My dad's Inspiron laptop, about 5 years old, has been showing clear signs of age. I decided that my dad should get rid of the old thing, which is hot, noisy, and slow, and get something new. My dad will be using this for basic things, such as word processing, Internet, Email. No Photoshop, Autocad, or other complicated things. My dad does not play any games.
The two most important factors in this build are Price and Silence. Speed is great, but really 2nd to those two. The thing I would most like critique on is if I the parts I chose are overqualified for what my dad likes to do and if I could choose cheaper parts with equal performance.
When I chose my parts, I tried to get ones that were passively cooled, such as the 3450 and the Thermalright 120 (might be using the duct with the heatsink). I would prefer keeping the wireless keyboard and mouse.
Motherboard: No idea. Need suggestions. LGA775, DDR2, a PCIe slot.
Heatsink: Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme CPU Cooler $60
Power Supply: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Power Supplies $105 Case: Newegg.com - Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases $140
Floppy Drive and Multi Card Reader: Newegg.com - Koutech IO-FPM220 3.5" Floppy Drive & Multi Card Reader Front Panel - Controller Panels $30
Optical Drive: Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners $27
Misc: -Thermal Paste Newegg.com - Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound - Thermal Compound / Grease $4 -Cable Ties Newegg.com - GENERIC 73CT-01-0840-BK Cable Tie, BLACK, 8" 100 pcs/Pack - Ties & Bundlers $5
Trust me, I'm a Doctor
25th November 2003
You might consider one of AMD's 45W chips:
^ Thats the fastest of thier 45W chips. 2.5Ghz, and only costs $87
It wouldn't be as fast and that Intel, but it would still be plenty for what that builds going to be used for, and costs a good bit less.
For that intended use, the overkill parts are the 120 Xtreme CPU cooler, case, and PS. You could easily go cheaper and/or even drop the CPU cooler. Retail CPUs come with a heatsink and fan which are adequate for the use you mentioned. This of course means you can drop the thermal paste as well. If he insists on a quiet case though, which the P182 definitely is, you can get the P180 version in silver right now for $105. It lacks the optional external mount water cooling ports, adjustable fans and cable storage behind the MB tray, but you don't really need all that in such a build. [COLOR=blue]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129154[/COLOR]
Thanks guys. I'm going to go with the Athlon CPU Apollo suggested, Omen's P180, and ditch the Thermalright, P182, and PSU.
I still have no idea what to get for a motherboard. I just want something stable, with plenty of USB ports, supports the CPU Apollo suggested, and uses DDR2 RAM. I don't need OCing capabilities.
I tawt I taw a puddy tat...
30th December 2002
You could also go cheap on an Intel CPU, and it should still run like a rocket as far as Dad is concerned. It will be faster than the AMD suggested (no offense), and it overclocks with EASE to be certain of that.
Intel Pentium dual core E2200 2GHz $94 Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E2200 Allendale 2.2GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors (performs almost as well as a core2duo as it's only missing some cache)
As Omen said, regardless of what CPU you choose, stick with the oem cooler and save that money too. I'm running my E2180 (stock 1.8ghz) at 3.0ghz on the oem cooler with no problems.
btw - The E2180 is selling for $70 right now, and it doesn't disappoint. (same as E2200, just a bit slower at stock)
That Antec 380 watter should do you fine. My old 350 watt Antec is still running strong many years later.
Whatever CPU you decide on, someone here can recommend a good board for it for certain. :)
I agree on going with an affordable Intel Core 2 vs the AMD. If your dad ever wants to multi task it will be faster and probably cooler. On the MB, go with something like an ASUS or Gigabyte that has no more features than you need. Look for the right CPU socket type, DDR2 800, and ATX form factor. This is a pretty good one, but they're out of stock right now: [COLOR=blue]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131030[/COLOR] It has an Intel chipset, which are more reliable and cooler running than Nvidia chipsets.
7th August 2004
to what he need, I would suggest just buying a cheap HP/acer/ compaq laptop
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The thing is though, with the right parts you can build your own very affordably and get a more solid PC without all the proprietary hassles of the hardware and/or software. Even the 380W PSU he downgraded to will be much more robust than any cheap name brand PC would have in this price range. Just don't spill any gelato on it while bulding it foodmaniac! LOL
I have a soft spot for AMD, but I think I'll go with the Oblivious's Intel CPU this time. Does anyone have a suggestion for a good LGA775 DDR2 mobo with one PCIe slot that would fit my Dad's needs? I really am clueless to all the bridge stuff they mention on Newegg.
Cap'n Rommel;4373225to what he need, I would suggest just buying a cheap HP/acer/ compaq laptop
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I'm building for the reasons Omen listed. I want this one to last at least 5-6 more years.
...burning angel wings to dust
14th February 2004
If all you're doing is browsing the web, reading email and writing the occasional paper... why is a discrete video card needed?