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Is this family PC build any good?

Last response: in Systems
February 24, 2010 9:27:42 AM


I'm building a PC for my family that will mainly be used for some office applications, youtube, web browsing, etc. Nothing too demanding actually and I really doubt any games will be played on it. The idea is to create a decently powered PC which will withstand another 5 years like the current Dell Pentium 4 PC we have, however, I want it to run on as little power as possible. I plan on undervolting the processor to the lowest minimum stable state which I believe will make quite a difference since the one I have chosen tends to have really high stock voltages.

Undervolted here:

Here is what I have built so far but if you have recommendations to make it even cheaper without losing integrated graphics and basic features, please let me know.

All prices are from and I tried to find components listed with rebates or free shipping:

Biostar TA790GX XE: $79.99

AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.8Ghz: $56.99

A-DATA 2GB DDR2 800: $40.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 7200RPM: $44.99

LG DVD Burner GH22NS50

FSP Group FSP220-60LE(80) 220W 80 Plus Certified PSU: $54.99

Acer X193WCb 19'' Monitor: $109.99

Logitech S120 2.3 Watts 2.0 Speakers: $12.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit: $104.99

Case: Reuse old Dell PC Case

Total without shipping: $528.91

Opinions for cost reduction?

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February 24, 2010 10:03:28 AM

seems pretty good to me, the only thing i don't know about is the PSU. will it deliver enough power?
February 24, 2010 10:21:44 AM

I think so, going off the Toms Hardware article posted yesterday for a low power PC. I figure the idle power should be below 30W on this PC with a load power of maybe 60-85W.
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February 24, 2010 10:30:25 AM

well nice, just wondering, if you had a graphic card you would need a lot more then?
February 24, 2010 10:33:14 AM

yeah, I think it depends on how power hungry of a graphics card you chose, then you might need 300-400w.
February 24, 2010 10:36:40 AM

ye pretty insane...

but it seems to me like you got ya self a nice pc for the money