Thinking of a small form factor build ...

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thoth93 Posted: Sat, Sep 6 2008 2:09 AM

 Hey, folks. Nice to be here.

I'm thinking of building a SFF computer that will last me 18 months or so. I'm wanting to play some fairly new games -- including Warhammer and Spore. But that's probably the extent of it. The rest will be Internet use, perhaps some video, etc.

I know that there are certain limitations, from the size of the card (single-slot) to the number of possible drives. But I think this will work. WHat do you folks think? I'm about at the extent of my present budget. I could maybe, just maybe, go $100 or so above this, but that's about the extent at the moment. I already own an OS, so that's covered.

512-P3-N802-AR GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
$175.99 -$20.00 Instant $155.99

2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W dualProcessor Model BX80570E8500 - Retail

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model $84.00

WeCaviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

SAMSUNG 22X Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM

5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Shuttle SG31G2 Intel Socket T(LGA775) Intel Core 2 Quad / CDuo / Dual-Core / Celeron 400 serial support Intel G31 Barebone - Retail
$244.99 -$20.00 Instant $224.99

Subtotal: $770.94

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Looks like a pretty good rig. I just have to warn you that my girlfriend owns a SFF and the limits of them can be very fustrating. If you are set on a SFF  then I would recommend looking at Micro ATX cases and boards. Newegg has some nice cases and this won't lock you into one motherboard for the life of the system. They are just a bit bigger than a shuttle but you are not limited to a single slot cooler or the low wattage PSU.

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Just curious...why SFF, being on a McBudget and all?Big Smile The smaller the hardware, the bigger the cost! Bob_on_the_cob mentioned micro ATX, and I can't agree more! With mATX more selection is available, and it is much cheaper, too! And by the way, welcome to the HH forums, thoth93!

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