Ok as the topic says i plan on buying a SFF based station within the next couple of weeks, or, to be more precise, as soon as my graduate overdraft is sorted
The spec im considering is
Athon M 2400+ (selected over a barton cos it'll run quieter / consume less power and will hopefully overclock )
2*512mb ram (value range of someone like GeLl or Corsair - probably GeLl cos they come with heatsinks on)
40-80gb hd (dont need that much storage since all my servers have big hd's)
9800 pro (dont want top of the range gfx for this rig - my 939 rig will have that )
And of course the SFF itself.
Now my questions are:
What SFF is the best for a rig such as the one spec'd above. Considering i will b playing games on it, will probably overclock the cpu (aslong as it doesnt become unbearably loud) and i will probably be using the onboard sound / network.
One concern i have is that some SFF's seem to rape CPU once u use their onboard sound. Another concern is the scandle regards to who is selling legit 9800 pro's.
Finally, is 1gb ram unnneccessary for such a spec?
Its no use giving me US prices since ill b buyin from a UK website but any guidance wud b much appreciated. My budget will be around the £500 mark.
Anyhelp, as always, is much appreciated. Including any links to recommended components and reviews