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So I am building a computer for my parents. They want as small as I can possibly build while still staying fully functional. They want it to be Intel based, they tried AMD on their last computer and were not impressed. They want generally the longest lasting components possible, as they don't want to have to deal with anything for as long as possible.

Cliff Notes:
Smallest fully functional computer
Intel based
longevity, not performance

I was thinking something like:

Sugo SG05 w/ 300W supply
Intel 775 mITX board
Xeon E3110
Corsair XMS2 2x1Gb
WD Black Caviar 500Gb
Samsung Slim DVD-RW

Thanks for any advice.
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Any particular reason you need a Xeon? It would be cheaper to just put a core2Duo in it (unless you have the Xeon laying around). A Core2 will last just fine.
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go socket 1156. you will be able to upgrade in the future. also, core i3.
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Originally Posted by ghost55 View Post
go socket 1156. you will be able to upgrade in the future. also, core i3.
This.

Xeons don't have a lot of the desktop features you might want to use. There's a reason they're only used in servers
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post #5 of 17
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I was thinking Xeons tend to run cooler and require less power than the desktop equivalents; however, I am perfectly willing to put something else in it.

Can I find an 1156 board with onboard graphics and video?
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post #6 of 17
The Xeon E3110 is exactly the same as the C2D E8400. If it does run cooler (which I doubt) it wouldn't matter much in the real world.

Any H55 chipset mini ITX board will have integrated graphics as long as you use a dual core processor meaning no Core i7 or Core i5 7xx series, anything else is fine such as the Pentium G9650, any Core i3, any Core i5 6xx series. This platform will use DDR3. You may as well go 4GB because there's already been a couple hot deals for around $50, and regular price is down in the $60 range.

There are smaller cases than the Silverstone, but if you want to stick with the Silverstone, then consider the SG06 instead of the SG05. They are identical except for the front. While the SG05 has better airflow, the SG06 is more quiet. For a dual core socket 1156, you don't need much in the way of airflow. For SFF quiet is good especially because users typically have tiny systems on their desk, so it is within arms reach of their ears. Speaking of quiet, the WD Caviar Black drives are not so quiet. However, the WD Scorpio Black are quieter and the case takes 2.5" drives. Alternately the Samsung F3 drives are quieter than the WD Caviar Black.

An alternative to this case would be something truly minuscule like a Mini Box M350 with an external USB optical drive. You can basically attach the computer to your monitor using the VESA mounts, and then the computer has pretty much zero footprint. Just get a USB optical drive (maybe one of those that stands up). Voila! All they see on their desk is a slim optical drive!
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http://www.techreaction.net/2010/08/...d-prolimatech/

I've built a machine just like that and I can confirm that the 300w PSU is more than enough for gaming. I have a GTX 460 1GB in my SG05, but I would suspect a 6850 would do even better.

Oh! Not for gaming. Herp derp.

Gigabyte H55 mitx board
Intel i3 530/540/550
4gb RAM
HDD - just look for the best deal for your price and size range.
Case - SG05/SG06 (SG06 is more stylish, imo, and cooling won't be a thang)

The case is the most expensive thing, I believe.
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post #8 of 17
H55 ITX and i3/i5 definitely.

While you said you are not building for performance, you also said you want longevity, which means performance now which will not be adequate in 3-5 years for the average OCN member

Depending on the time frame you are looking at, Sandy Bridge is right around the corner. Feature articles are already popping up all over.
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post #9 of 17
I would not go for 775 now. Get them 1156, and they will really be impressed.


You could save some money by buying parts from the OCN marketplace.
SG-05 that i am selling


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post #10 of 17
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Thanks guys, i3 with the H55 it is then.
Do I need a cooler for the cpu, or will the stock stuff fit?
Zotac or Gigabyte? I like Gigabyte alot.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813500056
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128448

WD Black Scorpio sounds good as well. Something like this one?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-279-_-Product

Really I'm open to any case suggestions, my only requirement is everything has to go inside it, including the optical drive. Noise is a concern I had not mentioned. The quieter the better.


by SG06 do you mean this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...63151&Tpk=SG06
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