Last edited by flyinghaggis; 1st February 2013 at 09:07 PM.
It's a shame an enterprising motherboard manufacturer hasn't made a mini-ITX motherboard with 4 x DDR3 SO-DIMM slots. It would cost ~£146 to have 32GB RAM (so only a few pounds more than standard desktop-sized DIMMs).
With DDR4 on the way, it's unlikely we will ever see affordable 16GB non-ECC DDR3 UDIMMs for motherboards with only two slots.
For those interested, phase one has begun!
Ordered a case and mobo which I shall be assembling on the weekend. I'll then look at getting the core components in a week or so.
I went for this case in the end: Casecom K5-9388 Black Case with Blue LED 120mm Front Fan
Motherboard was this: Asus M5A97 PRO 970 Socket AM3+ 8 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard
Ex-display model too so saved a few bucks.
Rawns (6th February 2013)
I bought a Zalman Z9+ case which had blue LEDs on the fans...luckily the Zalman fans still perform with the LEDs punctured to stop them glowing
Last edited by HaleStorm; 6th February 2013 at 04:49 PM. Reason: Linky for the case
Well, after some poor delivery on Parcel Forces part, I finally picked up the case and mobo today from the (not so local) post office!
Well annoyed as despite the box being fine, the case was broken! The case fan that's meant to be attached to the roof of the case was snapped off and the fan cable broken, one of the removable the 2.5" bays was also snapped off at the brackets and bent, and the back of the case was dented in the lower corner making it near impossible to release the "easy undo" screws!
Return arranged along with a refund, so back to the drawing board again. I won't be going near Casecom kit again!!!
Also slightly annoyed with the mobo. While it was an ex-display model, it has no driver CD, manual, SATA Cabels etc. It was listed as " "Open Box/Ex-Display - Product is in nearly new condition but may have been opened or have minor cosmetic damage to box or
product. Product is sold with 90 day warranty which supersedes any other reference to warranty within product title or description."
the new build is going well so far!!!
Last edited by Rawns; 8th February 2013 at 03:22 PM.
In the politest possible way, that case looks cheap and nasty! Probably for the best your returning it!
Maybe I'll do a bit of "shopping" in PC World and then order online.
Rawns - I would be raiding my piggy bank for that one! Or a Fractal design case. You really do get what you pay for!
Last edited by CHR1S; 8th February 2013 at 03:34 PM.
If you're on a tight budget I feel bad for you son, I got 99 components but a case ain't one )
ahem... if you're on a tight budget, then I can recommend this case: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/showp...odid=CA-018-XG
understated, very quiet, decent amount of space and good air cooling for the price. Cable management could probably be better but I'll be honest and say my cable management involves cable ties on the most part!
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