First Time Build: Lian Li case?

Hello! I'm attempting my first build and would like to ask the forum for some suggestions and advice on hardware.

My understanding of forum jargon is a little limited - but I can follow most of what i read in most of the posts on TH.

I might be starting from the wrong place, but I saw the Lian Li PC-C36B case on NewEgg and really would like to build around it. I know there are some limitations to consider when using this case, and only certain hardware configurations work correctly - i.e. Micro ATX, specific pci slot layout. Any help is sincerely appreciated!

Ideally I'm looking to build a music/video server, storage, VM server. No gaming, no overclocking.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: To save money I was considering built-in graphics. I heard that an AMD 780G or AMD 790GX motherboard might work well. Are any Intel boards similar for integrated graphics at a good price? Should I forget the Lian Li b/c of hardware config limitations? Is the bundled 300w PSU lightweight?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Today

BUDGET RANGE: US$600-$700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: File server, home entertainment, VM Server

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Lian Li PC-C36B http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112185, Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

OVERCLOCKING: No

Thanks for any suggestions!
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  1. Yes the 300W PSU bundled pretty limits you to ultra low powered IGP set ups and i doubt its durability strongly in any case! Why limit yourself to a one trick pony? Well $469 free ship but just swap out for a bigger HDD and you good to go :P

    If you get bitten by the gaming bug, you could always plop in something like a HD4770 and game on hehe (say 1280x1024 and above gaming, IGP can happily do 1024 x 768))
  2. I'm really looking to put this next to the TV. But you make a good point. How about this setup?

    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

    Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153023

    Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220334

    LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C37B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112186

    AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.186959

    BIOSTAR TA790GX XE AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.186959

    Cost: US$613
  3. Well since it fits a standard ATX PSU in i guess for casing its a personal choice so good to go for me ^^ I'd hit Corsair VX400 rather than that TT 420 though
  4. batuchka said:
    Well since it fits a standard ATX PSU in i guess for casing its a personal choice so good to go for me ^^ I'd hit Corsair VX400 rather than that TT 420 though



    Thanks for the help!
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