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January 1, 2012 2:35:46 AM

Alright, so I've got a friend who wants me to make him a new PC. He wants it cheap and as portable as possible (So he can take it with him to friends houses and just hook into a monitor)

Now I've never built a tiny PC, so I'm just sort of flying by the seat of my pants... So if anyone can help me here's what I've thought of so far.



Case/Mobo/PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... = $130 (Before promo code)

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for an i3 2120 = $120

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for 1 4GB 1333Mhz DDR3 = $20

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Radeon 6570 = $60

HD: 320 GB = $32

Total = $379.48 after taxes and shipping.




So it looks good to me, but I wonder am I missing something? As I said before it's not meant to blow any games out of the water, rather my friend just wants to be able to play Star wars the old republic, and possibly BF3 on the lowest settings smoothly.


Is there a better option? His budget caps at $485 so yeah.

Any thoughts/opinions would be great =D

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 1, 2012 2:44:29 AM

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

This is a $470 build I did just to see if I could nail a sub-500 build. It uses the AMD x3 Rana 455, which would be a step down in cpu but still capable for what it's being used for. The big thing is it steps up to a 6850 while using quality parts (case and psu). It also offers a 500GB hd.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 1, 2012 3:01:55 AM

So I wouldn't use that case for anything but an internet appliance. I agree with the above suggestion, get a halfway decent system and pour the money in a solid graphics card.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 1, 2012 3:05:29 AM

a4mula said:
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

This is a $470 build I did just to see if I could nail a sub-500 build. It uses the AMD x3 Rana 455, which would be a step down in cpu but still capable for what it's being used for. The big thing is it steps up to a 6850 while using quality parts (case and psu). It also offers a 500GB hd.



I couldn't see the wish list when I followed that link...

For a great $50 case I'd highly recommend the BitFenix outlaw. Also check out some of BitFenix other offerings.

http://www.xoxide.com/bitfenix-outlawcase.html
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 1, 2012 3:12:44 AM

buzznut said:
I couldn't see the wish list when I followed that link...

For a great $50 case I'd highly recommend the BitFenix outlaw. Also check out some of BitFenix other offerings.

http://www.xoxide.com/bitfenix-outlawcase.html


hmm, dunno.. here I'll quicklist:

Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK
mobo: MSI 760GM-P23
gpu: HIS H685FN1GD Radeon HD 6850
psu: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430
cpu: AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana
ram: Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB
hdd: HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB
dvd: ASUS DRW-24B1ST

Total: 469.92 Some of this stuff could probably be bundled for additional savings also.







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a b B Homebuilt system
January 1, 2012 3:27:22 AM

a4mula said:
hmm, dunno.. here I'll quicklist:

Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK
mobo: MSI 760GM-P23
gpu: HIS H685FN1GD Radeon HD 6850
psu: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430
cpu: AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana
ram: Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB
hdd: HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB
dvd: ASUS DRW-24B1ST

Total: 469.92 Some of this stuff could probably be bundled for additional savings also.


Nice build. I am very into aesthetics as a modder, so I would get the BitFenix case but this looks pretty good. Although the H61/i3 route is good too.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 1, 2012 3:42:36 AM

buzznut said:
Nice build. I am very into aesthetics as a modder, so I would get the BitFenix case but this looks pretty good. Although the H61/i3 route is good too.


I have a h61/i3-2120 build also, but it's about $100 more. Some of that could be attributed to the HAF 912, 6870, and the CX500 psu. I suspect you could probably do a h61/2120 build for close to that 485 budget if you skimped on a few parts.

To be honest though I really don't see there being a huge difference at this level of performance. I doubt the Rana will bottleneck a 6850. I wouldn't want to see it trying to push a 570 or 6970 but that's a whole different budget range.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 1, 2012 8:01:31 AM

a4mula said:
I have a h61/i3-2120 build also, but it's about $100 more. Some of that could be attributed to the HAF 912, 6870, and the CX500 psu. I suspect you could probably do a h61/2120 build for close to that 485 budget if you skimped on a few parts.

To be honest though I really don't see there being a huge difference at this level of performance. I doubt the Rana will bottleneck a 6850. I wouldn't want to see it trying to push a 570 or 6970 but that's a whole different budget range.



Hmm thats interesting. I would think they would be about equal in cost. Well, I certainly do just fine with my triple core, but I'm about to go with a BD chip. I'm already committed with my 990FX board, although had I known about the shortcomings...
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January 1, 2012 7:59:41 PM

Thanks for the input guys, the only downside to the suggestions are it's bigger =S He wants it to be small enough to carry from house to house depending on where we decide to hang out that day.


Is there nothing smaller?
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 2, 2012 3:07:33 AM

There are cases specifically designed for portability like the Thermaltake A30 $119.99 the problem of course is that these specialized lan-party cases also tend to carry a premium.

Perhaps something like the Sunbeam LAN Party Bag $19.99 would be a lowcost viable solution.
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January 2, 2012 2:04:18 PM

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