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I'm in the process of parting out my sig rig. I have no real use for it anymore, since I don't have the time for games that much anymore, and I can use the extra cash. So I want to reinvest into something smaller and more modest.

Budget is $450ish. I can go a little higher if need be, but would prefer not too. As for aesthetics I would prefer to use something with a simple silver case, nothing flashy.

What I have: Windows 7 (BUT my primary OS will be Linux, I haven't decided on a distro yet), 60gb SSD for the OS' and 128gb corsair GT SSD for games, and 3.5tb worth of HDD's (1x 2tb, 1x 1tb, 1x 500g) and I'm not opposed to getting a HDD enclosure, I also have a monitor/keyboard/mouse so don't worry about that. I also have an optical drive.

Don't worry about a sound card, I will be getting an external DAC and headphone amp.

Primary use: school work, web surfing, and mostly music (hifi)/video streaming to my ps3. I will be doing all this with a linux distro

Secondary: Gaming (this is the only thing that windows will be used for). I would like to still be able to max out Diablo 3 and WoW, and be able to push BF3 as much as possible at 1080p. I also plan on playing the hell out of the Elder Scrolls MMO/EQ Next when they launch lol.

What I built:
Case: Lian Li PC-Q16A (silver) (comes with 300w psu)
Mobo: Asus P8H77-I LGA 1155 mini itx
Cpu: Intel G630T LGA 1155
Gpu: EVGA GeForce GT 430 1gb 128-bit DDR3 Low Profile
Ram: Corsair Vengeance 8gb (2x4gb) Low Profile model

Came out to $424.95

Please feel free to build something new/edit this built.
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i7 920 @ 4 Ghz Asus Rampage III Extreme Asus 580 DCII OCZ 12gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility Corsair Force GT 7200 HDD 7200 HDD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
8x Asus Bluray Windows 7 Home 64, Ubuntu 11.04 Samsung 27" LCD Ducky MX Reds 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 850 Corsair 800D Steel Series Sensei Steel Series 9HD 
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OCZ Agility Corsair Force GT 7200 HDD 7200 HDD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
8x Asus Bluray Windows 7 Home 64, Ubuntu 11.04 Samsung 27" LCD Ducky MX Reds 
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post #2 of 4
I would recommend you keep your GTX580 and just get something like a SG08 for it. it comes with a quality 600W PSU which is more then enough power to drive anything you can possibly fit into that case. I would recommend an asrock board with an AXP140 cooler, but that depends on your budget. if you go with the asus board, you'd likely need the noctua cooler anyway.
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My 580 is toast. My water loop sprung a leak and dripped onto it, let it dry out over a few days and still wasn't working. I have been thinking of parting out this computer for a few months now and this was the straw that broke the camels back.

I don't want to spend tons of money on a computer again anytime soon, maybe a few years down the road. But for the time being I need to go to a modest build.
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Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
8x Asus Bluray Windows 7 Home 64, Ubuntu 11.04 Samsung 27" LCD Ducky MX Reds 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 850 Corsair 800D Steel Series Sensei Steel Series 9HD 
AudioOther
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Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
8x Asus Bluray Windows 7 Home 64, Ubuntu 11.04 Samsung 27" LCD Ducky MX Reds 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 850 Corsair 800D Steel Series Sensei Steel Series 9HD 
AudioOther
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post #4 of 4
PC-Q16 doesn't have any expansion slots. Also way overpriced for your budget.

No point in investing extra money in a T model CPU (unless you really REALLY care about low power usage like in a pico-PSU situation).

With that many hard drives, you're limited to a few cases. Node 304 and most Lian-Li (but those are more expensive and not worth it at this budget). Or the Prodigy and CM Elite 120.

At this budget, I'd really suggest just sticking to mATX since that will open up a lot more options.
     
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WD Scorpio Black OCZ Vertex II Samsung HD204UI Samsung HD204UI 
Hard DriveMonitorKeyboardPower
Samsung HD204UI LG L246WP Razer Blackwidow Ultimate PicoPSU-160-XT 
CaseMouseAudio
My desk Razer DeathAdder 3.5G Fiio E10 USB DAC 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i7-3615QM GT 650m Samsung Crucial M4 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
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