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Micro ATX Build for Fun

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August 10, 2009 5:42:51 AM

Thinking about doing a fun build for LAN events or just general showing off.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the month $800 - 1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Multitasking, surfing the internet, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (N/A

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, or other reputable site.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Micro ATX

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: either

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 24" at least

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: quiet, preferably a window.

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August 10, 2009 5:52:23 AM


Maybe ditch the BR ODD and go conventional DVDRW SATA if not needed and smack a HD4890 in :p 
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August 10, 2009 3:36:44 PM

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$57.99

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99
http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Product...


XFX HD-487A-ZHDC Radeon HD 4870 1GB XXX 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $162.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$30.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail $74.99-$20.00 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $756.92
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August 10, 2009 3:39:14 PM

With a MicroATX typically you won't have SLI or Crossfire.
This build is based on the new AMD chipset 785.
Feel free to improve on anything you want.
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August 10, 2009 3:47:46 PM

A micro ATX motherboard in a full tower case?! Doesn't that miss the point of the OP's intended use of "LAN events"? I'll post a build in a few minutes that should be more along the lines of what the OP had in mind.
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August 10, 2009 4:16:05 PM

This build includes everything but the keyboard and mouse.

Antec Mini P180 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM (Includes free Windows 7 updrade coupon)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $174.98 (Case + OS combo)

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $258.99 (CPU + GPU combo)

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $154.98 (motherboard + RAM combo)

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $118.98 - $20.00 MIR (PSU + optical drive combo)

ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99

Total - $1,002.91 - $20.00 MIR's

The case doesn't have a side window, but should work great for this build.

If that's pushing the budget a bit too close, you could go with this PSU + optical drive combo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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