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Hey guys, I'm looking to build a desktop PC for a family member and I'm very tempted at going along the Zacate route to keep the power down and make use of a nice M-ITX case. The basic requirements I've got at the minute are:

- Small form factor
- Should run Windows 7 happily
- Only to be used as a normal home PC: web surfing and some light office work

Is Zacate powerful enough to handle this? (specifically the E-350). This is going to replace an ANCIENT Celeron machine and I'd really like it to be a big improvement for them. It doesn't need to be lightning fast, just very usable.

I've been using a netbook with an Atom N-450 and it's been absolutely great for surfing and office work, but I just wanted a bit more input before I spend any money.
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Phenom II x6 1055T (95W) Asus Crosshair IV Formula Gigabyte 5870 + HIS 5870 CF 2x 2GB OCZ Platinium DDR3 @1333Mhz (7-7-7-16) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB TSSTCorp CDDVDW TS-H653R Arch x86_64 2x LG Flatron W2243S (3840 x 1080) 
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Seasonic X-750W Coolermaster CM690II Adv 
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post #2 of 3
All tests show that the E350 is faster than an Atom on precisely the kind of tasks you target with this build. It should work for Ofice and Net just fine.

Depending what case you're going to get and if it can support mATX boards you may want to go with an Athlon II X2 & a mATX motherboard. Since these folks you're building the system for still have an old Celly, they may want to keep this rig for a while and in some 2 years an E350 may be quite slow.

The cost of an Athlon II + AMD 770 board is similar to an integrated E350 (~100$) so the choice should be between what you value most: small form factor/heat or speed.
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Thanks for the input. I think in this case, size wins over. Are there issues keeping these kinds of builds cool, or is it a simple case of buying a high performance fan to keep the temperatures sensible?
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x6 1055T (95W) Asus Crosshair IV Formula Gigabyte 5870 + HIS 5870 CF 2x 2GB OCZ Platinium DDR3 @1333Mhz (7-7-7-16) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB TSSTCorp CDDVDW TS-H653R Arch x86_64 2x LG Flatron W2243S (3840 x 1080) 
PowerCase
Seasonic X-750W Coolermaster CM690II Adv 
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Home PC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x6 1055T (95W) Asus Crosshair IV Formula Gigabyte 5870 + HIS 5870 CF 2x 2GB OCZ Platinium DDR3 @1333Mhz (7-7-7-16) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB TSSTCorp CDDVDW TS-H653R Arch x86_64 2x LG Flatron W2243S (3840 x 1080) 
PowerCase
Seasonic X-750W Coolermaster CM690II Adv 
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