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November 18, 2013 6:08:36 PM

Hey, it's my first build in three years, and I'm going mini. I'm using some parts from my old build and putting them in my new one. The new build is going to be mainly for browsing, HTPC (like Netflix and WMC), and light gaming. Low resolution and details don't bother me, as long as new games run smooth. Budget cap is around 300. I'm also trying to go super quiet. Help me fill in the blanks:

CASE: Silverstone SG05BB-LITE Mini ITX Tower Case
CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
RAM: G.Skill ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
MOBO: ASRock H81M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard
PSU:
GPU:
HDD:
ODD:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/248dM

I can mod the case accordingly if the PSU warrants it. I've seen a build with a side mounted SSD, no optical, etc. OS is 7 home 64 bit. Thanks!
November 18, 2013 6:30:04 PM

allocco91 said:
Hey, it's my first build in three years, and I'm going mini. I'm using some parts from my old build and putting them in my new one. The new build is going to be mainly for browsing, HTPC (like Netflix and WMC), and light gaming. Low resolution and details don't bother me, as long as new games run smooth. Budget cap is around 300. Help me fill in the blanks:

CASE: Silverstone SG05BB-LITE Mini ITX Tower Case
CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
RAM: G.Skill ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
MOBO: ASRock H81M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard
PSU:
GPU:
HDD:
ODD:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/248dM

I can mod the case accordingly if the PSU warrants it. I've seen a build with a side mounted SSD, no optical, etc. OS is 7 home 64 bit. Thanks!


This build should be better, its an APU, so the graphics are a bit faster then what that pentium offers, and I gave you a PicoPSU, so the extra space can be used for more storage in the future.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A4-4000 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.53 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Rosewill RCX-Z1 57.2 CFM Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($103.99 @ Mwave)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 250GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Other: picoPSU-120, 120w output, 12v input DC-DC Power Supply ($39.95)
Total: $300.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-18 21:30 EST-0500)
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November 18, 2013 7:27:10 PM

If you had an Intel option, what would it be? I kind of want to try Intel, since my last build was AMD and I want to try something new. Also, I already have the 4GB of RAM. I'll definitely check out the APU though; never thought about those.
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November 18, 2013 7:37:14 PM

allocco91 said:
If you had an Intel option, what would it be? I kind of want to try Intel, since my last build was AMD and I want to try something new. Also, I already have the 4GB of RAM. I'll definitely check out the APU though; never thought about those.


Ah, alright, This Intel Build isn't clocked as high as what you are looking at, but it fits the budget
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G630 2.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($63.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Gelid Solutions CC-Siberian-01 51.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($9.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61N-USB3 Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Crucial V4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($54.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 250GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Other: picoPSU-160-XT, 160w output, 12v input DC-DC Power Supply ($49.50)
Total: $314.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-18 22:53 EST-0500)
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