LAN Party Build under $350?!

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
4gb Ram
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:
Hard drive

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.

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    Hmm, tough. It doesn't have USB3 or sata6, but I figure you don't need that for LANing. It's awesome IMO.

    CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor $75

    RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $38

    Mobo: MSI 880GM-E35 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $70

    PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $50

    GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R567D3-1GI Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $70

    Case: APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case $35

    DVD: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM $21

    Ba bam! $360 :)

    Notice the handle on the case? designed for lugging around.
    The 5670 should play most games on med/high, but it will stumble at HD res's on high settings.

    However, look around for better prices. the canadian newegg charges a bundle more than it's US counterpart.
  2. 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.

    Thanks a bunch!
  3. Yeah I was going with the Apex because it's low profile and has a handle :)
    Eh, That case is fine, but it's Apevia.
    I think this one is a bit sexier, and it's a straight up munchkin case:

    Here's what it looks like packed with components: I like it since you can lay it down flat. When it's flat, it's reallllyyy small. But that Apevia is just fin also....
  4. Do you know if there's any other cube-type cases that would be suitable? To me they seem like a more compact choice over a tower. And is Apevia a bad brand? I've not really heard of them before.

  5. 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: 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?

    K, even MORE research tells me this is the best case: However, it's quite pricey.

    The elite 360 (not to be confused with a 360 elite. Screw xbox gaming :p) looking good yet?
  6. Thanks for all of your info, I've suggested all of this to a friend, who's planning to order around July, so I'll see if theres any deals on cases for him then.

    Thanks a bunch!
    Tristan McKeever
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