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Home Office Update (low budget all in one)

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Last response: in Systems
August 19, 2014 6:46:11 AM

It's time to move on:
I have two Flatron E2742s hooked up to a M01167 Kensington dock running on my laptop -- an HP Envy M4-1015dx and it's time for an upgrade. I'm looking to replace my laptop with an ultrabook or a surface (that's a topic for another time) but I am very seriously thinking about buying an all-in-one touchscreen computer to lay flat on my desk with my two monitors connected wall mounted in front of me (side by side) -- it's a lot of screens, but I like that.

As far as what I use the computer for, the only game I play is LOL and I watch some netflix but mostly I'm doing research (web browsing), running macros (excel), and typing (word and/or powerpoint) across the different screens.

I'm looking for an inexpensive all-in-one that can meet my needs any suggestions?

Price range (<$500,$600 max, as I'm probably about to drop another $1000-1200 on an ultrabook or surface

Thanks in advance for your recommendations!

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August 19, 2014 12:40:54 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
for a really, really basic all-in-one, this Acer is inexpensive:

It has a quad-core Atom processor, so it should do web/netflix/office tasks just fine, though maybe not League of Legends

This is a bit over your budget, but with an A10 and its built in GPU, it will run LoL just fine (along with many other games)

Thanks for a quick reply, both of those look great, but upon further review, I think an All in one is going to be wider than what I'm looking for assuming I can buy/build a desktop and add a HDMI connected touchscreen. I'm sure I can find an affordable build, but do you think I'll be able to run 3 monitors, one from HDMI, and the others 2 (as they currently are) from my dock?

I really want my 2 monitors just as they are, and a touchscreen (pref w/ stylus input -- if they make those) display to lay flat (or maybe angled slightly) on my desk.
August 19, 2014 1:19:38 PM

you'll need a real GPU to run 3 screens. Intel and APU graphics are built for a max of two screens.

here's a good-sided 23" touchscreen monitor, and it comes with a free laser printer:

Let me see if I can throw that into a ~$500 build of a regular desktop PC. back in a few
August 19, 2014 1:25:53 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus H81M-K Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Other: 23" Hannspree touchscreen monitor ($149.99)
Total: $558.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-19 16:25 EDT-0400