Prodigy ITX build for gaming. Going into this I wasn't sure I could get a mid - high range gaming pc out of an ITX. After weeks of researching other builds I went for it. Went with i7 4770k over i5 4670k because of great price at Microcenter. MSI z87i Mobo because of specs and price compared to ASUS and couldn't be happier with choice. H90 with a push pull set up NXZT x40 fans... more CFM than corsairs, which fits...barely and out performs H80i push pull, H100i and H110 standard setup. But with wanting a ROM drive I didn't have the option of the 100 series. HyperX Fury 16gb 1866. Went with the theme of everything and Kingston as always done me well. MSI N760 4GB... overclocked on dual monitors will outperform 770 for $100 less. EVGA 750B gave me some trouble, had to notch out the cable hole, the cables were to bulky to fit between the compartment wall and power supply. But that was a few minute fix.
Still waiting on 230mm front fan to come in and 4 pin molex to 5x4 pin fan cable to come in so I can wire all the case fans in. Running on 1 x40 fan and H90 cpu idle temp is at 32 - 34°, I expect that to drop to 28 - 30° with the other fan pushing and 230mm bringing cooler air in. I'll update load temps and OC temps and specs once everything is complete.
Update 4-30: dual 120mm x 12mm came today. They won't fit in the case due to the water cooler and ROM drive. So I top mounted them on the outside and cut out the dust filter to fit around them. Came out very flush looking. Will probably order dust filters and grates to keep dust out. Pic posted of overclocked N760: 1280mhz @ 4GB of graphic memory. Core temp climbed to 50° idle. Will probably be looking at water cooled system if I plain on OCing.
Update 5-1: 230mm came today. Waste of money doesn't have **** of a cfm like it says. The 120mm x 12mm pull more air than the 230mm. But on the other hand it did come with a molex to 4 pin fan connector so I hooked it to my other radiator fan. Saw a instant 2° drop in my cpu temp (30°). Was hoping for 28°-29°, but maybe once I get the other cable... tomorrow maybe? and can run all fans at once.
On another note I've decided for a GTX780 or 780ti, hoping to get a ti for around $550-600. The money I would have to put in to be able to get the 760 to perform like I want isn't worth it. So I'm selling the 760 if anyone is interested.
Update 5-3: Finally received my molex to fan cable and was able to finally get all the fans running together and tuned. Also cleaned up cable management a lot with some zip ties. Running a basic overclock at 4.0ghz and getting an idle temp of 28° (better than what I planned). After some research I came to comparing the GTX780ti and R9 290x, which has me now leaning towards the 290x due to the difference in price (performance has its pros and cons to each card, but the 290x seems to be better for gaming.) I will be likely ordering that come Monday and will update pictures around that.
Update 5-5: Been working on OC with the i7. Got a stable very high load test @ 4.2ghz 1.265v 84°. Was able to push it to 4.3ghz 1.290v but was hitting 90° which didn't make me comfortable with keeping it there. Right now I'm back to stock but will probably look at OC back to 4.2ghz once I fine tune everything and get the temp down a few degrees.
Also sold the GTX760 and have a R9 290x on order. Once this comes in I will hopefully be set and complete on this build.
Update 5-8: So while I'm waiting for the R9 290x to come in I've been doing some research on cooling it beyond what the non reference coolers bring to the table. Came across the Kraken G10, which is perfect solution for cooling the heat issue around the 290x not to mention it being crammed into a ITX case. Looking into the G10 it seems it will be slightly to large for the area I have available so I will be looking at modifying it, cutting the excess metal off and going with a thinner 92mm fan. Also with the addition of heatsinks for the VRAM. I will taking a trip to Microcenter here next week to pick up parts and will update with pictures.
Update 5-15: Completed build. Got the R9 290x in and installed... this thing is a power house. MSI Twin Frozer R9 290x is great, no overheating issues, even crammed into a mitx case. Added 2 dust filters to the top intake fans, still nice and flush. Added a 12" red led strip... was against this but it really came out nice, not over bearing... just a light red glow.
Final cost of everything into this build: $2500.00 roughly... lost count :)
Will flow up with final pics of case in a couple days. Thanks for all the feedback and input from everyone.
Final Update: Unique Heaven Benchmark Score: 2206 FPS 87.6 (Min 32.8 Max 150.8) on Ultra 2x AA 1900x1080. Previously had all my fans running full speed, just to ensure no overheating during load and benchmark test, have since turned them back to system control and the noise is greatly reduced... still not silent, but no longer a jet liner taking off.
So this is it for this build. Was looking at building a mid-high end gaming pc in a ITX form and I believe I have accomplished that. I'm looking at starting my next build come fall - Full ATX tower with custom loop and Quad SLI / Crossfire setup ( this is if the wife doesn't kill me :) )