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240 $ quality option. I love the full modularity of it and the design.
Every PC out there has a "Form Factor" . That doesn't tell us what size it is, just that it conforms to one or other of the standards (or standard ranges). Mine happens to be a mid-tower form factor. People with lots of hard drives might prefer a full tower form factor. People building HTPCs often like a slim desktop form factor.
If what you mean is a "Shuttle Form Factor," then please say so. "I'm building a form factor PC!" just sounds really drone-ish.
If your native language is not English, then I would like to apologize for all of the native [American] English speakers who have misused this expression so frequently that has become common enough to inspire a rant.
This is really tough, IMO. I understand you want a small case for easier travel, but it complicates things a lot. For example I wouldn't dare put a HD 4870X2 in a tiny case with only two 80mm fans. It might overheat and crash the system or even die.
Also, the PSUs that fit in there are hard to find.
The 650TX is probably enough for that setup. The GameXstream 700W would fit too, but I'm not sure it's actually more powerful than the 650TX.
The IDE cable on that burner is a bad thing. I'd get a SH-S203N SATA burner.
The G31 chipset has PCI-E 1 slots, I believe. Bad idea using one for 4870X2, I'm 99% sure it will bottleneck it. GA-EP43-DS3L would be better, for example, with PCI-E 2. But I don't think it fits in a microATX case.
I don't know if the cooler fits in that case.
No idea about wireless cards.
I don't like the Q9300, especially for overclocking (small cache, small multiplier). Q6600 can be faster, if you overclock both, and it's cheaper. Q9450 is faster too.
The rest of the parts look OK to me.
All these problems would go away nicely if you got a RC-690 case and a 750TX, but I don't think you'd enjoy traveling with that case...
Edit: Maybe the 4870X2 won't fit in that microATX case either. We'll have to see when the card is released.
CASE: Thermaltake VF1000BWS $129 (if you travel alot, any case with a handle on gets my vote. Fragbox too if you got the dough)
MOBO: ASUS P5E-VM HDMI Micro ATX $129 (if you are going to house a Quad and 4870x2 why the heck would you under cut on the motherboard??)
CPU: Q9300 is good, depends if you only do games E8400 is just as good for less, (less heat too possibly)
COOLER: Thermalright XP-90 or 120 (again, dont under cut a heatsink if you have a good CPU. in small case airflow is essential, TR's coolers not only designed to cool your CPU but the fan actually reaches to part of the RAM for additional cooling, pretty cool-pun intended)
GPU: 4870 instead?? (this really has to do with the amount of space given. 4870x2 is a dual slot i assume so likely it's gonna cover up a PCI or PCI-E, in addition, i think x2 is a bit of an overkill for this build as well...
PSU: stay with a Modular if possible (i would pick Corsair 620w mod, but on a bit of expensive side, though a great quality PSU pays off in the long run)
WIRELESS: I have 2x Encore Electronic PCI Wireless cards from N@w@gg (i know you never heard of them probably) and they run a MIMO config (signal interference free) with Wireless N, smoothest experience i have ever had w/ Wireless setup. N goes up to 300mbps btw. i got them for $29 each (on sale)
The 620HX is modular. It's 3.4" Height x 5.9" Width x 5.9" Depth (i.e. 0.4" longer than the 650TX). Still not sure it fits, but I'm guessing it does.
Yeah, HD 4870 would be less problematic when it comes to heat and size.
The PCI-E 1.1 slots, when running at x16, have the same bandwidth as PCI-E 2.0 slots at x8. For a HD 4870 it's enough. For a HD 4870x2 it probably isn't. I'm guessing it isn't because I've seen benchmarks showing HD 4850 Crossfire getting bottlenecked in PCI-E 2.0 slots running at x8. We'll know for sure when the 4870x2 is released and reviewed.
2.0 i dont know but better chipset i think. if this is the only pc that you will be owning for the next few years, then sure. get the 4870x2 otherwise save your $$$ and just get the 4870 for space/heat/energy/cost sakes.
FugBen, I think the case that would be right for you is the SILVERSTONE SG04B-H. I didn't know it existed till just now. I have the SG03B and it is a great SFF (small form factor). Giving the SG04B-H a quick once over it looks a lot like my SG03 but they added a handle to the top. So there you go - bubble wrap it leaving the handle exposed or find a gym bag/backpack that will do the same and send it through the airport xray and carry it on as a carry-on. Dont check it and that way you can be sure it arrives in one piece.
Now this case can be tricky if its like my SG03. I went with silverstone's PSU and fanless CPU cooler(NT06-Lite). It sits right under the PSU bottom fan so air is pulled over the cooler by the PSU fan and out the back of the PSU. I also have two 120mm fans up front. I would recommend some silent ones like Scythe S-flex or Noctua fans. I dont have a large GFX card but the SG04 lists it will hold dual 10.5 inch cards so it should hold a 9800GX2. Hard drives mount in the bottom so you will need 90 degree angle sata cables on the HD side. In any case - you should check out the SG04 on newegg.
The newegg item number for the Silverstone SG04b-H is N82E16811163115
Just search that number on newegg.
I think the case you are talking about that fits 12 inch cards is the SG02F. I'm just not a big fan of 80mm fans (no pun intended).
You should read up as much as you can on the Silverstone site about the cases and what they can hold. www.silverstonetek.com
Also, like I said I have the NT06-lite cpu cooler. I see now they have a new version with more heatpipes. NT06-E (E = Evolution).