Is it possible to build a silent PC under $500?
People were thinking about building one based on the Mobile Athlon XP.
Couple one of those with a Motherboard that supports the processor, like the Abit NF7-S,
and a quiet heatsink (like the Zalman 7000's) and you'll have the foundation for a cheaper build.
We just got parts togather for my step son. We needed to do it on the cheap since his cash is limited right now. This also had to be done pretty quick since the one I gave him to use blew the power supply.
He went to newegg & got the MGE Viper
- which got decent reviews except on a few things. It wouldn't be my choice for a case & had he realized the size of it, wouldn't have bought it, but for the money, according to the reviews, it's a decent case. It was hard wiring it- I'm here in NJ, he's in the Carolina's. I spent countless hours on the phone with him trying to guide him on the USB & Firewire wires as they are not one or 2 harnesses but single wires. PITA
The mobo was a Gigabyte GA-7N400Pro2
- $50- which I don't suggest unless you have spare parts. The processor was an Athlon XP 2700+
- $86.99. This is OEM so it didn't come with the heatsink fan. The ram we bought him was mushkin 512MB PC3200
for $40.55. We would have liked to have gotten him 2 sticks, but it wasn't happening right now.
I had parts laying around that I sent him- the heatsink fan, a CDRW drive & floppy plus IDE cables. He already owned a copy of XP and only needed to buy a hard drive.
IMO, if you have $500 to spend, you'll get a lot more for your money going to Cyber Power
or I Buy Power
. We didn't do this because at 1st, he was going to buy a case & put the Compaq innards in it, so he already had the case when we changed our minds.