Micro ATX or Mini ITX Build Suggestions

khill0

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I have new office and my 17" tower case is just too darn big for the build-in cabinets. So, I need to build something smaller.

I'm not a huge gamer (but I do play Civ VI) and need some Photoshop horsepower.

Would prefer a quiet case

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $1000 & up

System Usage from Most to Least Important: General use, some gaming, definitely need to be able to use Photoshot

Are you buying a monitor: No.

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) CPU, RAM, PS, Motherboard, Case

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Micro Center (since they are local)

Location: Columbus, OH

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU but I'm open to going back to AMD

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

 
Right now it is difficult to recommend an Intel CPU. The current AMD Ryzen lineup is just too good and too cheap. Intel pricing is going up due to shortages which makes it even more difficult. The Ryzen 2600 is a steal and you can get it for a good price at Microcenter. Microcenter is great for CPUs and mobos, but you may find better deals on other components on line.

I also went with a M.2 SSD. M.2 is perfect for tight spaces on an mITX build. I just put in a SATA SSD, you could go with a NVMe drive, but they get pretty expensive and unless you are doing certain workloads, they wont make a big difference.

I threw in a RX 580. It is a sold midrange GPU. The 1060 is good too, but they are about the same in performance. So if you can get a 1060 6gb for cheaper, then go for it.

I would go with something like this. You dont need to spend 1k for your needs.

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/9bnwjy
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/9bnwjy/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard ($119.79 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($159.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus - Radeon RX 580 4GB Dual Video Card ($183.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Phanteks - Enthoo EVOLV ITX TG (Black) Mini ITX Desktop Case ($78.47 @ Newegg Business)
Power Supply: Corsair - TXM Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($43.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $861.10
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-16 18:25 EDT-0400
 

ohenryy

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I would get a X1700 instead...

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/yWhxtg
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/yWhxtg/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg Business)
Motherboard: ASRock - B450 GAMING-ITX/AC Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($124.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.85 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus - Radeon RX 580 4GB Dual Video Card ($183.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Phanteks - Enthoo EVOLV ITX TG (Black) Mini ITX Desktop Case ($86.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair - TXM Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($43.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $824.67
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-17 17:09 EDT-0400
 

punkncat

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I have built a couple of Mini ITX Ryzen solutions and I would warn of a few things.
Many of your mini itx cases have either the PSU or the case itself very close to the CPU. Make sure that you consider room for the cooler, or a low profile aftermarket cooler.
Also, pay attention to the way you place the cooler fan as in some m-ITX forms the "AMD logo" part of the fan casing on stock fan will block RAM slots.
 

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So, I still haven't built this but I want to do it over the holiday. Are these recommendations still good or would you update them now? I know that things can change pretty quickly. Thanks!
 

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So, I still haven't built this but I want to do it over the holiday. Are these recommendations still good or would you update them now? I know that things can change pretty quickly. Thanks!
 

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