$340 pc

My parents 5 Y/O Vostro 200 Desktop died 2 months ago. They're now using the OTHER Vostro 200 (bought two for buisiness reasons). It is really annoying as it runs at 70dB and is SO SLOW! So I was wondering if  this would be a good idea for a build.

Case : http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_547&products_id=18568

CPU : http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_345&products_id=21599

Mobo : http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_1441&products_id=21749

Ram : http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_538_913&products_id=18373 (for Windows speed and the APU)

HDD : http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=18357

Case : http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_547&products_id=18568

Fan : http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=11493 (2 of those for intake/outtake)

DVD/RW : http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=658_667&products_id=21346

Total : $340.00 AUD Exactly :)


Unless you plan on overclocking, I'd spring for the A4 instead. Saves a fair bit of money; $20 to be exact.


Unless you plan on a high end SSD, just setting for a cheaper A55 board, such as this one:


As for the fans, I would spring for the GELID silent 12. Still very quiet, cheaper, backed by 5 year warranty.


However, if they aren't in stock, I'd spring for the Arctic Cooling F12's. Again, quiet, backed by 6 year warranty.


Both push more air than the fans you have, with comparable noise output.

OS: Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon. It's an LTS release, mean it will be supported for 5 years (04/2017), and Cinnamon is an attractive interface that offers a lot of functionality, and runs great on APU's thanks to OpenGL acceleration. Did I mention it's free. Also, going with the Mint route, you can settle for 4GB of RAM, as it's not nearly as resource heavy has Windows. Can run comfortably at 1GB. My installation uses 450MB, which leaves the rest for the user. 4GB would be plenty.