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March 28, 2011 7:44:12 PM

Hi my name is Steve and i have been doing a lot of research About the build im working on but this will be my first build, im looking to build a small form factor mini-itx AMD based system For Gaming anywhere i can save some money would be great for me, im currently unemployed getting ready to start Nursing school, any input/Advice would be greatly appreciated

Approximate Purchase Date: (Within a month)

Budget Range: 400-500$ Before Rebates (The less the better)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Videos/Youtube

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ext

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: i want to keep the ITX form factor and AMD CPU//Motherboard to save money

Overclocking: I have never overclocked but im looking to try it on this build

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: Smaller LCD monitor with lower Resolution is fine for me

Im planing on adding a video card at a later date, untill then i will be using the On board video Thanks in advance for any Input/advice

Case/PSU $119.99

Motherboard: $124.99

Harddrive $39.99

Slim Dvd Drive (do not need/want Burner)
Im having a hard time finding somthing cheap i dont use the cd/dvd drive often and i just wanted something affordable

I have seen alot of different options but i would like some imput from you guys on what i should get for a fair price

I get easly confused with RAM i think my Motherboard supports DDR-3 1600 speed 204 pin SODIMM but im not 100% sure

Onboard for now, ill get a video card at a later date when i have more money

More about : build itx amd

March 28, 2011 8:54:06 PM

For gaming you should switch to mATX IMO, a decent video card for gaming won't fit into such cases.

Can take Mini-ITX mobos but those aren't any cheaper than the mATX ones, on the contrary.

GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H + AMD Athlon II X4 640

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB + CORSAIR Builder Series CX600

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB


$344.94 + the case
March 28, 2011 9:49:47 PM

mini-ITX is great, but not so much for gaming. It can handle gaming at low/medium settings and modest resolutions, but is generally used for HTPC's (home theater PC's).

A micro ATX solution might be a better idea if you're looking to stay small. Otherwise, just build a regular desktop PC. the above build is great, just stick in an ATi 5770 and a small tower.
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March 28, 2011 10:26:57 PM

thanks for all the advice, ill consider some options including the m-ATX route thanks for your time
March 28, 2011 11:00:28 PM

Yep, ATX would be even cheaper due to cheaper cases.