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post #1 of 11
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So I just bought LIAN LI PC-Q08A for $83 shipped, and I plan on putting together my build piece by piece.

I plan to make this my HTPC/Media Server/LAN rig. I know I'm asking a lot out of it but I think it can handle it. So i think the case I just bought is going to be perfect for this. I'm looking to keep this build as cheap as I can get it. I already have some stuff that I can use to get this started.

What I HAVE:
  • HDD's
  • OS
  • Monitor
  • GPU (450GTS)
  • Case (Lian Li Case)

What I NEED:
  • PSU
  • RAM
  • MoBo
  • CPU
  • DVD Drive

I need some suggestions, the mITX I have is kinda big for a mITX but I think I will like it in this situation. I'm mostly concerned about finding a decent PSU that can power my GPU but will be as pain free as possible putting into my case.

Thanks in advance guys

Edit: I forgot to put in a budget, I'd say $350 max. I was thinking of possibly an i3 build but whatever is better/cheaper.
Edited by B-rock - 8/16/12 at 5:15pm
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post #2 of 11
this is what i have in mind :
Motherboard :
ASRock H77M-ITX - 100
ASRock H67M-ITX - 85

Cpu :
Pentium - G860 - 90

Ram :

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage - 50

PSU :
FSP Group FSP450-60GHS - 65


I round up the prices.
post #3 of 11
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I think I'm going to go with the Samsung RAM and get the 8GB for about $43. I have Shoprunner so I'll get free shipping on pretty much everything. Also do you think that the PSU you chose will be a good reliable one?

Edit: I'm also open to AMD builds, I haven't done one yet before.
Edited by B-rock - 8/16/12 at 5:47pm
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post #4 of 11
What i like about the GSkill is that they are 1.23 V . Personally i don't think that PSU is bad. But if you don't feel sure about it , look for a better brand. I think Silverstone has a micro-atx psu.
post #5 of 11
FSP is a server brand that earns a lot of its name recognition there. A bad server PSU company doesn't last very long. tongue.gif

EDIT: That's just a debranded Silverstone SFX 450W. Or rather, Silverstone brands those under its own name.

It will be enough to power everything and be smaller in the case so it will give more room. You might want to wait for the modular version to come out soon.
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post #6 of 11
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Alright, I just never heard of that brand and I suppose that would be why. Looks like it only has 3 sata power connections, would it be asking for too much to find one with 4? redface.gif

I was hoping to get at least 3 HDD's and the DVD Player. Unless anyone else knows if it's that big of a pain to get a full-size PSU in that case? Thanks for the help so far guys.
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post #7 of 11
Another vote for the ASRock mini-ITX boards. For MCE/gaming duty, I would recommend going with the Z77E-ITX model as it includes an upgraded audio chipset (Realtek ALC898 vs ALC892 on the H77M-ITX.) Plus, in the event that you feel like overclocking (please don't do this on a mini-ITX rig unless you have real cooling) the Z77 chipset allows for that. If you need wireless support, the Z77E-ITX also comes with an onboard 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n 2x2 card.
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post #8 of 11
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I was thinking of this ASRock H67M-ITX

I don't think that I could justify the Z77, it definitely looks like a nice board but I already have a cat6 setup in my house and a wireless adapter so that's not a big deal to me. I will most likely be leaving this stock and I plan on running just a stock Intel cooler due to this, if I find the temps uncomfortable I'll upgrade the cooling.

The Above has 4 SATA and I'd like to make use for all of them. 1 OS and 2 Storage and then the other for DVD.
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post #9 of 11
This is all you really need for the power. Sure it might not be completely perfect, but it serves the purpose. You can also try finding a DVD drive that runs off of the molex connectors.
     
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post #10 of 11
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You do bring up some valid points, but I would still need to connect the DVD drive through the SATA headers. I decided that I may just get an external DVD drive biggrin.gif I think that would better served purpose. So I'm probably going to get an i3 2120 refurb ($100), the FSP PSU ($65), 8GB Samsung RAM ($47), ASRock H67M-ITX ($85), External DVD/CD ($30).

Grand total with shipping is...$327.95

biggrin.gif I think that would be a good buy
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