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Advice needed on first build ever (mITX).

monnster07

65 months ago

Alright, so after scrapping a few previous ATX mid tower options, I've finally come up with this mITX build: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $224.73 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $94.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus Z97I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $154.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $89.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $56.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $369.99 @ Amazon
Case BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case $68.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.9 CFM 120mm Fans $24.14 @ OutletPC
Case Fan BitFenix Spectre 97.8 CFM 230mm Fan $14.14 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1178.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-24 13:01 EDT-0400

This build will be used primarily for gaming. I know the GTX 970 I have chosen will get me great framerates on most current AAA titles and that the i5-46090k is solid. This is my first ever build and I've tried to do as much research as possible on each component of this build. The build as it stands is pretty much at the absolute maximum for my budget (I may even be over a little, but it wont take me too long to save up a little more cash).

My biggest questions with this build is with cooling (both for the CPU and the case as a whole). I currently do not plan on overclocking immediately (simply due to a lack of knowledge and wanting to research the process further before I try). I would really like to use the h100i for my cpu cooler, but doing so would require the removal of the 5.25" drive bay (which I don't plan on using). Option 2, I can switch to the h80i cooler, and mount the radiator at the back exhaust. Option 3, I can just abandon water cooling all together and air cool the CPU with something such as the CM hyper 212 EVO (which will fit the case according to my research as the cooler will be mounted in the vertical as opposed to horizontal position).

Lastly, the fans I have selected for case cooling, I'm concerned that perhaps the exhaust may push more than the front 230mm will pull in causing a negative pressure in the case which potentially will suck in more dust. Any thoughts?

Comments

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't really need that gigantic of a cpu cooler (h100i) unless you plan to extremely overclock that cpu (which for the foreseeable future has zero benefit). Id consider a smaller H60 or enermax liqmax 120. Don't bother with additional case fans, they have very little impact, maybe none if you aren't ocing and already have a dedicated water cpu cooling loop. You could gain a very small difference by mounting 1 fan next to your GPU on the side window panel (but even then, its pretty meh because that gpu is insanely cool running and very power efficient).

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice on cooling. You've definitely given me some great options to consider.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

: P

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, and also, thanks in advance for your input (as well as for taking the time to read my thread!).

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