I need to make a desktop computer for a seriously ill person who has
I am thinking of sourcing all of it from one trustworthy source if
possible, and putting it all together.
Even if you have no idea about some of these, I will be grateful for
your comments on the others.
Here are the priorities:
1. ROHS (Restriction Of Hazardous Substances) certification or better to help reduce outgassing. (This is
for medical reasons. If you wish to discuss it, please use a
different thread to keep this one focused.) I have also heard of
EPEAT and Greenmark, but know little about them.
2. Linux compatibility. A video card that has an open-source Xorg
driver will be necessary so that future upgrades will not break. He
doesn't need a fancy video card.
3. Very reliable components from trusted manufacturers. Downtime and
maintenance are a serious problem.
4. Standard, non-fussy components. To keep maintenance low.
5. Very low noise.
6. Good price/performance given the above.
Here is what I think he will need:
(Note: what I see when I edit this is an outline format with indentation by spaces. But this site removes all those spaces. Sorry.)
easy to work on
good quiet cooling
can support air filters
any options here?
aftermarket 120mm fans?
does overspecing make a PSU last longer?
something like Enermax 550W? (We might have a fairly recent one of these in the old box.)
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply otherwise?
pcie, usb2, sata, esata, ps/2, db9, etc.
if i go with onboard Intel video, which models do you like?
low end quad core 64 bit
relatively cool running
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler?
4GB or so of memory
Kingston or Corsair?
2 sata hard drives with 750GB to 1TB each (to last a while)
floppy drive, maybe :)
ethernet card unless onboard
sound card unless onboard
video card unless onboard
I have heard that Intel onboard and ATI are or will be open source; any others?
The machine will run Linux continuously in a dry climate.
We live in the USA.
Debian and possibly later Xubuntu/Kubuntu.
Low power consumption would help reduce cost and heat.
I've heard Newegg is good, but they do have a restocking fee.
Edited by samwales, 24 July 2008 - 03:01 PM.