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Completely passive cooled system for mom with numerous pets (value-oriented)

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Hello,

I'm not at all familiar with passive cooling, but my mom needs a passively cooled system. Ideally everything should be passively cooled, case, GPU, PSU.

She has maybe a dozen animals living in her house. It's crazy the amount of cat and dog hair floating around. I'm finding fans get clogged incredibly fast, leading to IT support calls (to me), and I'd like to build a system (or order a complete system) that avoids that.

She doesn't need much. She just does internet browsing and some office applications. The smaller the system, the better. It would be nice to get a dedicated GPU to support some of the latest OS features, but that would be gravy, and not essential.

I can spend whatever I need to, but I'd prefer to minimize costs as she doesn't really need cutting edge performance or massive amounts of RAM. I suppose as a baseline:

Dual core (would consider quad if they can be passively cooled)
4 GB RAM
300 GB total storage (would prefer cheaper, conventional drives if they are all right without active cooling)
CD-R

That's about it. Any suggestions for either components or system builders that can put this together?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 12
I'd suggest a mobo with integrated graphics. That way you don't have to spend more for a GPU.
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Being completely passive, and not overheating/eventually having a fault, on a normal desktop is extremely hard to do (seeing as most all PSU's have at least 1 fan).
I'd suggest an EEE type pc (like this).
Extremely underpowered for the price.
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post #4 of 12
Try to find a quiet cheap PSU to power the rig. Get integrated graphics also.

If you want a quad passively cooled check out the Thermalright HR-02. It might be huge and it may be expensive but it'll be the best passively cooled heatsink you're going to find.
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post #5 of 12
Is it possible to install even a low rpm fan? The benefit from it would prolong the life of the components greatly.

You can always put a filter on it.

Other ideas:
Set computer up on top of desk away from pets.
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post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by kenolak View Post
Being completely passive, and not overheating/eventually having a fault, on a normal desktop is extremely hard to do (seeing as most all PSU's have at least 1 fan).
I'd suggest an EEE type pc (like this).
Extremely underpowered for the price.
That Eee PC looks like a fairly simple solution. Might go with that. Thanks.

She has so many dogs and cats, and is so bad at maintaining her electronics, that common-sense suggestions of 'keep it away from pets' and 'use a filter' unfortunately wouldn't help her situation. I'm not physically anywhere near her, otherwise I could maintain the system myself.
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Mobo with IGP, Thermalright HR-01 Plus or HR-02 for CPU, Seasonic X-400 for PSU. Should be completely passive except under extreme CPU stress when the X-400's fan might start up.
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post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by qiqi1021 View Post
Mobo with IGP, Thermalright HR-01 Plus or HR-02 for CPU, Seasonic X-400 for PSU. Should be completely passive except under extreme CPU stress when the X-400's fan might start up.
Thanks. I already ordered the Eee PC, but thanks for the help anyway.
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post #9 of 12
Consider a case with dust filters over the fans (like Antec 300). also a lot of Noctua heatsinks are good enough to run over a CPU without the fans (although they are expensive.)
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What about this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131697
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