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September 2, 2010 1:48:21 AM

Recently built a PC for video editing using Avid Media Composer. Wish I had followed the advice of some and bought an SSD. It's a bit slow on the start up even with the Velociraptor HD. Not going to worry about that for now.

Now I'm looking to either build or buy a computer for everyday office use. Some of the software I'll be using include Photohop, IE Explorer, MS Office, Blue Ray and DVD burning and some other work related business software. I will not be playing games, but may do some DVD and other video viewing.

I'm willing to spend up to $800 including monitor, keyboard, mouse and Windows 7. Any suggestions on which would be a better choice... Building or buying? I didn't include the price of the build. I'd have to pay someone $100 to build it for me.

If I went with a prebuilt, I'd most likely go with a refurbished HP. Here is a link to their refurbished desktop models. A monitor would be 1/2 price with these specials. (Click on 'Desktops' to view listings)

http://h71016.www7.hp.com/html/hpremarketing/daily.asp?...

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September 2, 2010 1:51:48 AM

Forgot to mention, would be using an Intel motherboard.
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September 2, 2010 4:16:31 AM

In all honesty, your should probably buy one of the refurbished computers (preferably a core 2 quad) and put an SSD in it. I think a quad core processor would suit your applications better than an i3-530 (Intel's entry level dual core processor), and your budget pretty much rules out an i5-750 (Intel's cheapest quad core processor right now).


Here's what I would get, though, just for fun.


Lian Li PC-Q07 Mini ITX Case & Windows 7 Combo for $155:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Zotac H55 Mini ITX Motherboard & Intel Core i3-530 for $190:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


OCZ 500W Power Supply & 4GB DDR3 1600 RAM for $100:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive for $60:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Sony 24x SATA DVD Burner for $20:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total (including Case, PSU, MB, CPU, Memory, Hard Drive, Windows): $525.75 (w/o Monitor, Peripherals, or SSD)
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September 2, 2010 4:28:35 AM

wielander said:
In all honesty, your should probably buy one of the refurbished computers (preferably a core 2 quad) and put an SSD in it. I think a quad core processor would suit your applications better than an i3-530 (Intel's entry level dual core processor), and your budget pretty much rules out an i5-750 (Intel's cheapest quad core processor right now).


Here's what I would get, though, just for fun.


Lian Li PC-Q07 Mini ITX Case & Windows 7 Combo for $155:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Zotac H55 Mini ITX Motherboard & Intel Core i3-530 for $190:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


OCZ 500W Power Supply & 4GB DDR3 1600 RAM for $100:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive for $60:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Sony 24x SATA DVD Burner for $20:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total (including Case, PSU, MB, CPU, Memory, Hard Drive, Windows): $525.75 (w/o Monitor, Peripherals, or SSD)


How much more would the I5 750 add to the cost?
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September 2, 2010 7:17:45 AM

An i5 would add $80 to the cost.

You could save some money with a cheaper case (~$10) and a cheap mATX motherboard (~$10).
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September 2, 2010 7:04:10 PM

Office PC? Buy an HP or a Dell, it's what they are there for. Reliable, cheap, pre-installed and with a 1-3 year warranty. You don't want to be screwing around troubleshooting a dodgy part for a week if it is a business critical computer. For what you want, which doesn't include CPU-intensive stuff like video editing /CAD rendering pretty much any modern PC/CPU will do the job.
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September 2, 2010 7:08:18 PM

100% agree with going for the prebuilt. HP/Dell can offer crazy bulk discounts because these are the computers they sell literally MILLIONS of. HP and Dell don't build large quantities of gaming computers, which is why it's almost always to build a cheaper gaming computer rather than buy one prebuilt. Get an SSD on the side and install it yourself (super easy) and you'll be good to go.
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September 2, 2010 11:12:30 PM

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