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New SFF Build need help with case/psu

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March 13, 2010 3:39:42 AM

Hey everyone im trying to build a pc for general entertainment and i was wondering if the parts i found were compatible/good. Im not sure about everything fitting in the case i picked but i really would like to use a small form factor case.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a month

BUDGET RANGE: under $600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: watching movies, surfing the internet, maybe some light gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, ODD (already orderd a bluray drive)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: prefer amd and asus parts... doesnt really matter though

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: It will be used on a tv or a 1600 x 1200 monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want to use a small form factor case and keep noise and heat down to a minimum.
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Parts I've been looking at:

Case + PSU:
IN WIN BL631.300TBL Black Steel MicroATX Slim Case Computer Case 300W Power Supply - Retail

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Motherboard:
ASUS M4N68T-M AM3 NVIDIA Geforce 7025/nForce 630a Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

WiFi:
ASUS USB-N13 IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates - Retail

GPU:
ASUS EAH5450 SILENT/DI/1GD3(LP) Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card - Retail

Memory:
A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-AG - Retail

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Callisto 3.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - Retail

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March 13, 2010 4:16:07 AM

Ditch the case + psu. I wouldn't ever buy a case that comes with a power supply.

Also, micro-atx motherboards are very crappy. Yours can only hold 2 ram sticks. And it won't have much up-gradability.

This PC has a much better video card, and a better processor. (the video card you suggested won't play ANY games)

http://i41.tinypic.com/2iu4ahd.png

March 13, 2010 9:47:32 AM

Ya the HD5450 is a nice HTPC card and even then you be fine on the current 785/790GX IGP but for gaming get a discrete with a lot more teeth hehe Luckily i actually specialise in SFFs/HTPCs, LANparty cubes and here are just the tip of the iceberg of my projects (those that i managed to document hehe)
http://forums.vr-zone.com/troubleshooting-zone-technica...
A modular PSU helps in neatercable management hence promoting better airflow in the small space of a shoebox/SFF So for your budget @ $584 AR perhaps
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