Hi, I have been here before, about a year ago actually when I built my first computer. It was a huge success, but now I had a new idea. You all know those 1980's Commodore 64s, right? Well Commodore USA (www.commodoreusa.net) is selling them again, and you can buy the barebones for pretty cheap. So, I want your expert opinion on this. Here is some information.
Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever I find out how much it will cost
Budget Range: $900 American dollars (including the Commodore 64 case)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Not much, just wanna see this old beauty work again.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes, but not included in budget
Parts to Upgrade: Going from scratch
Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7 OEM most likely, don't include in budget)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com amazon.com and tigerdirct.com
Location: USA, no part stores near me
Parts Preferences: I would prefer nVidia graphics and Intel processor, but that isn't happening
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: I will figure that out on my own.
Additional Comments: I want it to be old looking, but do things well
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Cause I can
Are you sure that such a large cooler will fit in the OP's selected case? How about the PSU? With a 4cm fan, heat would sure be a serious issue. The link provided by swifty_morgan details a good solution with an 18W CPU and an external PSU.
I'd get the low wattage CPU's from Intel. The i3 3220 is 55w. You could get it with a 7750 which will use very little power and it won't output much heat.
Commodore sell a pre-built version with a 10W Intel Atom D2700 and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 GPU which also is low power. The 4cm fan can't keep the enclosure cool with the suggested CPU and GPU. The motherboard or CPU has to include graphics since a low-profile discrete GPU most likely won't fit in that small case. If you look at the MaximumPC build, you'll see that there isn't much space between the motherboard and the keyboard. A low-profile CPU fan probably can't fit either.
if you have to use an external power supply why not also use an external video card ?.............. pci-e extension cable........ got to look and see what's out there and adaptable. I did see a rather long one somewhere.