Reliable, Durable, Somewhat Tough PC Ideas

Hey guys I need some advice,

My step-dad wants me to put together a new computer for his new dairy (yeah, moo moo lots of cows). I have always been a fan of putting my own stuff together, but since price isn't really that much of a concern I'm wondering if I should just order one from DELL. If not, do you guys have any recommendations on what a durable, reliable, somewhat dirt and employee resistant components I should go with?
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  1. If you want pre-built ultra durable work machine (not a gaming machine, but a business machine) that is portable, can take a beating, will handle water being spilled on it, as well as general dirt and grit, check out the Panasonic ToughBook or the Itronix GoBook.

    We use these at work and they take a beating..might fit the bill if your Step-Dad wants to have something he can take between the barn, the house, and into the truck for a ride to the auction house. If he wants something that will sit on a counter/desktop, then these aren't the way to go.

    Just offering up alternatives to the everyday vanilla computer.

    Good luck!
  2. Hmmm go with a Gateway computer....I think those are the ones with the cows in their commericals. :wink:
  3. What will be the primary applications on this computer?
  4. You can just get a low-end Dell, and put plastic covers on it like you see in an auto garage.
  5. It will mainly be used for record-keeping, data- entry type stuff. Of course I want it to last for as long as possible so I was thinking about spending about $1000.

    Antec Performance One P180 Silver cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Model #: P180
    Item #: N82E16811129154

    $129.99

    Intel BOXDP965LTCK LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Model #: BOXDP965LTCK
    Item #: N82E16813121035

    $109.99

    AeroCool ZERODBA ZERODBA-S500 EPS 12V/ ATX 12V 2.02 500W Power Supply - Retail
    Model #: ZERODBA-S500
    Item #: N82E16817331001

    $84.99

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6400 - Retail
    Model #: BX80557E6400
    Item #: N82E16819115004

    $187.00

    A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1A16K - Retail
    Model #: ADQVE1A16K
    Item #: N82E16820211066

    $80.99

    LINKSKEY LKA-CR15B 19-in-1 USB 2.0 Black Card Reader/Writer - Retail
    Model #: LKA-CR15B
    Item #: N82E16820300901

    $12.99

    NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM
    Model #: FD1231H-302
    Item #: N82E16821152005

    $6.99

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    Model #: ST3320620AS
    Item #: N82E16822148140

    $79.99

    ViewSonic Value Series VA1912wb Black 19" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
    Model #: VA1912wb
    Item #: N82E16824116373

    $189.99

    LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model LH-20A1S - Retail
    Model #: LH-20A1S
    Item #: N82E16827106057

    $39.99

    Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2B 1 Pack - OEM
    Model #: E85-04741
    Item #: N82E16832116059

    $139.99

    Subtotal: $1,062.90

    Is this overkill?? I just want it to last as long as possible and be stable.
  6. woops forgot the vid card

    EVGA 256-P2-N445-LX GeForce 7300GT 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
    Model #: 256-P2-N445-LX
    Item #: N82E16814130025

    $63.99
  7. Where is the graphics card?
    MOst of the parts are more than the rig needs. You can balance it out and still get all you need for $800
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