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In Win bk644 and some badtzmaru decals. The in win above is kinda huge.
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Actually, I'm surprised no one has linked the In Win Diva yet. It's small, "pretty," comes with its own PSU (160w), inexpensive. Perfect for a small non-gaming build. Hell, you could even drop a low-profile 5750 in if you wanted, since it has two LP slots. I think the 160w PSU could handle it (the 5750 only draws 50-70w).

Newegg has the case for $50, which seems like a pretty good deal.
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Having used more than a few Atom Cpu systems myself I wouldnt wish that on my worst enemy. Go i3 you'll be glad you did.
Well, there's an in-between solution now, AMD's Zacate APU. You can get boards starting at $110 which has the power characteristics of Atom but outperform a dual core Atom with ION.
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Well, there's an in-between solution now, AMD's Zacate APU. You can get boards starting at $110 which has the power characteristics of Atom but outperform a dual core Atom with ION.
Yeah, wouldn't recommend Zacate, either. Processor isn't really that much better. Sure percentage-wise, it's considerably faster than the Atom. However, when you compare it with even the lowest Athlon II X2 or Celeron Wolfdale, it lags far behind.
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Yeah, wouldn't recommend Zacate, either. Processor isn't really that much better. Sure percentage-wise, it's considerably faster than the Atom. However, when you compare it with even the lowest Athlon II X2 or Celeron Wolfdale, it lags far behind.
The OP has indicated in various posts that the system will be for "office work" and that it doesn't even need a discrete graphics card. I don't see how a faster CPU will benefit OpenOffice or MS Office.

Cheapest Zacate ITX board out right now (out of only two of the many that were announced) is $110, putting it in the ballpark cost of an Atom ION board, or a socket 775/1156 board. It will have the low power characteristics of Atom (actually even better) with as good IGP as anything else short of Sandy Bridge with 12 EUs (Execution Units). Alternately around $140 will get the Gigabyte Zacate with overclocking, putting performance that much closer to dual core Atom or lower end Athlon II, while still having really low power characteristics.

Alternately the OP can just go cheap and get a socket 775 micro ATX board for his surplus CPU (Newegg has one right now for $36).
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Alternately around $140 will get the Gigabyte Zacate with overclocking, putting performance that much closer to dual core Atom or lower end Athlon II, while still having really low power characteristics.
Zacate (the E350 at least) already exceeds dual-core Atom performance by 20~30%. Unfortunately, an Athlon II is still more than twice as fast, sometimes even 4x as fast. Sure, word processing and simple spreadsheets probably won't be a problem for Zacate, but web browsing is becoming quite CPU heavy. You probably wouldn't want to run anti-virus in the background, either. I turned off real-time AV protection on my Atom machines because it was making them sluggish. Even Windows updates go considerably slower on Atom than on regular desktop processors. I was actually surprised the CPU made such a big difference with install times. I always thought that was dictated by HDD speed.
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but web browsing is becoming quite CPU heavy.
Agreed. Flash, javascript and lots of tabs open really does take bit of effort for a cpu.
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Noones commented on the Gigabyte H55 motherboard, so I might as well.

I've done a build for a friend on one of those. The problem is that the CPU cooler is very close to the PCIe slot, and some of the Shurikens won't fit. The Thermalright AXP-140 is probably the best bet, and I can say for sure that it'll fit, if oriented the right way. It ain't cheap though, and you'll need to find your own fan.

I've had good luck with the motherboard, running an i5-760 on it at 3.7, though the airflow wasn't good enough to go much higher.

I hope this helps somehow.
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Edited by brodie337 - 2/25/11 at 1:37am
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dude, random case + unicorn stickers.
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All the "pretty" cases look tacky. :/
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