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I'm open to any and all suggestions. Basically, I'm trying to build a quick little system for my father to use in his garage for convenience sake his computer is located as far as possible from the garage to going back and forth to look things up is a hassle, and printing things out becomes illogical due to the nature of working on cars and such, hes been talking about getting a computer for this specific purpose so I figured I'd build one and surprise him with it before he pulls the trigger (its not often an opportunity for me to gift him something happens, so I like to when I can)

Heres my list of parts (right now) I'm up for suggestions on ALL items.

General idea: Quiet, Low power, instant gratification, small. He does have a stereo system in his garage so I included the 250gb hard disk for music. I know the isk only supports 2 92mm fans I'm thinking of modding the third one above the motherboard for some additional airflow (not sure how hot these things get)
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Seems just a tad pricey for what he's using it for. Do you have a MicroCenter nearby? For $179.99 you can get a E3300 SFF machine with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. Seems plenty for what he needs.
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Don't see how you can go wrong with this, though I always include a discrete GPU for whatever build I do. Though I think you missed out the PSU in that list. Hope you already decided on 1.

If not, a 450W will do. What I might do is invest in a netbook, or sth if all the PC is goin to be used for is printing.
    
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Seems just a tad pricey for what he's using it for. Do you have a MicroCenter nearby? For $179.99 you can get a E3300 SFF machine with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. Seems plenty for what he needs.
Yeah, I was starting to think it was a tad pricey, there are some cheaper mobo/cpu combos, but I was really looking forward to EFI, I think it would be pretty nice for him to be able to turn it on and be at the desktop very rapidly, but I digress, standby/hibernate should suffice.
Hes pretty impatient with computers, and as much as his life relies on them now, he doesn't like to spend much time using them, which is why I opted for speed/responsiveness. I'm also trying to keep it as out of his way as possible (thinking of wall mounting the case and the monitor, and using a wireless keyboard and mouse) That way there is nothing taking up space on his workbench...

I agree though, I need to think about my wallet a little bit too lol.
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post #5 of 11
nice little build there although if thats all its going to be used for I would change 3 things
1- i would drop the ssd yes there great and nice to have but if its just a net surfing machine in the garage it dosent really need one.

2- I would go with cheaper memory 1333mhz will be plenty for that computers uses this mushkin ram can be had for $27 and the timings could easly be dropped to cas 8

just doing this would drop $160 off of your build and still keep it a pretty nice machine

3- if you decide not to get an ssd like i mentioned i would look at a decent 2.5 drive you will still get decent performance but with out the 120 price tag perhaps a 7200rpm 2.5 drive there pretty cheap if you get under 500gb
Edited by racer86 - 10/6/11 at 8:06am
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I agree with dropping the ssd and exchaning the ram, your mobo only supports DDR3 1066/800 anyways. Also, its not really needed for a budget system.

Personally, I would suggest getting an android tablet. If you are willing to spend $500 on a basic desktop for him to use, why not get him a portable tablet for $400? I have the

, and I love it. is supposed to be amazing too. You can always get him a bluetooth keyboard if he doesn't like the on screen one. You can always get him a case that has a bluetooth keyboard in it too!


Also, what kind of conditions is this computer going to encounter? Does your dad only work on cars? does he do wood work? Does the garage have an A/C unit in it for the summer time? The dust from wood working will ruin a desktop. So if he is working in the summer, dust + high air temps do not mix well with a desktop.
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He does all sorts of work in the garage, I was planning on aluminum mesh air filters and having no other openings into the case, and also relocating it somewhere it wouldn't be as prone to obtaining damage due to direct impact or spills. My dad has relatively poor vision, and as much as he loves the idea of tablet computers it would probably not work out very well (hes not exactly tech savvy, I'm already going to be hard pressed to force Windows 7 on him) The garage does not have an A/C unit, however, it does not climb in temperature in the summer due to a geothermal cold spot that our house is built on (the garage floor literally seems to radiate roughly 50-60F air year-round.) Kind of neat.
I also specifically went for low power components for that reason. I'm honestly thinking about a sandy bridge itx board now since you can get a board for $60 and a celeron dual core for $50. that knocks a bit off the price as well, and retains the efi boot. I also just realized I have an OCZ agility 30gb drive that was a gift to me that just needs a secure erase so I suppose that can be utilized here as well.

Another important thing to note is that he cannot for the life of himself stand a slow/unresponsive/laggy computer experience. I pampered him when I built his current desktop by giving him my old Core 2 Duo, my OCZ ram, a decent GPU, and a short stroked hard disk. Every time he runs into any kind of OS slow down on the rig he calls me and asks me to fix it (which I do over VNC)
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As far as the SSD goes here is what I do for my dad's desktop that he uses in the garage (very similar to what your build seems to be used for).

It is a very barebones build however you want to do it but as far as storage goes he only has a 60GB SSD in it at all. It can access all the music on his primary desktop because I mapped a network drive directly to his itunes folder on his primary and made the default location of his itunes folder on his secondary the mapped drive.

Does that make sense? I have pieced this paragraph together over the last 30 minutes as I am very busy at work so it may not be clear. Just ask if you are unsure.
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As far as the SSD goes here is what I do for my dad's desktop that he uses in the garage (very similar to what your build seems to be used for).

It is a very barebones build however you want to do it but as far as storage goes he only has a 60GB SSD in it at all. It can access all the music on his primary desktop because I mapped a network drive directly to his itunes folder on his primary and made the default location of his itunes folder on his secondary the mapped drive.

Does that make sense? I have pieced this paragraph together over the last 30 minutes as I am very busy at work so it may not be clear. Just ask if you are unsure.
That's a great idea! Leaving out the HDD will be one less thing taking up space in the pc and will be a little help on the wallet as well.
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General idea: Quiet, Low power, instant gratification, small. He does have a stereo system in his garage so I included the 250gb hard disk for music. I know the isk only supports 2 92mm fans
The ISK uses 80mm fans. The case is designed for negative air pressure, so would be tough to keep dust out.

Here's what I would do.

$55 H67 motherboard
$57 CPU that is faster than E-350 and almost as efficient
$26 cheap 4GB RAM
cheap $70 AR SSD
same $21 optical drive
either same case, or ISK 300-65*** $70
$20 WiFi
use stock fan
~$320 + shipping

The 65W version would actually be quieter (one less fan) and possibly use less power (150W PSU is only 70% efficient). It uses an external power brick. The dual core Sandy Bridge Celeron should handily outperform the E-350 in most tasks. The SSD won't feel much slower than one that costs $60 more. The USB WiFi can be positioned for better signal.

Do you even need the optical drive past the Windows and drivers install? There are even smaller cases, for instance the M350. It is tiny, light weight (aluminum), quiet (uses noiseless Pico PSU, no case fans because entire case is perforated). Also can buy wall mounts or VESA mounts for couple bucks.

M350 w/Pico PSU $70
$2 for VESA mount to hang off back of monitor
$2.50 for wall mount brackets
$30 for display bracket that lets you wall mount the case and then hang a monitor off it too so everything is on the wall
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