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So what components do you think would be good enough in a silent computer to be used solely for internet browsing, listening to music, and maybe watching movies/tv shows? No gaming at all. Small form factor prefered. No OS needed, I would just use a Linux distro.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 12
your cell phone:D
post #3 of 12
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Ha, all I can do with my phone is send sms and talk! This PC would also be used to download stuff, my current want it's a little too noisy and hot to leave at night. I'm still not sure if I'm gonna make this build, I want to know how much it would cost
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post #4 of 12
to be honest, any of the netbook/tablet can accomplish what you are looking to do. if you really want to build a machine for that purpose. I'd recommend a Llano A8 so you leave yourself alittle room for gaming if you decide to go that way later down the road.

you might be better off with a Llano laptop tho. less headache.
post #5 of 12
Rasberry Pi.

TrimSlice.

Anything with an Atom.

Seriously, if you're going with Linux you don't need much.

What distro do you plan on?
     
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core m3-6Y30 Intel HD515 8GB 1866DDR3L Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2, 256 GB 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
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AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4GBs of Adata 1333 Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB WD Caviar Black 500GB Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
LG 8X BDR (WHL08S20) Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Kubuntu x64 Windows 7 x64 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Bodhi Linux x64 Acer G215H (1920x1080) Seasonic 520 HAF912 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
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Kubuntu SLAX 1280x600 + Dell 15inch Excellent! 
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6 cells=6-12hrs and a charger 1001P MU17 Black 
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Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
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AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4GBs of Adata 1333 Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB WD Caviar Black 500GB Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
LG 8X BDR (WHL08S20) Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Kubuntu x64 Windows 7 x64 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Bodhi Linux x64 Acer G215H (1920x1080) Seasonic 520 HAF912 
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N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
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160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
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Kubuntu SLAX 1280x600 + Dell 15inch Excellent! 
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post #6 of 12
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Wouldn't a Llano A8 be too hot for silent?

Raspberry Pi is a nice idea, I was planning on getting one anyway. I don't want to buy a laptop or a tablet as they are quite expensive here, and I don't need a screen just yet.
I haven't decided on Linux distro yet (as I haven't decided yet if I'm doing this tongue.gif) but I could use Puppy, DSL, Mint, Arch
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post #7 of 12
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Wouldn't a Llano A8 be too hot for silent?
Raspberry Pi is a nice idea, I was planning on getting one anyway. I don't want to buy a laptop or a tablet as they are quite expensive here, and I don't need a screen just yet.
I haven't decided on Linux distro yet (as I haven't decided yet if I'm doing this tongue.gif) but I could use Puppy, DSL, Mint, Arch

Find a netbook then is my recommendation. But honestly a TrimSlice, Rasberry Pi should cover things too if you have the time. If you're looking for a preconfigured but still barebone distro that's light on resources I'd recommend Bodhi. Plus they're working on getting on the Rasberry Pi with it too. If you can find something E-350/450 mobo combo you'll be good so long as you can get the AMD GPU to work in Linux(I've heard horror stories about ATI/AMD drivers in Linux). Good luck with whatever you choose.
     
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core m3-6Y30 Intel HD515 8GB 1866DDR3L Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2, 256 GB 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4GBs of Adata 1333 Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB WD Caviar Black 500GB Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
LG 8X BDR (WHL08S20) Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Kubuntu x64 Windows 7 x64 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Bodhi Linux x64 Acer G215H (1920x1080) Seasonic 520 HAF912 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Kubuntu SLAX 1280x600 + Dell 15inch Excellent! 
PowerCase
6 cells=6-12hrs and a charger 1001P MU17 Black 
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core m3-6Y30 Intel HD515 8GB 1866DDR3L Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2, 256 GB 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4GBs of Adata 1333 Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB WD Caviar Black 500GB Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
LG 8X BDR (WHL08S20) Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Kubuntu x64 Windows 7 x64 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Bodhi Linux x64 Acer G215H (1920x1080) Seasonic 520 HAF912 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
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Kubuntu SLAX 1280x600 + Dell 15inch Excellent! 
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post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Nistenf View Post

Wouldn't a Llano A8 be too hot for silent?

well, depends. A8 isn't a very hot chip to begin with. it DOES have a TDP of 100w, but considering a 2500k has a TDP of 95w already... it's a better option to go A8 and get a nice cooler and be done with it. also depends on how "silent" you need the machine to be. generally speaking "silence" is NOT cheap:D a "silent" PSU will cost you $250+ while a quiet PSU can be as low as $80 (quality units of course) so you'll be better off getting something with a 700RPMish fan rather then completely passive for your budget.

if you don't want the capability of possible gaming, then a passive E350 can easily handle your needs.
something like this asus board can do everything you are looking to do. there may be a more updated version of that board so look around.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Nistenf View Post

So what components do you think would be good enough in a silent computer to be used solely for internet browsing, listening to music, and maybe watching movies/tv shows? No gaming at all. Small form factor prefered. No OS needed, I would just use a Linux distro.
Thanks!

Celeron G530 (enough performance for HD video without needing GPU acceleration)
Scythe Ninja 3 Rev.B heatsink
socket 1155 ITX mobo of your choice (probably H67 or Z68, to match SATA 6G SSD)
DDR3 RAM of your choice
Lian Li PC-Q07 case
Pico PSU 150XT with 102W brick (probably way more than you need, but 150XT gives you 24-pin plug)
SATA 6G SSD of your choice
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Core i5-3570K ASRock Z77E-ITX GeForce GTX 670 8GB Samsung DDR3 
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Intel 330 240GB SSD, Crucial M4 256GB mSATA SSD... Samsung DVDRW CoolIt Eco Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
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Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
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Intel 330 240GB SSD, Crucial M4 256GB mSATA SSD... Samsung DVDRW CoolIt Eco Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
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Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
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post #10 of 12
I would say either an E-350, E-450 or if you want an A8 get the A8-3800. Its the 65w version so less heat and power consumption.
    
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i5 6600k @4.4GHz Asus Z170 Pro Gaming EVGA GTX 960 SSC 2GB 16GB Kingston HyperX Fury 2666MHz 
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Samsung SM951 NVME 256GB Seagate Barracuda 1TB Some Asus thing that sounds like an aircraft at... Be Quiet Dark Rock 3 
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i5 6600k @4.4GHz Asus Z170 Pro Gaming EVGA GTX 960 SSC 2GB 16GB Kingston HyperX Fury 2666MHz 
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Samsung SM951 NVME 256GB Seagate Barracuda 1TB Some Asus thing that sounds like an aircraft at... Be Quiet Dark Rock 3 
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Windows 10 Logitech something Super Flower Leadex Platinum 550w Phanteks Enthoo Luxe 
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