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I've been trying to find a good way to downsize my system. I don't need such an awesomely performing rig, I don't need to play video games anymore, and I need the desk space.

What do you suggest?

1) Laptop
Pros: Small, Mobile, Lightweight
Cons: Expensive, Fragile, Loses value fast



2) All-in-one Desktop
Pros: No tower, Easy to move, Simple
Cons: Somewhat more expensive than building, no upgrading



3) MicroAtx System
Pros: Cheap, Can still be as powerful as current system, Upgradable, Smaller
Cons: Tower + Monitor takes up space



The only thing I need to be able to do with my new build is to play HD video, and use Photoshop.

Also, do you think I could build a MicroAtx system that's as powerful if not more so than my current rig?
Edited by TheWolfe - 2/18/11 at 3:51am
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Why not this:

4) Mini-ITX build
+: Cheap, Can still be as powerful as current system, Upgradable, Small
+: some Mini-ITX cases can be hanged on the back of the monitor, or can come with a VESA stand to place the monitor on top of them like the one linked HERE
-: less room from expansion than a µATX build, only one PCIe port

There are cheap(ish) H55 boards on sale that if paired with an i5-760 are Photoshop monsters. At some point H65 itx boards will show up and it would probably be possible to mount an i5 2500K. AMD's 880G mini-itx boards have SATA3 in case you may need it,are somewhat cheaper and come with better IGP, pair one of these with an Athlon x4 640 and you'd have a cheap, small and powerful PC.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dragosmp View Post
Why not this:

4) Mini-ITX build
+: Cheap, Can still be as powerful as current system, Upgradable, Small
+: some Mini-ITX cases can be hanged on the back of the monitor, or can come with a VESA stand to place the monitor on top of them like the one linked HERE
-: less room from expansion than a µATX build, only one PCIe port

There are cheap(ish) H55 boards on sale that if paired with an i5-760 are Photoshop monsters. At some point H65 itx boards will show up and it would probably be possible to mount an i5 2500K. AMD's 880G mini-itx boards have SATA3 in case you may need it,are somewhat cheaper and come with better IGP, pair one of these with an Athlon x4 640 and you'd have a cheap, small and powerful PC.
This, and rep cause its exactly what I was gunna' say!
 
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Can you guys make a Mini ITX build for me? I'm not use to those form factors and don't know what components to get...

I like that case idea, although I'm not sure if the arm can hold my heavy 23" Acer.
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I vote for an ASUS or MSI top-end laptop.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWolfe View Post
I've been trying to find a good way to downsize my system. I don't need such an awesomely performing rig, I don't need to play video games anymore, and I need the desk space.
Desk Space? <<< Not understanding, do you want a larger Hard Drive?

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWolfe View Post
What do you suggest?

1) Laptop
Pros: Small, Mobile, Lightweight
Cons: Expensive, Fragile, Loses value fast
Loses value fast, possibly, however, Laptops have an extremely high resale value, because more people want them vs a desktop, fact... Fragile, depends upon the mfg, some are very durable, and you can always swap that crummy HDD for a 120 GB SSD!!! (Now that's what I call an upgrade!)

I'd buy a cheap laptop or netbook, if you don't game, problem solved...

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWolfe View Post
2) All-in-one Desktop
Pros: No tower, Easy to move, Simple
Cons: Somewhat more expensive than building, no upgrading
Major Cons = Main Parts are very expensive to replace & they are overpriced.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWolfe View Post
3) MicroAtx System
Pros: Cheap, Can still be as powerful as current system, Upgradable, Smaller
Cons: Tower + Monitor takes up space
If size matters, get the laptop or even a netbook..
If it doesn't then just get this, as you don't game...

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWolfe View Post
The only thing I need to be able to do with my new build is to play HD video, and use Photoshop.

Also, do you think I could build a MicroAtx system that's as powerful if not more so than my current rig?
mATX would be better for you, ATX is for performance & enthusiast more or less...

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If you are bent on getting ITX (why?), then wait for AMD's new GPU/APUs that my friend is SOLID IT Advice...
Edited by _GTech - 2/18/11 at 11:43am
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ima try this


GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
- $105

Intel Core i5-661 Clarkdale 3.33GHz - $215

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $40

APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply - $40

XFX GT240XYAFC GeForce GT 240 512MB - $60

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM - $65

total $520

however you could cheapen it up by getting a 775 ITX board (LINK) and reuse parts in your sig rig.

or

you could drop to an i3 instead of an i5 and save $100
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bobfig View Post
ima try this


GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
- $105

Intel Core i5-661 Clarkdale 3.33GHz - $215

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $40

APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply - $40

XFX GT240XYAFC GeForce GT 240 512MB - $60

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM - $65

total $520

however you could cheapen it up by getting a 775 ITX board (LINK) and reuse parts in your sig rig.

or

you could drop to an i3 instead of an i5 and save $100
I wouldn't recommend that processor. You can get an i5 760 for the same price. If your going dual core stick with the i3's.

I vote laptop just for shear mobility. It's nice being able to take all your work with you on the go.
Edited by cory1234 - 2/18/11 at 12:33pm
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I wouldn't recommend that processor. You can get an i5 760 for the same price. If your going dual core stick with the i3's.

I vote laptop just for shear mobility. It's nice being able to take all your work with you on the go.
i saw that but this one has a stock clock of 3.33ghz and the 760 has a 2.8ghz. however the 760 had double the l3 cache at 8MB.
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Thanks guys I appreciate it. Although I must say I'm sick of my C2D, and I'd like a quad i5.
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