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March 7, 2011 4:36:19 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably within the month

Budget Range: <$350 Before Rebates (will upgrade later though)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: seedbox, online accessible server, dvd ripping, dvd watching, possibly nas

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: cheapest that will work well (enough)

Overclocking: No / Maybe (if stable and worthwhile)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 720p

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC

So I have some money and would like to get a multi-use comp. It would be an HTPC, 24/7 seedbox (just to download/upload for me), online-accesable server, personal proxy, and NAS if possible. I have done quite a bit of research, and have come up with a parts list. For now, I am not buying a cd drive (can install OS from USB), I will save up for a Blu-ray drive.

For the cpu i feel like going with an amd quad core, due to its multitasking needs. The mobo has an HDMI output so i can use it with my Tv, so i don't have to buy a monitor (will run headless though).


Low power 1tb hard drive

Low profile case with psu

wireless adapter

cpu cooler

Will these parts work for my requirements? Any advice or suggestion welcome. Thanks for your help!

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March 7, 2011 10:40:08 AM

Hello omgitzdpwner;

Everything is looking good with the exception of the case choice and your goal of a quiet PC.
It got mixed reviews Actually it got poor reviews from customers who bought the case and left Feedback over on NewEgg
and here for the other color case
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March 7, 2011 11:03:04 AM

I'm sure you notice the other combo with that same MB and the Phenom II X4 920 for just $5 more

The Zonet ZEW1642D 802.11N Wireless PCI Adapter got very good customer reviews.

Over @ NewEgg I found this Rosewill R379-M Black/ Silver Slim MicroATX Computer Case with ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply $50 278 customer reviews, mostly positive.
Quiet in a low power build, but the included fan and PSU can get a bit loud when working hard to power the system and keep it cool.

I also noticed the E6500 C2D Pentium & MSI G41M-E43 $130 It would run somewhat cooler- 65W. X4 920 & X4 9750=125W

March 7, 2011 3:46:28 PM

Thanks everyone for your help. I have 1 last question though. Would it be possible to partition this builds hard drive (prob 500gb/500gb) and use it as NAS for backup purposes? I would probably be running windows 7. Thanks!
March 7, 2011 6:34:47 PM

That would work.
Windows 7 won't care and to the network that will look like just another hard disk.
March 7, 2011 6:38:28 PM

WR2 said:
That would work.
Windows 7 won't care and to the network that will look like just another hard disk.

great thanks