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November 26, 2010 2:32:32 PM

I would like to build a low end PC to display a powerpoint based menu system for my cafe. I would like to drive a large (around 32-46") flat screen with HDMI and be able to download the presentation onto it via FTP. Sounds simple enough: Motherboard, small disk, wireless card, PS.

It will be single purpose, and cost is my primary consideration.

Its been quite a while since Ive done a system and am looking for advice on motherboards and other stuff I might not be aware of.
I know that the HDMI motherboards are out there, what graphics card capabilities do I need if I have an HDMI equipped MB?

Any help or advice (or even questions that Ive forgotten to consider) would be greatly appreciated.
a b V Motherboard
November 26, 2010 2:55:29 PM

ther basic sort of build you are looking for would be..

AS Rock 880G $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A basic board with HDMI out. will handle anything short of hardware accelerated Gaming.

Athlon II X2 250 $58.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Only $1 more than the 245. For what you are doing, a 2 core is sufficient.

Patriot 4 GB DDR3-1333. $48.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Many of these are on sale for less than $50 right now. G.Skill, Patriot, Kingston, Mushkin, any of these brands are good.

Seagate 500 GB 7200.12 drive: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This one is on sale right now for the price of a 160GB drive.

The Seasonic 300W 80+ Bronze PSU will fill your needs nicely at $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
80+ Bronze means its very reliable *and* will save on electric bills.

Samsung 22x DVD Burner: $15.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Burners are the same price as DVD ROMs, so, no reason not to get it. You need something to load windows and other software on.

D-Link internal Wireless N card: $37.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There are cheaper ones, but I'd rather get it from a reliable company.


Rosewill case. Three cases are $29.99 right now

The Blackbone:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the R218
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and the R223
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

any of them will do.
November 26, 2010 3:51:34 PM

Thank you very much. Those links will point me in the right direction. I really appreciate your time.
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December 10, 2010 9:39:10 PM

So I built the system as outlined above, all purchased through Newegg except the HD (500G 7200 rpm barracuda) which I got for 59 from Staples...because I happened to be there. Used an old USB kbd and wireless mouse I had kicking around. It went together perfectly, booted right up, loaded with Win 7 ultimate and all is well. I configured the FTP server included. Open Office will drive the presentation system. Using a DVI-D - HDMI cable to a Pannie 46" Plasma.

BTW- the PSU didnt come with a power cord...no biggie. The R223 case is amazing and well cooled for the price.

Cant thank you enough for pointing me in the right direction, its been 10 years since I built a system and it was very gratifying to see this one whirring away.
a b V Motherboard
December 11, 2010 12:47:49 AM

you're welcome. Congrats on the build.
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