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First home build opinions needed

I'm thinking of building my first PC. I've been searching around and checking out various motherboards and CPU's but there's a sea of everything out there. Would like to hear what the forum readers here have to say.

Primary use is for gaming (mainly RTS games) and as a media centre. I currently have an Egreat Network media tank which this would replace.

Biggest issue is size. It has to be a mini. The smaller the better. MB must have HDMI as I intend to use my TV as the monitor. USB 3.0 would be great too but not essential. I was thinking of maybe the Mini-ITX Gigabyte H55?

Ideally I'd like to build the system for around USD$500 maybe more if it makes a huge dollar to value difference.

The area where I'm most lost is what CPU & GPU to go for????

Intend on running Windows 7 Ultimate (32 or 64bit). Already have licence.

Any help from you guys out there would be fantastic.
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  2. APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (asap)

    BUDGET RANGE: $500 - $800 (I'm in Japan so most of my purchases will be on ebay).

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (RTS mainly) Movies/downloaded TV shows

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have an Egreat Network Media Tank with a 1TB HD (http://www.egreatusa.com/egreat-egm31b-networked-media-tank-n31.html) which I can take parts from. Don't need mouse/keyboard or speakers.

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ebay or anywhere with worldwide shipping (shipping doesn't have to be included in build cost)

    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Hokkaido, Japan

    PARTS PREFERENCES: anything is fine but must be a mini pc. Smaller the better

    OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe impossible in a small case?

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: the higher the better

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: quiet and small is good. Mostly small. Needs HDMI and ideally USB 3.0, best GPC & CPU $/Value/Performance

    Anyway help greatly appreciated.
    BTW thanks tecmo34.
  3. Sorry
    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Hokkaido, Japan
    That's where I am!
    Where the parts are from I don't really care!
  4. Unfortunately, prices for computer parts are actually quite a bit more expensive than on online resellers. Can you link us to some computer part resellers in Japan so we can look at their part selection?
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  6. I pay for parts in Australian dollars so any US or UK seller that ships internationally is fine (AUD is strong against the USD & GBP at the moment). Otherwise there is a freight forwarding company I can use. Buy it from newegg have it shipped to the freight company and they forward it on for a small fee.

    Thanks for the reply banthracis.
  7. thanks again tecmo :=)
  8. i managed to find a bulk supplier in China that will ship single items to me.
    I'm currently looking at these parts.

    Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2H Motherboard

    Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz processor

    CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB ( 2 X 2GB ) PC3-12800 1600MHz 240-pin DDR3 CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit

    EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GTX 275 896 MB DDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card

    Any comments on these parts would be greatly appreciated.

    Just need to find a case for it though. I want something as small as possible. Maybe a cube. Does anyone have any ideas?

    thanks again
  9. change of plan on the video card. Gonna use;

    GIGABYTE GV-R557OC-1GI Radeon HD 5570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX

    any opinions GREATLY appreciated.
  10. You have the wrong CPU for your motherboard!!!!

    The i7 950 is an X58 (LGA 1366) socket and your motherboard is an H55 (LGA 1156) socket. They won't work together! I recommend picking up the i5 750 for your motherboard selection.
  11. Tecmo thanks for all your help and pointing me in the right direction. I did try to get the G.Skill RAM to but the company I'm using can't supply. Anyway this is looking like my final set up. Not sure about the case and power. Wondering whether to just get the case elsewhere. Interested in your final view though.


    1.CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model CMG4GX3M2A2000C8 ,Price: 99$

    2.Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Quad-Core LGA1156 Desktop Processor, 99$

    3.Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2H Motherboard 45$

    4.GIGABYTE GV-R557OC-1GI Radeon HD 5570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX , 41$

    CPU+Motherboard+Graphic card+RAM , total: 284$

    1.The case, APEVIA X-QPACK-AL/420 Black/Silver Aluminum MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 420W Power Supply , price: 38$/per

    2.The Cooling,LASKO 4916 Desktop Tower Fan , price is: 9$per

    Case+cooling, total: 47$
  12. Looks good...

    I would've like to see a better PSU like Antec, Corsair or SeaSonic but I have to remember not everyone has avaliabilty to them.
  13. Tecmo
    thanks YET again!
    I might just get this then change the PSU from a local supplier in Japan later.
    Ideally what size power unit would you recommend for my config?
  14. You would be safe with a 380 watt PSU (Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D) and at MAX 450 watt PSU.
  15. Best answer selected by manfronix.
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