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Need advice on upgrade path

Current PC can be found in my signature and here.

My current needs/goals:
1) A Mini-ITX rig for college next year (Small dorms in USF where I'm getting my CS Degree)
2) Better graphics solution for 1440p @100Hz ( Overclocked from 60Hz )
3) I'm not a huge gamer, I mostly do other things, but I like my games to be beautiful and I don't mind 60fps if it means better graphics in some games.

What I can do:
I can wait for VEGA ( I have no issue doing this )
I don't want to spend a ton of money, maybe $700 max, but I'd really just like to just spend a lot less...

I can sell my GTX 970's for about $180 each and that will offset the majority of the cost of a 1080Ti, so 700 + (700*.095 tax) - 360 will net me $406 out of pocket for this GPU. This might not be the best path so weigh in.

As far as cases go, I want something very compact due to the very small desks provided at USF. The Ncase M1 seems like a fantastic option, but it is a bit pricey and the node 202 doesn't have the same drive support... I am fine with cramming a SSD into anywhere it will fit ( Velcro is great ).

As far as CPU's and motherboards go, I obviously need a new Mobo, but I don't think that my i7-4770k needs a upgrade.
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  1. An ITX rig with a 1080 ti is a pretty tall order, gong to have some real issues keeping it nice and cool (and not hear the fans 4 dorms down).
    Would a mATX rig like corsair 88R be acceptable?
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  2. ac130 said:
    Current PC can be found in my signature and here.

    My current needs/goals:
    1) A Mini-ITX rig for college next year (Small dorms in USF where I'm getting my CS Degree)
    2) Better graphics solution for 1440p @100Hz ( Overclocked from 60Hz )
    3) I'm not a huge gamer, I mostly do other things, but I like my games to be beautiful and I don't mind 60fps if it means better graphics in some games.

    What I can do:
    I can wait for VEGA ( I have no issue doing this )
    I don't want to spend a ton of money, maybe $700 max, but I'd really just like to just spend a lot less...

    I can sell my GTX 970's for about $180 each and that will offset the majority of the cost of a 1080Ti, so 700 + (700*.095 tax) - 360 will net me $406 out of pocket for this GPU. This might not be the best path so weigh in.

    As far as cases go, I want something very compact due to the very small desks provided at USF. The Ncase M1 seems like a fantastic option, but it is a bit pricey and the node 202 doesn't have the same drive support... I am fine with cramming a SSD into anywhere it will fit ( Velcro is great ).

    As far as CPU's and motherboards go, I obviously need a new Mobo, but I don't think that my i7-4770k needs a upgrade.


    It may not be feasible to update your current rig to a mini-ITX. you'll lose half your RAM and be paying over $200 just for the MoBo.... See for yourself:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $0.00)
    CPU Cooler: Reeven - Brontes RC-1001b 30.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg Marketplace)
    Motherboard: MSI - Z97I GAMING ACK Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($214.74 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $0.00)
    Storage: Samsung - 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
    Storage: Kingston - SSDNow V200 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
    Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Founders Edition Video Card ($678.89 @ OutletPC)
    Case: Fractal Design - Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case ($84.90 @ OutletPC)
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $0.00)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit ($132.89 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: QNIX - QX2710 Matte 27.0" 2560x1440 60Hz Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
    Monitor: Asus - VP228H 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
    Total: $1146.41
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-11 14:05 EDT-0400
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  3. Slightly cheaper: reuses most of your old system, including cooler... still has the cheapest available (and not so cheap) MoBo.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $0.00)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - Nepton 280L 122.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (Purchased For $0.00)
    Motherboard: MSI - Z97I GAMING ACK Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($214.74 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $0.00)
    Storage: Samsung - 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
    Storage: Kingston - SSDNow V200 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
    Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Founders Edition Video Card ($678.89 @ OutletPC)
    Case: Fractal Design - Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Case ($69.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $0.00)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit ($132.89 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: QNIX - QX2710 Matte 27.0" 2560x1440 60Hz Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
    Monitor: Asus - VP228H 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
    Total: $1096.51
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-11 14:15 EDT-0400
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  4. Best answer
    I'm not sure on the actual size of these cases, I haven't seem them in person so I'm not so sure about Micro ATX. Maybe I'll do a mock-up with some cardboard... Here is what I'm dealing with https://ony.io/rJV7 <-- picture of dorm, showing desk size. It's very small.

    I also don't mind too much, losing half my RAM, I'm already down to 24 at the moment because of my Ethereum Mining rig. Also, I think I'd be fine with a 1080Ti in terms of thermals and acoustics if I get a blower style cooler, especially one of the higher density fin ones.

    In therms of the motherboard, I found a used one on Ebay for $60 with 4 SATA ports and a mPCI-e slot for a wifi card. https://ony.io/Bye1
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