I want to build a new home office computer that takes up very little space and runs silent but can run VISTA 32/64 or WIN7 and all MS Office, ADOBE, flash off the Internet like Youtube without system hanging.
I don’t care to over clock this system, just use it for whatever.
I currently have…
MSI board, AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3000+ 1.81GHz with 2GB of RAM running WINDOWS VISTA 32
but this system is in a mini ATX tower case and is up on my desk (loud) and would like to down size it to 16cmx16cm if at all possible and silent.
I have been considering the Zotac with the AMD and would like to get feedback from those who have experience with MINI ITX Motherboards.
Basically this system will be used for simple home use like email, spreadsheets, word, internet, photo editing with ADOBE and maybe one game; Western CivIII.
The last thing I want to do is build something that will not do.
What I am considering
SATA= 4 for 3 hard drives & a DVD
System freezes/hangs may not have to do with hardware. Could just be your bloated software. i.e. background apps like security. You can't install software on a P4/Atom the way you do on a AM3/i7. You have a lowly 1.8Ghz+ single core & 2 gigs. It's not gonna cut it for Vista. If you want to comfortably run Vista, you need 2Ghz+ dualie or quad + 3-4 gigs of ram. Or turn off Aero. Use Basic theme. Uninstall as much startup crap as possible. So the other way to fix it is to lower your expectation: install XP.
Your list in the OP won't speed up Vista much. It'll be more or less the same. Unless you upgrade the cpu & ram. But your req's is 2 gigs. It'll "hang" like you said.
Now if you spend more on a new cpu, ram & mobo, then you'll see a big improvement.
To cool the 785GM-E65, MSI chose a heatsink and heatpipe combo. Of the three boards previewed today, MSI's offering is the only one to cover the voltage regulation area, which should be a must so that enthusiasts can get more performance while overclocking. The heatsink from the VRM area connects to the fin style heatsinK over the Northbridge to aid in transfering heat. There is a smaller heatsink over the Southbridge to help keep it cool as well. MSI also uses all solid capacitators for stability and employs an Active Phase Switching design to save on power loss and works with any operating system.