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Old August 7, 2008, 09:12 PM
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Looking for Suggestions on a new build, expecially in regards to motherboard, case, psu... No gaming is going to be done on the computer, so I'm working if the onboard graphics would be fine for the Gigabyte EP35... if not can anyone suggest a board with good enough onboard graphics?

Coolermaster Elite RC-330 ATX Black Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT 460W Front USB & Audio $64.80

Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Dual Core Processor LGA775 2.53GHZ 1066FSB 3MB Retail Box $126.88

Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L Atx LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound Gblan Motherboard $90.25

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Cache Hard Drive Oem 5YR Mfr Warranty $47.88

Pioneer DVR-216DBK Black 20X SATA OEM DVDRW No Software - $27.48

+ Ram (I already have this, add $80)

Total: 437.29

Or I'm thinking of this case/psu instead:
Antec Sonata Iii Black Atx 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 500W 120MM Fan $99.01

Total: 471.5
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Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L doesn't have video ..here a cheap matx that does Gigabyte GA-EG31M-S2 mATX LGA775 G31 DDR2 1PCI-E16 2PCI SATA2 Video Sound GBLAN Motherboard - DirectCanada
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i used this case before,comes with free card reader Enlight EN-PA411136 ATX Mid Tower Black 400W Peak V2.0 Front USB & HD Audio - DirectCanada
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Old August 7, 2008, 09:54 PM
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It is better to go for a motherboard without integrated graphics because it uses part of your memory. If you use a motherboard with integrated video then you should get more memory and low latency memory.

Make sure there is a PCIE slot for future upgrade.

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U can choose AMD platform, much better onboard video solutions, and full featured mobos @ dirt cheap prices.

Gigabyte 780G mobo
AMD X2 4800+ ( or Phenom X3s)
Case U selected is fine but IMO slightly higher priced
Also WD 640GB HDD is selling like hot cakes
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I'd go with the AMD platform for something like this.

Gigabyte GA-MA78G-DS3H (ATX) OR Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H (mATX)
Antec NSK4480 or Sonata III (both have EarthWatts PSUs which are pretty decent)
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Old August 8, 2008, 09:26 AM
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Agreed, don't forget you can up the graphics considerably if you're using vista and buy a 3400-series card to Hybrid crossfire (they're super-cheap now, like 40-50, and do give a noticeable benefit when working with the onboard).
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the cheapest single pci-x video card will do fine.
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I'd go with the AMD platform for something like this.

Gigabyte GA-MA78G-DS3H (ATX) OR Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H (mATX)
Antec NSK4480 or Sonata III (both have EarthWatts PSUs which are pretty decent)
+ Whatever AMD CPU you like, HDD, DVD-RW
I 2nd this!

I've got the GA-MA78-S2H and an X2 4600+ (or 4400, I can't even remember) in a Sonata III as my server/HTPC. The PSU has plenty of power for my rig (3 500GB + 80GB HDD) and I'm sure it has more juice for adding a video card if I wanted. The onboard video + X2 combo works great. It can play 1080p video's with low CPU usage, and even play older games with medium/high settings, and some newer games with low settings at 1080p.
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