Hey everyone, I know this is a bit steep, but I'm going to try to put together a low-end gaming machine for LAN parties, as we have them quite often. The reason I'm not using my normal desktop is because it's a pain in the neck to cart around something so large, therefore, I want something with a small form factor (I mean like one of those desktop cubes that use Micro-ATX mobo's), and 4 gb of ram, that's pretty much what I've got in mind so far, as I'm quite inexperienced in computer building.
(Keep in mind I live in Canada!)
Here's what I do need:
A micro-ATX motherboard + appropriate CPU
A micro-ATX case (Like this Although the PSU in this one only has 1 SATA power connector)
A half decent Graphics Card, nothing heavy duty, stuff like Halo 2, Civ4, WoW
and a basic DVD drive
Here's what I don't need:
All under $300 Canadian!
Thanks to anyone and everyone who helps! I'd really like to make this a reality, even on such a small budget.
Thanks for the extremely fast reply! Everything here looks amazing, the only problem is the size of the case, while it is smaller than my usual desktop, I was looking for something a bit smaller. I really appreciate the info you've given me and will probably end up using all of the components, except for the case.
Would this case be sufficient? I don't mind shelling out the bit of extra cash for more portability.
Well for the cubish shape, the apevia is the cheapest I could find.
However, I personally don't like Apevia. They make crappy PSU's, and in my opinion cheap cases.
But that case has pretty good reviews so I think it's a wise buy.
But for a boxy type case, I think this one is more sleek and sexy: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... And I know Silverstone makes top notch cases, so I have no worries as to the quality. But if you like the retro design of the apevia, then don't feel bad about buying it. Both are nice cases.
EDIT: Did a little research, and it confirmed my suspicions. Read the reviews on the apevia vs the Silverstone. The apevia has some crappy reviews. The general consensus seems to be it's a cheaply built case. I would go Silverstone personally.
EDIT: Did more research, looks like the Silverstone causes parts to run a bit hot. For this, the apevia clearly wins. A bit of a catch 22, isn't it?