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First Time building for a REALLY SMALL CASE (Please Help!)

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November 16, 2011 8:09:51 PM

So I was just given this bad boy right here: Foxconn DH045

It comes with a 300W PS and one stock fan.

I have built quite a few computers in my day (back when I walked to work, up hill, both ways) but I have never done a computer for a case like this. The goal of this PC is to sit next to a flat screen tv and act as a media center and gaming PC. I know video cards are usually huge but I am trying to build the best PC I can with the size limitations.

My question is this:
What are the "Good", "Better", and "Best" options for a CPU, motherboard, and video card in this thing? I am trying to keep it within a modest budget, but if it can run Skyrim, I will be ecstatic.

Thanks TH!

a b B Homebuilt system
November 16, 2011 8:29:21 PM

I'd go for an AMD A8 3850 and 4GB RAM on a mATX board. That would be cheap and would run on 300W easily. Should be able to play Skyrim on low-medium settings/resolution too, doesn't seem much more demanding than Oblivion was to be honest.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 16, 2011 8:30:48 PM

The good thing about that chip too is that you can add a cheap low profile GPU and run it in dual graphics mode. This should give you just about the best performance you are realistically going to find in a low profile card.
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November 16, 2011 8:48:29 PM

THAT'S A BEAST OF A CASE! my latest build is inside a lunch box... 7x8x4
November 17, 2011 5:22:49 AM

Is there a specific section of TH that showcases the stats-vs.-cost on low profile cards?
November 17, 2011 9:38:23 PM

A 6570 would not be much of an upgrade over the integrated GPU on the A8-3850.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 18, 2011 5:33:21 PM

You can run an HD 6570 in dual graphics with the A8 to make it HD 6630D2.