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So I'm thinking of building an mATX computer, and I'm not quite sure because I've never dealt with mATX's before.

Processor: Core i3-540 @ 3.06GHz
Mobo: Gigabyte H55 Chipset mATX
RAM: Kingston i5 Memory Module (4GB)
Case: Piano Black Super-Slim mATX Case
GC: ASUS GT430 1GB PCI-E
Cooling: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro REV2
HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 3.5" 1TB
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM 64-bit
Price: £397.11

I was also thinking of buying a Corsair Force F60A 60GB SSD as a boot-drive.

Just tell me what you think, if it will all fit, and if it wont, replacements. Will try to post links later tonight.
Edited by Z13 - 6/5/11 at 10:13am
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Sorry, but, bump.
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Sorry, but, bump.
Instead of W7 64-Bit, get Windows Server 2008 R2 which is the exact same OS as Windows 7 except with a bunch of extra stuff on there. Search for the thread on OCN, there is a club for it. Best of all, its FREE! Click the link in my thread to redirect there. I have Steam installed and it runs all my games perfectly. I also have Skype, MSN messenger, and a BUNCH of apps that are made for Windows 7 and I haven't encountered a single problem yet. Hell, I installed it on my Macbook Pro and installed Windows 7 drivers, and it worked perfectly!

Also, you could take advantage of the AMD CPU and free Mobo deal at Micro Center. You could get a Phenom II x2 555 BE and unlock to a quad core, as well as a free mATX mobo for $90.

Also, if you don't care too much about DX11, try a Radeon HD 4890. They are under $100 now and last I checked they perform better than 5850's, but they draw much more power. That will be a much better solution then the GT 430. If you want DX11, check out a used 5770, which you can find under $90 now. Just sold mine on eBay for $80 and took a while to sell, so you should be good.

For your case, why are you getting a slim case? Is it because of room? I think you would be more comfortable working inside a small form factor mATX case which isn't a slim case, but is still pretty small. You will have more room to work with and you will feel more comfortable. Check around on NewEgg, there are some pretty nice small mATX cases under $40.

Ahh! Didn't see you lived in Scotland! All the prices I put were US prices! Sorry!
Edited by ComradeNF - 6/5/11 at 11:32am
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Instead of W7 64-Bit, get Windows Server 2008 R2 which is the exact same OS as Windows 7 except with a bunch of extra stuff on there. Search for the thread on OCN, there is a club for it. Best of all, its FREE! Click the link in my thread to redirect there. I have Steam installed and it runs all my games perfectly. I also have Skype, MSN messenger, and a BUNCH of apps that are made for Windows 7 and I haven't encountered a single problem yet. Hell, I installed it on my Macbook Pro and installed Windows 7 drivers, and it worked perfectly!

Also, you could take advantage of the AMD CPU and free Mobo deal at Micro Center. You could get a Phenom II x2 555 BE and unlock to a quad core, as well as a free mATX mobo for $90.

Also, if you don't care too much about DX11, try a Radeon HD 4890. They are under $100 now and last I checked they perform better than 5850's, but they draw much more power. That will be a much better solution then the GT 430. If you want DX11, check out a used 5770, which you can find under $90 now. Just sold mine on eBay for $80 and took a while to sell, so you should be good.

For your case, why are you getting a slim case? Is it because of room? I think you would be more comfortable working inside a small form factor mATX case which isn't a slim case, but is still pretty small. You will have more room to work with and you will feel more comfortable. Check around on NewEgg, there are some pretty nice small mATX cases under $40.
I saw another case after I posted the bump; NZXT Vulcan mATX, what do you think of that? I'd also rather go for an Intel CPU than an AMD.
Edited by Z13 - 6/5/11 at 11:30am
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I saw another case after I posted the bump; NZXT Vulcan mATX, what do you think of that?
personally I love that case
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NZXT Vulcan, Fractal Design Arc Mini (coming in the summer), and some Lian Li cases.
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I saw another case after I posted the bump; NZXT Vulcan mATX, what do you think of that?
I don't really like NZXT cases. I had the NZXT Apollo and another case which I forgot the name of and there were too many problems with both of them. The Apollo had a really flimsy front panel, and horrible cable management. The airflow was horrendous. The other case (which I forgot the name of, I will try and find it) had an extremely flimsy motherboard tray and the USB headers on the front caused too many BSOD's. Also, the PCI expension slot holders were made of cheap plastic.

I can't talk about all their cases, but I know that I will be avoiding them

Try and check out Cooler Master cases, they have a pretty good reputation. If you have the money, look into Lian Li cases. They have some extremely good cases but they can get expensive (above $300!!).
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Why not H61 and Intel i3 2100?
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I don't really like NZXT cases. I had the NZXT Apollo and another case which I forgot the name of and there were too many problems with both of them. The Apollo had a really flimsy front panel, and horrible cable management. The airflow was horrendous. The other case (which I forgot the name of, I will try and find it) had an extremely flimsy motherboard tray and the USB headers on the front caused too many BSOD's. Also, the PCI expension slot holders were made of cheap plastic.

I can't talk about all their cases, but I know that I will be avoiding them

Try and check out Cooler Master cases, they have a pretty good reputation. If you have the money, look into Lian Li cases. They have some extremely good cases but they can get expensive (above $300!!).
Right, so I'll do some browsing.

Minutes later...

OK, so I looked around cooler master and found the Elite 342, it's good looking and an mATX. What do you think?
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Right, so I'll do some browsing.

Minutes later...

OK, so I looked around cooler master and found the Elite 342, it's good looking and an mATX. What do you think?
Hmm, I'm not too sure. I don't really mess around with mATX too much

Looks like it has decent reviews. CM also has a very great RMA and Warranty system. My case fan died on my CM case and they shipped me out a replacement, and I had it in a week. Also, the top part of my case had a chipped plastic piece (the hard drive cover on the top of the case, people with a CM 690 II owners will know what I mean) when it arrived and they sent me out the piece for free.
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