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Mini Micro ATX Help, $400-$500

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August 11, 2009 12:40:41 PM


BUDGET RANGE: $400- $500 U.S.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Emails, Outlook, All the Microsoft Office Tools, surfing the internet, Word processing matters.



PARTS PREFERENCES: Case is my only concern, Mini Micro ATX? or should I try ITX... Has to be kind of small.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: As good as I can get, I was looking at ACER 19" or HANNS-G 19" for $120.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is for my supervisor, she is needs a computer at home pretty soon,

I would say something with a good 500GB,
Nothing much on graphics, could just go onboard maybe.

More about : mini micro atx 400 500

August 11, 2009 12:58:50 PM

How about this...


Mobo - Any one of these...

RAM - 4GB :p  If she really want 4GB...

or 2GB

HDD - Samsung F3 500GB

Monitor -
Acer 19"


DVD - Some $25...

Total - $453 and that too with 4GB RAM...
If you want OS, then drop to 2GB and you can get the OS within the price...
August 11, 2009 1:02:04 PM

And things you can save more on -
1. Mobo - If you drop to the 740G mobos, that would save about $20...
2. If you get some cheapo case for less than $30 + $40 for a good 300/350W PSU, again save about $20 there...
3. RAM - Dropping to 2GB also saves about $15...
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August 11, 2009 1:08:38 PM

Ram could drop to 2gb,

ASrock vs. Biostar on the 790gx or 780g.

Also, I was looking at the Rosewill case, looks nice for a mini mirco atx with a 300w for only $49.99

OS is something Im editing into the first post, She doesnt need it, I have it for her.

Also, Was looking at the WD Caviar Blue 320gb..
August 11, 2009 1:15:40 PM

^ Both ASRock and Biostar have similar quality...So get which ever is cheaper...
As for that CASE, yes even I saw that case...but was worried about the quality of that PSU...that is why I listed that Antec...
But its OK if everything is going to be stock...

Hope she likes it :p 
August 11, 2009 1:22:56 PM

As for the HDD, make sure you get the AAKS and not the AAJS...It is faster...

For $5 more, you can get the Samsung...
And actually the Samsung F3 that I had listed is the latest from Samsung, that has a single 500GB platter like the Seagate...and in reviews, it has come out with pretty good performance...

But maybe as the drive is new, you might as well decide for yourself...
August 11, 2009 1:50:47 PM

One thing I looked at,

tighter ram since its 2x1gb.

Looking at the Mushkin 4-5-4-11 for $31.99
August 11, 2009 2:00:06 PM

heres so far:

Acer X193Wb Black 19" 5ms Widescreen

LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X

Antec Minuet350 MicroATX Slim Case Computer Case 350W 80PLUS
Antec New Solution NSK2480 Black/Silver 0.8mm cold-rolled steel MicroATX

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB

Combo - mobo / cpu:
1. AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto 3.0GHz Socket AM3

Corsair XMS2

Grand Total: $482.09
August 12, 2009 4:45:39 AM

the seagate 7200.12 500 gig is a single platter hard drive

Very fast


The only concern is that the minuet is half height so its next to impossible to add expansion cards . what about
Antec New Solution NSK2480 Black/Silver MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 380W Power Supply

August 12, 2009 12:13:02 PM

Updated list above. ~Bump~

I like the Case Outlander found due to fan input, Push air in and pull air out over the motherboard + vents in back. Not much more over the piano black antec.

Seagate is another look at from yesterday. I've had Seagate for a long time and never have had any faults or errors.

Ram, I decided on g.skills yesterday just never re-posted.

Thanks yall.

August 12, 2009 12:16:45 PM

My suggestion :p 
August 12, 2009 12:38:28 PM

Thanks for the suggestion but im pretty set. I did say I have only the OS and im going to need the extra $20 that i have to get a keyboard and mouse to top off the $500.

and to help out.

4gb wouldn't be needed in a home / office computer, only 2gb ~ I did mention no gaming, maybe "maybe" solitaire type.

I did mention a small mini micro ATX only, no desktop on ground position tower,

I wouldnt want to downgrade the 785g that I already have chosen to a 760g.

but, thanks for the input and will to try.

August 12, 2009 12:49:39 PM

You are welcomed ^^