Approximate Purchase Date: - Within this week Budget Range: <$300 System Usage from Most to Least Important: Downloading and/or streaming movies, Skype video chatting, online browsing, email Parts Not Required: Operating system, mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers, Wireless Card (?) Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com - have parts, prices, and websites listed in the link Country: New York, USA Parts Preferences: I like AMD CPU and Asrock Mobos - Don't care too much for everything else - Maybe a preference for Western Digital Overclocking: No SLI or Crossfire: No Monitor Resolution: Recommended resolution on monitor: 1440 x 900 Additional Comments: Few things I want to ask right off the bat:
1. Is the power supply sufficient?
2. Will everything fit inside the microATX tower?
3. Will overheating/ventilation be an issue?
4. The AMD CPU comes with a stock fan - are these usually small enough to fit inside cases roughly the size of my microATX tower?
5. I have a personal hatred/bias against integrated graphics so I feel as though my judgement would be clouded - would the ATI Radeon HD 4250 be sufficient for the purposes I discussed above?
Any other obvious issues regarding compatibility or personal experiences with these parts would be great!
Thanks for taking the time to read this long, convoluted post!
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 3.2GHz Triple-Core Processor - $60 on Newegg until 7/18
Graphics: Integrated (ATI Radeon HD 4250)
Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard - $62
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 320GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive - $50
Case: Thermaltake VI5000BNS MicroATX Mid Tower Case - $41
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply - $35
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer - $18
EDIT: I also do not need a mouse, keyboard, speakers, operating system, microphone, webcam, or monitor
Thanks very much! I ordered the build you suggested. I'll select yours as the best answer but first I have a question.
This may seem dumb but... I took another look at the motherboard, and at both the microATX case in my build and in yours, and I don't see how the motherboard pieces will fit into the back of the case... The slots don't match up...
Am I just being dumb? I really hope I am lol
EDIT: I'm guessing you can punch out the entire panel on the case when it arrives?