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Building Mini-ITX/Micro-ATX ($1,000-$1,300) - Need help picking the case!

joeaguirre0

68 months ago

  1. PC will be used for: SFF Gaming and easy transportation.
  2. Budget:$1,000-$1,300
  3. Country: USA. Will mostly be buying from online retailers.
  4. Brand preference: A little Intel-Nvidia fan. However, wouldn't mind going for Radeon GPUs since they caught up to Nvidia.
  5. Re-usables: Nope.
  6. Read similar threads: Yes, but im indecisive.
  7. Plan to overclock: CPU, No. GPU, Yes but only a little.
  8. Date to build: Sometime within 1-3 months. I need to sell my full HAF X PC. I'll be getting a smaller system but with better components.
  9. Resolution: Single monitor, 1680x1050. I may get a 1080 monitor later on though.
  10. Specific technologies: SSD for housing the OS and a few select programs (so around 128gbs), USB 3.0, At least one PCIE 3.0, silent case/fans, and good cooling (either AIO, full water, or air).

Hello,

I'm building a new smaller PC for myself and a fellow friend. I already have a large HAF X enthusiast system but I plan on selling it. I built that in 2012 and it cost me $1,800. I hope to sell it to at least cover some of this new build's cost. I need help on making a few decisions on my build.

This is what I've came up with so far:

Micro-ATX Build: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690S 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $224.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler $31.30 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI H97M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $74.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $109.99 @ Best Buy
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.43 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB ACX Video Card $329.99 @ NCIX US
Case Silverstone SG09B (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower Case $97.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $75.98 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1089.64
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-13 06:26 EDT-0400

Mini-ITX Build: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690S 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $224.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler $31.30 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Asus H97I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $109.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $74.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $109.99 @ Best Buy
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.43 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB ACX Video Card $329.99 @ NCIX US
Case Corsair 250D Mini ITX Tower Case $84.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $75.98 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1096.65
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-13 06:26 EDT-0400

SFF Mini-ITX Build: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690S 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $224.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus H97I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $109.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $74.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $109.99 @ Best Buy
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.43 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB ACX Video Card $329.99 @ NCIX US
Case EVGA Hadron Hydro Mini ITX Tower Case w/500W Power Supply $146.59 @ Newegg
Other EVGA 100-WC-S201-BR Watercooling Kit for Hadron Hydro $166.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1217.96
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-13 06:25 EDT-0400

Here are my issues. The difference between both builds is $10, the motherboards, and case. I figured that a mITX chassis would be smaller than an mATX. Apparently the Silverstone SG09/SG10 lineup is mITX/mATX and it's only 23 liters in volume while the Corsair Obsidian 250D is 28.2 liters in volume.

Other cases I've reviewed was the Prodigy M (36 liter volume), Betfinix Colossus(30.8 liter volume), Silverstone TJ08-E (30 liter volume), Hadron Air/Hydro (15.88 liter volume, would probably have to go water cooled), and Raven RVZ01 (14 liter volume, most likely have to go water cooled)

I don't mind having a 30 liter volume case as long as it has exceptional airflow. I believe Corsair's Obsidian 250D is larger than the mATX SG09/SG10 because Corsair has exceptional water cooling capabilities, such as the H100i.

As you can tell, I didn't grab an unlock "K" CPU because I won't be overclocking my CPU. I may wait for the Haswell 'Refresher' lineup to arrive, which should be within a few weeks, and just grab a H97 or Z97, although I have no need to get the Z-series chipset other than better build quality. I may overclock the GPU to match EVGA's overclocks.


TL;DR: SG09/SG10 vs 250D vs RVZ01 vs Hadron Air/Hydro? mATX vs mITX? If you own any of these cases then your opinion is greatly valued. If you guys have any suggestions on the other components, then feel free to let me know. I've built three systems so far so I would classify myself as rather noobish. Thanks.


Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

So are you just looking for comparisons? They're all excellent cases, but they obviously differ in size. Without knowing what else you're looking for, I can't really help you more...

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct, I'm just looking for comparisons. I got my system pretty much locked down. I've re-did it a few minutes ago and added the new Haswell 'Refresher' CPU + Motherboard. It shaved a few degrees of my CPU and watt usage. I'm still biting my nails over the case though. Whichever case I get I will be happy because I know they are good. I've looked into them. I'm just trying to see who's had experiences with them and can provide an insight to my choice. Perhaps even make the choice for me.

Here, this is the build with Haswell 'Refresher' CPU: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690S 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $224.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler $31.30 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI H97M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $74.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $109.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $83.97 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB ACX Video Card $329.99 @ NCIX US
Case Silverstone SG09B (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower Case $97.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $75.98 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1119.18
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-13 00:25 EDT-0400
  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Where are you going to put this? If it's something like an HTPC, and you want it under your TV with your Xbox or something, a 250D or Hadron Air isn't going to look as good as something like the Raven RVZ01

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Not an HTPC. It's a gaming PC that's rather portable. The Hadron Hydro and Raven RVZ01 would be something great to try. Other than that, their sizes have little to no influence on me other than convenience.

The 250D and SG09 are very similar. I wanted to see if people had experiences with any of these four cases to give me a little bit more information that what reviewers have said. I love all four cases and would be happy with either four.

However, I would like to have a case less than 30 liters in volume. This excludes a lot of well know cases.

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