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August 6, 2009 1:51:57 AM

Hey everyone,
I am moving to Japan at the end of next month. I want to rebuild my computer so i dont have to put it in checked baggage or ship it. So my plan is an mini atx build. using some of my existing components.

stuff im using from my modified HP;
radeon 4850
1tb hdd
wireless card (dont know manufacturer)
coolmax psu 700 watts (questionable i cant figure out if their are specific mini atx psu's)
mouse, keyboard, media center controller
maybe the tv tuner if i can get it to work stopped working when uprgraded to the 4850


stuff im planning on getting;

ASUS Rampage II GENE LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard\
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

APEVIA X-QPACK-NW-AL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

my plan is to buy a moniter when i get out there i have a 22 inch now. I want the new one to be bigger,

i will be using this for animation, photoshop, some gaming, movies and such (it will probably be my tv for the forseeable future)
so what i need to know;
compatability
do i need to get another psu or will either work well? mine or apevias stock psu
im pretty sure everything will fit except the tv tuner
cooling recomindations
moniter size recomendations
I may go with a second GPU later but not yet
I haven't decided wether i am going to over clock or not.

thanks in advance

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August 6, 2009 2:21:07 AM

for the PSU's it depends on the case. Some will take a full size PSU, others are packed into as small a box as possible, and are a pain to find suitable replacements down the road. If you're building a high end system, try to make sure the case will fit a full size PSU. For cooling, any product from a good brand should work, but again, you have to watch physical dimensions closely when you are working in tight spaces. The greatest cooler on the market is no use if it ends up bumping into your video card or such.

For monitors, personally I think 24" is the largest flat panel that you'd want to be moving around without help. What's your plan for the monitor when you're ready to leave Japan? If you want to take it back with you, 24" would probably be as large as I'd go. If you're going to sell it, you might be able to go larger. Not sure if that's such a hot idea though, Japanese are even more obsessed with new and shiny gadgets than Americans are, used electronics probably don't sell very well.
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August 6, 2009 2:35:16 AM

If we move back here i will proably leave it with my mother-in-law, but we are pretty much moving out there for my kid to get a decent education. so moving it again isnt going to be an issue.

Thanks for the tip on the psu. i think i read a review on the apevia that its big enough for standard psu's. I wasnt sure about the Rampage 2 gene being compatible.
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