My wife has gotten very good at using computer, not so good at taking care of them.
She hates noise. As a result the machine gets turned on/off 6 times a day or more. This has a tendency to either destroy hard drives or make hash of the OS after a while.
My goal is to build her a very quiet machine. She want to web browse, watch TV, and play BlueRay DVDs. She has a 24" wide screen monitor.
-Stick with C2D, such as an E7400. Low power, cool running.
-An HD4670 is the most powerful video card that I can get that is passively cooled. Should do fine.
-Mobo is the big question. It has to be totally reliable. What about a Gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L. I don't need the latest chipset (or the power draw). Teh 43 looks like a good compromise.
-PSU needs to be efficient and quiet. Looking at the SeaSonic 430W.
I plan on using a Seagate 7200.10 hdd (that I have) and a Sony BD player.
Yesterday this came to $500 on NE (including memory). Let's pretend that this is the budget.
I am hoping that this will be quiet enough that she leaves it on all day. No rush on this, I am looking to use W7 as the OS.
Do what you guys do best, give me advise. tks ed