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May 27, 2009 7:45:18 AM

Hey guys,
I have finally come to terms with what I want and what I need. I have decided to go with a Micro ATX build and have a few questions on what I need and performance.

The main thing I need is the ability to surf the internet, college papers/documents, and mainly watch blue ray quality movies on my 22" 1680X1050 monitor. My budget is about $400 and I already have some parts which I mention below.

I have been doing some looking around on Newegg and here is what I have so far:
ASRock A780GMH/128M AM2+/AM3 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Antec Mini P180 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Antec 761345-75120-9 120mm Case Fan (times 2)
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound
I have a x3 720be.
I have a Corsair 750tx 750w psu.
I have a 4870 1gb.
I have a LG 22X burner.
I have 4GB of G.Skill PI Black 800 ram that I can use
I have a 640gb western digital caviar black HDD.
I have a HT Omega Striker 7.1 sound card.
I have a Xigmatek Dark Knight.

Totals about $210 with shipping.

I will be using Windows 7 as my OS since I can get it free. I will also purchase a blue ray drive later on when the prices go down on them.

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May 27, 2009 8:19:31 PM

gkay09 said:
One of the best Low profile CPU cooler...

Although it may be low profile, I am worried that it will block the ram slots or any other slots on the mobo. Do you think it will? I am not worried about the height but more so the width.
May 27, 2009 9:37:14 PM

K final specs ready, check my first post in the thread.
May 27, 2009 9:50:43 PM

The mini p180 is taller than some of antecs own mid towers .

Nice case though
May 27, 2009 11:15:52 PM

Okay guys I am sorry to keep doing this but I just got an offer on most of the parts in my rig for a good price. The only parts I will be keeping are the 640GB HDD and 4GB PI Black RAM. So now I need some more advice on a budget micro ATX build that is pretty small and will fit on my desk. I need a small gpu that will still allow me to watch hi-def blu-ray movies. Maybe a 9600gt? Mainly I say this because I would like a slim microATX case. My budget is around $400 and keep in mind I already have the RAM and HDD.

Maybe around this case:
This mobo:

With that case and mobo, what are my options for a video card and psu?

I definitely need some advice on all of this.

May 28, 2009 5:35:10 AM

That is a intel mobo you have listed with the case, but you have a x3 720 ... ???
EDIT : So you are going part from the CPU...Hmm...
May 28, 2009 5:59:43 AM

gkay09 said:
That is a intel mobo you have listed with the case, but you have a x3 720 ... ???
EDIT : So you are going part from the CPU...Hmm...

Yea I got a pretty good offer on all the parts. So I am going to keep the HDD, LG Drive, and RAM and build a micro ATX system.
Heres the link to the new thread I started sorryyy for all the threads!!
May 28, 2009 6:17:21 AM

Yeah that is a nice cooler that gkay09 listed.