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A friend is looking to replace his old... very old... pentium 3 PC. He simply needs something that will run with anything and be as small as possible. Since he has been using the same PC, that is basically about 13 years. He does not need anything fast.

Mainly size and quietness are the two important factors here. No need for a dedicated vidcard... soundcard... he won't be gaming on it. This is for as light use as a PC will ever get.

I know how to put together beastly 100lbs+ systems... nothing small. So I would love to get some suggestions from those who are in the know. thumb.gif
End result for now... thanks for the help guys! (Click to show)
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Originally Posted by Derko1 View Post

Well... here are some shots of the nearly finished product. So it turns out that I bought a 3570k for a friend back in November. So MC WILL NOT sell me another one... EVER... because it is only one per house hold FOR YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. So I will never step foot in their store and I just simply ordered a regular... non k 3570 from amazon, at $2 cheaper than it would have been there and it will be here on Tuesday. Oh and my credit of $20 bucks I had at MC... gone... they now nothing about it. mad.gif


What do you guys think? tongue.gif It was a lot tougher than I thought to clear up the cables... it looks way too messy for my tastes, but unless I had a fully modular PSU, there's not much I can do. frown.gif








Edited by Derko1 - 5/18/13 at 7:04pm
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Try this on for size!

CPU $120
Intel Core i3 2120

Motherboard $100
Gigabyte H77N-WIFI

Memory $30
G.SKILL NS Series 4GB

Storage $172
Samsung 840 Series 250GB

Case $84
Antec ISK 110 Vesa

This would be a killer SFF rig that could do anything your friend throws at it.
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Try this on for size!

CPU $120
Intel Core i3 2120

Motherboard $100
Gigabyte H77N-WIFI

Memory $30
G.SKILL NS Series 4GB

Storage $172
Samsung 840 Series 250GB

Case $84
Antec ISK 110 Vesa

This would be a killer SFF rig that could do anything your friend throws at it.

Wow that is excellent! thumb.gif

I don't know if there'd be any need for 250gb of SSD storage though. Would a 64gb SSD and maybe a 500gb/1tb caviar blue fit the case?

I was even thinking of this for the CPU... http://www.microcenter.com/product/398006/Core_i3_3225_33GHz_LGA_1155_Boxed_Processor
Edited by Derko1 - 5/14/13 at 5:15pm
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CPU: 280
http://www.microcenter.com/product/412675/Core_i7_3770S_31_GHz_LGA_1155_Boxed_Processor

MOBO: 90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157310

RAM: 65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226395

STORAGE: 130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148940

PSU: 50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703034

CASE: 90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112372

This is a very efficient build with extra ram because it gives good headroom and will be more future proof. The storage drive is a mix between an ssd and a normal hdd so you get the best of both worlds. The cpu is overkill for what he's doing now but since he keeps his computers for awhile, it would be wise to get something that will last him awhile. It also has intel hd 4000 graphics instead of 2000 graphics like the one posted above so it will be smoother for watching movies and other videos.
Edited by DizZz - 5/14/13 at 5:25pm
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Originally Posted by Derko1 View Post

Wow that is excellent! thumb.gif

I don't know if there'd be any need for 250gb of SSD storage though. Would a 64gb SSD and maybe a 500gb/1tb caviar blue fit the case?
you wouldnt be able to fit a 3.5" drive. you could go with a 500GB WD Scorpio with a 60ish GB SSD.
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I would also look at an A10 or A8 processor with an A75 ITX board from MSI. Much better graphics performance.
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you wouldnt be able to fit a 3.5" drive. you could go with a 500GB WD Scorpio with a 60ish GB SSD.

Ok... then maybe a 120gb SSD might be better.

You did not recommend a PSU. Is one included with the case?
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I would also look at an A10 or A8 processor with an A75 ITX board from MSI. Much better graphics performance.

That does not matter at all on this build. The most graphics that this will be seeing... will be any flash enabled anything on a site.
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Originally Posted by DizZz View Post

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
This is a very efficient build with extra ram because it gives good headroom and will be more future proof. The storage drive is a mix between an ssd and a normal hdd so you get the best of both worlds. The cpu is overkill for what he's doing now but since he keeps his computers for awhile, it would be wise to get something that will last him awhile. It also has intel hd 4000 graphics instead of 2000 graphics like the one posted above so it will be smoother for watching movies and other videos.
I like the storage options and case on this one better than below.
Quote:
Originally Posted by thepoopscooper View Post

Try this on for size!
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
This would be a killer SFF rig that could do anything your friend throws at it.

Would this case fit on the back of just about any monitor? I'm looking at buying a Dell 23in IPS panel for them.
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Originally Posted by Derko1 View Post

Ok... then maybe a 120gb SSD might be better.

You did not recommend a PSU. Is one included with the case?
yes
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Originally Posted by Derko1 View Post

I like the storage options and case on this one better than below.
Would this case fit on the back of just about any monitor? I'm looking at buying a Dell 23in IPS panel for them.
so long as the monitor has the VESA mounting option (which just about every monitor does), you should be fine
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