September 26th, 2012

Mini-ITX Gaming HTPC: building the ultimate powerhouse

Introduction

What’s good about a gaming rig is that it usually functions as a HTPC pretty much perfectly. The downside is the size, heat production and possibly noise issues of a gaming rig in comparison to an HTPC; so I set out on a journey to bring the best of both worlds together!

Today we’re going to take a look at a great mini-ITX HTPC-gaming build. It took quite a while to find the right components, activate sponsors and get all the parts shipped and put together, but the end result is one of the finest mini PC’s you’ve ever seen!

System specifications

Case: Silverstone Sugo SG08

PSU: Enermax Modu82+ 625W

Mobo: ASRock Z77E-ITX

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K

CPU cooling:

  • Cool Laboratory Liquid Ultra
  • Indigo Xtreme
  • CoolIT ECO II ALC
  • Noctua NF-P14 FLX

RAM: 2x4GB Samsung DDR3-1333 CL9 (M378B5273DH0-CH9)

RAM cooling: Xilence Heat Pipe Duo

GPU: Sapphire HD7870 2GB GHz Edition

SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F4 ECOGreen 2TB

 

On the following pages I’ll explain the choice of components in detail and list possible alternatives.

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