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Old September 27, 2009, 03:28 PM
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Default $700 mATX tower

Looking to purchase a mATX tower (due to very limited space.) Finally convinced myself that I can't keep buying/selling laptops to keep up with todays games
I'd like to keep it at around $700 before tax, then I'll grab a cheap 1680x1050 TN panel LCD off a sale. (already have all the other peripherals.)
I want to have all my purchases under about $1000 before tax, right now I'm just trying to work out the tower though.
It will be a gaming oriented tower, and will need a 1TB HDD.

I've been looking at the silverstone sugo sg03b for a case, as well the new amd x4 620 processor. Looks good for an easy overclock, but I don't know if a mATX case is going to allow for much of that. Anyways, I'm open to ideas and suggestions, fire away!
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Old September 27, 2009, 04:35 PM
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Above build's not bad, but missing a HDD. So add about $100

Sugo's a decent case for space saving, but I understand it's not the quietest of cases. My suggestion would be the Aerocool M-40 or the Nmedia HTPC-5000B

My Suggestion would be:
Aerocool M-40 Black mATX - $79.99
NCIX.com - Buy AeroCool M-40 Black mATX Cube Case 2X5.25 1X3.5 2X3.5INT No PS LCD Display Front USB & Sound - M40-BK In Canada.

CM Extreme Power Plus 600W - $64.99 ($54.99 after MIR)
NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Extreme Power Plus 600W ATX 12V V2.3 Silent Power Supply 20/24PIN 120MM Fan - RS600-PCARE3 In Canada.

Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H mATX - $93.38
NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H AMD785G mATX AM2+ PCI-E DDR2 Video Sound GBLAN CrossFireX HDMI Motherboard - GA-MA785GM-US2H In Canada.

AMD Phenom II X2 550BE - $126.99 ($116 after Price Compare to Newegg.ca)
NCIX.com - Buy AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Dual Core Processor Socket AM3 3.1GHZ 7MB Cache 80W Retail Box - HDZ550WFGIBOX In Canada.

WD Caviar Black 1TB - $99.99
NCIX.com - Buy Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM - WD1001FALS In Canada.

G.Skill 4GB DDR2-1066 - $75.99
NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK PC2-8500 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK In Canada.

XFX Radeon HD4870 1GB - $174.99 ($154.99 after MIR)
NCIX.com - Buy XFX Radeon HD 4870 750MHZ 1GB 3.6GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDCP Video Card - HD487AZWFC In Canada.

Total - $716.32 ($675.33 after PC and MIR's)
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Old September 27, 2009, 04:45 PM
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you can pm here for $90
CPU: E5200 @3.5ghz 1.232v [12.5*280](stock hsf)
MOBO: Biostar TP43D2-A7
VID: Diamond HD4870
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500gb
RAM: G.Skill 4GB @ 576mhz (
PSU: Seasonic SS-400ET
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Old September 27, 2009, 05:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Caldezar View Post
Above build's not bad, but missing a HDD. So add about $100
Oopsies my bad !
I'm doing my homework, and desperately trying to sell my 9800GTX+ & Antec 900 HAHA, get some funds to do a mini upgrade.

But yeah , go for hte Mini P180, the larger models are nice and quiet especially after being pmed to $90.
If you want quiet pick up some GELID Silent 12 fans .. can be PMed to $3.54 each.
And the premium for DDR3 isn't that much more and opens up upgradability for the future.
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Old September 28, 2009, 12:30 PM
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I'm actually looking to sell an mATX acrylic case, a 22" samsung 2253bw monitor, and a 1.5TB hard drive. Shoot me a pm if your interested in saving some cash for a better graphics card or something.

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