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Help me build a 'business' PC

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October 3, 2012 8:39:49 AM

Hi all,

Our family business is in need of some computer upgrades.

I've always built my own personal PC's myself (always stuck with ASUS mobo's, and intel CPUs), but I'm wondering if there are certain hardware I should be looking for in a 'business' computer.

When we look at pricing of Dell, IBM, and HP 'business' desktops, they seem to be more expensive, with not-so great specifications. My understanding if that businesses are paying for 'support' from the companies. Can this be confirmed?

I need your help to two 'reliable' PCs for the office for ~$500.

They will be running Windows 7, and tasks will not be much more than:
*Microsoft Office
*Adobe Acrobat
*Adobe Photoshop (very light use --- creating flyers, business cards, etc...)

Any help would be appreciated!


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October 3, 2012 9:22:30 AM

Two of these will serve your purposes for minimal cost:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Acer V193WEJb 19.0" Monitor ($91.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $335.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
October 3, 2012 6:07:33 PM

Thanks for the reply.

The build and value looks great.

What are your thoughts on an upgrade from the G540 to the i3 2100 for the increase in performance of Photoshop?
October 4, 2012 10:14:32 AM

I think you're looking at around 10 seconds faster for the 2100 for at least $50 more just in Photoshop, and that's if you're going to apply quite a few filters. For your uses, it simply wouldn't be worth it to get the i3. The Celeron is easy comparable to Core 2 Duos, and I wouldn't be surprised if it ran faster than most.