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Low-Noise Low-Range Office PC

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December 28, 2009 5:59:37 PM


BUDGET RANGE: $300-400 or less

*Microsoft Office 7

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard/mouse - monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: , Amazon, etc. online. No Fry's or Microcenter nearby


PARTS PREFERENCES: Windows 7 32-bit, 2GB Ram, AMD CPU for low cost and lower wattage. Manufacturers with decent warranty and phone support. Connecting to modem wirelessly through Netgear RangeMax NEXT (802.11 draft -n). wonder if this ok. Recertified: NETGEAR WNDA3100-100NAR IEEE 802.11a/b/g, IEEE802.11n Draft USB 2.0 RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Adapter



MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768 but possible upgrade monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I got such a good response and info on the media PC that I built. I thought I would come back and take into consideration any advice on this office PC. 80% chance I will be building 2 identical desktops. One will be in the minister's office, the current on is VERY OLD...something over 10 years! :pfff:  So I'd like to match or beat this in noise level and heat. Other is for secretary... in a bigger room... a little more flexibility in noise level. Submitting proposal on new build vs upgrading 10+ and 9 year old desktops!

December 28, 2009 6:22:24 PM

Oh... also want virtualization on CPU for Win 7's XP Mode. What is AMD V-tech dual-core entry level chip?
December 28, 2009 6:35:04 PM

Checked my closet parts shelf. Found a new Antec EA-380 80-plus 380 PSU,
Visiontek X1650 Pro 256mb,
Diamond HD2600Pro 256mb, and
EVGA e-GeForce 6200LE :lol:  256mb PCI-E video cards.
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December 28, 2009 10:07:00 PM
December 28, 2009 10:23:38 PM

This is going to be harder than you think if you need the OS included in the price. You have to get Windows 7 Professional to use XP mode. That's $140, leaving $260 for the system.

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $139.99

As much as it pains me to say it, you might be stuck buying a pre-built computer unless you can stretch the budget a bit or are a student and qualify for the $30 Windows 7 from

Here's a shot at a build with quality components, but the components themselves come to $342.90.

Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Continuous Power ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail (Does NOT come with a power cord) $64.94 (Case + PSU combo)

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $137.99 (CPU + motherboard combo)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-2GBHK - Retail $54.99

LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $29.99

Total W/O OS, $342.90

Total W/OS, $482.89
December 28, 2009 10:52:29 PM

nice combo deals... i forgot to check thoses. especially the case/psu combo. an upgrade from the rosewill case for free.

the mobo/cpu combo is $30 more than what i had came up with before your post. besides the newer socket, is there any performance advantages of this over the x2 5400 am2? I could probably do without the XP Mode..and there's plenty of students at the church . I was thinking of salvaging the dvd drive from the Dell Deminsion 4550. what you think? Thanks... at least we are in the ballpark.
December 29, 2009 5:40:49 PM

Thanks shortstuff_mt, i'm going to read that link now. I'm thinking the Antec case is too "tech-ish" for 50+ year old users in a HoW office.
December 29, 2009 9:00:25 PM

ok thanks for the case info... just did some research on the mobo...trying to shave dollars where i can without sacrificing performance/quality.
What about non-EVO M4A785-m? $117 combo[/url" target="_blank">

from what i can see i would only be losing ddr3 support, estata port, and 1394 ports. is there anything im missing? i was thinking some good ddr2 800 would be sufficent for the low intensive apps that will be run on this.
thanks a lot for the AMD chip advice, that's in the cart no doubt.
December 29, 2009 11:15:00 PM

That's a pretty nice combo that wouldn't be a bad way to go. I would avoid building around an AM2+ motherboard and DDR2 RAM, but if it helps get the build within budget, go for it!
February 10, 2010 4:17:39 AM

thanks for all your help. took awhile to get the proposal approved. I did have to go ahead with ddr2 ram... 4gb. along with athlon II 250 and ECS 780 chipset mobo. But got it all into the build budget. Everyone is happy.