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My HTPC uses a 90 degree PCI-E bracket to lay the GPU across the other PCI slots... it makes those slots unusable, but makes it so the case only needs to be a few inches high. With a low profile CPU cooler, you literally can get a case as small as the top of the PSU.

Something to consider for a space saving design at least.
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mobo: P8H67-I DELUXE not on newegg yet but is available.

then this plus throw in a hard drive you want.


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I know I've been out of the hardware scene for a while, but I'm almost certain that is a motherboard you've linked.
Ok, I must say that this and his post made me LOL !!!
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post #34 of 42
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Originally Posted by bratas;12672636 
That's what i'm trying to point out. SB CPU's have video built in which equal about a 4250, so getting a 3850 is kinda pointless. So that is less $ you have to dish out.
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3850 > 4250. Unless something major changed between those series and I missed it.

I've got the 3850 already. smile.gif No $$ outlay there.
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I would suggest either a Antec 300 (these were going for around $30 a couple of months ago), like you originally had, or a HAF 912 for a case.

If you are going to be doing music production, I would suggest you go with a i5 2500k, as that gives you the ability to overclock and also is future resistant (who invented the word future-proof anyways? People always say "future-proof for another 3 years" or something, and it makes no sense).

Also, I suggest a GTX560 Ti or a GTS450.

In terms of HDDs, if you definitely want a SSD, go for it, but I would buy 2x500GB F3s and put them in RAID0. I know people always say that RAID0 is unsafe and all, but my main rig (which is on about 14 hours/day) has been using those 2 maxtors in RAID0 for the past year, and I got them from dumpster diving. No issues yet, although I do have a backup just in case.

I also suggest a DX or something similar for a sound card.

It sounds like you've confused the Antec 300 with the Antec ISK-300. redface.gif The 300 is a more typically sized case, coming in at 18.30" x 8.10" x 18.00". The ISK-300 is a tiny mITX case, coming in at 12.90" x 8.70" x 3.80". The case I'm now looking at is somewhere in the middle, at 10.80" x 5.50" x 12.70". The Antec 300 is certainly a really nice case, but just too big for what I want in this build.

SSD is in the build, for sure. I'd consider RAID, however, given that I'm working in tiny enough spaces already with these cases keeping a 2.5" SDD and a 3.5" HDD seems like a more safe bet than two 3.5" drives.

Don't worry, I've got a bevy of outboard audio gear. wink.gif All set in that department without the addition of a PCI audio card, I think. I'd love to kick the Pro Tools bucket, but at least until I'm done with school I'm stuck using the Digi hardware. I think my next interface will be a MOTU Traveler, but that is something to worry about in another thread.
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Time for an update.

I've done some searching over the last few days in my study-sanity-breaks, and have decided on the following:

InWin BK644
2x2gb G.SKILL
Gigabyte GA-H67MA-UD2H-B3
Intel Core i5-2400 SB

Add to that an OCZ Vertex 2 (which I bought already) and a WD 640gb AAKS and Radeon 3850, which I already own.

The motherboard has DisplayPort on the integrated graphics, which I like, as well as eSATA, USB3, and decent ratings. Sure, no DDR3-1600, but this won't be a heavy overclocker anyways on the tiny PSU with the non-K CPU. It also should be a reasonable candidate for smooth operation with that fruity operating system. DisplayPort is important since I've invested in a longish DP cable for my current setup with the laptop, and don't want to screw with adapters - I may, or may not, end up using the 3850 and don't want to be stranded without it.

For a long time I debated i3 vs i5 - I really don't need the quad core, and it drives me a little over-budget, but I said screw it and included it anyways. I figure it will be a real nice upgrade from my current P8600, only a 2.4ghz dual core based on that "archaic" Penryn stuff.

I think it should be exactly what I was looking for - a versatile, small desktop to supplement my aging M4400 on heavier workloads for little money, and with plenty of potential to grow in the GPU and RAM/storage departments.
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One more dollar you can get the ripjaws http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231425

Looks like it'll be pretty nice.
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One more dollar you can get the ripjaws http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231425

Looks like it'll be pretty nice.
I agree with this. Looks good overall. Good luck with it.
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One more dollar you can get the ripjaws http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231425

Looks like it'll be pretty nice.
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I agree with this. Looks good overall. Good luck with it.
I stared confusedly for a minute comparing the seemingly identical specs, then saw "Designed Specifically for Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs, H67 and P67 Platforms", and figure that is a good enough reason to pay the extra dollar. Thanks!
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post #39 of 42
I think the quad will benefit you profusely especially if you run some heavier VMs. The RAM may get you an easier time in the BIOS since it's "approved", but that's yet to be seen.

Unless you seriously need that memory bandwidth, the bump to 1600 will not do that much for you. The motherboard seems to have a feature set that's hard to beat.
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Correct me iif Im wrong but wont the on chip video of the 2500 be better than that ATI card you already have? If so you could always sell it to reimburse yourself for going over budget a little.
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