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 E8400 C2D 2 GB DDR2 800MHZ Intel GMA x4500HD 250GB HD 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.
Can I build a similar or better system for less?
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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.
Agree. With the OS, you're not looking at being able to custom build more than what you would with a prebuilt.
It's also always nice to be able to point at some one else and say it's their fault...