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LAZER3D LZ7 MINI-ITX CASE build advice

Discussion in 'Small Form Factor and Single Board Computers' started by Slap, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. Slap

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 24, 2003

    Posts: 587

    Location: London

    Good morning dons :)

    I would like to have a go on first SFF build on a budget of aprox £550 with future upgrade potential. It will be mainly used for flight sims/games.

    I have components left over from an old build if parts can be of use:
    Windows 8 pro OS

    MSI HD 7970 Lightning BOOSTED Edition 3072MB

    Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor

    OCZ ZX Series 850W '80 Plus Gold' Modular Power Supply

    Crucial RealSSD M4 128GB 2.5" SATA 6Gbs Solid State Hard Drive

    Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9

    Also, does one have to buy external CD Rom player to install Windows with these SFF cases?

    Thanks for any help :)
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2018
  2. orbitalwalsh

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 1, 2015

    Posts: 11,078

    download windows to USB

    also you'll need an SFX PSU
     
  3. Slap

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 24, 2003

    Posts: 587

    Location: London

    Thank you orbitalwalsh for advice.
    I have my windows OS on a disk(?).
     
  4. Quartz

    Soldato

    Joined: Apr 1, 2014

    Posts: 5,968

    Location: Aberdeen

    Just download the ISO and use Rufus to put it on a USB key. You might even just be able to just copy the whole DVD to the USB key (remember to copy hidden files etc).
     
  5. Slap

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 24, 2003

    Posts: 587

    Location: London

    Brilliant, thanks Quartz.
     
  6. tamzzy

    Soldato

    Joined: May 26, 2012

    Posts: 6,224

    you'd need a z77 mini itx board no? these can cost quite a lot (even if they're second hand)
    also the only other step up would be the 3770k if you find the 2500k lacking grunt in the future.
    also as it's mini itx, it can only take 2 sticks of ram at any time. so to upgrade you'll have to swap your ram for 2x8gb sticks.
    seeing as you don't have a mobo...might be worth a consideration to upgrade the platform, rather than being tied to your 2500k.

    also, as mentioned earlier, you'll need a sfx/sfx-l sized psu

    lastly, your gpu is too big to fit into the case. you'll need a gpu designed specifically for sff pc to fit.
     
  7. Slap

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 24, 2003

    Posts: 587

    Location: London

    Thank you tamzzy for all that info, very helpful. I will start researching components for my build, but I fear they will laugh at my £550 budget ...=/
    :)
     
  8. tamzzy

    Soldato

    Joined: May 26, 2012

    Posts: 6,224

    is the case included in the budget?
    if the case is from a separate budget, it's potentially doable - you have members market access, so you can flog your current items for ~£150, giving you a £700 budget :)
     
  9. Slap

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 24, 2003

    Posts: 587

    Location: London

    Thanks for good advice tamzzy! Yes the
    case is included in
    budget but can bump it up to £700 if I wait a couple of months..
    I forgot about members market, thx!