Ok, a Swedish company got a few alternative configurations when putting together a system, here's some options, I'd like to hear your opinions on what to pick in order to make it as silent as possible.
I'm looking for a somewhat fast silent system for office work, no gaming or advanced photoshop work etc
processor: AMD athlon xp 2000+ 1.67GHz 384K $88
memory: 256mb pc2700, 333MHz ($50)
motherboard: pc2700 asrock k7vm2 ($75)
harddrive: seagata barracuda 120gb 7200.7 8mb $117 (suppose to be extra silent)
case: miditower compucase LX6A21, 300w ($95)
(the power supply in this case is as far as i know called HEC 300lr-pt)
here are the alternatives to the above.
processor i just dont know, amd xp 2000+ is probably enough, could change for xp 2200 ($92) xp 2400 ($106) but dont know it will be worth it.
memory im considering buying 512mb instead: but that would cost me $110
motherboard here im clueless and pretty much picked the cheapest one, the alternatives are:
pc2700 ecs k7s5a $83
or 2xpc3200 a7n8xdl (sata, 1394) $147 this motherboard is marked as being more quiet, dont know if it is.
harddrive, is there a more silent than the barracuda? alternatives are:
maxtor 120gb 8mb marked as "silent" not sure of which maxtor it is. $118
then we need to pick a case... im not sure the power supply included in the compucase is silent enough so maybe im better off with buying a case and power supply separately, if so i can choose:
for case: midtower noise control chieftec bx03 with magic fleece on teh inside $133
and for power supply: SeaSonic Ss-300Ft 300 Watt New extreme silent PSU, Super Low Noise Fan 120mm $32.
sorry for the long post, how would you pick and put together from the above? i'd like to keep it as cheap as possible unless there's some BIG improvements gained by stepping up a little in price...
and what kinda level of silence can i expect with the above systems? any guesses? are we talking 25db? 30db? 35db?
thanks for any input here...
just want to know if it's worth putting a system like the above together, or if im better off with a dell