Hi and thank you once again for the help i've always found here at bleepingcomputers.
I'm looking to build a system which will be running most of the time 24/7, and since this is some kind of new challenge for me, i'm looking for some help and some suggestions.
First, let me explain what i'm looking for.
The build needs to have a low power consumption. This is probably the most important feature, the lower the better.
Possibly it shouldn't make much noise when running, so i guess i would need to invest in some good fan or alternative cooling system (but the consumption would skyrocket in this last case i guess). I guess some attention in the case selection is needed too, a case with bad intakes and outakes would take more fans, which would led to more power consumption and more noise.
Also, the less expensive the better, since i'm a bit on budget and although this is something i need for work, i cannot invest very much resources in this. An upgradable system could be the solution if my budget restriction would be too much, so that i make the system scales step by step.
Coming to system requirements, it doesn't need to be an high-end gaming rig.
The PC will do some intensive browser activity, but that's it.
The only things i need - but correct me if i'm wrong - are:
- CPU: a decent CPU (currently i had to test the operations on a Intel Core i7 3632QM @ 2.20GHz, which is doing quite the job, although at 70-85° - but it's in a laptop). My guess is a dual core 2.50GHz-ISH would be fine;
- RAM: at least 4 GB RAM (i could actually use some ram i've already got to bring down the price, but it's DDR2 so i should adjust motherboard - and therefore CPU - picks, and i'm not sure it would be worth to spare... 50$? But i'm totally in the dark here, so i'm open to suggestions);
- STORAGE: a very small SSD or a standard HDD, which comes for less, since it would only need to store OS and some stuff. Probably i wouldn't even use 128 GB.
- CASE: a good case and fans.
- GPU: imo i should be fine with integrated graphics
WIRELESS CARD: already got MONITOR: already got PSU: already got (?) OS: already got UPS: already got
- MOBO: clueless here.
Some scrap i've already got (but don't know if useful):
- MONITOR: Monitor with VGA connection (but i've got all the possible adapters)
- PSU: 500W https://www.amazon.it/Hiditec-Artica-80Plus-Bronze-supply/dp/B00V63DSZE (If i'm right, it isn't necessary to swap for a 300W, the only important thing is the internal power consumption, right?)
- OS: which could be W7, Lubuntu or another Linux distro
- CPU: 1) Intel DualCore E6550 (LGA 775 - 64bit - 2.30GHz, not sure if it could be useful, it would bring limitations to motherboard and therefore ram...)
2) Intel Pentium E2220 / 2.4 GHz (Probably a bit better? But still LGA775)
- RAM: 4 GB RAM DDR2 (as above)
- CASE: I'm actually in the possession of an old emachines case (basically, this: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v727/xangarite/DSC02949.jpg) and an old acer aspire x1700 case (https://cdn.pcpartpicker.com/static/forever/images/userbuild/135097.5aacb2142e32140bde196a312506d900.510481dab91ceea7249755aa394561aa.1600.jpg). I don't know if they could come of some use, but i doubt it - the emachines isn't really much customizable and hasn't got good ventilation, whilst the aceraspire x1700 basically doesn't fit anything different from its standard equipment.
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce G100 (not worth the power consumption, with it being low being my first objective)
- Optical Drive: got a couple, but i would avoid, to lower power consumption.
It seems to have considered everything, but if i'm losing something, please feel free to tell me, as i said i'm pretty new to this kind of build
Country: Italy - so i should be able to shop within every EU country
EDIT: I've also considered a raspberry for some times, which obviously would be pure gold for power consumption, budget and silence, but my understanding is that it wouldn't be enough neither for CPU nor for RAM.
I've recently tried to use free Amazon AWS EC2 services (similar specs) and 1 GB RAM wasn't enough, but more importantly, CPU was always running at 100%.
Edited by donisonleague, 03 July 2018 - 05:06 PM.