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$500 Business Computer!! How?

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June 19, 2009 1:16:51 AM

Lol hi, A few of you might remember me, I'm the guy thats going to build my dad a new business computer.

What parts would you recommend?

His needs are:
Dual Monitors, Major Multitasking, Office programs, Low boot time, Occasional Illustrator/Photoshop use, Never Video editing, Lots of storage, Under $500. I have Office 2007, XP, Acrobat 9.0 pro, etc saved, so this is Hardware-only pricing. I don't need to buy him any software. We also have a monitor, Mouse, and keyboard.

This computer is for a New Loan Officer, if there is anything specific to this job he might need, let me know (my dad doesn't really know what he needs yet, he's still very new).

Thanks!

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June 19, 2009 1:25:34 AM

How much is alot of storage? What isn't included in the budget?

Centurion 5 / COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

E5200 / ECS G31 / SAPPHIRE 4550 / CORSAIR XMS 2 (4GB).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Its coming to $394.92
June 19, 2009 1:41:17 AM

Monitor isn't included, and neither is software, a mouse, or a keyboard. Everything else must be purchased
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June 19, 2009 2:58:25 AM

ajsellaroli said:
Lol hi, A few of you might remember me, I'm the guy thats going to build my dad a new business computer.

What parts would you recommend?

His needs are:
Dual Monitors, Major Multitasking, Office programs, Low boot time, Occasional Illustrator/Photoshop use, Never Video editing, Lots of storage, Under $500. I have Office 2007, XP, Acrobat 9.0 pro, etc saved, so this is Hardware-only pricing. I don't need to buy him any software. We also have a monitor, Mouse, and keyboard.

This computer is for a New Loan Officer, if there is anything specific to this job he might need, let me know (my dad doesn't really know what he needs yet, he's still very new).

Thanks!


There are two ways of
getting the computer you describe at that price

The first is to find some one who has one and then rob them

the second is to up the budget
June 19, 2009 3:15:21 AM

Outlander_04 said:
There are two ways of
getting the computer you describe at that price

The first is to find some one who has one and then rob them

the second is to up the budget

I have to disagree here. I've seen budget gaming builds at the $600 price point. Cutting components to the OP's needs (no monitor, keyboard, or mouse) will easily bring the total to $500 or below.
June 19, 2009 4:35:39 AM

g3force said:
I have to disagree here. I've seen budget gaming builds at the $600 price point. Cutting components to the OP's needs (no monitor, keyboard, or mouse) will easily bring the total to $500 or below.



I have to disagree since he wants two monitors and only has one
June 19, 2009 5:16:02 AM

Outlander_04 said:
I have to disagree since he wants two monitors and only has one

Quote:
Monitor isn't included, and neither is software, a mouse, or a keyboard. Everything else must be purchased

This statement is misleading at first, but I assume from the second sentence that the monitor is not part of the budget.
June 19, 2009 6:05:18 AM

Yeah, for mobo, ram, processor, case, PS you can do it for 500. It sounds like video card requirements are minimal, as long as it supports dual display,

June 19, 2009 6:55:29 AM
June 19, 2009 8:55:05 AM

Dirt Mountain and not moose - excellent selections! I didn't know Newegg offered such sweeping combo deals, those are really great!

Ok, no I did not mean to include another monitor, I was expecting to add the second later. My dad's current monitor is a 19", however, so that HannsG will be an excellent idea, dirtmountain, thank you! You didn't include a video card in your build though, but if I use the $40 saphire that not moose recommended it could still work.

I wasn't prepared to go AMD though, as I don't understand them. I've done a lot of reading on the progression of Intel's line, and I've always bought intel (though I've only built one rig....hey, I'm only 20!), so I was going to stay with them.

You guys tell me, for a budget build like this is it worth it to go AMD? That is a faster proc for the price..by numbers

thanks so far!
June 19, 2009 1:06:31 PM

The 760G would support dual monitors without the addition of a graphic card. The AMD 7850 is a bit faster then the E5200, but not the E6300 at stock speeds. Most G41 motherboards for Intel also support dual monitors. You can save a bit of money by going with a seasonic 300w or 350w power supply.
June 19, 2009 1:39:40 PM

I really want to like Dirtmountain's build, but I'm not sure that CPU will be quite strong enough [for "major multitasking"]. A 720BE would be a lot stronger, if the budget will stretch a little. The rest of it looks nice though.
The IGP on that mobo should be able to run two monitors.

June 19, 2009 4:27:32 PM

I believe Not Moose's build will serve my dad's purposes beautifully. Will there be any need to upgrade that graphics card later, though? My parents really don't need to game, but this 9800 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is much more powerful, and would probably be the last card they would ever really have to buy. The saphire 4550 seems limited...I'm probably wrong though.
June 20, 2009 11:41:17 PM

Trust me, on the AMD, it'll be fine. I have been working on computers for about 11 years, and have always built my personal pc's with AMD, always good stuff, and a fair price. I don't think you'll be too dissapointed.
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