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April 22, 2011 3:58:07 AM

Hi guys,

Where i live i have really bad internet and i buy alot of steam games and download large files, i dont like leaving my 6 core power rig on when i donwload them, is there a configuration which is the best for downloading, i hear the AMD fusion boards are pretty good. Thanks!

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April 22, 2011 8:09:51 AM

LOL123 said:
Hi guys,

Where i live i have really bad internet and i buy alot of steam games and download large files, i dont like leaving my 6 core power rig on when i donwload them, is there a configuration which is the best for downloading, i hear the AMD fusion boards are pretty good. Thanks!


Well I'm assuming that you have a intel 980X or AMD Phenom II x6 so I understand your worries in leaving this thing on all the time! From what I hear they aren't too great at scaling down to a low power consumption. They'll still scale down a lot though. What you really want (I guess) is a sort of home server that your computer logs into in order to transfer over the Steam games that you have downloaded!

Also the AMD fusion platform (BOBCAT) is excellent for this application! Here is my suggestion for a build that would be designed to be left on all the time.

CPU/GPU/Motherboard combo would be the ASUS E350 mini ITX board at $144.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131697 This board has a passive heatsink so no noise coming from here ...

Power Supply -- Seasonic 380Watt $54.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151072

Case -- THIS ONE so you know where your computer is ;)  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112267 $139.99 In reality any cheap Mini ITX with good cooling should be fine though!

HDD -- low speed WD green should do the trick! $64.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112267

And OS -- Windows 7 Home Premium http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116983 -- I'll have to check whether the E350 is a 32 or 64 bit! $99.99

TOTAL: $504.99

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April 22, 2011 8:59:32 AM

Thanks alot, you really got exactly what i was looking for, :D 
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April 22, 2011 9:01:38 AM

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April 22, 2011 9:13:39 AM

I was just doing a little research and found ZOTAC Zbox, it looks pretty good i must say with a good price and has the e-350 but then you just install you own ram and hardrive. What do you think?
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April 22, 2011 12:26:36 PM

This? http://www.zotac.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=100083&lang=en

I'm guessing that the box would be an absolute B*tch to work in! Also the memory support list (204 pin DIMMs) got me a little worried. Will be checking what sort of RAM the ASUS takes. To lower the cost you can go with a lot cheaper box. Also the GIGABYTE and MSI E-350 boards are a bit cheaper but have cooling fans and don't have as many bells and whistles! Will write back with the verdict on the RAM support!
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