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Barebones business workhorse.
Approximate Purchase Date: this week. Asap.
Budget Range: 350 shipped,
System Usage from Most to Least Important: run 3 monitors, (2 have dvi or vga, one is vga only) Web browsing, ms office, web editing, video server.
Parts Not Required: os, hard drive(I have several SATA drives), peripherals, monitors…
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no pref there, maybe a fast shipper would be my focus here.
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: prefer intel, other then that open for suggestions.
Overclocking: Yes, but if a great pirce don’t mind, I am upgrading from a terrible p4 with a benchmark of 279, there’s no place to go but up. Looks like a nice benchmark would be around 2500-3500
SLI or Crossfire: no preference, no idea, not really focused on gaming, wouldn’t mind playing SC 2, wont’d die without it. Really want to perform my multiasking for business tasks FAST (ebay, cl, remote support, web page editing, invoicing etc...)
Monitor Resolution; (3) basic vga monitor. Planar PL1910MW 1440 x 900 WXGA+ optimum widescreen resolution , Samsung Syncmaster 930B 1280 x 1024 resolution, may upgrade to a nicer monitor in some time.
Newegg is a good place to piece together a machine like this. You can barely squeeze a machine together for $350 as long as you don't have to buy the OS too. If you had to buy the OS then you can do about as well to go to WalMart or Dell and buy a pre-built machine. Of course that's not the way most enthusiasts want to do it.
Your price range is probably a candidate for AMD. It helps a little bit that you have your own hard drives but not a lot because with this budget you would be spending probably about $40-50 max on a hard drive. Your biggest problem will be finding a video card that will run 3 monitors.
i run three monitors now on my garbage p4, 1 on integrated the others and 2 others on some ancient dvi / vga card i dug up. seems like i should have bought that used barebones on ebay that just went for 285. fml.
Intel Pentium G620: $73
AS Rock H61M-VS: $54
Team Elite 4 GB RAM: $24
Antec BASIQ 350W PSU: $30
Xigmatek Asgard II B/B Case $30
Gigabyte HD6450: $40 -- has eyefinity for 3 monitor support
LG DVD burner: $19
Samsung 320GB $50
since you have a Pentium, i suspect your hard drives are not SATA, thus the small drive.