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    Help working out a spec for a pc under my tv...

    I have run against a brick wall working this one out. I hardly ever use my desktop nowdays and am thinking of downsizing to something that would go under my tv, which has a d-sub input on the back. It would basically be used to hold mine and the wife's mp3 collections, which would be played through this and my xbox360. I would also like to be able to play games such as AOE 3 every so often with my mates over the internet.

    So my current idea would be either a micro atx eg: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=298779

    but also like the idea of going dual core, so was thinking 805 or 930 pentium. I want this to be as cheap as possible, as quiet as possible and to fit in my tv stand!

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    That is a nice & quiet motherboard, I have one in front of me here with a dual core Athlon X2 4200 in it. Mine is in an Aspire X-Qpack case where the 120mm fan makes quite a racket and I am not that impressed with the looks (but then it is sat next to a Shuttle which looks fantastic).

    The hard part is finding a case, and they do tend to be lunatic expensive for good & quiet media PC ones.

    What dimensions do you need to fit into?

    I am not an age of empires fan, how much graphics oomph does it need?

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    It runs at very close to full spec on my current pc above. I am looking at the sliverstone cases, but my max height is probably about 145mm. Which is a pain. Do riser cards work well?
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    It's worth considering this motherboard too for a S939 solution;

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=327680

    I'd favour AMD, including dual cores. I find the Intels (including dual cores) run warmer and therefore it's less easy to keep the PC (HTPC) quiet.

    The Silverstone LC11 is a good, low height unit at a reasonable cost, although the PSU is non-standard and may limit your gaming requirements. I added some comments to someone else asking about this case here;

    http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.p...highlight=lc11

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    Do riser cards work well?
    They tend to limit your use of bigger, wider cards like higher spec graphics cards, but obviously give you a nice low profile solution.

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    Intel wise, has anyone got experience with this mobo?

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=226862

    I know intel runs hot, but would actually be cheaper...
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    A couple of cases that fit your height requirement are the Enlight 7473 (remarkably small depth too but has a small PSU), the Silverstone LC03, the (sometimes hard to get) Coolermaster CM250 (and maybe some others in this range).

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    Last edited by menthel; 01-06-2006 at 11:10 AM.
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    • DanceswithUnix's system
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    If you need something with the performance of a 6800gt to run your game, then you are probably looking at the 7600GS. Around 6600GT performance, so not far off what you have now, but easily & cheaply available with passive cooling.

    As far as saving cost by going Intel is concerned, you are probably better off for gaming with a single core AMD solution right now, or wait 2 months for Conroe based systems to come out. Cooling even an Intel 930 is going to require a lot of airflow.

    Some power graphs...

    http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets...px?i=2736&p=10

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    I was wondering if a nice x1800gto made by his might be a good card to be bought at a later date? You see how difficult I am finding this! Your point about the cpu's is valid.

    How about this for a mobo for an amd?

    http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.asp?sku=315294
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    This is an interesting read but you'll need half size cards;

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=348233

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    I have seen those, but they now retail for about £330!
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    That does look very nice Bry

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