my dad asked me if I could build him a computer for his office. Typically they order from Dell, but he asked me if I would build him one (it's cheaper for his office and I get the $$) anyway here is what ai sketched out, please tell me if you see any problems. Thanks in advance for all the help!
he really doesn't do anything intensive though. Word Processing, Email, Internet, and thats it. He's using an Optiplex PIII 450 right now and it's near its death. He's a 60 year old lawyer so he's not photoshopping or anything.
Find a motherboard with onboard sound (that one might have it) so that you can cut out the soundcard. You're the one making the money here right? He doesn't need a soundcard in the office.
Zip 250? Why? Up the burner to a 24x re-writable and buy him some disks. 14 rewritables (one for everyday of the week, 2 weeks worth, to back up data at the end of each day)
Personally, if I were you, I would get something like a nforce mobo (maybe a Asus A7N266) and a athlon and use the onboard sound and video. That's $70 for the mobo, and say $70 for a T-bred 1700+ which is by far better than that celeron garbage. That's over $150 cheaper and better.
I don't know why people recommended that you opt out of a Zip Drive. Your dad is a lawyer and would certainly go for a <b>DESCENT</b> backup mechanism. I have found that a Zip drive is ok for backing up important files. Creating a CD, even CDRW, is too much of a hassle, unless you need major backups.
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What's the hastle? With WinXP there's no hastle at least. The reason I don't think a zip drive is practical is because the disks are expensive, the drives are expensive, and although the new 750MB zip run at 50x, a 24x CD-RW is pretty damn good.
I have a Zip100 internal drive, and although I have used it a lot, it wasn't nearly enough to justify me buying it. Unless you're a student I can't really think of a single reason to own a zip drive now that cd-rw drives are so fast and cheap.
I recently built a Athlon 1800+ system for my 85 year old grandma, I can't agree more with the earlier suggestions. I used a nforce 1 board from MSI and 2100 DDR, it was cheap and performs excellently.
ps: she is into geneology and regualry uses very large databases of the UK census's that use to cripple her old machine.
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