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Old June 11, 2012, 09:04 AM
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Default MITX Heavenly Build

My turn to be helped and boy do I need it!

My future build will be a HTPC/Next-Gen Console. Blu-Ray playback and games. Whisper quite. No HDD. Any files to be stored will be through an external HDD. Connected to Onkyo AV receiver via HDMI. Video to HD Plasma, audio to 5.1 speakers.

To be built in Saudi Arabia. Parts will be purchased in the US online where a local address will receive and send. I use Newegg. Any other shops to recommend? can I price match in the US?

No brand preferences. No old parts.

Overclocking the CPU to 4.5Ghz and higher if possible if I find the PSU I want. GTX 670 DCUII 1050~1110hz Core 1800hz mem? As much as I can. Strictly air cooling!

Plan to build it this July/August.

Resolution is 1080P, max eye candy maintaining 60FPS.

The reason I am going bananas over this is because of all the new products coming out such as high-end MITX MBs from Asus and Asrock, the new Bitfenix Prodigy, the 30nm Mem kit from Samsung and Asus' dual-slot whsiper quite GTX 670 DCUII. It seems like the perfect time to build a HT/LANPC. Who needs PS4 and Xbox 720 with a rig like this?

Intel Core i5-3570K $240
Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
Changed from NH-C14 to Noctua NH-D14 $86
Newegg.com - Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe
Newegg.com - ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
SAMSUNG 8GB $48 No worthy contender imo
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US
ASUS GTX670-DC2T $438 the reviews are just amazing.
Newegg.com - ASUS GTX670-DC2T-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Crucial M4 512GB $425 is a sweet deal but not the latest tech (Marvel) Or Mushkin Enhanced Chronos DeluXe 480GB $455 (Sandforce for $30 extra and 32GB less). Haven't decided yet.
Newegg.com - Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR480GB-DX 2.5" 480GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Newegg.com - Crucial M4 CT512M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit
LITE-ON 12X BD $111
Newegg.com - LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback iHBS212-08 LightScribe Support
BitFenix Prodigy The other reason I want MITX. I want this baby with me in the living room and where ever I go. $93 no worthy alternative imo.
Newegg.com - BitFenix BFC-PRO-300-KKXSK-RP Midnight Black Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Finally the PSU. The Seasonic X 660W seemed like a perfect fit as my calculated maximum output will be a bit more than 300W. But where is it? It's not even listed as out of stock! Only the X 560W is there but operating at more than half its power it will make some fan noise. Can I go for it anyways or go for the 460W fanless?
Best illuminated wireless keyboard i can find. Any other suggestions? $85
Newegg.com - Logitech K800 Black USB RF Wireless Slim Illuminated Keyboard
First time buying wireless mouse. Is this the one to get? $100
Newegg.com - Logitech G700 Black 13 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse
Is this pad as good as the PS3 one? Can I hook up 4 to my PC for one-screen multi-player games (PES, FIFA) $43x4= $176
Newegg.com - Logitech F710 Wireless Gamepad with broad game support and dual vibration motors

Total with Seasonic X 660W= $2150.

Thanks for reading. Please tell me what you know about the Prodigy if you know and if it will have any problems with fitting the NHC14 and Seasonic PSU.

Last edited by Luay79; June 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM.
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Old June 11, 2012, 10:02 AM
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Very nice build. What do I think of the prodigy? WEll let's just say I have a bangin water cooled PC already but I have a burning desire to do a build in the prodigy. :)

Looks like a solid build to me. If you are planning on doing heavy overclocking I would go with the ASUS.
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Old June 11, 2012, 10:41 AM
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The Prodigy will fit full tower heatsinks, so something like an NH-D14 will fit no problem assuming your motherboard allows it. No real reason to go with a C14 unless you're really worried about VRM temps. If you want to save some cash, I would go for a Scythe cooler like the Mugen 3 or Ninja 3. If you can find one, I would go for a Thermalright HR-02.

The main reason why the Asus board is $50 more expensive is because it has WAY better power delivery and an Intel NIC. (slightly better than your average NIC) The Asus board also has more/better features, but most of them are pretty unimportant for most users. I would go for the Asus board since you're using it in Saudi Arabia. (unless you have the A/C full blast all the time)

The Seasonic 460W fanless should be fine, but my main concern would be your climate. You won't have to worry about dust, but if ambient temps are really high I'd much rather have a fan. However, the Seasonic X-series is still quite capable of taking some severe abuse.
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Old June 13, 2012, 12:38 AM
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Between the Crucila M4 512GB (Marvel) $425 and Mushkin Enhanced Chronos DX 480GB (Sandforce) $455, the price per GB is good. The priority is size and a long life. Performance after. Which one do you think I should go for?

Seasonic X 660 & 760W, discontinued? I checked the latest Computex show and they only announced a new G Series 360W Gold and Fanless 520W Platinum. I know the X650w is good but I wanted to try the new PSUs.

Edit: Found the info I wanted. I am interested in the Platinum 660 for overclocked i5 3570k and GTX 670.
:::Seasonic:::Sea Sonic showcases the newest members of its Platinum Series and introduces a new line of power supplies at COMPUTEX 2012

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