Joshvar wrote:I got the Biostar iDEQ 210P (it's a socket 754 SFF box, with the direct-to-southbridge GigE goodness of the nForce 3 250Gb) along with a A64 2800+. It's not terribly quiet, but even overclocked to north of 2.3GHz, the fans are at the slowest speed. I have 512MB of RAM, a Seagate Barracuda IV (the quietest according to StorageReview.com) and a Radeon 9600XT to round out the package. If I changed the fans in the box out and put a heatpipe cooler on the Radeon, I'd probably cut the noise down significantly, but I haven't gotten around to it.
LicketySplit wrote:In that case...Pffffffft...budget??
derFunkenstein wrote:Athlon64 Venice core supports SSE3.I elected to look into an SSE3-capable system (which, admittedly, I could do with an Athlon 64, just not for the money I'm spending) with as much in the realm of matching components as possible. I found a decent deal on a Dell Dimension 4700 (which is a little more forward-thinking than I thought I could get for the price, given an open PCI-E 16x slot) and grabbed some extra RAM and I'll end up grabbing probably an X300XT to make it Sims 2 capable, and it'll be plenty for my wife's needs, too.