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February 14, 2008 1:09:27 PM

Ok, so I recently built a gaming comp for home, but stupidly bought an enormous and heavy case :pfff:  . so now i have to lug it to lanparties :( 
sooo in an effort to not have to do that i am building a smaller cheap system. I'm aiming at being able to run games like Counter Strike and Call of Duty 4 at decently high settings. I have some parts already but i need some recommendations as to parts.

I have:
PNY 7900gt

What I'm Looking at:

2gb Kingston ValueRam DDR2 667
Pentium E2140
WD 160gb drive
Samsung dvd multi-burner
need a cheap but nice cpu fan (i intend to o/c)
need a cheap and mid sized case with good cooling
need a cheap powersupply, nothing above 500w

Thank you to anybody who helps me out.

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February 14, 2008 2:12:00 PM

The 7900gt should be fine at 1024x768 or even 1280x1024 with CoD4.

I would try and go e2180 for the x10 multiplier and an AC Freezer Pro:
$71 - e2180 oem
$21 - FP 7

(the e2140 is only $10 less, not worth it IMO)

Probably the best PSU for around $50 ($54 google checkout)

This might have enough amps for the 7900gt at $35:

This looks like a decent case:
But it doesn't support regular sized ATX mobos. In fact, most LAN boxes only support smaller form factor mobos.

Looking around, you're not going to find a small, cheap and lightweight case for an ATX motherboard.
This is the size of my old Compaq P4 circa 2004:
Absolutely tiny compared to a standard mid-tower case.

These cases are on about 12lbs:
but they lack cooling...and a carry handle...Dremel time, maybe?
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