Pc build advice, small form factor

I was curious if anyone has build a small form factor pc capable of running sf4. Specifically Im wanting to put together a small mini-itx machine that would just be used to play various emulators, and sf4 on low, but playable settings. I saw one person had it running on a netop box with the following specs - Game Setting

  • Res. 1280x1024
  • Low Detail

manli nettop T2 Series

  • Intel D510 Pine Trail @ 1.66 Ghz
  • NVIDIA ION2 GT218/ DDR3 512MB
  • DDRII SODIMM 1GB DDR800 @ 667 CL5-5-5-15
  • HDD Samsung 160GB 5400 Rpm

I wanted to see if anyone else had played around with setting something like this up, and if so what board and other hardware did you use?

i wanna say no… cause i tried playing on my laptop and it failed

1.7 ghz amd turion dual core
2gb ddr2 sodimm

but then again it couldve also been my videocard being too weak
7150m dedicated card

but i sorta wanna lean towards no cause all my processes were running slow when trying to run sf4, even in windowed mode at lowest settings/resolution

SF4 doesnt require the best graphics card, but I’d say stay away from mini ITX if you’re going to be doing some gaming. Emulation should be fine since nearly any PC can run emulators at crazy fast speeds and settings. But for actual PC games, you’ll want something more powerful. I’d say look into building a mini ATX. Not as small as ITX, but with the right parts chosen, you can build a monster gaming rig in a small case.

How small does it need to be?

Shuttle XPC Barebone

I used these for years at Lanpartys and you can use a full size (well most not the big super card) Video card.

It uses Same processer as a big desktop but its super easy to transport and it doesn’t take up much space at all.

Like here would be an example of what you could build.

Barebone System Newegg.com - Shuttle SA76G2 V2 AMD Phenom II / Phenom / Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 / Sempron
Support socket AM2+ and AM3 6 cores CPUs (TDP 95W) AMD Socket AM2+ / AM3 AMD 760G ATI Radeon 3000 Barebone

Processor AMD Dualcore Newegg.com - AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition Kuma 2.8GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core Desktop Processor AD785ZWCJ2BGH - Processors - Desktops $42.99

4gb of ram Newegg.com - Mushkin Enhanced 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996558 $59.99

DVD Drive Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners $18.99

160gb Drive Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $36.99

Videocard GeForce GT240 Newegg.com - XFX GT240XZNFC GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $89.99

Then what ever OS you want to run.

Guessing around $500 to $550 after OS

give or take on any changes you would want to make.


I have a primary pc that is fine for gaming, so it wouldn’t be playing anything with higher requirements than sf4. I wanted something small I could take with me to the office and play at lunch or whenever with some of other guys here. I’ve seen the shuttle cases and thought about it, but I think I could get something smaller.

I’ve been look at this case because of the airflow, size, and vesa mounting capibilities - M350 Universal Mini-ITX enclosure

I found this video that show sf4 benchmark running on a D510+ION2 gt218 board, and it got a C which is fine for me as long as there isnt alot of lag running at a 1280x1024 resolution and low detail. So I may look into this board more, I was just hoping someone here had some experience with it.

Here is the video and thanks for all the replies so far. [media=youtube]Zuxph3n_bX4[/media]