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Budget Mini-ITX Build (Need Help)

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October 11, 2012 4:10:47 AM

Hey, I'm building a new Mini-ITX computer. However, I'm not talking about some Intel Atom processor, I'm looking to run a Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge processor. The processor must be a dual-core and clocked above 2.0Ghz. I'll be putting 4GB of DDR3 1333MHz RAM in the computer. For storage, I'll be using an SSD. Yet, I need to keep the price as low as possible. I'd also like to use the thinnest Mini-ITX case possible. For the listed specs, what power supply will I need? How many watts? I'm not looking for a standard ATX power supply, it needs to be thin and small. So, what case do you recommend, and which power supply? Additionally, are there any motherboards you'd suggest? I'd love some feedback, thanks.

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a c 115 ) Power supply
October 11, 2012 5:51:59 AM

$79.99 GA-H61N-USB3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.99 Celeron G555: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR $89.99 A75M-ITX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$54.99 A4-3400: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The intel build will have more CPU power; AMD more GPU. Depends on use.

Will have a look at cases.
PSU wise you need at least 200W of good PSU.
EDIT: If using a very thin case you may want to use a lower power CPU (eg 45w) as the heat could build up.
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October 11, 2012 6:17:14 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
$79.99 GA-H61N-USB3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.99 Celeron G555: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR $89.99 A75M-ITX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$54.99 A4-3400: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The intel build will have more CPU power; AMD more GPU. Depends on use.

Will have a look at cases.
PSU wise you need at least 200W of good PSU.
EDIT: If using a very thin case you may want to use a lower power CPU (eg 45w) as the heat could build up.


If I use a 35W CPU, why would I need more than a 65W PSU? Isn't the CPU the most power-hungry part?
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a c 115 ) Power supply
October 11, 2012 7:35:02 AM

Yes, but the rest of your system uses power to, eg fans, drives, chipset, other chips on MB. Plus not all PSUs are able to deliver the rated wattage contiuously.
EDIT: This looks fairly good and very slim. Includes 200w PSU, though I wouldn't trust it to deliver that much. As it has an eSATA front port you would want a MB with at least three SATA ports (HDD, ODD, eSATA). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 11, 2012 11:07:38 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
Yes, but the rest of your system uses power to, eg fans, drives, chipset, other chips on MB. Plus not all PSUs are able to deliver the rated wattage contiuously.
EDIT: This looks fairly good and very slim. Includes 200w PSU, though I wouldn't trust it to deliver that much. As it has an eSATA front port you would want a MB with at least three SATA ports (HDD, ODD, eSATA). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The case is too big, but since I'm only using 1 SSD, and no optical drive, I couldn't imagine the power consumption exceeding 50W.
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