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So I still have my parts from my first build and have yet to do anything with them. I'm thinking of just turning it into something small to bring to college with me/leave at a parents house (summer/vacations). And also a backup system. I have a Macbook Pro but I still like using a desktop a lot more (and recently had trouble with bootcamp although it worked the first time). I travel a lot so i'm definitely keeping the Macbook.

Would it be possible to make these parts somewhat useful for it to be worth spending up to 200-250 for a case, better graphics card, and any other upgrade if needed. Looking to put this all in a really small case (possibly one of the Silverstone Sugo's atm, but I do like the idea of a handle).

Will be used for browsing, movies, music, light gaming. Not something that will compete with my current rig. Just so I will have a desktop available for some Steam Games and anything else. If it can run anything on LOW, that's fine.

So, worth it or no?
If not, I'll be really bored so recommend something else to do with it thumb.gif

AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual 5600+
ASUS M2A-VM HDMI motherboard
2GB of RAM
BFG 7950 gt GPU
150GB HDD
Antec True Power Trio 430W

Edit: Should probably state that I have everything else needed, Optical drive, Keyboard/mouse/monitor/speakers
Edited by PharaohFish - 3/26/12 at 6:06pm
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No ideas for me?
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May as well, it gives you another system and if you bring your sig rig to school you'll miss it if you're home for the weekend (I know from experience), it really helps to have another decent rig around.
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Well I'll be home on the weekends enough to not miss my sig rig. Home is like 3/4 the way to work (for weekends). Another point is if i bring my sig rig, I'll be on it too much...
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Then.........IMO, it only seems to reason that only you can answer your question.
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Well the CPU is comparable to an Intel e4500. So at stock clocks it wouldn't be anything great but it would play most games on low pretty easily I would think.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/30?vs=65

and... It looks like the 7950GT could at least play Half Life 2. So most older games should run well.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2080/8

If you want to play anything in the last 2 or 3 years, I think a GPU upgrade would make those playable as well.

Ok this may be hard to follow. But an 8800GT is easily twice as fast as a 7950gt...
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2365/11

And a 5770/6770 is twice as fast as an 8800GT
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU12/373

Ya, I think you would benefit a lot by throwing a $100 gpu in there as well.
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GPU - 100$
mATX mid-tower - 40$ [Rosewill Ranger-M or Fractal Core 1000]

total:140$

should you sell/scrap the mobo and CPU, you could add:
Pentium 1155 G620 - 52$ (microcenter)
mATX/mITX 1155 board - 49$-60$

total:240$

should you sell the PSU, ignore the mid-tower:
SG05-B + 450W - 119$

total:319$
post #8 of 10
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Alright cool. Not really in a rush to do anything mainly just getting an idea and checking the Marketplace/CL and sales for anything I can get for a decent price to complete this over summer.

Any other recommended cases? Preferably the cube designs to keep it as small as possible (without hindering decent cooling).

Stealthy-That's the case I was looking at. Have you used it?
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I have not,
but I stalk everybody who does, and, given a dremel (truthfully, even without), you have a lot of options with the SG05.

I could elaborate more into what I would think the best compilation of modifications to the case would be, but I will assume that you're simply just interested in stock right now:

Cooling should not be a problem at all for nearly all applications.
The case is so small that literally every component will belong to one of two or three dedicated sections for cooling. Again, more on this if it's not clear to you.
As for potential hardware, the sky is going to be the limit for this case, barring dual card configurations and PCI sound cards.

As of now, both a 7970 and a 680 will wedge just barely into the case, and 2011 holds the implications of a 10 phase Z77-ITX board and the Ivy Bridge CPU line.
Your biggest issue will likely simply be finding space for storage drives. 2.5" for-factor drives and smaller provide a decent enough solution for that problem.
The included 450W 80+ Certified PSU is a Silverstone rebrand, quality, version-2, FSP unit that has been shown to be capable of peaking at 500W+ if required.
Literally any single GPU setup should remain below the 430W figure, which gives you a respectable amount of breathing room.


I literally don't see why a fifth of the members on this site need anything more than what the SG05 can accomplish.
In my honest opinion, it's the best platform for 60% of custom builds on the market today. (say's the person who's only computer sits on his lap.)
Edited by stealthybox - 5/5/12 at 7:05pm
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I have not,
but I stalk everybody who does, and, given a dremel (truthfully, even without), you have a lot of options with the SG05.
I could elaborate more into what I would think the best compilation of modifications to the case would be, but I will assume that you're simply just interested in stick right now:
Cooling should not be a problem at all for nearly all applications.
The case is so small that literally every component will belong to one of two or three dedicated sections for cooling. Again, more on this if it's not clear to you.
As for potential hardware, the sky is going to be the limit for this case, barring dual card configurations and PCI sound cards.
As of now, both a 7970 and a 680 will wedge just barely into the case, and 2011 holds the implications of a 10 phase Z77-ITX board and the Ivy Bridge CPU line.
Your biggest issue will likely simply be finding space for storage drives. 2.5" for-factor drives and smaller provide a decent enough solution for that problem.
The included 450W 80+ Certified PSU is a Silverstone rebrand, quality, version-2, FSP unit that has been shown to be capable of peaking at 500W+ if required.
Literally any single GPU setup should remain below the 430W figure, which gives you a respectable amount of breathing room.
I literally don't see why a fifth of the members on this site need anything more than what the SG05 can accomplish.
In my honest opinion, it's the best platform for 60% of custom builds on the market today. (say's the person who's only computer sits on his lap.)

Awesome information. Thanks, will definitely be looking for a good price on this one.
May even change my sig rig into one of these down the road thumb.gif
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