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    Building a mini PC.

    Hey guys,

    I want to build a smaller PC (relative to my P182) just for general use surfing the the internet, and play CoD6. I need a new one because we are converting another bedroom and parents want their own computer.
    I specifically want to use the Mini P180 because i love the look of the case and the quality of the build and it has to be silent and the reason i am not using a shuttle case or something that smaller is because i want to fit a fairly good graphics card. Im so out of date with the tech that i barely know what the new processors are etc.
    what i would like is a motherboard that will give good performance, hopefully a intel cpu, good but cheap performance ram. and i will run it all passively (other than the case fans)

    my budget is approx 300-400ish maybe more depending on what is available.

    thanks to those who helped me before and hopefully help me again?

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    case: $56 http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=866122

    0 means that i already got it already hence no need to buy.
    Last edited by vincent.m; 28-10-2009 at 02:30 AM. Reason: Change thread title (OP request)

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    Re: rebuilting a mini PC.

    bump bump? cant change the title. but its a new build not rebuild.
    EDIT: oh if staff mike looks at this i tried to look for your build which has an antec mini. but cant find it could you please link it if you can.

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    Re: rebuilting a mini PC.

    CPU: overclocked intel chip, any of the low ones eg. http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Intel...B-Cache-Retail

    MOBO: P43 will do, http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Gigab...TA-II-RAID-ATX

    Memory: DDR 6400 will leave enough room for a nice overclock, 4GB worth http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-C...Unbuffered-CL5

    GPU: the 'new' GT250, ie 9800GTX+, cheap as chips http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=1056567

    hardrive: no need for a huge one if only surfing and light gaming, single platter preferably http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/320-G...MB-Cache-89-ms

    PSU: probably looking at about 400watts to be safe http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/400W-...-year-warranty not the BEST psu out there, but good value

    Case: whatever

    Monitor: 22" min. : http://www.tekheads.co.uk/s/product?product=609802 only 110 quids!

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    Re: rebuilting a mini PC.

    Quote Originally Posted by shbris View Post
    CPU: overclocked intel chip, any of the low ones eg. http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Intel...B-Cache-Retail

    MOBO: P43 will do, http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Gigab...TA-II-RAID-ATX

    Memory: DDR 6400 will leave enough room for a nice overclock, 4GB worth http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-C...Unbuffered-CL5

    GPU: the 'new' GT250, ie 9800GTX+, cheap as chips http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=1056567

    hardrive: no need for a huge one if only surfing and light gaming, single platter preferably http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/320-G...MB-Cache-89-ms

    PSU: probably looking at about 400watts to be safe http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/400W-...-year-warranty not the BEST psu out there, but good value

    Case: whatever

    Monitor: 22" min. : http://www.tekheads.co.uk/s/product?product=609802 only 110 quids!
    Hey thanks for the reply. but the motherboard is not uATX is it? and i already have a 24 inch screen. the psu i have has orange. lemme try and spec one up. thanks.

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    Re: Builting a mini PC.

    oh yeh lol, well just change the mobo and everything else is still legit

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    Re: Builting a mini PC.

    If you go with a higher end Shuttle you can go with even an HD4890 or GTX285. Even later versins of the SG01 and SG01 can take a higher end card with no issues. My SD37P2 had an 8800GTS 512mb in it for a while too.Remember that Shuttle uses rebranded server PSUs so their rating are very pessimistic!

    Sudhian is the best forum for SFF PCs on the interweb especially for Shuttle:

    http://www.sudhian.com/index.php?/forums/



    An SG05 will take a GTS250 or HD4850 no problems and has been advertised by Silverstone by having one installed in the case.

    This is what I would look at:

    Silverstone SG05 ~ £77

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=982116

    Zotac 9300 mini ITX motherboard ~ £114

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=992833

    E6300 ~ £57

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=1000964

    GTS250 green edition ~ £69

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=1056567

    4gb DDR3 ~ £33

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143844

    Samsung F1 320gb ~£34

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/320-G...MB-Cache-89-ms

    The total comes to around £400. You will need to find a suitable slimline drive too.

