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New SFF Build...need some advice please.

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January 31, 2011 9:23:24 PM

Greetings folks,


Recently the Shuttle system I put together for my fiance many years ago went belly up. I've decided to scrap the Shuttle and build her a brand new SFF system. She's got a TON of Photos/Music and does some minor photo editing from time to time.


I'd like to keep the budget between $500 and $600.


Here's what I'm thinking:


Case - Silverstone SG05 450 - $119
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811163171


Mobo - Gigabyte H55N - $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128448


Ram - G. Skill DDR3 4GBs - $46.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231189


CPU - Intel i3 550 - $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115065


GPU - Sapphire 5670 - $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102871


Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136795


Samsung Slim CD/DVD Burner - $26.99


Total: $563.93


What do you folks think?


Another option is to build a "Sandy Bridge" system for about $200.00 more.


Thanks for the advice!

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February 1, 2011 2:35:15 AM

does, it have to be SFF ;) 
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February 1, 2011 11:12:51 AM

HeyImGodly said:
does, it have to be SFF ;) 


I'd like it to be, simply for space saving reasons. But I'm not completely against a larger form factor. Any suggestions? :) 
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February 1, 2011 12:10:18 PM

here's my suggestion. An AMD Athlon Triple core with a little gaming capability too:

Athlon II X3 450: $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AS Rock 880GM micro ATX: $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Microfusion HTPC case with 350W 80+ PSU: $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Low Profile GTS 450: $129.99 w/ $25 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GSkill 8 GB DDR3-1333: $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner: $16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB: $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $483.93

Options:

Win 7 64 bit OEM : $100

40 GB SSD for Boot drive: 100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This will speed loading things up, but remains optional.

$583 w/ Windows or the SSD, $683 with both.
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