I started at a new job as a paraplanner (like a paralegal but for a financial planner) on Monday and I took on the responsibility of ordering my own computer. I need to keep it under/around $1000 including:
1. CPU - was thinking AMD 3800 X2 for price/perf.
2. MB - would like integrated video and quality reputation
3. RAM - 1gb
4. OS - XP Pro needed
5. LCD - Would like 20"+ Widescreen, 75hz+ (height adj. would be a plus)
6. Speaker - Could be part of monitor or attach to monitor (cheap is good)
7. Keyboard/Mouse - need ergonomic (I'm 6'5" with big hands)
8. HD - 160gb+ with good reputation
9. Case/PSU - something cheap with a good rep
10. Office 2007 - not needed, but I'd like it as the Excel 2007 could save me a lot of time since I'm mostly working with spreadsheets all day and Word 2007 doesn't suck (unlike previous versions).
I mostly use a PC to do spreadsheets, internet apps, client relationship management apps and emails. I really want a good monitor and at least a gig of ram while the rest doesn't matter much as long as it doesn't fail. I'd like to get Office 2007 if I could stay in my budget.
Should I use HP or Dell, or can I build this cheaper/better by myself or somewhere else? (I've done a few builds before but haven't in a while). I have to buy the OS, so that could make a difference on the price.
I am all for building computers for home, having done so a number of times, and everyone roaming this forum is into custom building. That being said, for general business use I would generally not recommend it (the exception being if the user needed exceptional performance for CAD or video editing, etc.). I say this because you have to consider not just the initial purchase, but who is going to troubleshoot it if it has problems and will you get flak from your employer if its down for a while? If the system is from HP, Dell, etc. you can always point to them if it is down.
As to the HP vs Dell, our office only has Dell's (appx 50-60) ... I can confirm from my own experience what everyone has heard, that Dell support is frustrating to deal with and definitely sub-par. Saying that, the systems have generally been very reliable, so our office has not had to make too many of those calls.
You make a good point, but then again, parts do have warranties and can be easily replaced even if getting it fixed by the manufacturer doesn't work out (if you know how to diagnose hardware problems).
I'm sure you can figure out the software and keyboard/mouse yourself, but that should fall well under your price limit.
I think the most important part of the system which will give it a big leg up over some cheap-o HP system is the power supply. If you don't skimp on that, 95% of breakdowns will be prevented... and SeaSonic is known quality.
Thank you so much. The office has a relationship with Dell, so I guess I'm buying a dell. I could buy the monitor separately, so if anyone has suggestions on Monitors, I would appreciate it. Thanks, -Matt
Something else to consider is that non-ws 19" monitors are relatively cheap right now. You can get a decent passively-cooled graphics card for $50-75 that will support dual outputs (as will Windows XP), and have dual monitors. I find it especially handy if you want to have one document/spreadsheet open on one monitor while working on something else on the other monitor. In general, I think ATI does a better quality job on its dual-monitor driver software than does nvidia.
Since this is primarily for business, you'll want stable and support for a decent price. This is key.
Since your needs aren't very specialized, you'd probably be better off getting a Dell or an HP since they can offer basic, lower-budget systems that are very competitive. And they'll bundle XP or Vista for you and kick in a monitor too. All you'd need would be Office 2007.
Onboard video, etc....yep, just order a pre-built. If something goes wrong, you're covered for replacements and support.
i like to build my own but i know some people like dell deals.it doesn't have xp pro but i think everything else is there.
go to dell.com under home desktops and configure your desktop as you like it under e 521 and get the price over $999 with all the stuff you wanted plus office 2007 and put this in the code box after you add to cart
and the price should drop by 25 percent,
i tried it with the 20 monitor and cheap speakers, usb keyboard/optical mouse and office 2007 and it came in under a grand after discount
came in at 808.50 before tax,make sure under shipping you get the free shipping sometimes it adds the shipping option that costs extra