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$425 office systems - need to build 2

Last response: in Systems
May 24, 2011 9:06:04 PM

Hi Guys,

I know these office builds aren't sexy, but I'd appreciate some opinions on this type of budget.

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: next week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: (e.g.: $400-$430) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Office work, however this includes 3D rendering of models - needs to be DX10 video with 1024 x 768 minimum and 128 minimum VRAM.

Parts Not Required: keyboards, mice, monitors

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: None, really. Mid-tower should be the max case - no full tower. 2 Front-side USB2.0 ports on the case. Front-side eSata would be very cool, too, but not completely necessary.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: minimum 1024x768, ideally 1440x900, 1600x1200 or 1920x1200

Biggest software spec min requirement is Core 2 Duo type proc, 2GB RAM, 1Gbps NIC. Space is a premium in the office front-desk/counter area, so low-noise and case dimensions do matter.

OS is required. Would like Windows 7 Pro.

May 24, 2011 9:10:27 PM

what about the OS? is that part of the budget?
May 24, 2011 9:12:10 PM

genghiskron said:
what about the OS? is that part of the budget?

Yes, sorry I left that out. Have now edited.
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May 25, 2011 3:30:55 AM

Wow, did the OS kill the deal? Do I need to add to the budget? Or is it just the un-sexy-ness of the build?