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Old 07-11-2006, 01:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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is it possible to build a mini PC on my own?

what's to consider when build it?
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You would have to look long and hard for parts for it

Depends on what you mean by "Mini".

The only small pre-built computers are Mac Mini and Shuttle.


Newegg has a listing of small cases, and then you can look for HD, Laptop CD-ROM, mobo, etc to accomodate the small case
http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/Su...&SubCategory=7
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yes it is possible

you just need a small case, a mATX motherboard, and low-profile cards.
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For compatibility and as a time saver you might want to pick up a mini-pc barebones just so you get the case/mobo/psu issues taken care of as they're the biggest hassles. Some can acommodate a full sized graphics card, some need a low profile. If the description doesn't specify check the reviews and/or google so you're sure.
Downside are very limited expandability (usually only one hd, optical, sometimes a floppy), occasional heat issues, and increased cost of replacement parts if mobo/psu dies.
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The nicest and most popular mini case is the Aspire X-Qpack. I think it looks really cool.

Aspire X-Qpack:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144110

It comes with a 420watt PSU which is kind of good considering that other mATX PSU's are like only 200 watts.

Here is the best micro ATX mobo that will fit into a mini case, unless you want Intel then I wouldn't know about the best Intel compatible mobo.

Biostar T-Force 6100:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138264

It got really good reviews and its a pretty good overclocker for a microATX mobo. Lots of people say it is kind of like a mini DFI Lanparty because it has so many features.

The rest of the build you can customize on your own, but thats the best case and mobo for a mini pc in my opinion.
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You would have to look long and hard for parts for it

Depends on what you mean by "Mini".

The only small pre-built computers are Mac Mini and Shuttle.


Newegg has a listing of small cases, and then you can look for HD, Laptop CD-ROM, mobo, etc to accomodate the small case
http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/Su...&SubCategory=7
well.. pre-built is not interesting at all ..

i would like to try something that can combine parts on my own.. thx for your website
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i want to build a small pc that is enough for word processing and watch movie only. because my gf need it..

i think laptop is not suitable for her, and desktop is far too heavy for her to bring it home when needed.. so i want to build a mini pc that is low end..
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yes it is possible

you just need a small case, a mATX motherboard, and low-profile cards.
i thought i gotta spend money at mini mac.. huh..
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For compatibility and as a time saver you might want to pick up a mini-pc barebones just so you get the case/mobo/psu issues taken care of as they're the biggest hassles. Some can acommodate a full sized graphics card, some need a low profile. If the description doesn't specify check the reviews and/or google so you're sure.
Downside are very limited expandability (usually only one hd, optical, sometimes a floppy), occasional heat issues, and increased cost of replacement parts if mobo/psu dies.
the heat is the big issue for me, i think i gotta find out how to solve it before i build one
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Originally posted by BiGyLiLuPdAmIdL
The nicest and most popular mini case is the Aspire X-Qpack. I think it looks really cool.

Aspire X-Qpack:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144110

It comes with a 420watt PSU which is kind of good considering that other mATX PSU's are like only 200 watts.

Here is the best micro ATX mobo that will fit into a mini case, unless you want Intel then I wouldn't know about the best Intel compatible mobo.

Biostar T-Force 6100:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138264

It got really good reviews and its a pretty good overclocker for a microATX mobo. Lots of people say it is kind of like a mini DFI Lanparty because it has so many features.

The rest of the build you can customize on your own, but thats the best case and mobo for a mini pc in my opinion.
thx for your suggestion, i will refer to what u suggested
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