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I want a mini-itx gaming rig. Any recommendations?

#1TehPwnzererPosted 9/2/2013 2:13:36 PM
I'm thinking of either a bitfenix prodigy or waiting it out for one of the mini cooler master haf stackers. No SSDs for the sake of space and money, I'm thinking of a WD velociraptor. Don't know what else to get. I want to try not to exceed $1200 but I want it to be able to handle everything for at least 3 years to come before falling into mid-range settings.
#2DragnfyrPosted 9/2/2013 2:26:07 PM
Velociraptors are the biggest waste of money there is since they don't have much of an advantage over a regular HDD. Either stick with just a 7200RPM HDD or go with a SSD + HDD for storage and speed.
The Bitfenix Prodigy is one of the bigger mini-ITX cases out there. If you want something smaller then there is the Fractal Design Node 304. Also for $1200 you can easily fit a SSD in.
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#3TehPwnzerer(Topic Creator)Posted 9/2/2013 2:29:46 PM
Dragnfyr posted...
Velociraptors are the biggest waste of money there is since they don't have much of an advantage over a regular HDD. Either stick with just a 7200RPM HDD or go with a SSD + HDD for storage and speed.
The Bitfenix Prodigy is one of the bigger mini-ITX cases out there. If you want something smaller then there is the Fractal Design Node 304. Also for $1200 you can easily fit a SSD in.


The speed of an SSD isn't something I prioritize on my list. I want to stick with one single drive for everything I need. Something that will house the OS and my games. For any extra content I have an external drive I keep backups on. The money I could use toward an SSD, I want to put towards gaming performance. Be it CPU or GPU. Which ever will get the most out of my money.
#4TheFeshPincePosted 9/2/2013 2:35:53 PM
AshWilliams has a pretty sweet mini itx build.
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#5PhilOnDezPosted 9/2/2013 2:58:40 PM
Silverstone's Sugo series is my favorite set of mitx cases (the first and latest models are MATX though, so I guess just SFF in general). Most of them come with a good quality PSU and they'll fit basically whatever parts you want outside of a dual 120mm rad, most of them will fit a single though you might have to give up a disc drive in a few of them for that.
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#6ein311Posted 9/2/2013 3:18:57 PM
I built my girlfriend a miniITX computer with a Prodigy. It was really easy to put together and I managed to fit a GTX670 and a Corsair H55 into it.
It has an Ivy i5 and 8GB RAM with a 120GB SSD & 1TB drive.

One side panel of the prodigy has mounting spots for 2.5" drives, so the SSD didn't take up any space. I removed the 3.5" hard drive cages and mounted the hard drive into the 5.25" bay.
I used a non-modular corsair CX which fit fine and grouped the leftover cables in the spots where the hard drive cages would have gone.

I wouldn't spend the cash on a Velociraptor. If you really want to get some speed benefits, snag a lower-sized SSD for the OS & a game or two, then supplement with a traditional hard drive.
Or just get a halfway decent hard drive to begin with.
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#7DragnfyrPosted 9/2/2013 3:23:33 PM
TehPwnzerer posted...
Dragnfyr posted...
Velociraptors are the biggest waste of money there is since they don't have much of an advantage over a regular HDD. Either stick with just a 7200RPM HDD or go with a SSD + HDD for storage and speed.
The Bitfenix Prodigy is one of the bigger mini-ITX cases out there. If you want something smaller then there is the Fractal Design Node 304. Also for $1200 you can easily fit a SSD in.


The speed of an SSD isn't something I prioritize on my list. I want to stick with one single drive for everything I need. Something that will house the OS and my games. For any extra content I have an external drive I keep backups on. The money I could use toward an SSD, I want to put towards gaming performance. Be it CPU or GPU. Which ever will get the most out of my money.


If you have an external already then you can get a 128GB SSD to fit your games and OS. Those only cost around $100 which is about how much you would pay for a standard HDD. A 128GB SSD leaves around 90-100GB of space for games.
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#8ECOsvaldoPosted 9/2/2013 3:54:39 PM
Take a look at this setup - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1zf78
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#9rareware101Posted 9/2/2013 4:52:21 PM(edited)
Ditch the SSD and get a 770 (plus anything will fit in a Prodigy as you can take essentially every cage bar PSU out of it):

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/buyers-guide/2013/08/22/pc-hardware-buyer-s-guide-august-2013/6

You're looking at something very similar to this build in that price range.

EDIT: I should say ditch the SSD if you really aren't bothered about one. Personally I'd stretch my budget a bit for at least an OS drive but you can always add one later when funds allow anyway so meh ;)
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