Help building microATX computer

By account73
May 13, 2011
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  1. I need help picking parts for a small form factor computer.

    I was looking at a Micro ATX, case, motherboard. Can you help me pick please?
    I would like to keep my budget below £300 which i think is possible after having a quick look.

    Need Case
    Need CPU x64
    Need Power Supply
    Need Hard Drive - Anything between 100 - 500gb is fine
    Need RAM - 8GB if possible?
    Dont need dedicated GFX
    Dont need OS
    Dont need Mouse,Keyboard etc

    I need to get from a UK site and i intend to use the system for a test environment and possibly run a few VM's on it so having the bios option to enable intel/AMD VT is needed.

    thank you


    On the case smaller the better.


    Here's a few parts ive been looking at. Are they good?

    Motherboard = Asus P8H67-M Intel H67 Express 1155 PCI-E 2.0 (x16) DDR3 1333 SATA 6Gb/s SATA RAID mATX Motherboard = £82

    CPU = Intel Core i3 2100 Sandy Bridge Dual Core 1155 3.1GHz - BX80623I32100 =£90

    RAM = Kingston 4GB ValueRAM DDR3 1333MHz Non-ECC 240pin DIMM Memory Module - KVR1333D3N9/4G = £40 x2

    HardDrive = 160GB Samsung HD161GJ SATAII 7200rpm 8MB Cache Hard Drive = £25

    Total = £277

    Then i would still nice a case and CPU. I'm not sure if these parts are good and i think i could find cheaper.

    EDIT 2

    I'm looking at MicroITX as well. I've seen some nice one of these that can support a nice cpu and ram.
    Can someone help me with picking parts please, there's so much out there i'm to entirly sure whats good and not.

    Main things i need are
    1)Smalller the better
    2)Handle a nice CPU
    3)Support up to 8GB Ram or more
  2. account73

    account73 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    I'm thinking of this now.

    Case= Antec ISK-100 Micro-ATX Case 90W PSU

    I have a question about this. It says the case uses an external 90w power supply (Like a laptop adapter? Can the Power supply be upgraded to something more powerful?)

    Motherboard = Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3-B3 H67 Socket 1155 7.1 Channel HD Audio Mini-ITX Motherboard

    CPU = Intel Core i3 2100 Sandy Bridge Dual Core 1155 3.1GHz - BX80623I32100

    RAM = Kingston 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz HyperX Blu Memory Kit CL9 1.5V

    Hard Drive =S eagate 160GB 3.5" Barracuda SATA-III 6Gb/s Hard Drive - 7200RPM 8MB Cache

    I could go for a cheaper sata II hard drive to save a few pounds.
    A few questions about this build.

    1) Do all the parts i listed work together?
    2) Can the PSU be upgraded from that 90W ? If yes, where can i find some that are the correct size?
    3) For now i have no plans to use dedicated graphics. In the future...i might, would i be able to add a graphics card into this ?

    I know this build is a little over budget, but i can be a little flexable.


    It seems like ITX cases cant support expansion slots. I need a small case that would be able to support an expansion slot for a gfx card etc

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