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February 1, 2013 3:12:10 AM

My mom needs a new PC for everyday tasks. She's an at-home paralegal who will log a ton of word processing and internet hours on it, so it needs to be zippy and reliable. Although I could find a cheap off-the-shelf one that would suffice, I'd rather build her something special that is noiseless and compact. Her only needs are front-facing USB ports and a DVD drive.

Right now I'm struggling with the proper form factor that will minimize size without constraining my options for building a ultra-reliable everyday PC that will suit her for long-term.

Any thoughts?

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2013 4:29:40 AM

what is your budget?
a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2013 4:37:59 AM

ok here is what im thinking

Case
Haf 912

replace the fans(2 120mm[more if you want more airflow]) with these
http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Gentle-Typhoon-120mm-25mm/...

then get a motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GA-H61M-DS2-Intel-Micro-...
this should suffice

Then a CPU
she wont need anything more than an i3
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i3-2100-Dual-Core-Processor...

then 8gb of 1600mhz ram(anything will work but i recommend this)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JM1ZG8/ref=oh_deta...

then a CPU cooler
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Plus-RR-B10-2...

(I recommend getting a gentle typhoon fan for that as well just to keep it quiet)

then a Graphics card(you can run off of onboard if this stretches the price to much)
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-1024MB-Graphics-01G-...
This is not powerfull by all means but it can run a nice picture and can surf/do word just fine

if you need a monitor dont go really cheap
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

then keyboard/mouse

Keyboard
http://www.amazon.com/Storm-QuickFire-Rapid-Mechanical-...
I recommend a Mechanical because it is easier to type with and has a satisfying CLICK but if that is too expensive
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-920-002478-Keyboard-K120...

mouse
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-910-001822-M510-Wireless...
This will be just fine


Hope this helps :D 
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February 1, 2013 4:56:19 AM

Really thanks to a recent demand there are plenty of Mini-itx boards out there that are very well equipped. Off the top of my head you can start with these parts.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just put the intel CPU of your choice and a good SSD and you should have something that's small and quiet. If you need a save a bit of scratch you can sub the cooler for something cheaper. just about any cooler at low speed will do as well as the stock intel hsf while cooling better.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2013 5:56:13 AM

You have better luck at hitting the noiseless target with a business-class prebuilt.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2013 8:08:20 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
so she can run muilt monitor set up.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
cpu cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
for memory card reader and fan controller for the front bay,
pick up some good case fans and set the speed to 500 and you wont hear anything from 120mm fans.
mid size case with fan grill going to let the heat out normaly. good power supply to voltage uses on the system you wont hear ps with active temp controler fans in the power supply. best place is a mid tower and put it on it own small push cart next to her desk with the printer on a stand. i would pick up two hard drive same size and a drive back up software for small biz. if one drive crashed she have the other as a backup. i would also set up nightly online backup to the cloud. larger case will have natrul airflow with the ps on the bottom and grills on the side or top. a low wattage 55w ib cpu with onboard ipgpu not going to make a lot of heat.
February 2, 2013 6:56:43 PM

twelve25 said:
You have better luck at hitting the noiseless target with a business-class prebuilt.


Like what?
February 2, 2013 7:03:24 PM

PanicMaster85 said:
ok here is what im thinking

Case
Haf 912

replace the fans(2 120mm[more if you want more airflow]) with these
http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Gentle-Typhoon-120mm-25mm/...

then get a motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GA-H61M-DS2-Intel-Micro-...
this should suffice

Then a CPU
she wont need anything more than an i3
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i3-2100-Dual-Core-Processor...

then 8gb of 1600mhz ram(anything will work but i recommend this)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JM1ZG8/ref=oh_deta...

then a CPU cooler
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Plus-RR-B10-2...

(I recommend getting a gentle typhoon fan for that as well just to keep it quiet)

then a Graphics card(you can run off of onboard if this stretches the price to much)
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-1024MB-Graphics-01G-...
This is not powerfull by all means but it can run a nice picture and can surf/do word just fine

if you need a monitor dont go really cheap
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

then keyboard/mouse

Keyboard
http://www.amazon.com/Storm-QuickFire-Rapid-Mechanical-...
I recommend a Mechanical because it is easier to type with and has a satisfying CLICK but if that is too expensive
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-920-002478-Keyboard-K120...

mouse
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-910-001822-M510-Wireless...
This will be just fine


Hope this helps :D 


Thanks, but that sure seems like a lot of computer.

I was really thinking of something along the lines of a home-build Dell Zino type PC. Just enough to support Windows XP and use a SDD. Traditional tower PCs seem like overkill for general PC users these days when you consider the capabilities of tablets, etc. I feel like the "desktop" for a non-gamer should be the size of a box of Triscuits.

Is is not feasible to custom-build a system like that?
a b B Homebuilt system
February 2, 2013 7:48:23 PM

jmhumr said:
Like what?


Dell Optiplex

Lenovo Thinkcentre M

HP Pro or Elite.

These are designed for years of reliable service and quiet operation for business use. You could tweak it with a low cost SSD and self-installed ram if you wanted.



They are a little more expensive than some low end home desktops, but they have less bloatware and again, are designed for longevity.

If you still wanted to make your own, perhaps some fan speed controllers (small internal ones) and the S or T series intel chips would help you keep the fan noise down.




February 3, 2013 3:35:58 AM

Think I found exactly what I was looking for in the Intel NUC. Thanks!
February 3, 2013 3:39:03 AM

Noiseless pc? hahahahaha. Never happen.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 3, 2013 4:17:32 AM

he means quiet not noiseless
February 4, 2013 3:46:04 AM

offcenter said:
Noiseless pc? hahahahaha. Never happen.


Sure its possible. If you're not hard over on performance, there are plenty of options for a passively cooled system. Remember, most people don't need anywhere close to the latest i7/GTX/2TB system.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 4, 2013 8:10:05 PM

yeah agreed, you could get by with just a i3 and its integrated graphics if all your doing is watching videos.... and with that just get a nice cooling system that cools very quietly along with a noise dampening case
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