I plan to pull the trigger on my MATX PC soon, but basically this is what I am looking at
Final decision of parts:
500W Antec Earthwatts-Already own
MSI 5770 HAWK
AMD Athlon II 630
OCZ Reaper DDR3 1600 (Dropped blackline, was cheaper for reaper combo w/ 5770)
500GB WD BLUE-Already own
I have a $600 for the things I don't already own
This is the way I will lay things out on the board if I decide to do the mini build, there are benefits of being able to mount the card on the bottom PCI-E x16 slot of this motherboard. The benefits include not covering up the CMOS battery, ClrCmos pins and the ability to have 2 open PCI-E slots for add on cards. The only disappointing things about this board is that there is no int. ClrCmos and Power Button on board, and that it only has a 4 pin CPU power. These are things I can live without because I don't OC much, and you can get switches for ClrCmos on Power. There is also complaints about the BIOS on this board being horrible for overclocking, but again I don't need a really nice BIOS or high overclock. If I go SFF, I have to make some sacrifices.
Case:SUGO SG02-BF, because of price. Someone has said it has sharp edges, but even my Antec 902 cut me, so its no big deal. I also plan to add some 80mm fans into the case, I have a Yate Loon sitting around somewhere.
I am hoping to get the 5770 to overclock well enough to have near 5830 performance. MSI's warranty scares me, but I figure what the heck, every other ATI partner has the same kind of warranties. I was looking at getting a C3 Athlon II X4, but I decided to save $20 because its not necessary. I chose the RAM because it will in a combo + for aesthetic reasons.
The HP 2159m if what I plan to get, I owned one before and it was amazing color quality and looked great, I sold it to get the 23" version, but then gave that to my mother. The DVI will be hooked up to my PC and the HDMI to my Xbox 360.
Edited by M3T4LM4N222 - 4/11/10 at 10:55pm