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May 23, 2011 3:36:36 PM

Hi everyone, im looking to build a small 'green' pc on a tight budget. i want to use it to start learning how to write code over the next few months. OS is still open for debate.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week, or before 5th june approx

Budget Range: up to £400, but ideally less is possible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: learning to write code

Parts Not Required: i wont need need mouse, keyboard, monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: i tend to use scan.co.uk but im open to other sites if they do i better deal.

Country of Origin: United kingdom

Parts Preferences: i have a preference towards intel as most do at the moment.

Overclocking: i dont think OC is a good idea on a mini PC?

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: no exactly sure of monitor res, but its a VGA and a few years old.

Additional Comments: Aiming for cool, quiet, small and efficient but i can sacrifice this a bit to get the cost low.

Current Parts List:

Samsung DVD Writer, SH-S223C/BEBE, SATA, Black, OEM
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-sh-s223c-bebe-22...

CIT MTX001B, Black, mini-ITX Case with 300W PSU
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/cit-mtx001b-black-mini-i...

Asus AT5IONT-I, Intel NM10, Micro-FCPGA, DDR3 SO-DIMM 800MHz, SATA 3Gb/s, mini ITX, OnBoard Graphics
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-at5iont-i-intel-nm1...

1TB Western Digital Caviar Green Hard Drive - HDD
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-western-digital-wd10...


So what are your opinions on this little machine? i think the mobo and cpu there are a little on the pricey side and could come down a bit?

appreciate any help, Thanks
May 23, 2011 11:55:19 PM

For basic coding and a very low power/inexpensive/small form factor build consider an AMD E-350 based build. You should be able to find a mobo+cpu combo for cheap. And no, you wouldn't want to overclock it.
May 24, 2011 10:46:39 AM

jbakerlent said:
For basic coding and a very low power/inexpensive/small form factor build consider an AMD E-350 based build. You should be able to find a mobo+cpu combo for cheap. And no, you wouldn't want to overclock it.


I was pretty sure about the overclocking, but thanks.

Were you thinking something like this?
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-e350n-usb3-a...

Although it doesnt seem much cheaper? if i got it wrong, could you give me a link, thanks.
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May 24, 2011 1:44:44 PM

AMD E-350 >> Intel Atom. The Asus you linked is actually much cheaper than it is here in the US relative to the AMD.
You'd still get better performance from the AMD E-350, and any money saved is still less money spent :) 

That hard drive is going to be pretty slow, so I'd recommend getting a standard 7200RPM drive, like the Samsung F3 if they're comparable in price.
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