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100% Stable Office PC $800-1000 - Boss wants me to get a dell blabla

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October 15, 2009 8:29:31 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 800-1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: VMWare Workstation / MS Office / Basic IT support

PARTS REQUIRED: Everything

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com but not opposed to giving consideration to others

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel / SATA Components / DVD-DL Writer x 2/

OVERCLOCKING: Never

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 x 2

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: STABLE / QUIET / Raid 1 / Dual Widescreen 22" Monitors / NO OPEN BOX / Better than a dell :) 

Software: Already have licenses. Nothing needed
October 15, 2009 8:32:43 PM

So you need two 22" monitors included in the $800 - $1000 budget? Your post isn't clear since you said "PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Everything". :) 
October 15, 2009 9:16:46 PM

You wont get fired for buying a Dell. If you build it yourself and have problems that may not be the case. Something to consider for a business system.
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October 15, 2009 9:31:03 PM

Software/OS?
October 15, 2009 9:43:27 PM

Updated OP. I looked at getting a t105 or t100 from dell but I think I'd have to upgrade the power supply as it has no extra connectors and aftermarket video cards seem to be a problem. If I was to get a dell which model offers the best mix of stability and speed for my budget?
October 15, 2009 9:52:17 PM

dndhatcher said:
You wont get fired for buying a Dell. If you build it yourself and have problems that may not be the case. Something to consider for a business system.


I've never had a computer I built die on me. It has just been a long time since I configured on on the low end and was looking for some good opinions and starting points. Usually I go bleeding edge for my personal systems.

Current machine
i7 950 / 12gb ram / SAS Raid 0 / GeForce GTX 295 x2 SLI / Windows 7
October 15, 2009 10:11:46 PM

So you don't need an Operating System? I know you said you prefer Intel, but here's an AMD build that includes the OS and comes in just over $900.

Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.95

AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $204.99 (CPU + motherboard combo)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99

SAMSUNG SH-S223B 22X SATA DVD Burner Black Drive Bulk
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $29.99

SAMSUNG SH-S223B 22X SATA DVD Burner Black Drive Bulk
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $29.99

ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 - $20.00 MIR

ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99

Total - $929.87 - $20.00 MIR

If you don't need the OS, you could swap the CPU and motherboard for these.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (i5 750 + Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 combo) $299.99

If you add this low-end GPU with dual DVI your total will be $964.86.

SAPPHIRE 100274L Radeon HD 4350 1GB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $39.99
October 15, 2009 11:56:15 PM

Thanks for the help shortstuff_mt. I was just stuck on where to start lol!



Any ways I could improve on this? I've been digging through FW for some better deals on monitors.
October 16, 2009 1:19:57 AM

You don't need the Arctic Silver since the factory HSF comes with thermal paste already applied. If you just want better paste, check out MX-2. It cools at least as well, doesn't have a cure time, and is non-conductive.

ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail $7.98
October 16, 2009 3:37:49 AM

How well will that video card push two monitors? Have you personally used those monitors?
October 16, 2009 3:56:42 AM

My daily workload is as follows:

Two Firefox Windows with three tabs each
Adobe Reader generally showing a 30MB+ file
VMWare Workstation running Server 2003
Remote Desktop
Eyebeam
Notepad
Excel 2007

I run all this with no problems on a Dell. It's a 2.53Ghz Core2Duo, 4GB of RAM, integrated X4500 graphics running two 22" monitors at 1680X1050, and Vista Business 32-bit. It runs all this for eight hours with no problems. For a work system, even though we are an IT company, we just buy Dells. Why? Cheaper, and someone else can handle replacing the motherboard.
October 16, 2009 3:58:34 PM

runswindows95 said:
My daily workload is as follows:

Two Firefox Windows with three tabs each
Adobe Reader generally showing a 30MB+ file
VMWare Workstation running Server 2003
Remote Desktop
Eyebeam
Notepad
Excel 2007

I run all this with no problems on a Dell. It's a 2.53Ghz Core2Duo, 4GB of RAM, integrated X4500 graphics running two 22" monitors at 1680X1050, and Vista Business 32-bit. It runs all this for eight hours with no problems. For a work system, even though we are an IT company, we just buy Dells. Why? Cheaper, and someone else can handle replacing the motherboard.


Out of curiosity what is eyebeam?
October 16, 2009 5:45:37 PM

It doesn't look like anything you'll be doing will require much graphics muscle at all. The 4350 will drive both monitors just fine for normal office stuff.
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