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Old July 24, 2008, 06:38 PM
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I already have a desktop however it weighs about 50 pounds and it's a pain in the arse to unhook and lug to every LAN party I go to.
I have a bit of extra cash at the moment so I figured I'd purchase a little MATX comp (LAN box) for myself for lanning.
Minus the screen, here's what I've chosen so far:

Case: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29983&vpn=M40-BK&manufacture=AeroCool&promoid=1015

PSU: Kinda stuck on this part. I would imagine MATX's don't take that much power...

Mobo: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...nufacture=ASUS

CPU: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...l&promoid=1015

RAM: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...R&promoid=1015

HDD: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...20Digital%20WD x2 RAID 0

Heatsink: not too sure on this either. Being that it is a MATX case, not sure I can even fit one in.

Video Card: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...7&promoid=1015 I don't need an ultra high performance vid card. Just one that plays most games. I only chose this one 'cuz it was on sale and seemed like a good deal to me.


I mostly just went on NCIX and looked at their sale items. I am not set on anything but the case(which looks freakin awsome IMO) and the price range (don't have THAT much extra cash)

I don't need much hard drive space seeing as it would only be holding games. So price comes before storage.

Any suggestions/finishing touches are greatly appreciated...
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Old July 24, 2008, 06:46 PM
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Looks like a good build, but I do have a couple ideas for you. Firstly, I really really don't trust any system that has a SIS chipset - at all. Always had failures and problems with them. I'd suggest something like a P35 motherboard (if you don't mind spending a little extra) and have something much more stable and with better performance.

For a heatsink, in an HTPC enviroment I like the new Scythe cooler:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...facture=Scythe

Hope it helps!

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PS: Give us your approx. budget and we'll put together the best system possible for the money using items on sale now at NCIX
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Old July 24, 2008, 07:40 PM
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This is the best mATX motherboard I believe: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...nufacture=ASUS

Though it's $100 more. I guess any board that uses the G35 chipset would be alright. Whatever you do don't get SIS.
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Old July 24, 2008, 09:23 PM
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hmm ok thanks for advice about SIS...
well I'd like to keep the price to a minimum without building a 'budget' not-so-good machine. Somewhere in the $400-$600 range...
I wanna keep the aerocool case though (such an awsome looking case!)
As far as HDD space goes, I don't need a whole lot. 160gb is plenty for what I'm using it for.
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Old July 24, 2008, 11:34 PM
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any suggestions??
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Old July 24, 2008, 11:51 PM
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here is my suggestion it's a little high. It's total is $682

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Old July 25, 2008, 09:20 AM
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Could go with something like this. Comes to $613.31 + shipping/taxes.

I threw in 3x80mm fans so you can fill up all the rear fan ports in the case since those mATX cases usually get pretty warm. The 250GB hard drive is on sale for less than the 160GB you linked so you might as well get it. Also included a DVD-RW in case you need it.

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Old July 25, 2008, 06:05 PM
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wow, both builds look good to me. Jdrom's suggestion for mobo is cheaper though so I think I shall do a hybrid of both your suggestions.
I'll let you know what I end up getting.
Thanks for the help guys!
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Old July 27, 2008, 01:12 AM
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http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...nufacture=eVGA
how about this for a motherboard?
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Old July 27, 2008, 01:27 AM
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hmmmm
YouTube - M40 back side
k maybe I'm being too specific now, but that would look sooo cool to have all red fans and LEDs... it would match the front quite nicely.
What's the best way/place to find red LED PSUs and fans??
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