Budget: $750 (may purchase 2 identical systems @750each)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: MS Office applications, Internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, will buy monitor/keyboard/mouse separately if not in package
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, crucial.com, Amazon.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: I like crucial RAM, WD hdd, but not too picky.
OVERCLOCKING: UNDER NO CONDITIONS!
MONITOR RESOLUTION: prefer 20-22" widescreen LCD, so 1680x1050 or 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: These machines MUST be high reliability. They are for business use, and we have ALWAYS purchased OEM systems. A five to 7 year lifespan is pretty much expected. I'm tossing around the idea of building them myself, but I don't know if it's worth it.
Right now, I can buy:
Dell Vostro 220Slim
2 GB DDR2 800MHZ
Intel GMA x4500HD
21.5" E2210H LCD (1080p)
3yr Next business day warranty
Windows 7 Professional
I'd like to see 4GB RAM and at least a basic video card, but I can add them later I suppose.
To me, business systems are best purchased from a major manufacturer that gives you a warranty. If you dont have a full time hardware tech then I dont think its worth the potential headache for the small amount of money you would save.