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November 9, 2009 6:29:12 PM

Budget: 350-400ish

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: whenever its needed, could be two weeks or 2 months

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: multiple instances of miscellaneous office programs, surfing web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, os, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: teh egg preferably

PARTS PREFERENCES: guessng amd for my needs

OVERCLOCKING: nope

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: nope

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 is the max office res

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Long story short I'm slowly going to be phasing out p4's from my girlfriends company. Her boss is the kind of guy that instead of deleting a virus, he buys a new computer... from dell.... with p4's in them in 2009..... AND he doest like me very much. So I am trying to throw together a great office computer that would eventually replace 6-10 older computers. I was thinking about something like the recommended builds by usage post for the nongamer computer, but i was hoping to get some insight. Is that still the recommended nongamer build?

p.s. He doesnt think that he will notice a difference from a p4 to an Anthlon II x4


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November 9, 2009 6:55:49 PM

You may be able to re-use the old Dell cases and power supplies, and this would probably save you $50 or so per build... Is it possible to salvage the old cases, and the old optical drives, or are they so old that it's not worth it?

If so, what are the form factors, and what are the wattages of the existing cases?
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November 9, 2009 7:09:07 PM

Hmmm yeah I probably could use the old cases, micro atx for sure, and the psu's are 300-350 watt I think. Don't have a unit to look at right here with me.

The optical drives are usable as well.

How would you suggest that I dispose of all the old mobos?
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November 9, 2009 7:28:15 PM

In any event... let's see what we can do...

Mobo: MSI G31TM-P21 LGA 775 $43.99
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz $189.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 $89.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM $54.99
Case: Rosewill RS-M288-BK Black $29.99
Drives: Stolen out of old cases :D  $FREE
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Grand Total: $408.95


AMD Build:
Mobo: MSI GF615M-P33 $51.99
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 905e Deneb 2.5GHz $169.99
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 $89.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM $54.99
Case: Rosewill RS-M288-BK Black $29.99
Drives: Stolen out of old cases :D  $FREE
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Grand Total: $396.95
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November 9, 2009 7:33:05 PM

scubba85 said:
How would you suggest that I dispose of all the old mobos?


I'm no expert on that, but every community has its own rules on recycling mobos. Do not just chuck em in the trash. You may even be able to donate them to goodwill, or sell them on e-bay (although you won't really make any money). If there's any copper on there, you may be able to pull it off and take it to a copper scrap yard (copper sells very well). It is an extra step, but when you're talking about a whole office full of machines, an extra $30-$50 in savings per unit adds up to a few hundred dollars pretty quick.
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November 10, 2009 12:52:37 AM

Thanks much mate =-)


ill probly go for the amd build, the e8500 is actually what i use in my desktop (@4ghz) and i wouldnt want them to have anythin to good =-)

Thanks again.
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