Rate this budget build??

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  1. cmsurfer

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    why would he care if the top of the line 8800 will fit in that machine if he's not going to game? he's aware of the case and psu limits...
     
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    Ha ha...

    I'm not looking to add a video card in right now. I read through some reviews that there is a list of cards that will fit in there, but have yet to find it.

    I do have an older GeForce card that I might put in there sometime, but I need to find a replacement fan for it first...
     
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    not bad, what do you plan on using it for? just a space saving websurfer/document maker?
    usually for around $70 you can find a 300gb seagate drive. keep checking outpost and newegg

    optical drive???

    i'm slightly inclined to suggest a refurbished mac mini, but thats only because i love my macbook so much. although it would be more money...
     
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    dude, your gettin a dell..
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    250 watts is so minimal... Also, some of the really minimal cases like that are coming with an adapter psu, like you would have for a laptop.

    I like the case a lot, but there's got to be a more robust psu availiable in a similar case/deal.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    The barebones is $205 total.

    If you don't mind stretching that a bit, this here would kick some ass in a major way.

    Lian li HTPC case - $133 shipped - This bad boy holds two 120mm fans.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112150
    And the Lian li link for more pictures and info
    http://www.lian-li.com/product/product06.php?pr_index=120&cl_index=1&sc_index=1&ss_index=35&type=a


    Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L - $73 shipped - Comes with onboard Intel GMA 3100 graphics.
    I've got the 3000 series Intel graphics on a micro atx build, and it works great. DX10 ready.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128078

    Antec earthwatts EA430 - $30 shipped after $30 rebate.
    These are extremely good psu's for the money.
    http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=3611537

    That's a difference of $31 that you would never ever regret.
     
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    250 watts is more than enough if you don't use a graphics card. The real problem with that shuttle setup is that the power supplies have a habit of dying young and being expensive to replace.

    Anyways, I would suggest this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129038

    as a case plus an intel mobo of your choice. It includes a high quality 350 watt power supply and that case+mobo would probably be cheaper than the barebones that you're looking at.
     
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    my only concern would be the 945 chipset on the board, that will limit future upgrades (45nm CPU, not for you).
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I'm not even sure it can handle the E2100 series.

    :dunno:
     
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    Yea, it will be my home machine web surfing and downloading. I have plenty of network hard drive space, so I didn't see the need for a larger drive. I already have a NEC DVD burner I'll use.

    Actually I have mac mini. It is my first mac and I got a good deal on it and I always wanted to try one out. I simply don't like the Mac OS. I'm a Windows guy :) If it was an Intel based mini, I probably would keep it.

    I will be selling it after I get the new machine set up.
     
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    There are plenty of upgrades and accessories for this Shuttle machine including a bigger PSU. Just don't think I'll need it right now.
     
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    be sure to post it in yardsale, i'm interested
     
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    What are ya looking to spend? ;)
     
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    Well, pulled the trigger on the stuff in my first post.

    Hooked everything up over the weekend and I am very pleased with this setup.

    It runs on Vista Ultimate faster than my XPS C2D laptop with XP :coold:
     

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