Making a computer for my mother. She requests a 1080p monitor, windows 7, internet/word processing usage, backups for her small buisness, and a case no deeper then 16" due to desk size. One specific thing that her, and my techonologically apt friend both wanted was a good quality power supply, if you're curious about the amount I spent on it. The computer is also typicially used by other family members when their computers are down, and young children. I have a $40 windows 7 professional upgrade (for students) that makes my computer very cheap compared to prebuilds with 7 included, so I didn't consider such computers too seriously. I just like the ease of upgrade + knowing what goes into my system anyways. Torn on overclocking, as reliability and low noise would be big pluses for this build. I'm paying out of pocket for this:
Main concerns are compatability, perticularly with PSU/Case as I'm not experienced with Matx, and if I should be spending more/less on a perticular part. I live in canada, but can get parts shipped right by the border (on the US side) and pick them up.
No worries i would have seriously considered EA380 for a family/IGP rig always and CM341 is one of my favorite budget mATX gaming cases: w/o side window version is up to 4 x 120mm fans capable and no HDD cage getting in the way of long GPUs hehe
Thanks, one opinion should be enough, mostly going for a sanity check. EA-380 is unfortunately out of stock, and ordering it from somewhere else would add too much to shipping costs (local retailers also cost too much). We actually need this computer in a hurry because our old one is shutting off about every hour! It's also ancient.
Thanks for the reply! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get this deal due to logistical issues (diffucult to get newegg to take my loonies) so I've since changed my build to the more future proof AMD Athlon II X2 245 w/ Asus M4A88T-M/USB3, which is on sale at a new store opening up in my area tommorrow. $129.99 CAD, once you factor in saving money on shipping it's about $30, $40 with mail in rebates more expensive then what I was looking at but comes with USB3, sata6, four ram slots, a local retailer, and a better brand, so I'm not entirely heartbroken.
The rest of the parts I've found local retailers for for about the same cost
I think medium on starcraft may be pushing it just a little there .