I'm planning to build SFF. I'm open to suggestion

By bushwhacker
Jan 26, 2005
  1. Hello to all the Techspot Members!

    I am planning to build my SFF from stratch to bring and leave it at my school residence.
    I want to know which is the best and reliable motherboard is suitable for SFF and handle better VRMs. I do not plan on overclocking.
    I am open to any suggestion for building the SFF. I would like to see the price suggesion in Canada currency. Thanks.

    List of specs i wanted:
    CPU: AMD 64 (either socket 754 or 939) or Intel Pentium 4 (below 3.2ghz)
    Mobo: Open to suggestion
    HDD: Open to suggestion (EIDE only)
    Optical Drive: Open to suggestion
    PSU and Case for SFF: Open to suggestion
    Ram: Open to suggestion (Preferred to more than 256meg ram)
    MOD: Open to suggestion

  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    a maxtor diamondmax would be quite good.
  3. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 783

    That is good suggestion, but how much will i need. I will only use new SFF for just my school homework and small games.

  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Why would you need that much CPU power then?

    Is VIA C3 -based machine too slow? They use very small boards and consume very little power, suitable for SFF machines.
  5. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 783

    I refer to use either Intel or AMD for 64-bit CPU. I will need a good CPU to handle applications for example Adobe Photoshop
  6. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942


    Anyways, a suggestion: Mobile CPUs. Mobile athlons use the same socket, but produce much less heat. This will make the smaller form factor case more ideal.
  7. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 783

    Hello Mictlantecuhtli,

    I make a bit of mistake. I expect a new SFF to met or exceed the power requirement for Intel Pentium 4 HT CPU and/or AMD Athlon 64 Socket 754 or 939.



    Hello Soul Harvester,
    What is the mobile cpu and mobo looks like, it sound expensive. puke:

  8. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

  9. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 783

    Okay, Socket 939 SFF is good!

    M-ATX_Socket 939= what company
    Ram= What company and what amount
    HDD= Maxtor DiamondMax Plus, but what amount
    Optical Drive= Open to suggestion
    Mods= Open to suggestion

  10. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    ram ==> usually the maker of your mobo will post on thier site a list of ram that should work with your board, check there
    hdd ==> any of the 80GB and up models should cut it, the 120 is what i have and it's excellent.
    optical drive ==> lg, plextor, sony, pioneer, samsung are all good choices, among others. just choose a good name brand model available to you.
    mods ==> you can get a certain type of marker and write stuff on your mobo/parts that will show up in certain uv lights. kits are quite cheap and tracing the circuits makes a cool looking machine.
    good luck and enjoy
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