Configuration for a church that needed a basic administrative use PC.
1: Must be small, silent, and not draw attention to itself (looks).
2: Used for web surfing, email, LibreOffice, QuickBooks, Quicken, and custom church member role software.
3: Must use wi-fi and have CD/DVD optical drive.
4: No gaming or significant graphic capabilities needed.
5: Must be expandable (memory and/or HD/SSD)
6: Budget $400-$500
Note: This configuration replaces a small Lenovo Atom based PC that did not have sufficient CPU horse power or memory to properly support (performance) the office and accounting software. Nor is the PC expandable.
CPU: Selected latest AMD A8 for price and basic graphic abilities. Will not need to be OC'd just to make it perform well. Intel G3258 was considered but disqualified for lack of logical cores/base performance. $30 more for the A8 does not break the budget.
Motherboard: Gigabyte makes very nice mini-itx/wi-fi motherboards that I have used in the past and have had very little to no trouble with them. This board helped meet requirements.
CPU Cooler: Just use stock cooler.
Memory: Researched for a decent price/rating. G.Skill won. 8gb capacity based on the requirement to keep the PC performing well. Most likely 4gb would have been sufficient, but the budget allowed for more.
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue received good reviews for capacity/price point. Plus requirements for storing many large files needing a lot of storage. Would have preferred SSD but is price prohibitive based on budget.
Case: SilverStone is a trusted case manufacturer. Selection included size, overall end-user ratings/reviews and price. Met the "looks" requirement too. Considered many other cases.
PSU: Used Silverstone's suggested PSU (their own make). Not always a wise thing to do but the case needed a SFX PSU. The wattage selection based on CPU/Motherboard/HD needs at estimated peak load.
Cable Management: Attempted to keep all cable runs down either side of the case or packed around the optical drive. This kept airflow from being blocked or vortices that would cause hot air pockets.