I'm looking to replace 2 computers in my office that have been an annoyance for too long.
Below are the specs of what's in them now. Both systems are used only for general MS desktop applications and internet access.
The P4 system is not really that slow but I need an additional box so I'll probably keep that in service.
Could it be cheaper to build 2 new boxes with Micro ATX cases and onboard video & sound than purchase 2 new from Dell or other lower cost vendor? I don't need monitors or keyboards.
There's cases on Newegg.com for $15 to $30 and some Motherboard / CPU / VGA Combos
I'm not sure what to look for as far as CPU on the low end.
Certainly would want something that is not a dog. At least like the P4 below?
Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
System #1 (not bad now)
ATI Rage 128 4X AGP 4X
Win XP Pro
System #2 (garbage)
Win XP Pro
Building you own always results in lesser costs for same components or better components at same cost, when compared to a pre-built system.
For your own build, Tom's $550 budget PC would be perfect for you.
Subtracting the cpu cooler & graphic card gives you a very good general use PC for about $375.
Configuring through Dell or any other OEM will increase the price by about $40-50 for similar class components.
Here is a nice sample System that includes an Keyboard, Mouse, OS, and Monitor. http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=b...
(All Items missing from "Tom's builds"
Toss in Next Day on-site service for a year all for $439 its a really good price.
And if you look around, you can likely get an even better deal.
It's rarely worth the time/effort to build General Duty Office machines.
Don't forget the extra time and effort by accounting to itemize proper depreciation on the individual parts.