr

Not to beat a dead horse about the cabling, you did what you set out to do. Time permiting one could take more time on wiring. Personaly, might choose a diferent case like the FD Node 304 depending if hard drives or optical drive was prefered. Micro ATX is the smallest size I would want to build but if I had this it would not be kicked off my desk. LOL!!

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JosephColt

"Nvidia's newest GPU was built to provide maximum horsepower to small gaming PCs"

No it wasn't, it's just another really power single card.

How about doing custom cables with a modular power supply instead of just shoving everything here there like that, real shame.

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tom_m

The power supply already has custom cables, as it turns out.

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JosephColt

Sorry, wasn't clear. You should have cut the cables and individually sleeved them(make your own basically), don't need those stiff cables taking up so much room. Makes a big difference when you cut the cables to length in small builds like this.

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LatiosXT

To me this seems like it takes more time and effort than it's worth. Plus to do this correctly you need at least a soldering iron and a hair dryer for heatshrinking.

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JosephColt

It's not that hard, cutting and measuring takes the longest time, but when your done it looks great. You can use a blow torch to or lighter to quickly heat-shrink.

You need some other tools though so it may not be easy for the normal person.

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Gikero

This is the kind of system I would build for my gf, and friends, if I won the lottery. I love the small form factor.

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stige

gotta ask.... why no closed loop water cooler like the i80?

you may have had to alter your choice of case to fit a radiator but the gains in the OC department would be an interesting comparison.

i've been plotting a built like this for a while now. i'm still torn between one of the Sugo's, the Fortress mini, or the CM Elite 130.

the N-Case was appealing but, ultimately, not differentiated enough to justify the substantial price bump (sick case though). plus, availability is a factor there.

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vrmlbasic

I like OCZ but I have to ask: if the Samsung 840 Pro is faster, why didn't you use it?

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tom_m

Subjectively, you'll probably never notice the difference between the two. The 840 Pro might be getting that caching software that the Evo has, though. In which case, I'd give Samsung the edge.

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radarblips

I listen to the podcast all the time, LUV u Tom. tell josh to stop being such a square.

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joshnorem

What is a square?

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tom_m

Josh is actually a pretty rounded-corners kind of guy (he even owns an iPhone). If he didn't keep us on task, we'd probably spend most of our studio time talking about Star Wars.

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radarblips

lol i know im jus kiddin, i luv all u guys on the podcast, keep em coming