The thought of an mITX build has been lingering for awhile so I figured why not?
As with most of my builds, I build, benchmark and then sell. I wanted to keep the budget moderately low while having a good balance of quality and performance. Originally I was going to go with an Athlon X4 750K + AMD 88x mITX board, but after working out the cost, the Core i3 + board ended up being pretty well the same price and I was able to purchase locally. The MSI H81i was supposed to be the motherboard, but was out of stock and I really didn't want to wait for shipping. Got the ASUS H87i-PLUS instead, brought the total cost up $40 but has PCI-E 3.0, more SATA 3.0 and other potentially useful features.
The case was very easy to work with. Reminds me of the Shuttle barebone PC's without all of the hassle. Considered the Bitfenix Prodigy but it didn't fit the budget and IMO is simply too big for an ITX case. In comparison to my 500R it is tiny (picture above).
Videocard came down to price, at $116 (after price beat) with performance nearly the same as a 260x ($155) it was a no brainer. Mantle would have been nice, but again it wouldn't have fit the budget.
If I decide not to sell the computer, I will use it as an HTPC/Steam box.
Benchmarks so far:
3dMark11 Default: P4594 Graphics score: 4654
Firestrike Default: 3371 Graphics score: 3745
Passmark: 2938 (Detailed scores in picture above)
Unigine 4.0, 1080P, Ultra, Extreme Tess, 8x MSAA: 436 (17.3 FPS avg)
Battlfield 4, High/Medium settings: 55-75 FPS in 64 man servers (various maps tested) Screenshot of exact settings above.
Crysis 3, No AA, 16x AA, Medium/High settings: 35-50 FPS single player, 55-65 in multiplayer
- GTX 750: +75 Core, +250 Memory Results:
3dMark11: P4804 Graphics Score: 4930
Heaven 4.0 (Same settings as above): 450 (17.9 FPS avg)
Update #1: Have been tinkering with the GPU. It overclocks like a champ. Running +200 on core, +300 on memory. Boosts to 1400Mhz.