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Is this family PC build any good?

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February 24, 2010 9:27:42 AM

Hello,

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 www.newegg.com 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?
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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?
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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.
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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
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