Looking to build this computer for a buddy using it for work won’t be doing any gaming on it. Will be doing work in Adobe Photoshop, word, excel and be multitasking between all them. He was looking to get the pre-built linked below off tigerdirect for 399.99, I am trying to convince him to get the components for a better build.
Sweet thanks for the psu link, looks good, as for the video I am not sure, do you think the on board video would be good enough? and if on board is good, would i be better off getting one of the new amd boards with good built in graphics cards? along with an amd duel core equivalent to the intel core 2?
If you're not building it for gaming, then I think you'd be crazy not to go AM2 since it's ALOT cheaper. Also, buy EVERYTHING from Newegg! There are plenty of great savings on CPU's and MOTHERBOARD combo's....not to mention the amount you save on shipping. Here's what I put together for you! I build systems on a weekly basis and none of these parts are items I haven't bought and used myself. I do EXTENSIVE research on every part I buy making sure that everything I buy has an excellent customer review off Newegg.
and using this power supply. It's a cheap one but it's ALL I buy for the computers I build. Never received one DOA and never had any problem with them at all! They're excellent as shown by the user reviews....you won't find but a handful of PSU's with that high of a rating! Only con is there is only 1 SATA plug but you can always use an adapter if you have more than one SATA drive
Also, stay away from the Sony NEC Optiarc Burners!!! I've never bought one of those because the reviews on all of them are horrible on Newegg. I'm not sure if you're wanting a PATA or SATA drive but here's a Samsung drive that's SATA. I usually buy either them, Lite-on, or LG.
Gonna borrow some of dallasr's suggestions here, but I personally would change the mobo to one of the new 780G boards, since they'll be AM2+ compatible right out of the box. They have 3 on NewEgg right now:
If it is for work then the only recommendation I can give is buy a Dell.
No hassles with components not working well together, a decent guarantee and (for businesss acounts anyway - their support for home users is awful) fairly good support. It will probably be slightly more expensive, but frankly, so what?
For business users the lifetime costs are far more important than saving $100 on the initial purchase price and with downtime on this box costing your friend (as a guess) somewhere between $25-$100 per hour......
I'm honestly not trying to be negative here, it's just I come from a business IT background and we have different priorities to enthusiast-level users.
'Course, if your friend ever has $2000 to blow on an all out gaming-supercomputing-deathstar hybrid pc/coffee maker/lawn rotovator for perfecting his plans for world domination while simultaneously playing Crysis and encoding six DVD's then that's a different matter (though I would recommend two monitors in that situation for that ultimate 'Evil Genius' feeling)
Actualy I would recommend two monitors for your friend anyway - studies have shown it increases user productivity in a business setting by around 20%, and the cost for that much extra productivity is trivial.
actually i would have to disagree with stuart72, unless you find a special offer or deal i wouldn't go with dell for just the one computer. If i have to deal with another of their HORRIBLE power supplies i will go mad. The advantage of building yourself is that you can be sure of quality parts - plus its only the one computer so won't take you long to assemble.