Thursday, December 19, 2013

[Guide] Building a high-end mini-ITX gaming rig

I wish I went for a mini-ITX rig when I built my PC. When I came to japan, there weren't good mini-ITX cases or motherboards available. But now there are.

I have a recommendation. Would you like to see?



Main system:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k “Haswell”
  • Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Impact
    • The only mini-ITX that I can recommend. Comes with an amazing audio solution. You need one, because you cannot install a sound card in a mini-ITX motherboard as there is only one PCI-E slot in there and we need that for the video card.
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400MHz CL11 8GB x2 kit
    • Nothing special. Just fast RAM.
  • Video card: NVidia GeForce GTX780 Ti reference
    • Went with the reference card because it would put the hot air out of the case. The case isn’t large enough to house a GPU that puts hot air into the case. And no, AMD cards put out too much heat for this little baby.
  • SSD: 500GB Samsung 840 EVO x2
    • Can go for the 1TB drive, but we’ll RAID-0 couple of them just for bragging rights.
  • HDD: None.
    • Use a NAS to store data
  • PSU: Corsair HX650 Gold
    • Nothing special. Just a quality PSU that is enough to power the CPU and GPU when both are well overclocked. Could have gone with a small PSU, but a larger PSU would run quieter and put out less heat. But get a PSU with modular cables for the love of god!
  • CPU cooler: Corsair H100i
    • I wish we could install a 280mm rad in there, but you cannot. So we’ll stick to the H100i.
  • Case fans: Corsair SP120 series fans
    • We need fans with high static pressure because the stuff inside would be tight and there would be more restrictions that a spacious case.


  • Display: Qnix QX2710 27" 1440p PLS display
    • Best display you can get for the money I guess.
  • Keyboard: Logitech G710+ mechanical gaming keyboard
  • Mouse: Logitech G602 wireless gaming mouse
  • Speakers: Logitech Z623 2.1 speakers
    • I have this and I like it
  • Headset: Audiotechnica ATH-AD500X audiophile headphones
    • I have this and I like it
  • Webcam: Logitech C920

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