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.
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.
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?
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