Opinions on ITX build

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  1. Syndrome

    Syndrome Torque Matters

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    Yeah, for the price you can usually beat them building something a bit larger, but they are impressive for the size. I didn't look around for a good deal or even the most valuable system, I just posted the first one I saw that actually met your requirements, more as a FYI. ;)
     
  2. killkenny1

    killkenny1 Too weird to live, too rare to die.

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  3. radji

    radji Farewell, Solenya...

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    Wow. I really like that Cooler Master.

    But in talking with the killer of macbooks, she and I agree her mom can't go without the optical drive. She uses it quite frequently. Burns a lot of CDs, so I don't feel good about putting it in an external enclosure, even if I were to glue that enclosure to the top of a case...
     
  4. PatchySan

    PatchySan Om Noms Kit Kat

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    I have a soft spot for the Bitfenix Prodigy cases which comes in both Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX form factors, reminds me of a shrinked up Power Mac.

    They look cute, comes in different colors and styles yet the things you can pack in there is insane (SLI setups is doable). Oh and you can integrate a desktop DVD drive in there as well if you wish.

    This is how it will roughly look when on the desk with a monitor, just not sure if it a tad too big for your requirements though?

    [​IMG]

    Oh and I agree the Gigabyte BRIX is really tiny, my sister has one and she loves it.
     
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  5. radji

    radji Farewell, Solenya...

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    Thanks for the suggestion, Hearstie.

    The optical drive is a must have for this system. I just don't trust slot loading drives, and a notebook tray loading dive she'd probably break.

    I do like those little BRIX boxes, but I worry about how to make sure she keeps access to her files.
     
  6. LaptopNut

    LaptopNut Notebook Virtuoso

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    I have a mini ITX case called the Obsidian 250D. It has space for an optical Drive, plenty of USB ports if you get the right motherboard, excellent cooling complete with magnetic and removable dust filters underneath the power supply. The case is great but expensive.

    If I was going for a gift, I wouldn't hesitate. Check out a review here.

     
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  7. radji

    radji Farewell, Solenya...

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    I think that Obsidian 250D case will be the winner when the time comes. I has enough room with the miniITX to get some good airflow...
     
  8. LaptopNut

    LaptopNut Notebook Virtuoso

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    You are going to love that case, everyone says it is a lot easier to build with too. You will wonder how you did without dust filters after seeing how useful those are too.

    It feels like a more complete system with the full sized DVD drive. I highly recommend the Asus motherboards similar to the one I use in my sig. That's a gaming one so you will no doubt be going for a different one.

    This motherboard for example is a very good price and has everything you need. It was one of the 3 build options for my rig. I got mine custom built from Pcspecialist (yes I'm lazy). I don't think it has built in Wifi, you would need to add the card to it I think.

     
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