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January 23, 2012 9:03:44 AM

Hi there,

I am looking at building a micro itx pc for a friend but have never ventured into this territory before, in fact I have only built one PC which is my own. I would like to know if there are areas that you think I could shave some costs off the system or if there are any parts which will cause problems or be incompatible with each other. Also, I am sure I had another good site to buy parts from when building my PC but cant find it now, any suggestions? (must be in Australia)


Approximate Purchase Date: Two weeks

Budget Range: 800 - 1000 AUD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Storing and watching movies/music, surfing the internet, light gaming (mainly flash games etc)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any Australian website

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: Micro ITX with 23 inch monitor

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Prefer it to be quiet and inconspicuous. Plus very reliable.



Parts I am looking at so far.

Case - Silverstone SG05 Black Cube with 450W $145
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

could I get away with 300w psu version? 300w - $109

Motherboard - ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe Mini ITX Motherboard $175
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CPU - AMD A8 3870 Quad Core Fusion Black Edition $145
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Cooler - Scythe Shuriken Low Profile Cooler Rev B $45
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Coolant - Arctic Silver 5 (3.5g) $9
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Memory - G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $59
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Now I really dont know much about memory and this is what I am worried I might have wrong at the moment.

Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB ST2000DL003 - $139
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

DVD - Lite-On DS-8A5S Internal Slim DVDRW OEM - $39
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM - $99
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Monitor - Samsung S23A300B 23in Widescreen LED Monitor $165
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


Any help is much appreciated,
Thanks in advance

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January 23, 2012 10:15:34 AM

Yes to the 300 watt PSU as long as it is also Silverstone. Very old and trusted name for such items.

1333 speed memory will serve you just as well and save a few dollars. Gskill is very good, although you could select the lower cost model without the fancy heat sinks. http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

The Scythe should have thermal paste pre-applied, so you can save the Arctic Silver for if have to reseat the heatsink.

Other than that it looks fine.
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January 24, 2012 3:28:47 AM

Thanks for the recommendations. The power supply in the 300w case is the same model, just different power output so that should be fine.

Is there any tricks to getting good airflow when building an micro itx? Or is it just the general things like keeping wiring tidy and to a minimum and keeping the vents clean etc?
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January 24, 2012 4:53:52 AM

Since you are using integrated graphics and a good cooler, overall system cooling should not be an issue. Silverstone knows what they are doing and are highly regarded in such applications. Due to all the ventilation, the box will not be totally silent, but you will have to get pretty close to hear anything running. Plus, your TV volume or whatever device will drown out what little is there.
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January 26, 2012 12:13:42 AM

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