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Advice selecting SFF lanparty case, $700 Budget

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May 3, 2009 5:30:18 PM

Hi All,

I am building a $700 budget lanparty small form factor rig.

I'm torn between the silverstone sugo case, the thermaltake lanbox lite and the shuttle P series.

I want the rig to be as silent and understated (no bling) as possible.

CASES:
Shuttle P2 Chassis SP35P2V2 Intel Socket T(LGA775) Intel P35 4 x 240Pin none Aluminum Black Barebone - Retail US$240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SILVERSTONE SUGO SG02-BF Black ABS / SECC Steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case - Retail US$70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake LANBOX Lite VF6000BNS Black SECC Gaming Cube Computer Case - Retail US$85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the other parts I'm thinking of these:

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail US$168
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
G.SKILL HK 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail US$50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:
XFX GS250XYDFU GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail US$140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM US$70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I really would like to know if the 400W PSU on the shuttle is enough for the GTS 250.

Also, If I go with the silverstone or thermaltake what motherboard and PSU do you recommend.

I'm open to any ideas as long as it's SFF, silent(as it can be because it's for gaming).

Thanks!

One more thing. I want to get a carrying case for it. The Silverstone SST-PA01B Pack Package - Retail has great reviews but also would like to know if the Shuttle XPC Carrying Bag is any good/better.

Thanks again.
May 4, 2009 8:28:12 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums mate :) 
If u want to go for shuttle then IMO go and buy one of their barbones instead because the power supply of shuttle is different with others.

But if u want to build yourself then go for either silverstone/TT case instead.
Your rig looks very nice however instead of a 16MB HDD u can go for a 32MB one i dont think the price difference is much.
May 4, 2009 10:28:04 AM

Well from my experience doing up SFF/mATX gaming rigs best is u have a modular 80+ PSU for neater cable management and hence promoting better airflow. This is what i came up with:
$684.92
$ 27.00 ship
$ 20.00 MIR
$691.92 Total Expenses

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May 4, 2009 1:22:46 PM

Hey,

Thanks for the advice. I wasn't contemplating AMD's offerings.

Batuchka you found some incredible discounts there. Going to buy before they change them.


Thanks Again.
May 4, 2009 2:55:22 PM

You are welcomed ^^
!