Advice for Building an Affordable Desktop
I'm starting the process of purchasing parts for a desktop. My target price range is $300-$400. I want to be able to comfortably run a modern linux-based operating system, but do not necessarily need an advanced system. It will be used for internet (including videos on hulu.com), office related tasks, and some light editing of standard definition mpeg4 video. I'd like some room to potentially do upgrades and updates in the future. I'm looking for any kind of suggestions or advice that might be helpful, because I've never done anything like this before.
Here are the parts and approximate prices that I've found so far, shopping primarily on pricegrabber.com. Again, feel free to comment on anything.
- Intel DG41TY motherboard - $70 (X4500 GPU, G41 chipset)
- Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz E4600 - Already in possession
- Cooler Master Elite 330 Mid Tower - $50
- Antec BP350 350 Watts Power Supply - $35
- Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160GB HDD - $50
- Corsair 2 x 2GB DDR2 800Mhz RAM - $100
- LG GH22NP20 Dual Layer DVD±RW Writer - $40
The prices add up to about $350, which works for me.
A couple questions off the bat... the motherboard is a micro-ATX, and the case and power supply are advertised for ATX. Is this a problem, or are they interchangeable in this way?
Also, I'm going to need a way to access my 16GB SDHC card from my camcorder. What is the cheapest/fastest way to do this? Would it be better to get an internal card reader that plugs directly into the motherboard, or will an external adapter achieve the same transfer rate at a lower cost? Does make or model matter regarding this piece? Keep in mind, linux-compatibility is paramount.
Otherwise, are there any obvious weak spots, or any pieces that are obviously overkill? Do the prices seem reasonable? Is there anything that is missing? Will all the cords and connectors I need be included, or will I need to purchase that separately? I plan on getting a used monitor from craigslist or a pawn shop, and cheap keyboard/mouse/speakers from Wal-Mart.
Thanks in advance!
speaking of fans and heat sinks
One thing that I noticed recently is that the fans that included with at least some Intel CPUs are getting smaller, or perhaps just more compact. I bought a core 2 duo a few years ago that came with a fairly nice fan and heatsink, but then the core2 quad that I bought a few months ago had a smaller fan and heat sink. It might be that the newer fans are more efficient, but I didn't bother to investigate since I use 3rd party fans.
Originally Posted by coopstah13