- Jul 31, 2012
- HD4600 / RX 570
- Mobile Phone
If you want low cost and Mojave compatibility then buy a 7010 USFF and i3-3225 combination. The CPU + Cooler/fan and motherboard only costs just under 46 USD. Amazing value. These prices are from Ebay.com. There's really no way to even buy a working Ivy Bridge ITX motherboard for 46 dollars. They'd likely start at 70-100 dollars. The Q77 boards have many features of the Z77, just no overclocking options. You don't need that anyway for this eMac mod system. Look at these crazy high prices for Z77 ITX motherboards on Ebay. Most cost well over 200 dollars.Priorities are low cost and near silent operation.
Power supplies (200W gold rated) cost less than 8 dollars. They are quiet too.
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CPU cooler (solid copper heatsink and pipes) + fan for $9.95
12.95 + 9.95 + 22.95 =
Total cost: Around 54 dollars (if you already have DDR3 1600 MHz ram and an SSD)
Note: you may also need to buy the Optiplex USFF power switch for a few dollars as I think that is custom to Dell too.