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New Atom 330 build

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June 5, 2009 11:35:08 PM

I'm considering building my dad a new computer for Father's Day, since it's coming up and his old Compaq desktop is quite unreliable. Real estate on his work desk is a priority, so I was considering building a new system with this guy, but I'm new to the Atom scene. Any reason I shouldn't go this route? The only thing the computer is used for is basic web surfing/email/Quicken/etc. No big tasks whatsoever, so I figured this was the way to go as far as usage, price, and size.

Input is appreciated!

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June 6, 2009 2:07:11 AM

Ya i think the Atom is a waste in a desktop to be honest. I second proximon's suggestion. Athalon 5050e build would be good I think.

Stick it in a box like this:

Ram: You probably don't need 4gb now, but in a couple years it will help him out and the price on ddr2 is slowly rising, so I would just buy it now.

MB: This isn't much more than the 740g and has a better video chipset.

PSU: Something basic is all you need, like this:

HDD: This is a quiet and fast drive, and probably plenty big:

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June 6, 2009 2:52:00 AM

Thanks for the replies, guys. It makes more sense to go the mini-atx route. I think I was tempted to use an Atom just because it's new tech. The regular CPU will give be better upgrade options in the future, too.


Those parts are almost identical to the HTPC I built a few months back. =P

Thanks again for the input.
June 6, 2009 3:41:04 AM

+2, I wouldn't go for Atom either, Proximon's CPU doesn't use that much power anyways.
June 6, 2009 4:30:45 AM

The Atom processor is pretty slow, like slower than Pentium 4 speeds. It's not something I would want in a new PC. If you are really excited about low power consumption and hug trees all day then I guess you can go for it, but IMO its too slow.
June 6, 2009 5:50:19 AM

^ Agreed, If I ever would buy a Atom CPU, its probably a netbook :lol: