I am building a new computer for simple web surfing and music enjoyment. Here are the parts I'm looking at:
Samsung MV-3V4G3D/US (the samsung "wonder ram")
Thermalright HR-01 Plus with LGA 1155 mounting acessories
A quiet fan of some sort to run at 500 rpm.
64g Samsung 830 SSD (from an existing computer I own)
2gig Seagate barracuda green (not the queitest drive, but what I have lying around)
Asus Xonar Essence ST (the reason I chose a motherboard with a PCI slot)
Atheros AR9380 in a miniPCIe to PCIe 1x converter
I am undecided on the CPU. I was interested in the i3-2120T but it only has Intel HD2000. There are Ivy Bridge CPU's but they have a 65w TDP and I would like the rear fan to be the only one (passively cooled CPU.) The reason I ask is it has to be able to output to my 2560X1440 monitor. If I got the i3-2120T then I guess I would have to get a passive videocard, which kinda negates getting a CPU with a 35w TDP. This computer doesn't have to do anything serious (apart from be quiet
) It wil run a lightweight Linux OS and all I will use it for is surfing the internet and listening to music. Does anyone have any opinions/experience on this?