I'm building a mini-ITX computer for someone and since I don't have much experience with this form factor I thought I'd see if someone could tell me if there's any glaring oversights in my choice of components.
The biggest criteria for this build would be: Low noise (inaudible during normal usage, e.g. not gaming, is highly desirable. Computer will be under a desk, about 1 meter from user.), good performance/cost ratio, small form factor/visually acceptable (the person who will be using the computer has said OK to the listed case, so I'm hesitant to change it at this point)
Processor: AMD A8-5500
CPU Cooler: Scythe BIG Shuriken 2 Rev. B 45.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial V4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
($79.00 @ B&H)
Case: Lian-Li PC-Q07 Mini ITX Tower Case
($68.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS198D-P 19.0" Monitor
($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power supply: be quiet! Pure Power L7 300W
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Monitor: Asus VS198D
Total cost: around €600
Things I am most concerned about
- Problems with CPU cooler mounting on the motherboard (the Asrock mITX FM2 board had some reports of chips on the back blocking the cooler backplate mounting. Haven't heard anything about this MSI board though and based on pictures they seem to have a different layout.)
- RAM not fitting under the CPU cooler (people have said 'low profile' RAM will fit under the BIG Shuriken, but I'm not sure what they meant. The Kingston HyperX heat spreaders don't seem to be any taller than the RAM modules themselves, so is that good enough?)
- Non-modular power supply in a small case (I'm pretty sure I've seen pictures of similar sized power supplies which are non modular fitting inside this case, but other people say its a bad idea).
- Cooling inside the case (Will the two fans [CPU and power supply] be enough to keep everything at a reasonable temperature and quietly?)
Answers to general questions:
1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
Web browsing, general office tasks (MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint), watching movies/streaming video, light programming (Python and R), some gaming (mostly casual games such as Plants vs Zombies and Fearie Solatire, but also some TF2, Civ 4/5. No modern FPS's or other action games though.)
2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
Probably €650 is the max. Shipping would need to be included in that.
3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
Finland (so I'll be buying from Finnish stores which tend to have more limited selections than Amazon and Newegg)
4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc.
5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
8. What resolution will you be using?
The monitor I was planning to get (listed above) is 19" with 1440x900 resolution.
9. WHEN do you plan to build it?
Note that it is usually not cost or time effective to choose your build more than a month before you actually plan to be using it.
Planning to buy within a week and build over Christmas.
X. Do you need to purchase any software to go with the system, such as Windows or Blu Ray playback software?
I need an OS but I'll probably just buy a Windows 7 or 8 license.
Thanks for any advice!