Building a computer for work.

Hi!

So I happen to have a question for the computer building community.

I'm still fairly new at building computers, (I've only managed to successfully build one gaming computer, so I still have much to learn,) but I was wondering whether it would be cheaper to build a computer that is used for work rather than just buying one from Dell.

Keep in mind this computer isn't for me, but a friend.

1 x EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $134.99
1 x Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120 $124.99
1 x MSI Z77A-G43 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $119.99
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99
1 x Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OEM $74.99
1 x Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, front mounted dual USB 3.0 $59.99
1 x CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $59.99
1 x G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT $39.99
1 x SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM

This is currently what is inside my gaming computer. The computer I plan to build for my friend will most likely be the same specs seen here except a downgraded GPU and another 500GB Hard Drive.

So my question to you guys is would it be cheaper to just build this with what is above or just buy a computer from dell?

And if it is cheaper to just build another one, then what do you recommend for a downgraded GPU/other computers for a computer solely meant for work, to open and browse web pages fast and be able to hold a lot of work related programs.

I also, if you wouldn't mind, like answers for both just to see the price range and what not. Thank you for any and all answers!
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  1. Since the other thread got closed I also PM'ed you my reply, but here it is again. :)


    What kind of work exactly, besides browsing the internet?

    If it's just office and browsing:
    - an i3 is enough
    - no need for a dedicated GPU, just use the i3's HD graphics
    - 4GB of RAM are enough

    If he's also video/picture editing:
    - 8-16GB RAM are fine (depending on if he's doing it regularly or just occasionally)
    - an i5 would be better
    - still no need for a dedicated GPU, just use the i5's HD graphics
    >>> however, if he's heavily into using programs like Photoshop, a cheap NVIDIA card can help processing things faster (because it features CUDA)

    You can get away with a way cheaper motherboard (almost half of it), no need for a z77 chipset for an office pc, that's not going to overclock in any way.

    In all cases, an SSD for the OS and programs speeds things up a lot for work. And they are very cheap these days, too. Spare cash from not using a GPU is almost enough. I'd definitely get one for this system.

    A custom built PC should be cheaper than a factory one, any day.
  2. Ah, didn't see your PM until now.

    And it's work for appraising with video and picture editing for club related things.

    Do you think you could post the items you're talking about? I don't want to by accident get the wrong items.
  3. I agree with whatsthatnoise. I do a lot of Word processing, and there's no need for a gaming GPU. I can't tell the difference between a gaming system and my old Core2Duo laptop SAVE one system with a SSD. An SSD for any office system is a plus.
  4. Are there any builds you guys recommend?
  5. urbanemp said:
    Are there any builds you guys recommend?


    What's it going to be used for? CS5? Rendering? Editing? Something else?
  6. Something like this: 1TB HDD for storage, a fast 128GB SSD for OS and programs, an aftermarket CPU cooler for better temps and low noise, a small but quality case and a reliable PSU


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ CompUSA)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($38.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $581.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-21 21:29 EDT-0400)

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i9en


    debatable:
    - 8 or 16GB of memory
    - dedicated NVIDIA GPU for CUDA or just Intel HD graphics

    not included:
    - monitor
    - keyboard mouse
    - OS
  7. g-unit1111 said:
    What's it going to be used for? CS5? Rendering? Editing? Something else?


    Browsing the web in general. A few programs for business. Some video editing.

    That's about it.
  8. whatsthatnoise said:
    Something like this: 1TB HDD for storage, a fast 128GB SSD for OS and programs, an aftermarket CPU cooler for better temps and low noise, a small but quality case and a reliable PSU


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ CompUSA)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($38.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $581.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-21 21:29 EDT-0400)

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i9en


    debatable:
    - 8 or 16GB of memory
    - dedicated NVIDIA GPU for CUDA or just Intel HD graphics

    not included:
    - monitor
    - keyboard mouse
    - OS



    With this build a dedicated GPU isn't required correct? And the intel HD graphics can run videos at 1080p also right with any major issues?
  9. urbanemp said:
    With this build a dedicated GPU isn't required correct? And the intel HD graphics can run videos at 1080p also right with any major issues?


    Yes and yes they should, according to Intel. :)
  10. whatsthatnoise said:
    Yes and yes they should, according to Intel. :)


    Alrighty, I may go with your build, but I do want some other feedback and hear what others have to say before spending money on it.
  11. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($38.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $478.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Consider this. You could probably add like a 7750 or a GTX 650 to it and still come in under $600.
  12. whatsthatnoise said:
    Yes and yes they should, according to Intel. :)


    Keep in mind that integrated video cannot fully support a multiple monitor setup and will heavily put stress on your RAM and CPU - it should be really used for diagnostic purposes only. Even a basic GPU like the Radeon 7750 will be better than integrated graphics.
  13. Thank you for all the answers. I still have yet to decide but I'm now narrowing it down between the parts posted.

    And I may just add a GPU to it instead of relying on integrated graphics.
  14. CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($104.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($38.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.85 @ Amazon)
    Total: $689.76

    So this is what I've chosen, but I kept most of the same from willyroc.

    Any other suggestions or do you guys think I'm good to go?
  15. No other suggestions?
  16. I'd say it's good to go.
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