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Cheapest + Smallest case for Counter strike

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by ac1d1ty, 22 Sep 2009.

  1. ac1d1ty

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    As per the thread title, i'm trying to find the smallest combination, and in regards the cheapest.


    I need it to be:


    As small as possible (will be moved alot)
    Powerful enough to run Counter Strike Source/Left 4 Dead @ 1920x1200
    Cheap.


    What would you guys recommend? I have keyboards etc, only need the base unit with a case recommendation.
     
  2. demon8991

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  3. 95thrifles

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    Youre actually wanting the components inside the case too yeah? Whats your max budget?

    Edit: come up with this cheap quality build, should max out the above, you could go DDR3 mobo/RAM for a little bit more, your call, add an aftermarket cooler and clock the CPU if desired, there are cheaper gfx options (10-15) but this was cheapest one with decent cooler which vents out back instead of recirculating in case

    VTX ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £112.99 (£98.25)
    AMD Phenom II X2 Dual Core 550 3.10GHz Black Edition (Socket AM3) - Retail £77.99 (£67.82)
    Asus M4A785D-M Pro AMD 785G (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard £57.99 (£50.43)
    Patriot Viper 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5 Dual Channel (PVS24G8500ELKN) £49.99 (£43.47)
    Coolermaster eXtreme Power 650W Power Supply £43.99 (£38.25)
    Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD502HJ) £41.99 (£36.51)
    Asus TA-D31 Midi-ATX Case - Black (No PSU) £26.99 (£23.47)
    Sony Optiarc AD-7241S 24x DVD±RW SATA Lightscribe Optical Drive (Black) - OEM £18.99 (£16.51)
    Total: £430.92
     
    Last edited: 22 Sep 2009
  4. boxman2000

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    Just bought one of these and am going to put my old Core 2 and 2gb ram, along with my X1800xt from my main machine, spare DVD drive and RAID0 a couple of 320gb Sammy F1's I bought by mistake a while back - should fly for LAN gaming!

    You should be able to build something for well under £300 all in - less if you have HDD or any other components!
     
  5. fross

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    This, the case looks awesome and is good for moving about.

    As for CS:S and L4D, a C2Q chip and a 4870/4850 should be plenty to run those happily. I just checked the OcUK bundles, and the small form factor ones don't support great graphics cards (generally just for media servers), so you may have to build your own.

    Otherwise, pick an existing bundle, eg http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS-197-OK and see whether OcUK will swap the case into the one above for you.
     
  6. fross

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  7. MasterPlan1

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    Asus do these: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS-062-AS&groupid=701&catid=110&subcat= in a P45 chipset (which is slightly better than G31) - but that, coupled with a dual core 5x00/8400/7400, and 4Gb of RAM and the rest of the gubbins will be perfect.

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 LGA775 'Wolfdale' 3.00GHz (1333FSB) - Retail £126.99
    (£110.43) £126.99
    (£110.43)
    XFX ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card XFX ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £99.98
    (£86.94) £99.98
    (£86.94)
    Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (WD6401AALS) Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (WD6401AALS) £52.99
    (£46.08) £105.98
    (£92.16)
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200 "LGA775 Core 2" 2.50GHz (800FSB) - Retail Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200 "LGA775 Core 2" 2.50GHz (800FSB) - Retail £51.99
    (£45.21) £51.99
    (£45.21)
    Patriot Viper 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-6400C4 Low Latancy Dual Channel (PVS24G6400LLK) Patriot Viper 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-6400C4 Low Latancy Dual Channel (PVS24G6400LLK) £42.99
    (£37.38) £42.99
    (£37.38)
    LG GH22NS40 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM LG GH22NS40 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM £18.99
    (£16.51) £18.99
    (£16.51)
    Sub Total : £388.63
    Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
    DPD Next Day Parcel
    (This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £9.50
    VAT is being charged at 15% VAT : £59.72
    Total : £457.85

    CPU is a tad overkill, could probably even drop that to a E5300 and it'll run perfectly for what you need. Cut out and switch some drives if you want. But that's what I'd get.
     
    Last edited: 22 Sep 2009
  8. 95thrifles

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    2 CPUs? no mobo? :eek:
     
  9. MasterPlan1

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    Whoops, shafted that up royally, thats what I get for doing things in a hurry.

    Asus T3-P5G31 Intel Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad (LGA775) Barebones System - White Asus T3-P5G31 Intel Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad (LGA775) Barebones System - White £99.99
    (£86.95) £99.99
    (£86.95)
    XFX ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card XFX ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £99.98
    (£86.94) £99.98
    (£86.94)
    Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (HD103SJ) Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (HD103SJ) £59.98
    (£52.16) £59.98
    (£52.16)
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5300 "LGA775 Core 2" 2.60GHz (800FSB) - Retail Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5300 "LGA775 Core 2" 2.60GHz (800FSB) - Retail £52.99
    (£46.08) £52.99
    (£46.08)
    Patriot Viper 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-6400C4 Low Latancy Dual Channel (PVS24G6400LLK) Patriot Viper 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-6400C4 Low Latancy Dual Channel (PVS24G6400LLK) £42.99
    (£37.38) £42.99
    (£37.38)
    LG GH22NS40 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM LG GH22NS40 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM £18.99
    (£16.51) £18.99
    (£16.51)
    Sub Total : £326.02
    Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
    DPD Next Day Parcel
    (This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £11.75
    VAT is being charged at 15% VAT : £50.67
    Total : £388.44

    Fixed.