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post #1 of 7
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So basically, I got to school about 660 miles away from home. I'm heading back over the summer.

My current PC has a lot of parts in it and so I want to build a very cheap barebones small form system that I can use some of my main parts in to reduce cost.

So far, out of all the mini or small form factors. Mini-itx with Intel LGA 1150 (haswell) seems to be my best bet.

My main system is an AMD AM3 based one so I can't use the CPU and I'll need to buy a new one. After looking at AMD itx offerings and motherboard support with it and Intel ones. It seems Intel is currently a better buy in the cheap CPU department

Kabinia with the AM1 socket and some other FM2 are interesting and so are Intel's offerings. What are your thoughts?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=57b82a55b49f4f0f8990ddb7ef4b5f74&AID=10440897&PID=1225267&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-cables-_-na-_-na&Item=N82E16811119276&ignorebbr=1&cm_sp=

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1594348

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post #2 of 7
Don't go Kabini unless all you want to do is browse the internet.

What DO you want to do with it?
     
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Don't go Kabini unless all you want to do is browse the internet.

What DO you want to do with it?
Yeah, I did a lot of research after this post

AM1 and FM2 are pretty useless for my purposes

But the Haswell Pentium seems good

I need it for a summer gaming computer.

I have two AMD 7870 GHz editions in my main one. And basically everything else.

I need a cheap m ITX setup for the summer really as I can't bring my desktop home with me.

I don't need ultra performance gaming. I just need gaming better than my laptop. Everything else, such as video watching etc and web surfing.

Gaming desktop:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE (I don't do anything past basic to MMO gaming 90% of time. Processing hasn't come to a point in where the stuff I do every day is an issue with the CPU I use)
Gigabyte GA 970A-D3P motherboard (ATX motherboard)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128627

Corsair Carbide 300r (got it for $50, plus needed new case)
Cougar 120mm fans with some stock Corsair ones.
Corsair H50 AIO Liquid in dual fan config (one of the first to get it, I don't do anything uber enthusiast)
A few HDD's
Seagate 600 240GB SSD as main system drive in desktop and a Samsung EVO 840 128GB(new iteration) in my laptop
2x AMD 7870 GHz Editions Reference Design (Crossfire X,
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W (half modular)
Corsair Vengeance 8GB(2x4GB)



I'm gonna take an SSD, one graphics card, the PSU, the RAM, and some fans for this summer computer. I'm currenly thinking of
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157451
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116950
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As the stuff I would need.
post #4 of 7
Consider the Cooler Master Elite 130. Costs a couple bucks more, but has better airflow.

You should do a cardboard mockup of the case, to see if it is small enough for you.

To get smaller while retaining performance would require some sacrifices, such as going with a Silverstone SG05 with SFX PSU and maybe a different graphics card. The height and width of the SG05 is similar to the Elite 120/130, but the depth is hugely different.



Weight is different too. I think it is pretty similar (smaller case offset by thicker metal?), but the SFX PSU may be a lot lighter.
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Consider the Cooler Master Elite 130. Costs a couple bucks more, but has better airflow.

You should do a cardboard mockup of the case, to see if it is small enough for you.

To get smaller while retaining performance would require some sacrifices, such as going with a Silverstone SG05 with SFX PSU and maybe a different graphics card. The height and width of the SG05 is similar to the Elite 120/130, but the depth is hugely different.



Weight is different too. I think it is pretty similar (smaller case offset by thicker metal?), but the SFX PSU may be a lot lighter.
Thanks for the suggestion but it is over my budget. The 120 is currently $29.99 and I care little for what the 130 or others offer.

Airflow is something important of course but in the lower ranges and with the stuff I am using and how many extra fans I can throw in there. It won't overheat. Yes, it won't be uber optimal, but I am also not spending $400 just on casing, best supplies and other.

Also, I am not intending to get a new PSU just for this build. The whole point is to transfer components. I'm not trying to optomize enthusiast liked stuff like airflow. Just need cost to performance soley.
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If cost is the main concern, your choices should be fine.

The CM 120 is a good and straightforward build.
     
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If cost is the main concern, your choices should be fine.

The CM 120 is a good and straightforward build.
Thanks. I already have my main rig so I can't justify spending so much more.

I just wished the CM 120 Black Advanced was the same price as the white version...but hey. I guess that because of how fugly the white one is, that they are putting it on sale to get rid of stock.

Whatever, at least I guess I can put some of my stickers on it :/ (tastefully and tactfully of course, not like all those other abominations of sticker combo's people drop on laptops) thumb.gif


Did a few account tricks but basically it. These 'tricks' will allow me to practically return everything if I have a problem.

I signed up for Newegg Premier 30 day Free Trial. I currently have shoprunner, and have Amazon Prime.

I bought the CPU off Amazon Prime (same cost, same 2 day shipping speed) because Amazon has a good CPU return policy while Newegg says 'go screw yourself'.
I used Shoprunner to give my motherboard on Newegg the free 2 day shipping. And Newegg Premier gave the case free 3 day shipping. Newegg Premier, which works on both of my newegg purchaess, will allow for free returns, no restocking fee, and free shipping back.

So yeah. I'm covering my ass in case something goes wrong, or the case doesn't fit or some other stuff.


Obviously, I'm cancelling Premier after the 30 day trial is up....that schiit is not worth it for most people. Unless you run a small business building computers or a mom and pop shop that is small and relies on stuff like this. It's not worth.
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