Mini-ITX Gaming Rig – Part 1

My main desktop computer died some time last year (in fact so long ago I can’t actually remember when!). Since then I’ve been relying on my laptop which has done admirably considering its age – coming up for four years. Obviously then there was no impetus for me to replace the desktop, until a colleague at work and I started discussing our ideal builds. Well builds that we can afford that is.

Where my colleagues build was based on a Full Tower case (the CM Storm Trooper) I was opting for a much smaller but hopefully equally as powerful a system. Here’s my final kit list.

  • BitFenix Prodigy
  • Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
  • Intel i7 3770K
  • Corsair H60 Liquid Cooling Kit
  • Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL10 LP
  • Gigabyte GTX 460*
  • 60GB OCZ Vertex 2*
  • 500GB Seagate Momentus XT
  • Corsair AX750 PSU
  • LG BD-ROM/DVDRW*

* These items were rescued from my previous system, I plan to upgrade the SSD to a Crucial M4 and the Graphics Card to a GTX 680

I have most of the parts for the build but I’m still waiting on the case and the liquid cooling kit. In the mean time I’ve been successfully freaking myself out by reading about the failure rates of the various components I’ve purchased. To be honest the only one that is still on my mind is the Power Supply. I take solace in the statistic I read yesterday that Corsair ship in the region of 150,000 power supplies per month meaning the number of failures discussed online is more likely just a reflection on the sheer number of units sold rather than something fundamentally wrong with the hardware.