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cortexodus

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maximum 210mm space for GPU, card is 170mm.

I'm guessing you're not going to find anything more powerful than those "mini" style 760s or 670s. Between the two I think the 670 is actually a little better than the newer 760 if you can still find one.
 

HaxNobody

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maximum 210mm space for GPU, card is 170mm.

I'm guessing you're not going to find anything more powerful than those "mini" style 760s or 670s. Between the two I think the 670 is actually a little better than the newer 760 if you can still find one.

Yep, 210mm isn't a whole lot to play with. I don't usually look too closely at the "lower end" GPUs, but I have to in order to build this, so I'm not up to speed on why a 670 might be better. Could you elaborate? Is it faster, or easier to overclock, or better supported?
 

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My current 760 is faster than any of the 670's I've had, but it will go to 1300+ where the 670's were not good overclockers. 670 has 1344 shaders while the 760 has 1152 so it should be a little faster clock for clock.
 

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My current 760 is faster than any of the 670's I've had, but it will go to 1300+ where the 670's were not good overclockers. 670 has 1344 shaders while the 760 has 1152 so it should be a little faster clock for clock.

Thanks for the info. So it seems that for raw overclocking, I want to stick with the 760.
 

cortexodus

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Thanks for the info. So it seems that for raw overclocking, I want to stick with the 760.

That may be true, but I would carefully look into what sort of OC you can expect from those little bitty cards you're looking at. In any case, I poked around and can't seem to find a vendor with a mini 670 that isn't $100 more than the 760 and that just isn't worth it at all imo.
 

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You are most likely better off going with a reference 670/760 as they are the same exact length PCB, its just the cooler is longer on the non-Mini coolers..

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(unless of course you can get the Mini at the same price as reference + add on VGA cooler, $20-30 maybe)
 

cortexodus

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You are most likely better off going with a reference 670/760 as they are the same exact length PCB, its just the cooler is longer on the non-Mini coolers..

The PCB may be the same length, but I don't think any of those mini units use the same PCB. The Asus and MSI units appear to have made changes in order to specifically accommodate their size. If a ref 670 could be acquired on the cheap used, it might still be worth it to investigate an add-on cooler.

However, I don't know of any add-on coolers that are as small as the ones that the mini units come with OOB. :confused:
 

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I think your best bet is that MSI 760 - It has a really nice cooler and I have seen the press kit on it and its pretty damn impressive. I hope to get the MSI gaming mini-itx board and that 760 for a new HTPC build
 

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the only real change on the PCB going from 2x 6 (2x 75w) PCIe power plugs to a single 8 pin (150w). For coolers, I think Artic makes a couple single fan coolers, the L2 ($20) and the Mono Plus ($40).
 

cortexodus

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I didn't notice that comment earlier. The corsair looks really great - any ideas on cost and availability?

It is a bit larger, FYI but I think will fit just about any GPU as a result.

CM elite -> 11.1" (W) x 8.2" (H) x 10.3" (D)
Cor 250d -> 10.92" (W) x 11.42" (H) x 13.82" (D)
 

HaxNobody

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Looks like Newegg and Amazon only have pre-orders that ship at the very end of February, so the 250d is out. I'll stick to the tiny case and have fun cramming it together.
 

jeremyshaw

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Why not a SG06? Get the 450W PSU variant, it will fit (and power) most 10" cards. A wee bit of dremeling will fit 10.5" cards (mine now handles a reference GTX580 for folding [my sig is out of date right now, ignore it]).


If cutting up the case is not an option, the CM 120 is ~3 inches longer and can fit just about any card, at the same price as the 110. The SG07/08 is the same volume (more or less) as the CM110 you are looking at, can fit just about any card, and has a decent 600W PSU built in, to help justify the $120 price increase over the CM options.
http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-T...1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389911459&sr=8-1&keywords=sg08


I've done plenty of silly small builds with power (overwhelmingly with Silverstone cases), so shoot any question.
 

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I actually did a small build in an SG-07 already, and I wanna try something even smaller. But I don't want to use shitty SFF PSUs and single slot cards, so I picked the 110. Only reason I'm getting the big ass PSU is because it's the same price as the 600w variant, and PSUs are most efficient when loaded around 50%.
 

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I actually did a small build in an SG-07 already, and I wanna try something even smaller. But I don't want to use shitty SFF PSUs and single slot cards, so I picked the 110. Only reason I'm getting the big ass PSU is because it's the same price as the 600w variant, and PSUs are most efficient when loaded around 50%.

How about the Fractal Design 304?

Tons of airflow, QUIET, 4 hard drives + full-size ATX PSU (but I recommend a small modular PSU to allow you maximum graphics card space).

DID I MENTION THE AMPLE 310mm DEPTH AVAILABLE FOR THE GRAPHICS CARD? :D

You can grab a small modular PSU like this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256065
 

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Speaking of SilverStone, today I just got their 450W SFX modular one which is tiny, but has an adapter plate to mount to a regular size opening too. Newegg is definitely shipping "V2.0" which fixed the over-eager fan noise:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256084
That small 760 gaming card OP posted is sweet, I only got a 650 Ti, was trying to stay low-ish power.
 
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