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Current list for Mini-itx build for non-gamer

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September 19, 2010 4:37:58 PM

This is the list so far re: my build. Keyboard, monitors and OS are already in hand and I purchased the SSD drive below. I also have a 500GB internal 2.5" SATA drive I'm going to use as a "D" drive.

Total cost for the below items is $644.33 not including shipping.

GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
$104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LIAN LI PC-Q07 Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
$59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Zalman ZM360B-APS ATX V2.03 ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply
$54.99
http://www.amazon.com/Zalman-ZM360B-APS-V2-03-ATX12V-Su...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
$95.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i3-550 Processor with 4 MB Cache, 3.20 GHz Clock Speed, LGA1156
$145.00
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i3-550-Processor-LGA1156-BX...

ASUS Black 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner
$23.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Scythe Bay Rafter 2.5 conversion to 3.5 bay Rev. B
$8.49
http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Rafter-2-5-conversion-Rev/...

Lian Li 5.25inch universal bezel C-02 Black
$12.99
http://www.coolerguys.com/llc02.html

Kingston 64GB SSDNow V Series SATA II 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$92.95
http://www.buy.com/prod/kingston-64gb-ssdnow-v-series-s...

D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme N PCI Express Desktop Adapter
$44.99
http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-DWA-556-Express-Desktop-Ad...
September 19, 2010 10:51:08 PM

looks good to me. no wait DON'T BUY ZALMAN POWER SUPPLIES get an antec/corsair/coolermaster
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September 19, 2010 11:08:59 PM

Really? I want quiet (and good) and it doesn't have to drive a lot of watts. Any recs for antec/corsair/coolermaster along those lines?

I've not read any bad reviews about the Zalman.
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September 19, 2010 11:46:45 PM

Thanks. Especially that last one. 0.0

I think I'll have to rejigger my budget.
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September 20, 2010 3:46:19 AM

I like the build.

I built a small system using that lian li case. It is tiny and...cute. I used an Antec 430w modular psu I had lying around. Even that fills up the box. It is not so much the standard ATX psu size, as where to put the extra cables. I still needed two sata cables, one for the dvd, and the other for the hard drive.

As a piece of advice, be careful when you remove the screws from the side of the case. They are very small, and easy to lose. They must be put on at the factory buy women with Popeye arms. Lay the case on the side, and press in, very hard with your phillips head screwdriver to loosen them without stripping them. When you reinstall them, you can just leave them snug to be able to remove them later.

The front panel usb header cables may be very short, and a tight fit across the motherboard. I thought I was going to have to get an extension.

All in all, though a very nice and satisfying box.

---good luck---
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