APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week BUDGET RANGE: $350 SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Work related stuff, Quickbooks, Excel, Surfing Internet PARTS NOT REQUIRED:Case, PSU, DVD Drive, Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, OS PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: Amazon.com (Newegg is too expensive to ship to Hawaii) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA PARTS PREFERENCES: None OVERCLOCKING No MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A friend gave me $350 to make him a new work computer I'd like to make it as reliable and quiet as possible, while giving it as much power as I can for $350. It should be able to survive being left on for two straight weeks without overheating.
I already have an Antec Sonata III with a 500w PSU to work with. Also I've got some parts picked out, but I'd like some reassurance before I go spending someone else's money.
Is this stuff good enough? Is there anything I should switch out and make cheaper or anything that REALLY needs to be upgraded? Also I was thinking about getting a cheaper motherboard without integrated graphics and getting a cheap GPU like a HD 4550 or a GeForce 8600
to be honest, an office build with 2 gigs of ram is a fail. one other path u might wanna look into is getting a callisto based dual core, unlocking into a quad core, and getting a quad core for 90 bucks...but that takes a lil expertise...
The Seagate drive is faster due to higher data density. The Seagate drive uses a single 500GB platter while the WD drive uses two 250GB platters. If the warranty is more important than speed then the WD drive will be fine.
Well, i'm just gonna give you newegg links, you should look for equalents @ amazon.
AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Retail
^Will give enough CPU power for office work, and triple channel is great for multitasking. Dont get a better CPU as you will only use it for office work, and also dont go lower, as this is the cheapest am3 cpu (am3 = upgradable, am2 isnt)
Recertified: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 HDD-ST3500630AS-R 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording) -Bare Drive
^500gb is more then enough for normal people that don't download movies, and 50$ for 500Gb is superb cheap! Seagate is a very good hdd brand tho.