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Well my sister decided to come back and live in the house so we're gonna scrap together a computer for her since we kinda uhhh.....destroyed the P3's we used to use.

I was thinking of going budget and keep the main focus on style while I can overclock it a bit. Here's what I have so far:

Case: Ultra MicroFly - $59.95
PSU: Silverstone SST-ST405 400W - $49.99
HDD: Seagate 7200.10 320GB - $79.99
Motherboard: Biostar NF61S Micro AM2 SE - $49.99
CPU: AMD X2 3600+ Brisbane - $63.99
CPU Cooler: SilenX iXtrema Pro - $42.95
RAM: OCZ Gold 2x 1GB DDR2-667 - $78.99
GPU: XFX 7600GT XXX 256MB - Already have
Sound card: X-Fi XtremeMusic - $69.99
Speakers*: JBL Creature II - $59.99
Optical Drive: LG DVD Burner w/ LightScribe - $30.99

I chose the DDR2-667 figuring even if I get 3Ghz I'd need only 334FSB anyway so that's fine for 1:1 divider, and they're cheap. Right now I need some advice mainly on the motherboard and PSU. I'm not sure if there's a better AM2 MicoATX board or a better PSU that's 400-450W. Also I'm not sure which aftermarket CPU cooler would fit, preferably with LED fan. Lastly I'd need some suggestions for speakers. I'm sure there are better speakers but I need a stylish 2.1 speaker system if there are any better in terms sound quality. That's about it.

Any help is appreciated.
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I've came up with some coolers that might work for their lower heights from the motherboard. Can anyone tell me which is best or if there are better that I didn't put in this list?

Thermaltake MaxOrb
CM Mars
SilenX iXtrema Pro

And is there any chance a Zalman 9500 might fit in there?
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get the 3800x2 its not that much more and is definatly worth it

if you want to save on speaker a bit you can get the logiech x-230

they sound wonderfully and look nice too, for around $30 you really cant beat em.


oh and get a sata dvd drive.

running ide through one of these small cases is the biggest pain ever. i just got finished with it and trust me SATA FTMFW
and as mobo goes i just picked up the abit an-m2 7025
its decent but if you can find a 7050 you are soo very prime, that board rocks.
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I would recommend the Ultra Microfly over that Q-pack becuase of its additional space. I just built a rig like this a little while ago you can see it in my sig. I was going to get a Q-pack becuase it looked pretty good however I read a review that says that it does not have enough space for a standard ATX psu and a standard DVD drive. The Ultra is just a little bit bigger and can take both standard componets. Also the Ultra is cheaper and you don't have to get a crappy psu with it. As you can see the case chasis looks about the same, but I find the Ultra to have a better layout. Also instead of having the whole top and side pieces come off together as one the Ultra has three seperate pieces for the sides and top which makes it easy to put in a new part in just one area. You can also see in the pics below that the Q-pack doesn't have any vent holes near the back, the Ultra does however and this lets me have a load temp of 32c on my X2 3800.

Q-pack



Ultra Microfly

http://www.ultraproducts.com/product...&productID=442
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I would recommend the Ultra Microfly over that Q-pack becuase of its additional space. I just built a rig like this a little while ago you can see it in my sig. I was going to get a Q-pack becuase it looked pretty good however I read a review that says that it does not have enough space for a standard ATX psu and a standard DVD drive. The Ultra is just a little bit bigger and can take both standard componets. Also the Ultra is cheaper and you don't have to get a crappy psu with it. As you can see the case chasis looks about the same, but I find the Ultra to have a better layout. Also instead of having the whole top and side pieces come off together as one the Ultra has three seperate pieces for the sides and top which makes it easy to put in a new part in just one area.
completly forgot to mention that case

good call

yea i just finished building in that case too, definatly easier to work with, this guy speaks the truth
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As for the cpu cooler in my case I'm achieving 32c load with stock so if you going to overclock probably any small Thermaltake or SilenX for low sound. In both cases you only have about four inches (90mm) for any cooling, so anything small would do the trick. I myself would go with the SilenX becuase it looks cool and acording to CyberDruid it works well.

About IDE too, I started trying to fit an Optical drive, but you don't want to do that. If you see in my sig link I used all sata and you can see how simple it is only having two sata cords. If you can change that aspect it will turn out a lot better visually and you will have an easier time installing and cable managing.
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get the 3800x2 its not that much more and is definatly worth it

if you want to save on speaker a bit you can get the logiech x-230

they sound wonderfully and look nice too, for around $30 you really cant beat em.


oh and get a sata dvd drive.

running ide through one of these small cases is the biggest pain ever. i just got finished with it and trust me SATA FTMFW
and as mobo goes i just picked up the abit an-m2 7025
its decent but if you can find a 7050 you are soo very prime, that board rocks.
I'll stick with X2 3600+, it's 65nm while the X2 3800+ is still on 90nm. I'm not trying to save on speakers, I want something of better sound quality actually. And about the SATA drive, I'll consider it.

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Originally Posted by kennymester View Post
I would recommend the Ultra Microfly over that Q-pack becuase of its additional space. I just built a rig like this a little while ago you can see it in my sig. I was going to get a Q-pack becuase it looked pretty good however I read a review that says that it does not have enough space for a standard ATX psu and a standard DVD drive. The Ultra is just a little bit bigger and can take both standard componets. Also the Ultra is cheaper and you don't have to get a crappy psu with it. As you can see the case chasis looks about the same, but I find the Ultra to have a better layout. Also instead of having the whole top and side pieces come off together as one the Ultra has three seperate pieces for the sides and top which makes it easy to put in a new part in just one area. You can also see in the pics below that the Q-pack doesn't have any vent holes near the back, the Ultra does however and this lets me have a load temp of 32c on my X2 3800.

Q-pack

http://images10.newegg.com/NeweggIma...144-141-05.jpg

Ultra Microfly

http://www.ultraproducts.com/product...&productID=442
For that price I'll go with the Ultra, and a better Silverstone at it just in case the 400W isn't enough.

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Originally Posted by kennymester View Post
As for the cpu cooler in my case I'm achieving 32c load with stock so if you going to overclock probably any small Thermaltake or SilenX for low sound. In both cases you only have about four inches (90mm) for any cooling, so anything small would do the trick. I myself would go with the SilenX becuase it looks cool and acording to CyberDruid it works well.
I've listed both the Thermaltake and SilenX up there, and since CD likes the SilenX I guess there can be nothing wrong with it.

Thanks for the replies. One rep for each of you.
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