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Building a portable PC rate it and give suggestions

By sw123
Oct 17, 2006
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  1. Hi everyone.

    I will be entering 8th grade next year and I want to be prepared, so I decided to build a portable PC. What do you guys think of this setup:

    VIA / VPSD EPIA-ML8000A VIA C3 800MHz Processor Socket 370 VIA CLE266 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Set

    CHENMING MATX-118 Black/Silver Aluminum Micro ATX Cube Case Computer Case Peak Load: 300W Power Supply

    Kingston ValueRAM 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 266 (PC 2100) Desktop Memory

    SAMSUNG Beige 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE Combo Drive

    Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JB 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive

    Total: $559.92(without s&h)



    Will this build work? Will it go fairly fast for basically typing and internet surfing? Thanks,

    sw123
  2. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    The VIA C3 800mhz is extremly low power but it's preformance can be beat by a Pentium 3 500mhz or AMD K6 500mhz. I recomend going with the AMD Geode NX 1750 over the C3.The C3 is ok with win 2k or most linux distros (as long as you don't install alot of extra features) but strugles under XP.There is also no advantage of getting an ITX board and a mATX case. I recomend a mATX board as it gives you more features and options.
    Here is a llink a board with the AMD Geode:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813185076 $74
    Or you could get an AMD Duron and a mATX board:
    CPU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819104159 $18
    Motherboard:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813157046 $43
    CPU Fan:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835150010 $10
    Total: $71

    either of those options will give you a big preformance boost over the C3, only use a few more watts, and still fit in the mATX case you listed.
  3. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 752

    One: the mobo is too big

    Two: It's for typing, not gaming(well, basic gaming, AOE II, etc.) :)

    It supposed to be able to fit in a large backpack :)

    sw123
  4. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 752

    I spelled portable wrong in my thread.......lol

    Edit: Fixed lol
  5. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    .

    How is a MATX motherboard to big for a MATX case? The demensions for MATX are standard.
    Edit: I just checked the demensions and either of the boards I suggested will fit the case you want.
    I am assuming this is the case right:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811125484



    The C3 strugles to even run windows XP with even minimal tasks. If you plan on useing windows 2000 or linux without alot of extras it will be ok.

    For $550 you can get a cheep laptop that will beat a C3 hands down so if you realy need portability I recomend that.
  6. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 752

    No LAPTOPS!!

    I simply dread laptops. I would rather get a full founctional PC. One question: Is there such a thing as an ITX with an AGP or PCI-E slot? Thanks

    sw123
  7. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    No. But, in a M-ATX case, a M-atx board will fit. An ITX wont make the physical size any smaller. I suggest a M-atx mobo, and a real processor, like an athlon 64.
  8. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 752

    So i get an m-ATX case and mobo with an AGP or PCI-E slot and that should work?
  9. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    Yep that should work well.
  10. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 752

    new list

    heres a new list:

    BIOSTAR GEFORCE 6100-M7 Socket 754 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

    COOLER MASTER Centurion Micro ATX 541 RC-541-SKR1 Black Aluminumm bezel, SECC chassis MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply

    AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 2.0GHz 512KB L2 Cache Socket 754 Processor

    LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 1.5M Cache IDE Combo Drive

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3120811AS 120GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    Kingston ValueRAM 512MB (2 x 256MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory

    ASUS EAX1600PRO/TD/256M Radeon X1600PRO 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card


    Look good for gaming and typing for a PC for school?
  11. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    It should be perfect for your use. I don't remember doing much graphic intense work in eighth grade.
     
  12. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    Yes that would be good for typeing and games.
  13. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    Well, basic games...
  14. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    Yah I don't think he needs to run anything graphically intense though. With more memory it would run games fairly well.
  15. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    When I was in eighth grade I had an old Pentium III 933MHz, with 256MB Ram, and a 20GB hard drive. I knew nothing about computers then :( I couldn't get many games to run either, and that was years ago (days of 1.2GHz requirements for games).
  16. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 752

    I have a different idea: this one's cheap and for gaming!

    Here's the list:

    ECS P4M890T-M2 (V1.0B) Socket T (LGA 775) VIA P4M890 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    Intel Pentium D 915 Presler 2.8GHz 2 x 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor

    3D Fuzion 3DFR76256GSE Geforce 7600GS 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card

    COOLER MASTER Centurion Micro ATX 541 RC-541-SKR1 Black Aluminumm bezel, SECC chassis MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply

    OCZ Performance Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory

    LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 1.5M Cache IDE Combo Drive

    SONY Black 52X CD-ROM IDE CD-ROM Drive Model CDU5225

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3120811AS 120GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-400 ATX12V 400W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, TUV, CB, FCC CLASS B, CUL



    Total: $541.12


    I chose an Intel Core 2 Duo so I can try it out. If I should get something else, please give me an example.

    sw123
  17. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,426   +217

    If you wanted a Core 2 Duo, you listed something else. The Pentium D has a dual core but is not a new Core 2 Duo. One way to tell is if it has the name Pentium in it, it isn't a Core 2 Duo. The name Pentium has been dropped from the new processors.
  18. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 752

    O yea, sorry I was going to select a Core 2 Duo, but they were WAY out of budget for me, so I chose a Pentium D. At least its basically a P4 with Dual core and 64-bit technology....just what I needed.
  19. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 752

    Do you think I should just go with AMD rather than Intel?
  20. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    If you can't afford a core 2 duo AMD beats all of Intel's lower offerings. I would recomend an AMD Athlon 64 over an Intel Pentium 4 and I would recomend an AMD Athlon 64 X2 over an Intel Pentium D but I would recomend a Core 2 Duo over all of these if you can afford it.
  21. vector9

    vector9 TS Rookie

    AMD 64bit is a bit excessive for basic gaming and typing. I think yur previous settings are perfect for what your doing.

    BTW. I heard AMD was coming out with a Quadri core in the near future.
    what are yalls opinion on a qudricore.
  22. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    Yah but the price is definetly right. Athlon 64s start at $55 at Newegg (socket 939 Venice core 3000+ boxed with fan).
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