Hey guys, don't know where you are, but I'm ready for it to get warm. <insert more small talk here>
Anyway looking to build 5-10 office computers for some scrub boss that my girlfriend works with. Defintly need them to outperform the p4 dells they are working with, not that that should be a problem.
Heard a lot about the 99 dollar quad core from amd but not sure that its really worth it, at least not while amd offers low cost tri cores.
(on a side note i had some toms hardware forum tabs open and i was gonna copy/paste the ask for build advice format, but none of the 4 tabs from the homebuilt systems forums used it. What is the interwebs coming to?)
Well this will be my first attempt at building a PC.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: less than 3 months
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Office work, lots of web tabs, word/excell/light video usage or flash gaming, you know how work is ;-)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard mouse OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: amd almost 100% sure
OVERCLOCKING: nah SLI OR CROSSFIRE: nopers
MONITOR RESOLUTION: umm probably anywhere from 1280x1024 all the way up to 1680x1050, but its not a huge deal
Budget: Hoping for under 400 shipped.... but that may not happen
Couple questions... Should I drop the ddr2 board, grab a 3200 onboard MOBO with dd3 support and pick up 4 gigs?
Should I take the triple core or the quad core?
HDD-Samsung f3 or is the cavier blue going to cut it for office use?
Case/psu combo, ok?
Currently at 380ish before shipping... with the quad core and 2gb ddr2, any suggestions?
Hard drives: The Caviars will be fine for office work. None of the programs will show real improvement with the F3 drives.
RAM: 2GB is plenty for office work...depending on OS. Which one? For XP or Win7, no problem. For Vista, 2GB is okay, but 3 or 4GB might be better. DDR2 vs DDR3 won't matter for those programs - Just depends on the cpu you go with.
I'm not an AMD cpu expert, so others can comment, but 2 or 3 cores will probably take care of things fine.