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Micro atx system, check my parts please!

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December 21, 2010 2:13:32 AM

Hi everyone, I've never built a Micro-ATX system before so I was hoping someone could look over all my parts and make sure everything is compatible, both hardware compatibility and size-wise (will a normal sized PSU fit in this case for example).

Case: Cooler Master MicroATX Mini Tower

PSU: Haven't decided, I don't think I need more than 400w but I was thinking about a corsair b.s. 500w in case of future additions

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB DDR2 800

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB

DVD Burner:

I really appreciate any help/advice, thank you in advance :) 
December 21, 2010 3:01:46 AM

Fresh builds go AM3/DDR3 as the sun has gone down on DDR2 platforms with all current/incoming one DDR3 In fact DDR3 is cheaper than DDR2 lol Hit an Antec/decent 80+ - the builder series is not 80+ and is actually inferior than the series it replaced i.e old CX400 80 + >> 430 builder series

If u live near a Microcenter

$96: X4 640 +MSI 785GM-P45

2 X 2 DDR3 1600 $48 Free Ship

While the 541 isn't a bad choice - had built at least 10-15 Rigs off 341 and it's 4 x 120mm cooling capability and long GPU clearance makes it an awesome low cost/versatile mATX case
December 21, 2010 3:15:15 AM

^ How about a case like these ??
IMO a very good option if you want to have a mATX PC,...

For rest of the build - Dont go with DDR2, DDR3 is cheaper and better,...
CPU + Mobo

Corsair 4GB DDR3

HDD - F3 would be a better option

PSU - Yeah, you wont need a very powerful PSU for that build, but for a small build like this, I would prefer going with a modular PSU like this one - Though this is too much power, but future upgrades aplenty,...
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December 21, 2010 4:09:58 AM

Thanks for the responses, it does seem that ddr3 is cheaper (weird). I was really attached to that mobo too haha, oh well. I think I will stick to the original case I picked though, I like it :) 

What is wrong with the Western Dig? They have always been reliable in my experience
December 21, 2010 4:13:15 AM

^ There is nothing wrong with the WD, but the F3s are newer, faster and lower noise - these have a single 500GB platter and hence lower latency,...