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June 2, 2011 4:14:36 PM

Trying to assemble a micro-ATX form factor PC for video editing (kdenlive/openshots) and image processing (Gimp/Rawtherapee) in Linux.

While I've been using Linux since 2007, I'm a noob to the DIY PC assembling, so please go easy on me.

Budget is around 500-550 USD

I made a quick check to see if the following are Linux/ubuntu compatible and they appear to be good.

Computer Case: Rosewill R379-M Black/ Silver 0.8mm SGCC Steel Slim MicroATX: Computer Case with ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply
Motherboard: ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
Graphics Card: Galaxy 43GGS8HX3SPZ GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
Memory: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDP118-04 or ASUS Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A4/BLK/B/GEN
Network Card: Rosewill RNX-N300 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless-N 2.0 PCI (1T2R)

Question 1:
Per the Graphics Card (Galaxy 43GGS8HX3SPZ GeForce GT 430) System Requirements, the minimum power required is 300W which is what the built-in power supply (of the computer case) has. Will that be enough for the whole system ? Or will i end up underpowered ? If the built-in PSU is not enough, what should be the wattage i should be getting ? Any recommendations ?

Question 2:
Pardon my ignorance here, are the above components an over-kill for a micr-atx slim case? I'm worried about overheating/too much noise.

Please let me know if there are some more things i've to consider.

Thanks,
Raj
June 2, 2011 4:27:42 PM

Hey Raj, Welcome to the forums.
There are a few things that stand out as needing a change, but I can't help you very well without more info. Please fill this form, it will give me and the other members the info we need: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

I'll get back to you once we have more info.
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June 2, 2011 4:54:29 PM

striker, thanks for the template. Here we go.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or the next

Budget Range: 550-600 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Image Editing, Video Editing, Surf, Chat

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, ncix.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Micro ATX Slim Case Build, AMD X6

Overclocking: I have no idea

SLI or Crossfire: I have no idea

Monitor Resolution: N/A

Additional Comments: Would need it to be Linux friendly though may use Windows once in a while

Following is the list i Have in mind

Rosewill R379-M Black/ Silver 0.8mm SGCC Steel Slim MicroATX Computer Case with ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Galaxy 43GGS8HX3SPZ GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDP118-04 or ASUS Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A4/BLK/B/GEN
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Rosewill RNX-N300 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless-N 2.0 PCI (1T2R) Up to 300Mbps download and 150 Mbps upload Data Rates/ WPA/WPA2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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June 2, 2011 5:04:48 PM

Thanks for that.

There are 3 issues I see.

-You should swap the Phenom X6 for an i5-2400. It performs just as well as the x6 in almost every category.

-that case/PSU is not going to be enough most likely. If you want a slimline case like that, look at the ones Antec makes. Better cooling and higher quality PSU's.

-The GT 430 is a very weak video card. What sort of programs do you use for editing? I would suggest something more like a GTS 450 at minimum.

Now, lets talk bottlenecks. I know you aren't gaming, but that GPU is a HUGE bottleneck on either CPU. Like I said, go GTS 450 minimum, but that might depend on what programs you use.

Hope that helps you a bit.
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June 2, 2011 6:35:39 PM

Best answer selected by drkm_4_frm.
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June 2, 2011 6:49:30 PM

Thanks a lot striker.

Going I5 instead of AMD X6? If performance is same, i dont mind. Any good MOBO you can recommend?

I do most of my editing in linux using GIMP,Kdenlive & OpenShot. Usually home videos and photos. Not very often;may be 4-5 times every 2 months.

Per your advice, found this antec case that sells for around 120 bucks. Comes with a 380W PS. Will that be enough ?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What are your thoughts about this graphics card
EVGA 01G-P3-1450-TR GeForce GTS 450
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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June 2, 2011 7:18:26 PM

4-5 years down the road, if all is well, i may relegate the system to do a low profile chore than use it as a primary one. So, i dont see myself going for 2500K to reap the benefits of overclocking
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June 2, 2011 7:41:35 PM

your link arent working.
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June 2, 2011 8:05:17 PM

ATI Radeons usually have poor linux support. So am kind of inclined towards anything with NVIDIA. Any recommendations ?

Also, is the inbuilt PSU 380W enough?
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