What cpu or mobo+cpu combo do I need?

I have an Antec "New Solution" cube case with internal 350W PSU (their model NSK-1300/1380). My problem is that 350w is just not enough power for even minimal hardware, but case/psu design are prorietary, so there's no other psu I can use instead.

I need suggestions for a low-cost, low-power, micro-ATX+proc combo, or a low-cost, low-power proc that will work on ECS mobo model MCP68M-M2 v1.0A (GeForce7050M=M), or MSI models K9N6PGM2-V or K9N6PGM2-V2. (Those are the only 3 micro-atx boards I own.)

Its funny... The Antec NSK-1380 is designed (and marketed) as having capacity to handle a total of 4 drives... 1x 5,25, and 3x 3.5... but the dadburn psu cant keep the cpu fan running if any drives are connected. So inevitably the system self-powers-down from overheating.

One of the reasons I own 3 micro-atx boards is that I kept thinking I had bad mobos. But since buying the 3rd board I have tested the cpu fan in a full tower case that has 6x sata2 drives and a 500w psu, and the fan works fine.

I have also retested all 3 micro-atx boards in mid-towers, with 450w psu and 2-4 drives each... all three boards work fine... and so does the low-profile cpu-cooler (btw... its a Shuiken Scythe).

So, empirical evidence suggests that 350 watts is just not enough power. Additionally, if I go to Antec's PSU calculator and plug in all my numbers, it recommends a 450 watt psu is required.

At this point I have had more than enough of swapping hardware components. I want to get some systems up and running for some projects I need to deal with. I just dont have much a budget, so need price to play as big of a role as power consumption.

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