Hello SPCR, I've been a long time reader and silencer(ite?). I purchased a Thinkpad L420 in August of last year due to my place of work having an excellent contract with them, but in my home office, the noise of the fan has begun to bother me - my work office is too noisy to really notice it come on, but at my nice and quiet home, the fan noise is quite bothersome.
I have decided to sell the laptop and put the money towards a similarly-powered desktop PC. My ideal solution would be a space-saving VESA mounted M350 case, as my office and desk are very small and I would like to keep roughly the same footprint as my Thinkpad, but silence will outweigh size. My build plan is as follows:
Motherboard: ASUS P8H61-I REV 3 (http://ncix.com/products/?sku=62523&vpn ... cture=ASUS
CPU: Intel Pentium G850 (http://ncix.com/products/?sku=61142&vpn ... ture=Intel
RAM: 2x4gb of whatever is cheapest when I place my order
Case: Mini-Box M350 (http://ncix.com/products/?sku=37788&vpn ... e=Mini-Box
PSU: I was thinking the PicoPSU 80w kit with the 60w brick would work, but I am unsure if 60w will be enough
SSD: Kingston SSDNow 30gb
What I am looking for advice on is whether or not the 60w power brick with the PicoPSU will be able to run this system, and whether or not this will run at a reasonable temperature/noise level if it is attached to the back of my monitor. I will need to add a USB wireless-N adapter and a USB bluetooth adapter, and occasionally a bus-powered USB hard drive will be plugged in. System loads will likely be low, but every once in a while I might want to play some old games (like Baldur's Gate, or SNES). All advice is appreciated!