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i have a sister who needs a new computer badly, its absolute trash and i was thinking of building her one. The desk she uses is not very wide, and the only spot that has enough space for a tower is the top level of the desk because it has nothing on top, but a tower does not fit with the 19 inch monitor i am going to give her. The second shelf on the desk is 14 inches deep (going back) and about 11 inches tall, so i was thinking about using one of those cube shaped cases, i was looking at this

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...208&CatId=3427

It's cheaper than the QPACK2 and i dont see any real differences between the 2. it has the same depth as the desk shelf (14 inches) and i was planning on going matx for the cheaper boards. I didn't really see a lot of good cases that fit the space, that weren't very expensive. It may not look that nice, but the way the desk is, the second shelf is kind of tucked inside, so she won't see it unless she wants to, and i doubt she would care. The most intensive things she does are watch HD video and MILD gaming, and she hates to close her programs, so she multitasks a lot. so i was thinking about a cheap 4350, e6xxx, 4 gig ddr2 type setup.

I usually only buy from newegg, but sometimes tigerdirect has some nice deals. I was also maybe considering AMD, since it's cheaper, what are your opinions? thanks alot
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You should get her an AMD triple core if she multitasks like you said. The rest sounds good, but what games will she be playing? You could get a GT240 for about the same price, and it'll be more powerful. It would also have and HDMI port so if you ever retire it, it could work as an HTPC.
     
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I understand this build has only 2GB of ram, it's another ~$30 for 4GB (which puts you a little over budget). It's small and the i3-530 is a pretty nice processor too. Also the case is really slick.

Edit:Changed the HD, there's $15 off with a promo code.
Edited by mdogg - 7/24/10 at 2:05pm
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You should get her an AMD triple core if she multitasks like you said.
I'd go quad core athlon, would cope better with HD rendering.
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If this is intended to be upgraded to a better computer later on, you're going to want a solid base.

I would personally recommend:

Zotac or Gigabyte H55 mITX (gigabyte has more mounting quarrels, zotac has a quirky bios)
i3 530 (comparable to a tri-core in terms of multi-core performance)
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300w FSP PSU comes with the sg05

Everything else is standard
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If this is intended to be upgraded to a better computer later on, you're going to want a solid base.

I would personally recommend:

Zotac or Gigabyte H55 mITX (gigabyte has more mounting quarrels, zotac has a quirky bios)
i3 530 (comparable to a tri-core in terms of multi-core performance)
Silverstone SG05 (Really the only worthwhile mITX case. Most of lian-li's stuff is inefficiently designed)
300w FSP PSU comes with the sg05

Everything else is standard
hglazm is right, the sugo is a sick case and you get a nice fsp group PSU
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mdogg u forgot graphics and a dvd/cd reader/burner, which is like 20$ +40-50$ for graphics + 20-30$ for more ram, which will bring it closer to $500

what exactly is an htpc? if i see it as something useful that will prolong the longetivity of this computer then maybe i will justify the extra money, as of know i am unsure
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meh.

I did my best lol.
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mdogg u forgot graphics and a dvd/cd reader/burner, which is like 20$ +40-50$ for graphics + 20-30$ for more ram, which will bring it closer to $500

what exactly is an htpc? if i see it as something useful that will prolong the longetivity of this computer then maybe i will justify the extra money, as of know i am unsure
The i3s have integrated graphics which will be good enough for mild gaming and decode HD extremely well. Yea I left out the DVD drive because I usually dont ever buy/use them any more. But if it will be used then I guess that would be a deal breaker. Don't forget about the $15 instant savings from the HD promo code too.

A htpc is a home theatre pc. I actually have one with an i3/H55 and it works very well.
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wow i didnt know about the i3 intergrated graphics thing, i started reading up on them and the performance isnt half bad, if anything i could install a better card later on, this is wat i have now



its missing a harddrive, but im guessing thats around 40 bucks, is that ecs motherboard any good? and how about the ocz gold ram?

thanks
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