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Hey everyone I'm building a budget PC for friends and thought I'd ask advice on the build. The key thing is that they don't have a TV and want to be able to watch movies on a big monitor. So I need to get a video card that will work smoothly with a 24" monitor. They won't be gaming or OCing, just using it for word processing, internet, and video.

Here's what I've got: (all parts from newegg.ca)

GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L: 60.99
Rosewill Stallion 450w PSU: 44.49
Intel Pentium E6300 2.8Ghz: 89.99
WD Caviar Green 640GB: 79.99
G Skill 2x1 GB DDR2 1066: 34.99
EVGA GeForce 9500 GT 1GB: 70.99

Thanks for the help.
post #2 of 9
Looks solid for non gaming.

This may be better..and is cheaper than 9500gt http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814102794

Only other option I can see is going AMD here, getting another CPU/Motherboard. Not familiar with Canadian prices though...
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They should be fine with an e5200
    
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Yeah I think I might bump it down to a 5200. I was also thinking about getting a Mini-ITX board since they want a small case. I've never built a mini-ITX system before and was wondering if this board would work: ZOTAC NF630I

Do you think that the onboard GeForce 7100 would be enough for a 24" monitor? I was also going to put it in this case do you think the included 150w PSU would be enough?
post #5 of 9
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Yeah I think I might bump it down to a 5200. I was also thinking about getting a Mini-ITX board since they want a small case. I've never built a mini-ITX system before and was wondering if this board would work: ZOTAC NF630I

Do you think that the onboard GeForce 7100 would be enough for a 24" monitor? I was also going to put it in this case do you think the included 150w PSU would be enough?
I'd stay with micro-atx boards if you're going for small. They're still pretty small, and they often have more features than mini-itx boards. As for a case, the coolermaster elite 360 is really small because of its unique psu location. It can even fit full sized atx mobos iirc.

For movie-watching, get them a radeon hd4350. I don't know about canadian dollars, but in USD it's only around $40, which is a steal. That card can even game fairly well when overclocked.

I would never get a 150w psu for any build. Go with 300w or higher, just to be safe. And I've heard some bad things about rosewill psu's; you'd be better off going with a high-quality psu, even if it's the most expensive thing in the build (which it most likely will be).

You can also get away with 800mhz ram and save a few bucks.

So basically, we're looking at something like this:

GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L
Corsair 400CX
Intel Pentium E5200
WD Caviar Green 640GB
2GB of ddr2 800
Radeon 4350 512mb (1gb is only useful to people who have really high resolutions)
    
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post #6 of 9
i second the above. otherwise, try going for an AMD X2 550 and and a micro ATX board based on the 785G chipset... that way you get integrated video...
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post #7 of 9
get the corsair 400w psu,

Rosewill for me in the past have always been horrid.
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post #8 of 9
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Hey everyone thanks for the help. What do you think about this ITX build versus this mATX build:

ITX:
ZOTAC GF9300
LIAN LI PC-Q07R
APEX AL-A400ATX

micro-ATX
COOLER MASTER Elite 341
GIGABYTE ES2L
GIGABYTE GV-R435OC-512I Radeon HD 4350

I would go with the Corsair 400w but it's got way more cables than I need and space is going to be at a premium.
post #9 of 9
The mATX build definitely. Mini-itx boards have always seemed like novelty items to me. They're pretty much only useful if you have something really small as your case, like a game console. If someone really doesn't have room for a microATX case, they need to invest in a bigger desk rather than a new computer

The mATX build will be more expandable and a better choice overall.

Are you sure about the corsair psu? It's great, and it has a great price. Just do some quick cable management by putting the dvd-rw in the second highest drive bay and stuffing all the unused cables between it and the top of the case. It works wonders. Don't pass up on a great psu just because it has too many cables. You could always get a modular psu, but those cost more.
    
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