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July 23, 2012 6:37:02 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next 3 weeks

Budget Range: $600, flexible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Media server, HTPC - lots of video streaming, web browsing, networked file storage

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: everything

OS: Linux Mint

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Microcenter

Location: Chicago

Parts Preferences: Intel, Lian Li

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 46"

Additional Comments:
- Would like a quiet, innocuous, black case for $100 or less.
- Will be using integrated graphics.
- Would like an efficient power supply, which I could use some help selecting - should have enough power to add a GPU in the future if I'm so inclined

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CPU: $135
i3-2105 - would like to wait for IB and the 3225 w/ HD 4000, but it seems like that might be a long wait.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: $105
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 - might be going microATX instead
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: $72
Crucial M4 64GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: $130
Hitachi 7K3000 2TB - 3yr warranty vs. WD Green's 2yr. Also, faster.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: $47
Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: $80
FSP AURUM GOLD 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: $80
Lian Li PC-7B plus II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]

Optical Drive: $18
Sony CD/DVD Burner - no BD necessary
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL: $667

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I'd love to shave a few dollars off wherever possible - any recommendations? Would I be able to do this for cheaper with Micro ATX?

Thanks for any help,
naf

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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 23, 2012 6:47:04 PM

You could do this for cheaper with a Llano system, you dont need the CPU power of an i3, and you'd get better graphics from the Llano.

But if you're firm on Intel, whatever trips your trigger.

Cheap but decent motherboard,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Much cheaper but, non modular power supply $25 with mail in rebate, yes its decent quality despite the low price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 23, 2012 6:56:57 PM

I'd like to leave hackintosh potential open, even though I don't have immediate plans for that. Otherwise, I'd look into AMD.

And I'll check out Biostar motherboards and the CX430 - something about getting a cheap PSU freaks me out, but I'll look for some reviews.

Thanks for the help
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July 23, 2012 7:09:49 PM

i have the cx430 in my home server. it works well as far as im concerned, although mine is a slightly less power intensive server than you are planning to build. i still think it would be fine for what you're using it for
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 23, 2012 7:13:57 PM

naf said:
I'd like to leave hackintosh potential open, even though I don't have immediate plans for that. Otherwise, I'd look into AMD.

And I'll check out Biostar motherboards and the CX430 - something about getting a cheap PSU freaks me out, but I'll look for some reviews.

Thanks for the help

Yea, you need Intel for hackintosh. Although, we can't really discuss it too much on the forums, as it is an Apple ToS violation.

As far as the CX430v2 its made by CWT.

Here are some reviews on it:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Corsair-CX430-V2...

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Corsair/CX430_V2/1.h...

Trust me, I know and appreciate the implications of buying crappy PSUs, I assure you the CX v2 family from Corsair are not crappy.
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July 23, 2012 7:20:27 PM

Wow, CX430 seems impressive for the price. I just looked over Anand's roundup [anandtech.com], and it fairs well there - the FSP Raider 450W sounds pretty great, but considering it's not for sale yet and the Corsair can be had for $25, I think I'll go for it. Thanks!
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July 23, 2012 7:25:05 PM

carowden said:
i have the cx430 in my home server. it works well as far as im concerned, although mine is a slightly less power intensive server than you are planning to build. i still think it would be fine for what you're using it for


good to know, thanks.
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July 24, 2012 2:31:56 PM

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