Edited by: Benny Hill on 05/08/2011 15:18:20
I have an interest in this topic as I am looking for a computer option for my parents home that I can use when I visit and take care of their animals.
But - this is the motherboard you really want: its just $35 more than your spec - but look what it gives you! One - its full size. You might need a bigger case for it than your spec, but building a full size atx is much more easier than a micro case. Its fits more goodies, or the goodies are spread out father apart. Video card fans easily block a slot unless you have a slim card meant media streaming. (Slim one could work for Eve too). It has no video card, but you are buying one anyway; GIGABYTE GA-870A-USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD MotherboardComparison of my suggestions (in ATX and Micro ATX) and your spec:
. You get more slots, and USB 3.0! The micro atx has an onboard video card because one would be insane to try to use all the slots and install a video card. The video card might be able to do dual monitor - talk to gigabyte about that. The upgrades also give you an optical audio built in - so you can run nice audio from movies from the pc. If you have estata external drives, just get a sata to estata card for the atx board. USB 3.0 is much, much better than esata because you can actually bend the cable in the direction you want it.
So - if you save money on the video card, you can upgrade your motherboard and case to full atx, and have a much more comfortable pc to build and maintain, which will have better non-Eve functions. It will be harder to upgrade a motherboard than a video card. Sometimes a motherboard upgrade will require a whole new window reinstall (maybe not for Win 7 - I only have Win XP).
You can get a full atx case for $20 more and its built buy the same supplier as your spec (it almost has to be they look almost exactly the same with almost identical interior parts), except the antec cases mount the power supply on the bottom. I have an Antec 300, and its a charm. Comes with 2 fans installed, so you won't need the fan or connector in your spec - saves $15 right there. It has a top mounted fan, be just be aware. But air flows in from the front and side (cover it with tape to increase airflow from the top) and fans draw it out the back, and the top fan draws air across the motherboard also. If that is not enough, you can mount two fans in front of the Antec 300.