Approximate Purchase Date Christmas – New Years Budget Range $300 - $500 USD after instant rebates but before mail in rebates System Usage from Most to Least Important Ability to run Windows 7 Professional, HD-videos, light online gaming, ability to have sound which does not break up have static and/or skip, has to be able to run Open Office and some kind of internet browser besides Internet explorer. Parts Not Required Monitor Preferred Wesite(s) for Partshttp://www.newegg.com, http://www.tigerdirect.com, http://www.amazon.com Country of Origin USA Overclocking NO SLI or Crossfire NO Monitor Reslution 1080p on a 50” so what ever that translates to Additional Comments
A mini-ITX board will be the best as there isn't a lot of room for it to be in other wise. If it can be from either ASUS or Intel that will be the best as I find ASUS system boards to be the easiest to hook up to power cables. I am building a computer for a friend who wants it to basicly be a computer but he will be putting it into basicly a auto repair shop and a carpentry shop. All the cases which i have found use a lot of fans for cooling and i do not think he has the money to keep up water cooling. So i am wondering what kind of case and power supply for 1 and/or all of the following builds:
other build suggestion will be much welcomed if they stay within the budget and include a tool kit much alike to the one in all three of mine listed.
Also please leave a note of a small case which cools the inside enough for one of these builds to not go to high in the temps when under load. Also what kind of cooling will be best? I would want to stay away from liquid cooling but it is a dusty environment at times and i do not want the computer to overheat from dust.
If you can get a good case with the supply supply included while staying in budget that would be great if not um please don't find another as the $500 mark was hard to convince him to go up to.
The lovo RAM will save you a very small amount of electricity . Way less than the power LED on the front of the case would use .
You need 1.5 volt or lower for Llano [and sandy bridge] but dont skimp on the MHz .1600 minimum and 1866 Mhz preferred .
what about a case and power supply? also i choose the RAM because we need to same on the energy cost of it because of the companies tools need it.
Actually your RAM voltage is determined by your motherboard, some motherboards just plain wont accept low-voltage RAM. Whatever motherboard you're buying - most manufacturers usually have a list of compatible memory modules that you can get for the MB you're buying and you can base your decisions off that (most of the time there's way too many to list but you can generally get an idea of what's compatible and what isn't).
And then the PSU - that can be tricky buying a low-wattage PSU for the case you've chosen. Most ITX and Mini-ATX desktop cases require a full ATX PSU anyways, I just built a home theater PC and went with a Corsair CX430 - a bit of a tight fit but it's a great low wattage PSU.
And I agree - ditch the tool kit, don't include miscellaneous items like that - that you don't need and will never use again - in your PC budget - spend the money where it matters most.
@Outlander_04 noise will not be a problem from the computer all the dust will be thus why i asked about the case and power supply what can i can that will not mess up. also thank you for pointing out that was not a AMD mini-ITX board as i thought it was.
@wiscracker thank you for the case/power supply suggestion'
@g-unit i did not know that not all RAM goes with all compatible DDR version motherboards.
@Outland_04 why is the best VIA board bad?
Too all others i am still looking for case and power supply suggestions
For that reason too I would avoid the AMD E series processors
Mb makers certify some RAM as compatible . That doesnt mean thats the only RAM that will run in their boards . I have never seen a situation where RAM was incompatible because it wasnt on the list .You are safe to buy any RAM that fits the cpu/mb's specification IMO
With the RAM i was mainly looking at it was the best RAM which i could find with the lowest voltage which usually leads to a lower TCO cost thus better. From what i have build in the past like you i never had ran into a problem using ram made for the kind of ram slot on the board with any mother board. with that the reason why i only went with DDR3 at MHz 1333 is because all the Motherboards only claimed to go up to 1333 and i have no experience in OCing. Now with all of that how do i find out how much power i will need for this rig? because on most of the pieces and parts it doesn't list it in watts. CPUs list in Watts, RAM lists in Volts and some also list Amps on the manufacturer's website ( not sure if they do that anymore though ), i cannot find anything for the HDD and the CD/DVD drive though so how do i find out the total watt usage for the rig?
yes i have built computers before but i was able to go into the $800 range and get a nice power supply but i am on a tight budget and need to find out how much i actually need to have.
@Outlander_04 i looked at the motherboard which you recommended and if i can go with AMD i will use that one it is just a matter of how much i will have after the case and power supply for which i will use but AMD seems to have the best integrated GPU out of all of them even though VIA seems to have some good tech in the VIA nano X2 CPU but with very bad graphics thus it was listed for a non-company basis.
@swifty_morgan may i ask what i can get at 7200rpm which isn't below 1TB of storage and stays within the budget while having everything else listed along with it?
PS it is a pain to find advice for budget builds as most of us are out for performance not cost per performance while having to stay below a certain price which makes everything have to be in balance so you do not have one part which out performs everything else thus not really that needed because the rest of the system is the bottle neck. Also i am not going for a high end and/or ethusist computer i am going for a mid end computer which can do simple stuff and play the following games which i know i should have listed up above. Nexon's Mabinogi at http://mabinogi.nexon.net/Support/client.aspx and Perfect World at http://pwi.perfectworld.com/download which are both played out of cleints I want to have them play at at minimum 20fps at medium settings as my friend does not do PvP but having 20fps will make it not jag around on the screen. The sites are of the download for the client and the system requirements which for mabinogi i think they are higher but never got updated on the page.