    Alternatively go for the following instead:

    SG02 case ~ £60

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Silve...finish-w-o-PSU

    HX450w PSU ~ £58

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/450W-...-year-Warranty

    Asus 780G ~ £53

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-...-uATX-VGA-HDMI

    AMD X3 720 ~ £92

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AMD-P...che-95W-Retail

    4gb PC2-8500 DDR2 RAM ~ £37

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-(...S-5-6-6-18-EPP
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    Re: Builting a mini PC.

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    If you go with a higher end Shuttle you can go with even an HD4890 or GTX285. Even later versins of the SG01 and SG01 can take a higher end card with no issues. My SD37P2 had an 8800GTS 512mb in it for a while too.Remember that Shuttle uses rebranded server PSUs so their rating are very pessimistic!

    Sudhian is the best forum for SFF PCs on the interweb especially for Shuttle:

    http://www.sudhian.com/index.php?/forums/



    An SG05 will take a GTS250 or HD4850 no problems and has been advertised by Silverstone by having one installed in the case.

    This is what I would look at:

    Silverstone SG05 ~ £77

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=982116

    Zotac 9300 mini ITX motherboard ~ £114

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=992833

    E6300 ~ £57

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=1000964

    GTS250 green edition ~ £69

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=1056567

    4gb DDR3 ~ £33

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143844

    Samsung F1 320gb ~£34

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/320-G...MB-Cache-89-ms

    The total comes to around £400. You will need to find a suitable slimline drive too.

    Alternatively go for the following instead:

    SG02 case ~ £60

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Silve...finish-w-o-PSU

    HX450w PSU ~ £58

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/450W-...-year-Warranty

    Asus 780G ~ £53

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-...-uATX-VGA-HDMI

    AMD X3 720 ~ £92

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AMD-P...che-95W-Retail

    4gb PC2-8500 DDR2 RAM ~ £37

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-(...S-5-6-6-18-EPP
    Ok, been really long since i updated the thread i have just ordered this, as it was cheaper than the black one and i have too many dark cases
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=866122
    I already have a PSU, i can use a 8800GTS or 8600GTS (with passive cooler, i think i will steal one gb of ram from my brother (for now).

    I am on the look out for a good recommended board, i dont care if i have a second hand cpu, i will probably look for a second hand one on here and ask if its good on this thread.


    I think that i will take my time and look around and piece my computer together slowly (really no hurry at all) and i can wait to see if anyone sells stuff on here i will update the first thread for progress

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    Re: Building a mini PC.

    You do realise that the miniP180 is not all that mini? is about the same size as a normal midtower case.

    AMD
    785 would probably be the best chipset to look for
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Index.aspx?NT=1-0-31-652.653-0
    both am2+ (ddr2) and am3 (ddr3) versions
    the ddr2 will be slightly cheaper and getting two sticks of 1gb would be cheaper than ddr3

    the new athlonII cpu's are cheap and good.

    The other thing would be an intel system a g41, g43 or g45 or even on of the nice matx dfi p45 motherboards
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/DFI-J...SATA-RAID-uATX

    should be easy to pick up a 2nd hand c2d or even c2q

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    Re: Building a mini PC.

    Oh yeah, in terms of hard drive, you can get the new Samsung 500Gb (1 platter) F3 for around £36 from Scan!

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    Re: Building a mini PC.

    i finished building the pc, it has windows 7 on it. and the maxtor HDD that i got it running on is noisy as hell!!! its terrible. but i will post a pic for you guys though
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    Re: Building a mini PC.

    You should be able to RMA the PSU as the Corsair ones have a long warranty.


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    Re: Building a mini PC.

    Hi guys,

    Slightly off topic but all the same. i have turned off all the case fans on my computer, the only source of airflow is the fan on the cpu (Ultra 120) and i have a accelero on gpu. i am going for a near silent computer. i just wanted to know what would be normal temperatures for this. my computer specs are in the sig. but i changed my gfx card to 8600GTS (not into gaming atm, have to revise hard core for finals)

    the only one that i am worried about is my HDD because my heatsink is massive, the passive is low relative to the 8800gtx (its at about 41 atm) whilst on normal use.

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