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Rosewill has some pretty underrated cases, these are some of my favorite cases from them

R230 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811147075

R5601 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811147038

 

If you dont like those cases, i suggest going with Cooler Master, I do fancy the Centurion line:

CM Centurion 5 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811119068

 

Higher end Centurion case (Strongly recommend as well)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811119152

Yea, I'm not looking for anything spectacular...

Those look pretty good however it is just a matter of preference.

As for the mobo, a P35 based board would be your best bet;

I dont really like the EP series mobos from Gigabyte, heard they are pretty tricky to OC, with the whole energy saving deal

Heres is the P35 DS3L its a great Overclocker but its open box, if you dont trust open box you could proably find them with some other retailer

P35 DS3L - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...82E16813128059R

Heres a great board on sale from Asus (strongly recommend)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131275

There is just so many damn board to choose from, it crapping ridiculous...

The Gigabyte one you linked looks pretty good as well as the Asus, my current board is an Asus A7V133.

(as in it allows chips with a fsb of 100/133, now they are clocked over 10x as high) :P

For the Heatsink i recommend the Xigmatek HDT-1283

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16835233003

It does seem like a nice low budget cooler...
put the savigns towards an E8400, then you dont really NEED to OC it :lol:
Don't forget that I'm coming from a 1.3Ghz Athlon here, pretty much ANY new cpu will be incredibly faster.
Just built a friend's rig using an Antec 300 and it's almost as good as a 900, though lacks the frills like a window/200mm fan. But then again I think it looks better with the simple design.
I like the looks of the 300...

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So what do you guys think of matx boards?

I really want to keep this machine as small as possible as I don't have much room here.

 

Would it even be viable to fit an 8800GT on a matx board in a SFF case?

 

 

Like I said previously I don't plan on doing any huge overclocks for now so that won't be an issue, but would it be worth putting an 8800GT into an matx board?

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Depends on the board. Once you factor in a mATX board that is good enough to OC with, it may well end up being just as costly as a regular ATX board.

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I know the 8800GT will fit, but would it even be worth putting it in an matx board?

Even a really good one?

 

Like I saud I don't really care about OCing much right now...

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An mATX board would be just fine.

Going small obviously limits you on space for cooling options and expansion slots, but if you are running without OCing it shouldn't hurt you much.

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Aye plenty of cheap mATX boards about. I looked at some a short while back, but I wasn't yet convinced by the HDMI output at 1080p :)

 

I'm almost as excited as you for your upgrade - it's about time!

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I just finished installing a GA-G31-S2L board, was pretty easy and had enough settings to probably give you alittle room on an OC. One thing though, is that once that Video card is on there, you'll probably only have 1 PCI slot left for expansion.

 

Comp setup was... E4400 / 9600GT / GA-G31-S2L (gigabyte board) / 2GB of ram.

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An mATX board would be just fine.

Going small obviously limits you on space for cooling options and expansion slots, but if you are running without OCing it shouldn't hurt you much.

Thats good, that is pretty much what I thought, I just wasn't sure...

<----N00b

Aye plenty of cheap mATX boards about. I looked at some a short while back, but I wasn't yet convinced by the HDMI output at 1080p
Thats good, I'm not quite worried about HD quite yet coming from xga res. to 1080P

:D

I'm almost as excited as you for your upgrade - it's about time!
Yer damn right!

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I just finished installing a GA-G31-S2L board, was pretty easy and had enough settings to probably give you alittle room on an OC. One thing though, is that once that Video card is on there, you'll probably only have 1 PCI slot left for expansion.
The only thing I can think I would need to have that was PCI would be a Wifi card and I really wouldn't need one because I'm about 10ft away from the router.

 

Oh yea and possibly a sound card a bit later on, so yea I'll just direct plug into the router to free up that slot...

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So whatcha think about this setup?

 

WD Caviar 80GB <-$39.99

C2D E4600 <-$119.99

MSI P6NGM-L <-$49.99

OCZ Gold Series 2GB Kit DDR2 667 <-$39.99

Antec earthwatts 430W <-$59.99

Total $327.34 inc. shipping

 

 

 

Now for a case:

Bgears b-Envi <-$89.99

Thermaltake VF1000BWS <-$129.99

AeroCool M40-BK <-$79.99

Antec NSK1380 <-$84.99

Lian-Li PC-V300 <-$109.99

Lian Li PC-V350B <-$117.99 I've always wanted a Lian-Li case... :D

Thermaltake LanBox <-$114.99

Apevia X-QPACK2 Portable 3 Window <-$91.99

Apevia X-QPack <-$76.99

Cooler Master CM Media 280 HTPC <-$129.99

 

Anyone see anything outstanding in that list?

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Durr...

 

I keep forgetting to allow for optical media drives...

:rolleyes:

 

So whats hot in that department?

No bluray yet... :P

 

Anything spectacular come out in the last few hundred years that I should get?

I'm talking like CD/RW DVD/RW technology...

or

I've always liked LiteON drives, should I just get a pair of el cheapo CD/DVD-RW drives?

 

 

AND

 

What about shuttle barebones?

That is the size case I'm looking for so do they offer anything that I couldn't just build myself cheaper?

 

 

ANDer

 

This case is badass

I likey!

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what about the OS, thats going to be about 100 bucks unless you plan on going linux

oh and just wondering what are your specs ATM?

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what about the OS, thats going to be about 100 bucks unless you plan on going linux

oh and just wondering what are your specs ATM?

Old rig specs in profile...

(I've not deemed them worthy of my signature for over a year)

I'm currently on a Hateway 400VTX laptop; 2Ghz Celeron, 512 MB ram, 4mb of that goes to the Intel Graphics chip, 15" monitor yadda yadda

 

As for an OS I have two discs of XP home that will be used TO DEATH until I deem something else worthy of my time...

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