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    I was going to suggest going the DIY route too, because Proliant servers start getting expensive really quickly if you want anything faster than a dual-core Pentium G6950. For example, the ML110 G6 with a Xeon X3430 (P/N: 585458-035) costs £430 and the dual-socket ML115 G6 with one Xeon E5502 (P/N: 470065-161) costs £654!

    I would definitely get a quad-core processor - the Phenom II X4 840 you mentioned would be a great choice. Unless you are short of space, I would also buy a MicroATX motherboard as these all have 4 DIMM slots enabling you to upgrade to 16GB RAM in the future and/or install additional PCIe cards (second NIC, H/W RAID controller etc.).

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    Yep the DIY route is certainly the way to go.
    I've been thinking about Micro ATX case size... it's just they all seem so big to me. Is there no cases that can fit micro atx size but small, thin and compact? like these

    http://media.pcadvisor.co.uk/cmsdata...ctor%20282.jpg
    http://recommendmeapc.co.uk/wp-conte...minijuly10.jpg

    they look fairly small and could be layed flat. I'm thinking of something around ps3, xbox size case, is that possible for micro atx?

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    Problem is you will find the mobo's psu's etc are custom made to go inside those cases - it is definatly the case with the HP but not sure about the other. But also the smaller the case the more parts tend to become laptop type ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveaproblem View Post
    I'm thinking of something around ps3, xbox size case, is that possible for micro atx?
    Don't worry too much about having space inside for expansion, you can use USB wireless devices instead of expansion cards - Edimax do a nice one with the arial all integrated into a USB plug-in device for about £30 from Maplins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveaproblem View Post
    I'm thinking of something around ps3, xbox size case, is that possible for micro atx?
    While small(-ish) MicroATX cases exist they tend to be quite expensive and limit the components you can use...



    I would look at the following cases instead. They are same or smaller in size than the Proliant ML tower's...


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    having a look through these now ! A question, on some cases it says similar to this 2x USB2, 1x USB3
    Does USB 2 and 3 use a different port?? I thought it was all the same, so why should it matter if i used the i/o opening for a usb2 or usb 3 device?

    Not that it really matters as i have no USB pen drives

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    Usb 3 uses a different plug with extra contacts you can plug a usb 1/2 plug in a usb3 socket.

    I think it is a usb3 b plug that won't fit in any othet socket.

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveaproblem View Post
    Does USB 2 and 3 use a different port?? I thought it was all the same, so why should it matter if I used the I/O opening for a usb2 or usb 3 device?
    They are different internally. Almost all cases that have front-mounted USB 2.0 ports, use a cable which connects to a 9-pin header on the motherboard. Until quite recently though, most motherboards didn't have (20-pin) USB 3.0 headers, so what case manufacturers did is to create a front-panel connector cable that uses a standard USB type A connector on one end and make you route this out of the back of your case and into one of the USB 3.0 ports on the rear of your motherboard (as shown in the photo below). Not very elegant, but it works.


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    I think I’ve decided I’m going to go for a Lian Li PC-Q08 Case
    Lian Li Industrial Co., Ltd.

    It's only micro ITX size, however it can fit a full size graphics cards, 6 hard drives and according to the reviews I’ve read the case has good cooling. It’s a fairly small case and allows a bit of expansion if need be as well.
    One thing I’m thinking of changing and adding extra to the case is the fans. Personally I’m not a massive fan of the Blue LED front fan. Can anyone recommend some quite, cool running fans at a reasonable price?
    This build is going to cost a little more than i wanted, but hey I've got some money put away for this and I’ve never built a computer specifically for myself before so I’m quite excited lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveaproblem View Post
    Personally I'm not a massive fan of the blue LED front fan.
    I hate super-bright blue LEDs too and try to avoid them at all costs.

    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveaproblem View Post
    Can anyone recommend some quiet, cool running fans at a reasonable price?
    For the front 140mm case fan you can't go wrong with the either of these...


    Have you decided on the other parts yet?

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    When you say your laptop can't handle it, is your mouse really lagging in the virtual machine making it almost worthless to use?

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